SAUK CENTRE -- Benson earned no less than a tie for first place in the final West Central Conference tennis standings with a 6-1 win over Melrose on Tuesday, a meet moved to nearby Sauk Centre due to wet courts in Melrose. Benson ends up 7-1 in the loop. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle also has one loss. Benson 6, Melrose 1 Singles (1) Daniel Fragodt, Ben, def. Sergio Meyer 6-0, 6-0 (2) Nate Curriel, Ben, def Jacob Ellering 6-0, 6-0 (3) Juan Ortiz, Ben, def. Mitchell Ellerfing 6-0, 6-1 (4) Justin Brinkman, Mel, def Matt Hagestuen 5-7, 6-1, (7-4) Doubles (1) Josh Gladis-Pat Murphy, Ben, def.
WILLMAR -- Three-set matches had been trouble for Willmar's Andy Neis and Troy Hafner. But not Tuesday. The 3-doubles duo outlasted Monticello 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-1 to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win in a Central Lakes Conference match. "Monticello is in the section, so it was a good one for us to win," said Willmar head coach Loren Holter. Neis and Hafner had struggled in three-setters this season, losing every one of the five or six they were in, according to Holter. The Cardinals (8-6) took a 3-1 lead at the midway point of the dual, but Monticello tied it by winning the next two. Monticel
Tomahawk Lester Prairie 8, Buffalo Lake-Hector 6 Mike Wolff and Bryce Rippentrop had two hits each for Buffalo Lake-Hector. BL-Hector (1-9, 1-10) - 6 Lester Prairie - 8 HITTING - Buffalo Lake-Hector: Mike Wolff 2-for-4; Joe Sparks 1-for-4; Bryce Rippentrop 2-for-4; Dustin Mortenson 1-for-1; Eric Schultz 1-for-4; Tyler Kramer 2-for-3; Brandon Antonsen 1-for-3; Luke Kramer 1-for-3 .... Lester Prairie: Aaron Madsen 2-for-3; Corey Czech 2-for-4; Joe Kley 1-for-4; Ben Machemahl 1-for-3; Dustin Paulson 1-for-2 PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Buffalo Lake-Hector: Mike Wolff (L) ....
GLENWOOD -- Mike Danielson doubled, tripled and pitched six innings overall for New London-Spicer in a 4-1 win over Minnewaska that spanned nearly a week. The first four innings of this West Central North baseball game were played last Tuesday before the game was postponed due to inclement weather. The game picked up in the top of the fifth inning and the Wildcats (6-2, 8-4) added a run on Blake Williamson's hit in the sixth inning. The Lakers (4-4, 8-4) scored a run in the bottom of the sixth on a Tyler Davis single. Danielson allowed a run on five hits, struck out nine and walked one for
The Willmar Cardinals boys and girls track teams will compete in the Section 8AAA True Team track and field meet today in Monticello. The meet is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
Ridgewater College hosts the six-team three-day Region 13 Baseball Tournament starting Friday. Last spring, the Warriors advanced to the World Series, where they were NJCAA Division III runner-up. In first-round pairings, Dawson (Mont.) CC plays Fergus Falls on the north field and Ridgewater plays Mesabi Range at Baker Field, both at 11 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., Milwaukee Tech meets Dakota County.
Willmar Community Education and Recreation is taking registrations for baseball and softball for all boys and girls kindergarten through ninth grade. The deadline is May 19. Information is available by calling 231-8490 or at the Washington Learning Center 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Willmar Baseball/Fastpitch Boosters hold their last meeting until fall at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 145 of the junior high school.
BIRD ISLAND -- Ben Aaseth drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning Monday as BOLD edged Yellow Medicine East 4-3 in a West Central South Conference game. Stephen Engelmann, the third BOLD pitcher, hurled 31/3 scoreless innings for the win. He allowed one hit and one walk, while striking out five. Pat Otteson had two hits and drove in two runs for the Warriors (10-3). Aaseth also had two hits. Luke Berg gave up only two hits over eight innings for YME (7-4). Losing pitcher Shawn Neu had three hits.
LITCHFIELD -- Lizzie Johnson spun four hitless innings and Litchfield got all the offense it needed in the first inning as the Dragons blanked Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 1-0 in a non-conference game Monday to snap an 11-game losing streak. With two outs in the bottom half of the first inning, Kala Salo reached first base after beating out a ball hit to shortstop.