Peter Aus, former boys hockey coach at Litchfield (1970-84) and Willmar (1984-92), was one of four inductees into the Minnesota Boys Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Aus's began coaching in 1965 at Kellogg. He later started the Litchfield program and then coached at Willmar. His 1987 Willmar team is the last to win a Central Lakes title. Aus has been the head coach at Bethel for the past 12 years. His Royals won their first MIAC title this year and advanced to the Division III regionals for the first time ever.
New London-Spicer will be taking a fan bus to the Section 5AA boys basketball championship against Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Friday night. Game time is 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information or to sign up, call the New London-Spicer High School office at 320-354-2252, ext. 2600.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Ridgewater baseball team picked up two more wins on its season-opening trip to Florida, beating Anderson (Ind.) University JV 3-1 and 12-5 Tuesday. The Warriors remain unbeaten at 5-0 and will face Sussex (N.J.) Community College for a doubleheader starting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Ridgewater 3, Anderson 1 Ridgewater right-hander Mike Riewer held Anderson to three hits and one run in five innings of work. He struck out four and walked two.
Girls Basketball STATE TOURNAMENT Class A Quarterfinals At Target Center, Minneapolis 1. Christ's Household of Faith (20-8) vs. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (26-4), 6 p.m. 2. Rushford-Peterson (22-7) vs. Fulda (27-3), 8 p.m. At Sports Pavilion, Minneapolis 3. Ada-Borup (28-1) vs. Springfield (21-7), 6 p.m. 4. Chisholm (24-5) vs. Hancock (24-3), 8 p.m.
Boys Basketball Section 5AA-20 Championship New London-Spicer 65, Paynesville 60
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