WILLMAR -- Gregg Helin survived a couple of early bases-loaded jams and went on to throw a two-hitter, leading Bird Island to a 5-1 win over the Willmar Rails in amateur baseball Friday night at Bill Taunton Stadium. The win gave the Islanders a leg up in the Cornbelt South among teams fighting for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming league playoffs. Mark Neubauer provided a 2-0 lead for the Islanders in the third. Leading off, No.
Four events are scheduled for Spicer this weekend, part of their annual Fourth of July Celebration. Today, Hoops by the Lake is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sand volleyball begins at 8 a.m. and softball at the Green Lake Diamonds starts at 8 a.m. both days. The Green Lake 12-mile road race, which had a record 240 finishers in 2005, goes off at 8 a.m. Sunday at Saulsbury Beach.
The 76th Lakeland Golf Tournament at Eagle Creek Golf Club is set for July 15-16. Entrants in the 54-hole championship flight will play 27 qualifying holes on Saturday and, after a cut, play 27 more on Sunday. Erik Tone, a member of the Gustavus Adolphus Golf team from Willmar, won the 2005 Lakeland, shooting an eight-under par 208 to win by six strokes over Greg Peterson.
The 151st Batallion of the Minnesota National Guard, from Montevideo, will be honored by the Minnesota Twins before Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers at the Metrodome. The ceremony is part of 'Freedom Week'.
RAYMOND -- The Raymond Rockets continue in an orbit well above the rest of the Cornbelt South amateur baseball. This time the Rockets blasted Granite Falls 10-0 in eight innings on Friday at Lilliberg Field. The win boosted Raymond's record to 11-1 in league games and 19-6 overall. When playoffs start in about three weeks, Raymond will be trying for a repeat visit to Class C state where they were in the final eight last year. The Kilowatts are a young team in a rebuilding mode after years of success with a veteran line-up that won a state title in 2002. They stuck with Raymond through fou
FERGUS FALLS -- After New London-Spicer had taken a 3-0 lead, Fergus Falls plated seven runs in the fourth inning before going on to post a 8-5 win in the opening round of its round-robin tournament Friday. Scott Rambow singled in a run in the first and Jeremy Pickle knocked in two runs with a fourth-inning single to give New London-Spicer an early lead.
Amateur Baseball Raymond 10, Granite Falls 0 Starbuck 10, Sacred Heart 3 Milroy 11, Atwater 1 Bird Island 5, Willmar 1 Legion Baseball Fergus Falls Invite Fergus Falls 8, NL-Spicer 5 VFW Baseball Willmar I 11, Ortonville 5
Weekend Area Schedule Saturday Amateur Baseball LAND O' DUCKS Appleton at Canby, 2 p.m. Benson at Wheaton, 3 p.m. Morris at Madison, 7:30 p.m. NON-LEAGUE Raymond at Watkins, 1:30 p.m. Legion Baseball MACCRAY at Glenwood, 1 p.m. New London-Spicer at Fergus Falls Invite (vs. Jamestown, N.D., 11 a.m.; vs.
WILLMAR -- Craig Christiansen, veteran Modified racer from New London, got his first feature win at KRA Speedway Thursday. Christiansen outgunned Ryan Canon of Clearwater to the checkered flag. Christiansen has three thirds this year. It was the sixth top two finish for Canon. Points leader Jason Thoennes of Alexandria took third. In Superstock, Jeff Flaten of Hancock got his first win by holding off Scott Thompson of Willmar and Jim Martinson of Cokato. Midwest Modified was a wild ride with 19 cars on the starting grid. By the 10th lap less than half were still racing.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar I VFW team exploded in the middle innings to overtake Ortonville 11-5 Friday. Willmar broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the fourth with four runs, then added three more in the fifth. Ortonville committed two errors in the fourth and J.R. Smith it an RBI triple in the rally. Ben Ruter had two hits for Willmar and drove in two runs. J.J. Smith had three sacrifices and drove in three runs. J.R. Smith also picked up the win in relief.