RICE -- Don't judge the Willmar girls golf team by their season-opening seventh place finish Monday in the first Central Lakes Conference meet. "They haven't played a round of golf in practice yet," said Willmar coach Jodi Mottinger. "The putting really gave them trouble today." The Cardinals ended with a combined 422. Sartell won the meet with a 354, followed by Alexandria at 356. Katie Kroona's 100 over 18 holes was the low round for Willmar Team scoring (1) Sartell 354 (2) Alexandria 356 (3) St.
ROCHESTER -- The Ridgewater College baseball team will be taking full advantage of the upcoming seasonable weather. The Warriors will be playing 12 games over a seven-day span that was kicked off Sunday. Ridgewater came home with two wins after it swept Rochester in a doubleheader that opened its MCCC Southern Division schedule. Ridgewater shook off four errors in the opener to post a 11-2 win as the Rochester pitching staff issued eight walks and hit six batters.
Dawson native and Olympian Carrie Tollefson is holding a running camp for boys and girls in grades 7-12 from June 28-July 1 at College of St. Catherine's in St. Paul. Tollefson is a 13-time state high school cross country and track champion and a five-time NCAA champion at Villanova University.
Willmar Summer Baseball and Softball registration will be held Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the junior high cafeteria. This meeting is for players in grades 3-9 for baseball and the 10-and-under through 16-and-under softball leagues. There will be a short parents/coaches meeting at 7 p.m. If you are unable to attend this night, registration forms are available at Community Education and Recreation.
With ideal conditions forecasted, the Central Lakes Conference will have its first girls golf meet today at Oak Hill Golf Club in Rice. The meet, which will be 18 holes, will start at 3:30 p.m. The CLC boys golf meet that was scheduled for today in Alexandria has been moved to May 4. Also in action is the Willmar boys tennis team as the Cardinals will be at Litchfield for a non-conference match that starts at 4 p.m.
LITCHFIELD -- Hitting dominated Litchfield's amateur baseball season opener Sunday. The Blues and Kimball recorded a total of 25 hits, but Litchfield lost 12-9. As much as the bats were smacking around balls, there were plenty of walks going around, also. Kimball pitchers issued 10 walks, while Blues hurlers gave up nine. Kimball took a 2-1 lead in the third inning, then added another run in the top of the fifth.
PINE CITY -- Litchfield grabbed one championship and two third-place finishes at the Art Nelson Invitational Saturday. Brian Ward, the Dragons' No. 1-singles player, won all three of his matches to capture the 1-singles title. Andrew Tancabel took third at 2-singles and Peter Zender-Calvin Pehle were third at 1-doubles. The Dragons finished fifth overall with 15 points. Winona Cotter won the team title with 28 points, followed by Waseca with 25 and Thief River Falls with 23. Litchfield will host Willmar in a non-conference dual at 4 p.m.
Prep Baseball CENTRAL MINNESOTA Maple Lake vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 5 p.m. CAMDEN MACCRAY vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 4:30 p.m. Dawson-Boyd vs. Lakeview at Cottonwood, 5 p.m. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg vs. Renville County West at Sacred Heart, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo at Morris, 5 p.m. PHEASANT Hancock at Ashby, 4:30 p.m.
Results April 14 Tennis Art Nelson Invite (1) Winona Cotter 28 (2) Waseca 25 (3) Thief River Falls 23 (4) Pine City 18 (5) Litchfield 15 (6) St. Peter 14 (7) Minnehaha 10 (8) Crookston 7 Results April 15 College Baseball Ridgewater 11, Rochester 2 Ridgewater 8, Rochester 7 Town Team Baseball Kimball 12, Litchfield 9
Weekly/monthly, etc. Friends of Upper Sioux Agency annual meeting -- The Friends of Upper Sioux Agency State Park will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. April 19 at the park's visitor center. The meeting will feature a presentation on exotic, invasive pests, such as European buckthorn and the emerald ash borer. Other topics for discussion include the Minnesota Horse Pass, upcoming park programs, the state's Sesquicentennial and the spring work day. For more information, call 320-564-4777. Sibley State Park The Interpretive Center is open daily.