BECKER -- Four individuals from the area placed in the top 14 Tuesday at the Section 5A-17 meet to qualify for the Section 5A meet next Tuesday in Cold Spring. Stacy Brisendine of New London-Spicer tied for third at 85 while Marissa Mackedanz of Paynesville was sixth at 87, Kalli Swanson of Litchfield tied for ninth at 92 and Karin Hanson of Litchfield came in 12th at 95 to make the field for the Section 5A meet. First place Albany had a 368 and runner-up St. Cloud Cathedral 378 to advance as a team. Team scoring (1) Albany 368 (2) St.
REDWOOD FALLS -- The MACCRAY Wolverines fell a point short in a bid to upset No. 1 seed Worthington Tuesday in the Section 3A tennis semifinal round. The Wolverines tilted their strength toward doubles but fell short of a sweep there and fell 4-3 to the Trojans. Worthington had topped MACCRAY 5-2 in the regular season. The Wolverines' Travis Wubben-Matt Skoglund won at 1-doubles, reversing an early season 3-set loss to Tim Ross-Nate Peterson with a 7-5, 6-2 win.
CLARA CITY -- Tyler Steen and Zach Thissen homered for the second straight day and Aaron Pauling also went deep for MACCRAY as the Wolverines beat former Two Twelve Conference rival BOLD 15-14 in Ron Lauer's last home game as MACCRAY's head coach. Thissen delivered the winning hit when he singled to right field with one out in the seventh to knock in Jordan Smith. Thissen, who has homered in MACCRAY's last three games, had driven in three runs in the previous inning on his three-run homer.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City blanked Litchfield 4-0 and Paynesville routed Kimball 10-0 in the quarterfinals of Section 5AA Monday. Top-seeded Maple Lake escaped Eden Valley-Watkins' upset bid, 5-1. No. 2 Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted routed New London-Spicer 10-0. ACGC and Maple Lake meet at 4:30 p.m. today in Kimball, while Paynesville and HLWW meet at 4:30 p.m. today in Maple Lake. The final is slated for Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Loretto.
PRINSBURG -- Home runs from Tyler Steen and Zach Thissen ignited MACCRAY's 14-3 win over Central Minnesota Christian Monday in the Camden Conference finale. Thissen slugged a solo homer in the second en route to going 3-for-5 and driving in three runs. Steen launched a two-run homer in the fourth to push MACCRAY's lead to 13-3. Jake Aalderks doubled and singled twice to drive in two runs for the Wolverines, who also got two hits apiece from Steen, Justin Koenen and Brock Madsen.
Ridgewater College is offering a summer volleyball league for area high school teams. The league runs Tuesday and Thursday nights on Aug. 1, 3, 8 and 10 with a tournament Aug. 12. Early registration ends June 5 and the cost is $120 per team. For more information, contact Joe Sussenguth, Ridgewater volleyball coach, at (320) 231-7681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Joe Schoolmeesters of Litchfield fired a one-under 71 Monday at Koronis Hills in Paynesville to win a qualifying event for the Minnesota Golf Association Players' Championship. Ryan Walsh (71) of Atwater and Eric Peterson (74) of Benson also finished in the top five to qualify for the Players' Championship June 20-22 at the TPC in Blaine. Mitchell Mackedanz (76) of Paynesville was two shots off of fifth place and will be the second alternate.
Tickets for the 46th annual Hengstler-Ranweiler Awards Banquet are now on sale. Tickets are by reservation only. The H-R Awards Banquet honors the top male and female high school athletes from the area. The banquet begins at 6 p.m. on June 5 at Ridgewater College. Tickets are $9 and include a meal. Nominated athletes receive a complimentary ticket. To order, e-mail email@example.com or call 1-800-450-1150 (Scott at ext. 332 or Jesse at ext. 371).
HUTCHINSON -- Evan Kohli overcame seven walks by tossing a three-hitter with nine strikeouts as Hutchinson nipped Willmar 3-1 in a non-conference baseball game Monday. Hutchinson scored two unearned runs in the first inning off losing pitcher Ross Van Hauen, who finished with an eight-hitter in going the distance. "We had chances to make plays in that first inning and we didn't do it," said Willmar coach Brad Dean. "That was the difference.
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- Ridgewater College bowed out of the NJCAA Division III World Series on Monday, losing to Suffolk County Community College of Selden, N.Y., 5-2. "We finished 31-10 and in fifth place here," said coach Dwight Kotila, disappointed the Warriors' post-season run had come to an end.