Willmar's baseball and softball teams take on Brainerd today in Central Lakes Conference games. The Cardinals' baseball team (1-1, 1-2) hosts Brainerd beginning at 5 p.m. today at Bill Taunton Stadium. The softball team (1-1, 1-1) will travel to Brainerd for a doubleheader that starts at 4 p.m.
Prep Baseball CENTRAL LAKES Brainerd at Willmar, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Montevideo, 5 p.m. BOLD vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 5 p.m.
New Willmar Rails manager Rick Schwantes requests any ballplayers interested in playing for the amateur baseball team this summer to please contact him. He can be reached at 231-7175 (days) or 235-7956 (evenings). Schwantes, who previously coached in both the youth traveling and VFW baseball programs, said he will have assistant coaching help from Shawn Kleist.
Willmar native Marilyn Lovander posted a two-day total of 153, nine-over par, which put her below the cut line for the LPGA Takefuji Class in Las Vegas. Lovander, playing in her second LPGA tournament this season, has yet to make a cut. Loren Ochoa of Mexico won the tournament with a 19-under par for three days. See Page B-3.
Matt Wetterling, redshirt sophomore at North Dakota State from Willmar, finished third in NCAA Division I in pins with 18. The 184-pounder tied for ninth overall, counting Division II and Division III wrestlers, according to InterMat Wrestle.com, a web site run by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. He finished 25-7, the most wins on the Bison team, which will be eligible for NCAA post-season competition in the 2006-07 season. He also had the team's fastest fall -- 18 seconds vs. James Barker of Wisconsin Dec. 4 at the Northern Iowa Open.
WILLMAR -- Over two days of junior college baseball, the Ridgewater Warriors piled up four wins, 40 runs, two no-hitters, three shutouts and a winning poker hand -- four 10s and an ace kicker. The Warriors pummeled Riverland 10-0 and 10-5 on Saturday after crushing Minnesota West 10-0 and 10-0 on Friday in MCCC Southern Division games at Bill Taunton Stadium. The ace on Saturday was Zach Etter, a right-handed pitcher from Menagha who didn't allow the Blue Devils a hit over five innings while walking one. That was in Saturday's first game, giving Dwight Kotila's pitching staff consecutive no
Prep Baseball CENTRAL MINNESOTA Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Maple Lake, 5 p.m. CAMDEN SOUTH Dawson-Boyd at Minneota, 4:30 p.m. CAMDEN NORTH Renville County West vs. MACCRAY at Raymond, 5 p.m. PHEASANT Hancock at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, 5 p.m. TOMAHAWK Minnesota Valley Lutheran at Buffalo Lake-Hector, 4:45 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Litchfield at Hutchinson, 4:15 p.m. Montevideo at Pipestone (2), noon Prep Softball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Morris at Montevideo, 4:30 p.m. CENTRAL MINNESOTA Maple Lake vs.
College Baseball Ridgewater 10, Riverland 0 Ridgewater 10, Riverland 5
WILLMAR -- Ethan Vogt's no-hitter highlighted the Ridgewater Warriors' sweep of Minnesota West in a concise doubleheader at Bill Taunton Stadium Friday afternoon. The twin 10-0 wins -- both in five innings -- required only three hours, including 20 minutes between games. Ryan Krause threw a three-hitter in the opener. Vogt followed with his first no-hitter since eighth grade.
Willmar Community Education and Recreation announces that it is offering on-line registration for summer swimming lessons. Starting 7:30 a.m. Monday and running through Wednesday, early on-line registration is available on your own PC or at the computer lab at Washington Learning Center. The WCER Web site is www.willmar.k12.mn.us/wash/CEbrochure/index.htm . Starting Thursday, registration will also be accepted by mail, walk-in, phone (231-8490) or drop box.