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RAYMOND -- New London-Spicer bolted to a 4-0 lead after two innings and went on to dispatch MACCRAY 7-3 in a non-conference season opener at Lilleberg Field on Tuesday. Leading 1-0 after one inning, the Wildcats' Scott Hjelle smacked a two-run single in the second, followed by a Jeremy Pickle to plate the third run of the inning. The two teams combined for 17 hits, all singles.
NEW LONDON -- Junior Kalina Blackwell spun a no-hitter and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City plated 12 runs in the sixth inning to beat New London-Spicer 16-1 in six innings Tuesday. Blackwell issued just two walks while striking out four. The Falcons (1-0) owned a 4-1 lead before erupting in the sixth.
GROVE CITY -- Tara Schmidt won three events to lead Paynesville to first place in the girls half of the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Track and Field meet on Tuesday. Schmidt won the 100 meters (13.32), the 200 (28.1) and the long jump (14-10) in the outdoor opener. Kaelene Lundstrum won the high jump (5-2) and 400 dash (1:02.41) for BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector and teammate Sam Broderious won discus (118-4) and shot put (39-5). Mayer Lutheran took second of seven teams. In the boys' portion of the meet, Mayer Lutheran dominated, running up 233 points to 184 for runner-up Montevideo.
Central Minnesota Results Tuesday at Annandale Spencer Otteson carded a 44 -- five shots behind the co-medalists -- to pace Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the conference opener. Team scoring (1) Pierz 162 (2) St.
With 10 area softball games, six baseball games, four track and field meets and two golf meets scheduled for today, the spring season in high school sports hits high gear. Some highlights include defending Class AA champion Paynesville hosting Kimball in baseball and two softball doubleheaders in the Camden Conference -- Dawson-Boyd at Renville County West and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at MACCRAY. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and Minnewaska also host track meets.
ST. CLOUD -- Having played only exhibition games three weeks ago and the first part of its scheduled postponed, the Ridgewater softball team was anxious to play. The Lady Warriors finally got to open Monday, coming away with a doubleheader sweep of St. Cloud Technical College, the newest member of the Minnesota Community College Conference. Ignited by Laura Suter's one-hit shutout that featured 14 strikeouts, Ridgewater used a 13-hit attack to open with a 9-0 win.
NEW LONDON -- St. Cloud Cathedral easily won both boys and girls titles at the New London-Spicer Invitiational Monday. The Crusaders did it with depth; of the eight relays they won five and Melrose the other three. Three area teams -- New London-Spicer, MACCRAY and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa -- launched their track and field seasons Monday. The NLS boys powered their way to second place behind the efforts of Wade Powers who was first in both the shot put (46-11) and the discus (134-3).
KIMBALL -- Ashley Ogdahl spun a no-hitter and the Paynesville bats rapped out 16 hits as the Bulldogs crumbled Kimball 11-0 Monday to open the fast-pitch softball season. Ogdahl gave up a walk in the second inning and struck out nine. Laura Schaefer went 4-for-5 with a triple and four runs scored.
NEW LONDON - The temperature was raw enough for a late-season game of pond hockey, but four teams persevered to complete the New London-Spicer Early Bird Tennis Invitational Saturday. Willmar opened the season by beating Becker 5-2, Melrose 7-0 and New London-Spicer 6-1. "I don't think it ever got above 40 (degrees) the whole time," remarked Willmar coach Loren Holter. In a battle of undefeateds at 1-singles, Willmar's Cass Magnuson tipped the Wildcats' Nick Thompson 6-3, 6-3 during the final team match of the day.
ST. CLOUD - Ridgewater College beat St. Cloud Tech College 5-4 in eight innings and Itasca 8-5 on Saturday at Faber Field in St. Cloud. Sunday's games with the same two teams were rained out. Ridgewater 5, SC Tech College 4 The Warriors led 4-0 after three, but Tech rallied with single runs in each of the next four innings to send it into extra innings. Steve Wetterling walked in the Ridgewater eighth, was bunted to second and scored on Adam Schieck's pinch-hit double. Alex Stein threw three innings in relief of Ethan Vogt for the win.