WILLMAR -- The Willmar 16U girls softball team improved to 12-0 with an 8-4 win over BOLD on Tuesday evening at the high school fields. Tied 2-2, Willmar scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth without the aid of a hit. A bases-loaded walk with none out and then two ground outs brought in the runs. Willmar was hitless against Sam Dooner until the sixth when Bobbi Sather, Emily Cuchna and Allie Sweep had consecutive RBI hits. Sara Freed went the distance for the win.
EDEN PRAIRIE -- Eden Prairie defeated a worn out Wilmar 17U boys soccer team 3-0 on Monday in Classic III League game played in a downpour. The game was scoreless at halftime before Eden Prairie mounted a rally and tied Willmar for first place in the the final league standings. Willmar, which finished 7-2 in league play and played its fifth match in three days, takes a 11-3 overall record into the Minnesota Youth Soccer State Touranment July 28-Aug. 4.
ROCHESTER -- The Willmar 10th grade boys basketball team went 5-0 over the past weekend to win the Star of the North Games and qualify for the national tournament in Colorado Springs. Isaiah Streed ignited the offense for Willmar by netting 87 points in the five games. Streed scored at least 14 points in each game, including 23 in a 69-29 win over Ellsworth. Taylor Filipek also scored in double figures each game, averaging 13.4 points in the tournament. Willmar opened with a 54-29 win over Canon Falls before upending Ellsworth.
Amateur Baseball CORNBELT Atwater at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. LAND O' DUCKS Benson at Chokio, 7:30 p.m. Canby at Morris, 7:30 p.m. NON-LEAGUE Lake Henry at Regal, 6:15 p.m. Hadley at Sacred Heart, 7:30 p.m. Raymond at Litchfield, 7:30 p.m. Starbuck at Madison, 7:30 p.m. Legion Baseball Alexandria at Montevideo, 7 p.m.
Legion Baseball Willmar 2, Marshall 1 Tri-Town 5, Avon 3 Tri-Town 7, Avon 0 VFW baseball Willmar I 3, Willmar II 1 16U Softball Willmar 8, BOLD 3
WILLMAR -- Ross Van Hauen threw a three-hitter as Willmar beat District 7 Division I rival Marshall 2-1 in a nine-inning game Tuesday evening at North Swansson Field. Post 167 piled up 10 hits, but never could give Van Hauen breathing room as the game stayed 2-1 from the third inning on. Van Hauen walked two and fanned five. The Marshall run was unearned. Marshall drew first blood in the second.
Maurey Mertens of Spicer used a five-wood to make a hole-in-one at the No. 8 hole on the Oaks course at Little Crow Country Club Monday. The No. 8 is a par-3, 162-yard hole.
Lee and Denise Landsteiner, golfing for Koronis Hills Golf Club in Paynesville, shot a first-day 77 at the Minnesota Golf Association's Mixed Team Amateur Championship Tuesday at Brackett's Crossing Country Club in Edina. J.T. Johnson of Keller Golf Club and Leigh Klasse of Meadowbrook Golf Club shot a 62 to lead the field. Action concludes today.
SPICER -- A well-rested Michael Danielson struck out 18 in nine innings as New London-Spicer Legion barreled past Litchfield 10-2 in District 7, Division I baseball Monday. Danielson had early control problems. He walked two batters starting the third and both scored on a Tyler Puckett single. After that Danielson was near perfection. The tall right-hander had to work last weekend and was unable to make the trip to the Ely Tournament. He averaged two strikeouts per inning. Litchfield was without several starters. NLS went up 5-2 in the fourth with four runs.
The Northern All-Stars, which had Paynesville's John Hemingson and Renville County West's Mitch Schwindt on the roster, lost twice in the Lions All-Star Baseball tournament Friday and Saturday at Chaska Athletic Park. The squad lost to the Metro West team 8-5 Friday and to Metro East 6-5 on Saturday. Rains forced cancellation of the remaining games Saturday. No other information was available.