ROCHESTER -- Ridgewater blanked College of DuPage 3-0 in the opening round of the NJCAA Division III Softball National Championship Thursday before falling to No. 2 Monroe 3-2 in the semifinals. Ridgewater (24-6) will face Central Lakes of Brainerd today at 10 a.m. in the loser's bracket. A win would put the Lady Warriors in a 2 p.m. game while a loss would mean Ridgewater would play for fifth place at noon. Laura Suter spun a four-hit shutout against College of DuPage as Ridgewater plated all of its runs in the sixth inning.
SACRED HEART -- Tyler Kleinhuizen scored all the way from first base on a throwing error in the seventh inning to lift Renville County West past MACCRAY 4-3 Thursday in the Camden Conference. Kleinhuizen led off the seventh with a single and MACCRAY (7-3, 9-6) then put Justin Koenen on the mound.
MURDOCK -- Brianne Riley gave up just two singles and Kelsey Jeseritz and Melissa Neal scored the ninth and 10th runs, respectively, of the game in the fifth inning to help push No. 2 seed Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (14-5) into the next round where it will play at 1:30 p.m. in Glenwood on Tuesday. Jasmine Bredeson, Kari Henry and Dot Saulsbury all collected two hits for KMS, which scored four times in the first. KMS 10, SJ Prep 0 St. John's Prep (0-12) 000 00 - 0 2 2 KMS (14-5) 403 12 - 10 9 0 HITTING - St. John's Prep: Hannah Jung 1-for-2; Beth Sowada 1-for-2 ....
Prep Baseball Willmar 5, Sauk Rapids 4 Willmar 6, Sauk Rapids 5 Sleepy Eye SM 11, BLH 1 Albany 13, Minnewaska 3 New London-Spicer 8, Sauk Centre 4 ACGC 11, Benson 8 Montevideo 3, Benson 2 Hancock 9, Wheaton/HN 5 BBE 3, Kimball 0 RCW 4, MACCRAY 3 KMS 24, CMCS 4 KMS 8, CMCS 1 Paynesville 4, Melrose 0 BOLD 5, Morris 1 YME 9, LQPV 3 College Softball Ridgewater 3, DuPage 0 Monroe 3, Ridgewater 2 Prep Softball Brandon-Evansville 6, Morris 5 Sleepy Eye SM 15, BLH 1 Montevideo 11, New London-Spicer 0 BBE 8, Swanville 1 LQPV 2, BOLD 0 KMS 10, SJ Prep 0 Daw
Prep Baseball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City vs. BOLD at Bird Island (2), 4:30 p.m. Morris at Benson, 5 p.m. CAMDEN Tracy-Milroy-Balaton vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven, 5 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Delano Wood Bat Tournament (Litchfield), 5 p.m. MACCRAY vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 5 p.m. Sauk Centre vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 5 p.m. Prep Softball NON-CONFERENCE Willmar at Benson/Hancock, 4 p.m. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Paynesville, 4:15 p.m. Dawson-Boyd vs.
NEW LONDON -- St. Cloud Cathedral won both the boys and girls divisions of the West Central North Conference track meet Thursday. The Crusader boys won with 182 points, followed by New London-Spicer with 154.5. Cathedral's girls won with 144 points. Sauk Centre was second with 135 and Paynesville third with 112.5. Wade Powers won two events for the Wildcats. He threw the discus 153-9½ and tossed the shot put 46-6.
MONTEVIDEO --The Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg girls and the Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd boys were both victorious at the West Central South Conference track meet on Thursday. The multiple winners included state 1,600-meter champion Nikki Swenson of LQPV/DB. She won the 400 dash (57.81), the 1600 (5:16.73) and the 3200 (11:20.75). Seventh-grader Mariah Hutton of runner-up BLH/BOLD won the 100 dash in 13.20. Freshman Kendra Mooberry of Benson/KMS took second, but won the 300 hurdles (48.24) and long jump (15-05).
SARTELL -- Willmar held on to the fourth spot in the Central Lakes Conference girls golf standings with a sixth-place finish in the seventh league meet of the season Thursday. The Cardinals shot a combined 397. Alexandria, which holds the No. 1 spot, won the meet with a 340. Sartell was second with a 343. Kelly Myhre shot a 90 to pace the Cardinals. St. Cloud Apollo's Samantha Sommers was the medalist with a 73. Team scoring (1) Alexandria 340 (2) Sartell 343 (3) St. Cloud Tech 360 (4) tie Brainerd, St.
COKATO -- The Willmar boys golf team shot a 340 and finished 10th at the Dassel-Cokato Invite Thursday. Buffalo shot a 316 score to capture first place at Albion Ridge Golf Club. The Bison had a one-stroke advantage on New Prague and two strokes on Marshall. Litchfield was 12th at 346. Joe Zimmerman of Becker was medalist with a 74. Sam Warzecha led the Cardinals with an 81.
WILLMAR -- Sartell shaded Willmar 4-3 on Thursday in the Central Lakes finale with six of the seven points needing a third set. "Each team won three," said coach Loren Holter. "I'm pleased with the way we competed. This should catapult us into the post-season with some momentum, though Monticello will be a tough match." The Cardinals host the Magic today in the Sub-section 8AA-South quarterfinals. Willmar finished fourth in the CLC with a 4-7 mark, including a 7-0 loss at Sartell.