The Ridgewater College baseball team is scheduled to open at the Metrodome early Friday morning against Oakton (Ill.) Community College. Due to the Minnesota Gophers Dairy Queen Classic the same day, the first pitch of the Junior College twinbill is set for 5 a.m. Ridgewater is ranked No. 5 in the NJCAA Division III preseason poll.
Willmar Senior High School will be the site of an area Special Olympics Basketball Tournament from 10 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday. Teams are expected from Hutchinson and Montevideo, as well as Willmar.
Mindy Clark became the all-time girls basketball scoring leader at Lac qui Parle Valley Tuesday in the Section 3AA-North quarterfinals. Also advancing to Friday's semifinals in Montevideo were Montevideo, West Central Area and MACCRAY. West Central is the top seed, LQPV No. 2, Montevideo No. 4 and MACCRAY No. 6. LQPV 74, YME 58 In a high-scoring first half, LQPV led 43-41. Clark then took over in the second half, scoring 20 of her game-high 25 points. She surpassed the previous school record held by Mindy Schirm, a 1993 graduate who had 1,173 points.
MARSHALL -- After picking up an one-point win a day earlier, Dawson-Boyd drubbed top-seeded Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 53-47 in the Section 3A-North semifinals Tuesday at Southwest Minnesota State. Dawson-Boyd, the fourth seed, will face No. 2 Minneota in the sub-section final Friday at 8 p.m. back at Southwest Minnesota State. The Blackjacks (16-8) had lost 63-42 to RTR on Jan. 11 in Dawson and have lost twice to Minneota during Camden Conference play. The Blackjacks were paced by Kelly Swenson's 14 points and also enjoyed the lead for the entire game.
LITCHFIELD -- Peter Zender made a 10-foot jumper on the baseline with just one second remaining to give Litchfield a 59-57 win over Wright County Conference rival Dassel-Cokato Tuesday. Zender pumped in 18 points and Mike Bruesewitz netted 17 more for the Dragons (8-7, 11-13). Bruesewitz also hooked 11 rebounds and blocked four shots, while Zender made four steals. Litchfield 59, Dassel-Cokato 57 Dassel-Cokato (4-11, 6-17) 24 33 -- 57 Litchfield (8-7, 11-13) 30 29 -- 59 DASSEL-COKATO - 17-58 FG (6-24 3-pt); 14-18 FT; 24 rebounds; 17 fouls ...
Wrestling STATE TOURNAMENT At Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Canby (26-1) vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (21-1), 7:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball Litchfield 59, Dassel-Cokato 57 Yellow Medicine East 76, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 67 Rocori 67, Willmar 37 Central Minnesota Christian 100, ECHO Charter 30 Eden Valley-Watkins 60, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 57 New London-Spicer 77, Albany 63 Girls Basketball Section 2A-North Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 65, Buffalo Lake-Hector 36 Section 3A-North Dawson-Boyd 53, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 47 Section 3AA-North West Central 93, BOLD 47 Lac qui Parle Valley 74, Yellow Medicine East 58 Montevideo 52, Benson 45 MACCRAY 53, Morris/Chokio-Alberta 39 Section 2AAA New
The Willmar boys basketball team gets another shot at the Central Lakes Conference co-leader Rocori tonight. Willmar (13-3, 19-4) lost at Cold Spring Jan. 16 in overtime, 66-59. Willmar still has a chance for a second-place tie in the CLC, but must beat the Spartans and also Sauk Rapids on Friday. Rocori (15-1, 20-2) could still win the conference title outright by beating Willmar and then co-leader St. Cloud Apollo (15-1, 20-4) on Friday.
Augustana guard Alison Adamson was named the North Central Conference's women's basketball player of the week for the second time this season. Adamson, a senior from Willmar, scored 26 points and had eight rebounds in a win over South Dakota. She was also named for the award Jan. 8. The Vikings (9-3, 25-5) host Nebraska-Omaha in the first round of the conference tournament Wednesday.
Willmar Community Education and Recreation has announced a mandatory meeting for teams interested in the seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade summer baseball league. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 12 at Willmar Junior High School, Room 146. For more information phone 231-8492, ext. 7206.