Central Minnesota Christian and Belgrade-Broot-en-Elrosa have yet to play a match for the 2006 season, but they're all ready being recognized for their potential by making the preseason Coaches' Association volleyball polls in their respective classes, which was released Thursday. The Bluejays, which finished third last year's Class A Tournament, were voted to the No. 4 spot in the Class A poll. Minneota was first. CMCS, coached by Traci Grussing, was 28-6 last season. The Jaguars, who made their first-ever state trip last season and finished 28-4 under Mimi Knutson, is No.
Willmar native Marilyn Lovander shot a five-over-par through her first nine holes and finished the first day of the LPGA Tour's Women's Canadian Open with a 77 Thursday. Lovander double-bogeyed her first hole, which set the tone for the day in London, Ontario.
The Ridgewater College Warriors football team, under first-year coach Rob Baumgarn, will be opening camp today. Several area players will be reporting at noon today to kick off the season. The Warriors' first game is on Aug. 26 at St. Cloud State University against Northland Community College at 2:30 p.m. Ridgewater's first home game is scheduled for Sept. 9 at Hodapp Field at 1:30 p.m. The Red and White scrimmage, which is open to the public, is slated for Aug. 18 at Hodapp Field. For more information, call Baumgarn at 320-231-5124.
New London native Aaron Barber shot an even-par 70 to sit in the middle of the field after the first day of the Nationwide Tour's Xerox Classic at Irondequoit Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., Thursday. Barber finished the back nine one-over par, then ended the day with a birdie on No. 9.
The Willmar High School volleyball fall practice that begins Monday will be from 8 a.m.-noon at the high school for grades 9-12.
WILLMAR -- Shane Sabraski of Rice continued his dominance of the Wissota Modifieds, winning his second straight feature at KRA Speedway Wednesday. Sabraski, who also won the Midwest Modified race last week, beat Jason Thoennes of Alexandria and Kevin Yeager of Brainerd. Willmar's Danica Bleess won her first Hobby Stock feature of the season after the 16-year-old placed third in the first heat. Other feature winners include: Brock Gronwald of Fergus Falls in Midwest Modifieds, Justin Bjorklund of Sacred Heart in Mod-Fours, Cory Crapser of Eau Claire, Wis., in Street Stock and Ryan Aho of Chi
Legion Baseball DIVISION II REGIONAL At Viroqua, Wis. Montevideo vs. Kansas City, 8:30 a.m.
Legion Baseball Division II Regional Langdon, N.D. 9, Montevideo 8
The following are fall sports practice times for Willmar High School. All practices begin on Monday. Boys Soccer: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the senior high fields (grades 9-12). Girls Soccer: 3-5 p.m. at senior high fields (grades 7-12). Cross Country: 6:30 a.m. at high school (grades 7-12). Girls Tennis: 3-5 p.m. at senior high courts (grades 9-12). Football: 7:30 a.m. at high school (grades 10-12) ... 9 a.m.
The third annual Green Lake Triathlon will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday at Melvin's in Spicer. Race director Dave Baker is expecting between 350-400 competitors this year, up from 300 the first year and 325 last year. Volunteers are needed to help with the event. Anyone interested should call Baker at 320-796-2195. For more information, call 320-894-5774 or go to the website at www.greenlaketri.com .