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The Madison Speedway at the Lac qui Parle County Fairgrounds plans 17 nights of racing starting with its traditional Memorial Day Opener on May 29. The Wissota-sanctioned track races Sundays starting at 6:30 p.m. New this year, children 12-and-under are free when accompanied with a paid adult.
Willmar Golden Gloves Club rookie super heavyweights Alex Solis and Lee Ruiz both returned from Wadena with victories in their boxing debuts this past weekend. Though outweighed by 98 pounds, Solis stopped Jeremy Umland of Wadena 40 seconds into the first round with a pair of standing eight-counts. Ruiz, who weighed 30 pounds more than 260-pound ring veteran Ron Imgrund of Brainerd, won by decision.
Eighth-ranked Willmar (23-4) will open the Class AAA tournament against No. 3 DeLaSalle (22-7) at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Sports Pavilion, which is at the west end of Williams Arena. The quarterfinals were moved after it was announced that the Minnesota men would host Wake Forest in the NIT the same day. In other first-round pairings, Rogers meets No. 2 Benilde-St. Margaret's at noon, St. Michael-Albertville tests No. 6 Hermantown at 2 p.m. and New Prague faces No. 1 Marshall at 4 p.m.
MACCRAY (21-6) plays Crookston (27-3) in its first state trip since 1991 at 6 p.m. in the Target Center Wednesday, followed by Albany and Eden Valley-Watkins at 8 p.m. in another Class AA quarterfinal. Cannon Falls and Esko play at 6 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion on the University of Minnesota campus followed by Winona Cotter and Minnesota Valley Lutheran.
New London-Spicer and Eden Valley-Watkins, the No. 1 and 2 seeds in Section 5AA-North, meet at 6 p.m. today in Howard Lake for the 5AA-North crown. The teams did not meet in the regular season. Tonight's winner will advance to the Section 5AA final Friday at St. Cloud State. Watertown-Mayer and Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop play in the second game tonight for the South title.
The Willmar Baseball/Fastpitch Boosters Association will hold its annual re-organizational meeting at 7 p.m. today at the junior high school. Board members will be elected for the coming year.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Ridgewater Warriors dropped a pair to Sussex (N.J.) Community College 4-2 and 8-6 Monday on the fourth full day of their spring training trip to southwest Florida. "We're not playing very well yet and we're making mental mistakes," said Coach Dwight Kotila. "Our pitching has been solid except (Chris) Butala had a rough start today.
Boys Basketball Section 5AA-North Championship New London-Spicer vs. Eden-Valley Watkins at Howard Lake, 6 p.m. College Softball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater at Palm Beach, Fla. Challenge (vs. Waubonsee, Ill., 9 a.m.)
College Baseball Sussex 4, Ridgewater 2 Sussex 8, Ridgewater 6
There will be a fan bus going to the Willmar girls' basketball state tournament game Wednesday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Tickets for the 10 a.m. quarterfinal game go on sale at the Williams Arena ticket office at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Adult tickets are $10 and students are $7. The bus will be loading at the Willmar Senior High School at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday. Cost is $15 per person. Children in eighth grade or lower must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve a seat, call (320) 231-8332 by 1 p.m.