The Ridgewater College Lady Warriors (23-5) will meet College of DuPage, Ill. (28-15) at 10 a.m. Thursday in the first round of the NJCAA Division III Softball National Championship. The three-day event is being hosted by the Rochester (Minn.) Amateur Sports Commission. Other first-round pairings pit Brookdale CC (N.J.) against Dutchess CC (N.Y.), and Central Lakes College (Brainerd, Minn.) meeting Anne Arundel CC (Md.) in the upper bracket. Ridgewater will play either Monroe CC (N.Y.) or Clark State CC (Ohio) in Thursday's second round.
Tryouts for the Willmar VFW baseball will be held May 22-24 at Swansson Field. Tryouts will be held from 6-8 p.m. each day. Two teams will be formed and interested players must not be 17 on June 1. Cost is $180 per player. Contact Ron Fake at (320) 235-7322 after 6 p.m. for more information.
Bremer Bank will host its 14th annual Charity Golf Event June 5 at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar. Proceeds from the event will be donated to West Central Industries' Meals On Wheels program. The event is open to the public and will be an 18-hole scramble, beginning at 1 p.m. For more information, call Deb Zinda-Hansen at (320) 231-8166.
The YMCA in Willmar will be hosting a skills-based summer basketball camp for youth currently in grades K-3. Sessions will be held on weekday mornings on June 5-9 and 12-16 at the YMCA. For more information, call (320) 222-9622 or go online at www.kandiymca.org .
ST. CLOUD -- Callie Nelsen took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Willmar pounded out 15 hits to dump St. Cloud Apollo 8-0 in Central Lakes Conference softball action Tuesday. Nelsen held the Eagles hitless until the seventh, when Ashley Horsch hit a leadoff triple to right field. Nelsen had a perfect game through three innings, but the Cardinals committed an error in the fourth. Left fielder Nina Emery made a diving catch on the first batter of the game. Willmar scored five runs in the fourth inning.
RAYMOND -- Hilary Groothuis tossed a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts as MACCRAY defeated Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 5-1 in a Camden Conference game Tuesday. The teams will play again today in Raymond. If MACCRAY (8-0, 13-1) wins, it clinches at least a tie for the title. Trailing 1-0 after KMS pitcher Brianne Riley singled home a run in the second inning, MACCRAY scored four times in the third inning on two hits and three KMS errors. Tory Brouwer drove in two runs with a groundout and single for the Wolverines. Destiny VanDeRiet had two hits.
MADISON -- Fueled by Beth Brustuen's fifth-inning grand slam, Lac qui Parle Valley rallied from an eight-run deficit to edge Yellow Medicine East 10-9 in a West Central South Conference game Tuesday. LQPV (6-5, 10-7) trailed 9-5 entering the bottom of the seventh inning and responded by plating five runs to cap its rally. Pinch-runner Tiffany Volk scored the winning run on Tierra Hanson's sacrifice fly. Brustuen, whose home run cleared the fence in center field, and Katie Schlieman, both had three hits and combined to drive in seven runs for the Eagles.
Prep Baseball Willmar 7, SC Apollo 5 Canby 12, CMCS 8 NL-Spicer 4, Paynesville 3 Delano 7, Litchfield 0 BOLD 9, Benson 1 ACGC 3, Morris 2 LQPV 6, Montevideo 3 BBE 15, Osakis 2 Prep Softball Willmar 8, SC Apollo 0 Benson/Hancock 3, ACGC 2 Litchfield 3, Mound-Westonka 2 Mound-Westonka 17, Litchfield 6 Melrose 9, Paynesville 0 NLS 15, Sauk Centre 13 Minnewaska 3, Albany 2 Morris 5, BOLD 1 Morris 13, BOLD 0 LQPV 10, YME 9 MACCRAY 5, KMS 1 Redwood Valley 11, CMCS 0 Tennis Alexandria 7, Willmar 0 Benson 6, St.
Prep Softball CAMDEN Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg vs. MACCRAY at Raymond, 4 p.m. Amateur Baseball NON-LEAGUE Starbuck at Morris, 7:30 p.m. Regal at Lake Henry, 6:15 p.m. Litchfield at Eden Valley, 7 p.m. Hutchinson at Sacred Heart, 7:30 p.m.
NEW LONDON -- Minnewaska won the last two West Central North Conference meets Tuesday to capture the league crown at Little Crow Country Club Tuesday. The front nine was a make-up for the Minnewaska meet and the back nine was the regularly-scheduled meet. The Lakers shot a 165 on the front and a 160 on the back. Courtney Boe was medalist both times, shooting a pair of 37s. Minnewaska won the league title with 61 points, four ahead of Albany. Team scoring (front nine) (1) Minnewaska 165 (2) Albany 172 (3) St.