West Central North Conference champion Paynesville (18-5) and conference rival New London-Spicer (19-6) will meet for a third time this season when they square off today in the Section 5AA-South boys basketball final at 8 p.m. today in Howard Lake. The Bulldogs have won the previous two meetings, 69-58 three days before Christmas and 71-56 on Jan. 30. NLS is currently on an eight-game winning streak while Paynesville has won its last seven games.
The Willmar Baseball/Fastpitch Boosters Association will hold its annual election of officers at 7 p.m. today in Room 145 of the junior high school. Discussion topics include First Street signage to publicize games and an update on the amateur tournament bid.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Ridgewater baseball team amassed 21 hits over 13 innings in sweeping a doubleheader from Penn State-Scranton on the second day of its Florida trip Monday. The Warriors (3-0) recorded 12 hits, including Keaton Gustin's going for the cycle in a 10-0 six-inning victory in the first game, then added nine more hits to beat PSU-Scranton 6-4 in the second game. Gustin, a freshman from Holdingford, doubled in the first inning, hit a solo homer in the third, tripled in the fifth and singled in the sixth.
Result Saturday Section 6AA-South Melrose 47, Minnewaska 41 (At Collegeville) -- Melrose outscored Minnewaska 24-15 in the second half after Minnewaska (11-14) had led 26-23 at halftime of the semifinals. The Lakers were held to 38 total field goals and converted only 42 percent. John Wedum and Jordan Johnsrud both netted nine points to pace a balanced attack for the Lakers. Johnsrud also blocked six shots, Mike Anderson pulled down seven rebounds and Jordan Hendricks pocketed four steals. Curt Bertram scored 17 points to lead the Dutchmen.
College Baseball Ridgewater 10, PSU-Scranton 0 Ridgewater 6, PSU-Scranton 4
Boys Basketball Section 5AA-South Championship At Howard Lake New London-Spicer vs. Paynesville, 8 p.m. College Baseball Ridgewater vs. Anderson (Ind.), 9 a.m. (2)
Grete Peterson, a North Dakota State University senior outfielder from Granite Falls, is batting .275 in 18 games this season against Division I competition. Peterson, the Tribune's 2003 Hengstler-Ranweiler Award winner, has made just one error in center field for the Bison to date. NDSU is 13-5 this season.
College Baseball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater vs. Penn State-Scranton CC (2) at Port Charlotte (Fla.) Invitational, 9 a.m.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- A five-run 12th inning ignited by Scott Rambow's three-run double allowed Ridgewater to open its season on a high note as the Warriors held off Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio) 8-7 in 12 innings Sunday at the Port Charlotte Invitational. A second game was to follow, but darkness cancelled the game after four innings. The game will not be made up as Ridgewater plays again today at 9 a.m. in a doubleheader against Penn State-Scranton CC. Paul Mages singled to lead off the 12th for the Warriors and moved up to second on Ryan Young's sacrifice bunt.
DASSEL -- Paynesville and New London-Spicer will be meeting for the third time season, this time with the Section 5AA-South title on the line after each won semifinals games Saturday night. Paynesville (18-5) knocked off Maple Lake 61-54 in one semifinal game, while New London-Spicer (19-6) outlasted Eden Valley-Watkins 72-69 in the other. Maple Lake had beaten Paynesville 77-71 Jan.