Six area boys and girls varsity basketball teams will compete in the Pacesetter MIT tournament this weekend at St. Cloud State University and the College of St. Benedict. In the boys division are Willmar, New London-Spicer and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. In the girls division are Willmar, New London-Spicer and Litchfield. Teams are broken up into four nine-team brackets for play on Saturday with a final four format on Sunday. For brackets and schedules, visit www.psmbbn.com .
After a three-week layoff, the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series resumes Saturday with the Town & Country Days 5k at Kerkhoven, the seventh of nine series events. Registration at the softball field opens at 7 a.m. with the start an hour later. The race carries a 50-point bonus in the standings. For information phone 320-264-2144.
The Kandiyohi Racing Association has set Sept. 30 for the Third Annual KRA Demolition Derby at the fairground's grandstand in Willmar. The Saturday event will start at 5 p.m. For information phone Paul Thompson at 320-796-2950.
MONTEVIDEO -- Jon Altena surrendered just three singles without issuing a walk in a complete-game outing to ignite Montevideo's 6-1 win over Wheaton in the opener of the District 7, Division II Final Four Legion baseball tournament Tuesday. Montevideo, which improved its impressive winning streak to 12 games, will play Thursday at 7:45 p.m. against either Glenwood or Fairfax back in Montevideo. Wheaton drops into the loser's bracket and will play Thursday at 5:15 p.m. Altena hurled six shutout innings before Wheaton scored in the bottom of the seventh.
ALEXANDRIA -- Ryan Goracikowski struck out nine without issuing a walk and limited Willmar II to four hits as Alexandria blanked Post 1639 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the District 5 VFW baseball tournament Tuesday. The loss drops Willmar II into the loser's bracket, where it will play New London-Spicer Thursday at 8 p.m. in Willmar. Only Casey Sussenguth in the second inning and Tyler Brower in the third advanced to third base as Goracikowski notched a strikeout in every inning but the seventh. Travis Koenen doubled to lead off the seventh for Willmar II's only extra-base hit.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar 16U softball team took advantage of five MACCRAY errors in a 12-4 win to end the season Tuesday. Willmar (18-3) led 7-4 through five innings, then scored five runs in the sixth for the final margin. Sara Freed went the distance for the win. She held MACCRAY to four hits, struck out eight and walked one. All four runs she allowed were unearned. Brittany Hastad and Chelsey Wierschem had two hits each.
Amateur Baseball CORNBELT South Playoffs Willmar at Bird Island, 7:30 p.m. LAKEWOOD West Playoffs Litchfield vs. Freeport at Elrosa, 7:30 p.m.
Legion Baseball District 7, Division II Montevideo 6, Wheaton 1 Fairfax 11, Glenwood 0 VFW Baseball District 5 Alexandria 4, Willmar II 0 16U Softball Willmar 12, MACCRAY 4
Nextel Cup and Busch Cup driver Morgan Shepherd will appear at Decision Hills Camp near Spicer Wednesday. The program begins at 10:30 a.m., with photo opportunities and autographs to follow. Ticket cost is $15. For more information or to make a reservation, call 320-796-5510.
The 31st annual Glenwood Rotary 5k and 10k runs will be held Saturday in Glenwood as part of the 51st Annual Waterama celebration. Registration opens at 8 a.m. at the picnic shelter across the street from the Lakeside Ballroom with the races beginning at 9 a.m. Fee is $15, which includes a T-shirt. A Magic Mile run geared for children, but open to everyone, will also be held on Saturday. Registration fee for this race is $10. Call 320-634-3636 for more information.