Tiffany Gruber, a senior at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, was honored as KSAX-TV's Female Athlete of the Year Wednesday. Gruber helped the Jaguars to their first-ever state Class AA volleyball tournament appearance last fall. She was also a member of the school's basketball and softball teams.
Joe Schoolmeesters of Litchfield was eliminated from the 28th annual MGA Players' Championship Wednesday after falling 6&4 to Robbie Kelley in the third round at the TPC of the Twin Cities in Blaine. Kelley, a member of the University of Minnesota men's golf team, went on to win his quarterfinal match later in the day. The semifinals and final are today.
BIRD ISLAND -- Jason Guevara and Cory Schwantes both belted home runs Wednesday to help Willmar upend Bird Island 5-1 in the Cornbelt League. Jordan Olson opened the scoring for the Rails (5-4, 5-5) with an RBI double in the first before Bird Island (5-5, 8-7) got a run in the third on Mark Neubauer's single that brought in Stephen Engelmann. Willmar then answered with four runs over the next three innings.
KERKHOVEN -- Jared Johnson and Darrin Carlson hit home runs in the second inning to lead Kerkhoven to an 8-5 win over Wheaton in Legion Baseball action Wednesday. Johnson went 2-for-3 and scored two runs, hitting a solo homer. Carlson's lone hit was a two-run shot. Kerkhoven 8, Wheaton 5 Wheaton 301 100 0 - 5 7 1 Kerkhoven (5-0) 330 020 x - 8 10 3 HITTING - Wheaton: Adam Wilson 2-for-4, 2 runs; Luke Schultz 1-for-3, rbi ...
Legion Baseball Willmar vs. Cold Spring at St. Cloud Invite, 5:30 p.m. Benson at Clinton, 6:30 p.m. Glenwood at Wheaton, 6:30 p.m. Litchfield vs. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at Fairfax, 6:30 p.m. Eden Valley vs. Tri-Town at Atwater, 6:30 p.m. Morris vs. West Central at Barrett, 6:30 p.m. St. Joseph at Paynesville, 6:30 p.m. Kerkhoven vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 7 p.m. Marshall vs. MACCRAY at Raymond, 7 p.m. Milroy at Granite Falls, 7 p.m. Montevideo at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. Stock Car Racing KRA Speedway in Willmar, 6:30 p.m.
Amateur Baseball Willmar 5, Bird Island 1 Raymond 7, Starbuck 1 Legion Baseball Kerkhoven 8, Wheaton 5
Due to a lower number of entrants, the Cardinal Tennis Classic for this weekend has been canceled.
ST. CLOUD -- St. Cloud State University's Husky Stadium will host the 2006 Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game Saturday, which will have four area players on the Outstate squad. All four were All-Area selections last fall. Montevideo's Zach Bothun, who led the area in rushing with 1,252 yards, will be at running back. Litchfield's Josh Rose, who scored 26 touchdowns and led the area in scoring with 162 points, will play fullback. BOLD's Ben Aaseth is at offensive tackle.
The New London-Spicer sixth-grade girls basketball team beat Willmar Sunday to win the Minnesota Youth State Girls Basketball Championship at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. The tournament is conducted by Pacesetter Sports. The boys tournament will be held July 9 at St. Benedict.
The Willmar Winged Foot Running Club will host two All-Comer track meets on June 28 and July 5 at Hodapp Field. All events, except for relays, will be divided into age groups. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and competition at 5:30 p.m. both days. Entry fee is $10 per competitor, with a maximum of $25 per family and $40 per team. For more information, call Rob Palmer at 320-264-0237.