Sara Ackman of Grove City finished seventh in the discus throw at the USA Junior Track and Field Championships Friday in Indianapolis. Ackman, a member of the South Dakota State University track and field team, placed sixth in her flight before finishing seventh in the finals with a toss of 148-7. Emily Pendleton easily won the event with a toss of 170-6, nearly 11 feet better than the second-place finisher.
ST. CLOUD -- Despite a strained hamstring, Willmar's Matt Roisum pitched a two-hit shutout and led Post 167 to a 3-0 win over Monticello at the St. Cloud Invitational Friday at Joe Faber Field. Willmar will face Elk River at 9 a.m. today, then will play at 5:30 p.m. if they lose and 8 p.m. if they win. Roisum drove in the game's first run with an RBI double in the first inning, but hurt himself on the run to second base. He was pinch run for and then pinch hit for later in the game. But it didn't affect his poise on the mound.
Everyone can help wildlife by improving habitat for our furry or feathered forest friends whether a person lives on a farm or in an apartment. A farm, ranch, or acreage lends itself to more diversity in wildlife, but even an apartment dweller can attract birds with feeders and nesting boxes. My wife and I spend a lot of time watching birds and animals that have decided to make a home in the areas we have provided.
MURDOCK -- Clean up the River Environment is leading a canoe and kayak trip on the eastern branch of the Chippewa River today. The trip will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a start at the Falk Seed Farm. The event is free and open to the public and is designed to increase public appreciation for the rivers and natural areas in the Upper Minnesota River region. This is a family friendly event, and participants are free to come, go or stay as they please.
Events/competitions Willmar Rifle/Pistol Club M1 Shoot -- Tuesday, July 11 at the Eagle Lake Rifle Range. If rain or wet grounds, shoot will be the following Tuesday. Open to public. $10 non-club members, $8 club members. Includes rifle, ammunition, and targets. For more information, call Larry Cornell at 320-366-3469. Weekly/monthly, etc. Renville Rangers Shooting Club -- Summer hours start May 24. Wednesday and Thursday 6:30-9 p.m., Sunday 1:30-4 p.m. Trap and skeet leagues are also forming for summer. The range is located 1½ miles north of Bird Island on County Road 5.
The Rice Tennis Classic has been scheduled for Aug. 4-6 at Willmar Senior High School. Singles and doubles divisions are: Women's and Men's Open, Women's and Men's 'A' and boys and girls 15-and-under. There is also Mixed Doubles Open and 'A'. A printable entry form is available at www.ricetennisclassic.com or phone 320-231-1933 for more information. Tournament directors are Brad Rice and Bryan Rice.
John Hemingson of Paynesville and Mitch Schwindt of Renville County West are participating in the Lions All-Star baseball tournament, which runs through Sunday at Chaska Athletic Park. Bulldogs' coach Brad Skoglund is coaching one of the four teams.
WILLMAR -- Mark Krogstad pitched a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts and Alex Marcus clubbed a three-run home run propelling the Willmar Rails to a 12-1 win over Granite Falls at Bill Taunton Stadium Friday. The only run off Krogstad was unearned. Jay Magnuson reached on a Jordan Olson error at third and came around to score on a passed ball and wild pitch. But Willmar came back in the lower half of the first. Olson singled and scored on a Cory Schwantes single. Steve Wetterling's double brought in Schwantes for a 2-1 lead. Mike Arneson, who went five innings, took the loss.
Amateur Baseball Willmar 12, Granite Falls 1 Bird Island 4, NL-Sunburg 3 Raymond 12, Lake Henry 11 Holdingford 8, Atwater 1 Legion Baseball Willmar 3, Monticello 0 Moorhead 9, Morris 6 VFW Baseball Willmar I 12, Alexandria 5
Saturday Legion Baseball Willmar vs. Elk River at St. Cloud Invite, 9 a.m. (Willmar will also play at either 5:30 or 8 p.m.) Benson Wooden Bat Tournament (Benson vs. Kerkhoven, 9 a.m.; Madison vs. BOLD, 10:30 a.m.; Benson vs. Tri-Town, 12:30 p.m.; Kerkhoven vs. Madison, 2 p.m.; BOLD vs. Tri-Town, 3:30 p.m.) Sacred Heart at Jackson Invite (vs. New Ulm, 3 p.m.; vs. Wellcome, 7 p.m.) New London-Spicer at Ely Legion Classic, day 2 of 3 Amateur Baseball LAND O' DUCKS Rosen at Clinton, 4 p.m. Wheaton at Madison, 7:30 p.m. NON-LEAGUE Morris Invite (Morris vs.