Willmar Community Education and Recreation is now taking registrations for the Heart and Sole Running Club for all boys and girls in grades 5-6. The group will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in May from 2:45-4 p.m. at Roosevelt School. The $29 registration includes snacks, t-shirt, entry fee for the Foot Lake 4 on June 30, pancake breakfast and more. To enroll or for more information, call 320-231-8490.
Tanner Miest, a Gustavus senior from Willmar, and Joe Schoolmeesters, a St. John's sophomore from Litchfield, were named MIAC Players of the Week in their respective sports. Miest won the 110-meter hurdles at the Carleton Relays Saturday with a time of 14.84, an NCAA provisional qualifying time. Schoolmeesters won the 36-hole St. John's Spring Invitational Sunday with two rounds of 69, which helped the Johnnies win the team event.
Stanley Ruiz, 16, won the state Junior Olympic title unopposed at 132 pounds. In a non-title bout, Willmar Boxing Club coach Kirk Davis reported that Ruiz beat Joey Clow of White Bear Lake, the unopposed 138-pound champion. The four-state regional tournament will be held in Wisconsin May 19-20.
Matt Hallstrom, a Willmar junior on the boys tennis team, has been acknowledged by the Central Lakes Conference as Performer of the Week in his sport. The No. 3 singles player won to matches last week as the Cardinals improved to 3-0.
WILLMAR -- Starting pitchers Chad Willenbring and Chris Koenig continued to mow down the opposition, helping Ridgewater College to another sweep in Minnesota Community College Conference baseball Tuesday at Bill Taunton Stadium. In the opener, the Warriors were held to just two runs through the first four innings, but then scored four in the fifth to take a 6-2 lead and scored five runs with two outs in the sixth and won the game via the 10-run rule. Jeff Brooks' bases-loaded single scored two runs, the second was on an error by the left fielder. Tyler Horning and Keaton Gustin had three hi
WILLMAR -- Allie Sweep went 3-for-3, including a two-run home run, as Willmar defeated Sartell 4-2 in a Central Lakes Conference game Tuesday. Heather Thoma went the distance on a four-hitter for the win. She walked none and struck out five, retiring the final 14 batters of the game. Willmar trailed 2-1 entering the last of the third inning when Britta Pederson, who was 2-for-3, reached on an infield single with one out and scored on Chelsey Wierschem's double.
SARTELL -- The Willmar baseball team picked up seven hits, but couldn't convert them into many runs, losing to Sartell 4-2 in Central Lakes Conference action Tuesday. Sartell and pitcher Luke Smoley didn't allow a Cardinal base runner past second base through the first five innings. Meanwhile, Willmar's Jason Scheffler was cuffing the Sabres through the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth, giving up three runs.
REGAL -- Shane Kampsen ignited Paynesville's potent offense Tuesday with two home runs that knocked in four runs as the Bulldogs tripped up New London-Spicer 13-6 in a West Central North Conference baseball game. Kampsen launched a three-run homer in a five-run second inning and hit a solo blast in the fourth before driving in another run with a fielder's choice in the fifth. NLS (0-4, 0-4) had chipped away at Paynesville's lead before tying the game at 6-6 in the fourth on Sam Steffl's two-run single, but the Bulldogs (3-1, 4-1) scored four times in the fifth to pull away.
ANNANDALE -- David Malepsy knocked in the winning run in the 10th inning with an infield single as Litchfield rallied to stay unbeaten in the Wright County Conference by beating Annandale 4-3. With one out in the 10th, Tyler Puckett and Marcus Buschette hit back-to-back singles. Malepsy then hit a sharp grounder to the Annandale shortstop, which he had to reach far and his throw to home wasn't in time to get Puckett out. Lucas Johnson tied the game at 3-3 in the seventh with a single and also tossed 3Zc shutout innings of relief to get the win.
Prep Baseball Sartell 4, Willmar 2 Montevideo 3, LQPV 2 Paynesville 13, NL-Spicer 6 Minnewaska 9, LPGE 0 MACCRAY 10, Dawson-Boyd 8 Litchfield 4, Annandale 3 Pierz 6, BBE 1 NU Cathedral 7, BOLD 6 Prep Softball Willmar 4, Sartell 2 LQPV 5, YME 4 Melrose 12, Paynesville 10 Minnewaska 13, Albany 3 KMS 14, Minneota 0 KMS 11, Minneota 1 Annandale 12, Litchfield 0 Prep Tennis Willmar 7, Sartell 0 Montevideo 6, Melrose 1 Benson 4, NL-Spicer 3 YME 6, MACCRAY 1 Litchfield 4, Orono 3 Boys Golf West Central North (1) St.