Willmar native Marilyn Lovander shot a 1-over-par 72 in the first round of the Corning Classic in Corning, N.Y., Thursday. Lovander, who is tied for 77th with 13 others, made a birdie on the fifth hole and two bogeys on the back nine. Nancy Scranton leads the tournament with a 7-under 65.
There are five amateur baseball games scheduled for tonight involving area teams. In Cornbelt League action, Bird Island plays at Paynesville, New London-Spice travels to Starbuck and Regal plays at Granite Falls. In non-league games, Rosen is at Chokio and Raymond is at Fairfax. All games are slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.
ELROSA -- Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa scored all 10 of its runs in the second inning and advanced to the semifinals of Section 5A with a 10-6 win over Osakis Thursday. The Jaguars (8-11) will now meet Upsala-Swanville at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. BBE rapped out eight of its nine hits in the 10-run inning, highlighted by a three-run homer from D.J. Winter and a solo shot by Josh Roelike. Andy Hadley earned the win, hurling five innings and allowing five hits and three runs.
COLLEGEVILLE -- Eight area players advanced to the semifinals of the Section 6A boys tennis tournament by winning two matches each Thursday. The semifinals will be held starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's University. In singles, two area players will meet in one semifinal. Benson's Nate Curriel and Litchfield's Brian Ward will square off. The other semifinal will be Shane Ecklund of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle against teammate Nathan Korfe. In doubles, Joey and Daniel Fragodt of Benson will meet Charlie Hoemberg and Matt Edin of Staples-Motley in the semis.
PAYNESVILLE -- The Paynesville girls were second to St. Cloud Cathedral in the Section 5A-18 meet Thursday, while the St. Cloud Cathedral boys also were first. The Paynesville girsl were first in the 4 x 200 and 4 x 800 relays. Kacy Nehowig was second in the 3,200, Anna Kotten was second in the 100 hurdles and the Bulldogs' 4 x 400 relay was also second. Ashley Lensing of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa was first in three events; the high jump (5-0), pole vault (8-6) and 100 hurdles (16.6). Heidi Lensing was first in the long jump (16-11/2). The Paynesville boys were sixth.
BUFFALO LAKE -- Derek Hilding regained his form to shoot a 75 on Thursday to lead Willmar to fourth place on Day 1 of the two-part Section 2AA boys golf tournament. At 320, Willmar is only seven strokes behind first-round leader Mankato West at 313. The top six teams will play Tuesday morning back at Oakdale with the best two-round score earning a pass to the state meet. The top five individuals based on their two-round score will also advance. Hilding was followed by Tom Wagner with a 70 and Tyler Wahl at 80.
BUFFALO LAKE -- Willmar's Kelly Myhre shot 91, Jenna Bernhagen a season-best 93 and Beth Jacobson a 99 on Thursday to each qualify for the final stage of the Section 2AA girls golf tournament next week. The Cardinal team fell three strokes short of advancing after shooting a 389 at the Oakdale Golf Course. The top six team moved on to the state-qualify round on Tuesday, also at Oakdale.
Late result Wednesday WILLMAR -- Jordan Olson pitched a four-hit shutout and the Willmar Rails scored 10 runs in the sixth to beat Sacred Heart 12-0 in seven innings in a Cornbelt South League game Wednesday. Olson struck out two and walked two. Willmar led just 2-0 through the first five innings, then collected eight hits and scored 10 runs in the sixth. Matt Sagedahl and Steve Wetterling hit back-to-back RBI doubles and the second time through the order they each smacked two-run singles. Cory Schwantes also drove in two runs in the inning. Willmar 12, Sacred Heart 0 S.
Late result Tuesday Section 2A-North Holy Trinity 4, BL-Hector 2 The Mustangs outhit Holy Trinity 7-3, but committed four errors. BL-Hector 000 002 0 - 2 7 4 Winsted Holy Trinity 000 103 x - 4 3 1 HITTING - Buffalo Lake-Hector: Alyssa Kubesh 2-for-4; Jordan Duehn 1-for-3; Karissa Scharmer 1-for-4; Sarah Buboltz 1-for-2; Erin Daak 1-for-3; Toni Markgraf 1-for-2 .... Winsted Holy Trinity: Rachel Stifter 1-for-3; Kim Bestul 1-for-3, 2 runs; Lindsey Ide 1-for-2, 2-run HR, 2 rbi PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Buffalo Lake-Hector: Sarah Buboltz (L) 6-3-4-*-*-3 ....
Boys Golf SECTION 3A At Marshall Section meet, 9 a.m. Girls Golf SECTION 3A At Marshall Section meet, 9 a.m. Track and Field SUB-SECTION 3A-WEST At Redwood Falls (Area teams: Redwood Falls, Renville County West), 4 p.m. Amateur Baseball CORNBELT Bird Island at Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. New London-Spicer at Starbuck, 7:30 p.m. Regal at Granite Falls, 7:30 p.m. NON-LEAGUE Raymond at Fairfax, 7:30 p.m.