WILLMAR -- Laura Suter and Angie Flaten were nearly unhittable and the Ridgewater offense produced 25 hits as the Lady Warriors crushed MSCTC-Fergus Falls 14-0 and 10-0 on Tuesday at the college field. Suter threw a one-hitter with nine strikeouts in the first game. Flaten tossed a two-hitter in the second game, facing one more than the minimum thanks two double plays. Both games went five innings. Julie Vosejpka had the loudest bat for Ridgewater.
WILLMAR -- The rain stopped one match, but not before Willmar had built up a 5-1 lead and beat St. Cloud Apollo in the Central Lakes Conference boys tennis opener for both teams. Willmar's Cass Magnuson trailed the Eagles' Joey Lafountaine 3-6, 6-3, 3-1 at 1-singles before it was called off. Otherwise, the Cardinals (1-0, 5-0) won the other three singles matches in fairly dominant fashion and won two of three doubles matches. "We're playing pretty well for this time of the year," said Willmar coach Loren Holter.
MAPLE LAKE -- In the Central Minnesota Conference opener, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa put four golfers under 50 for the first time, led by Kari Rosengren's 46. Central Minnesota Tuesday at Annandale Team scoring (1) Pierz 183 (2) Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 192 (3) Kimball/Ede Valley-Watkins 204 (4) Maple Lake 219 (5) Rockford 223 (6) Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted/Lester Prairie, St.
MARSHALL -- Chris Kollen of Yellow Medicine East and Barry Rothwell of MACCRAY each shot a 74 to tie for second at the Marshall Invite Tuesday. The Wolverines took second in the team race with a 330, trailing Marshall Black by 12 shots.
NEW LONDON -- The Willmar boys posted some impressive times for their first outdoor meet on Monday during the New London-Spicer Invitational. Willmar won both the boys and girls team titles in a four-team field that also included Renville County West, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and the host school. Abdi Awale clocked 2:01.44 to win the 800 meters and 4:32.59 in the mile on a surprisingly warm day in which the temperature reached the mid-70s. With a slight tail wind, Zak Kjolsing hit 11.03 in the 100 dash. Willmar is especially strong in distance.
NEW LONDON -- The Willmar Cardinals and the New London-Spicer Wildcats met for the second time in the new season on Monday. At 75 degrees, the mercury was 35 degrees higher than April 1, when the teams battled at the NLS Invitational -- but the results were much the same. Willmar took a 7-0 win this time, a one-point change from the first meeting. Ryan Miller and Tom Graves avenged their loss to the Wildcats' David Bloomquist and Colin Wright at 1-doubles, winning 1-6, 6-1, 6-4. Matt Hallstrom won a three-set thriller with Jackson Wright at 3-singles 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.
The Willmar Baseball/Fastpitch Boosters Association holds its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the junior high school. The meeting is open to anyone interested in youth, school, college or amateur baseball in the community.
There will be an ASA Umpire's Clinic at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Willmar City Auditorium. You must attend the clinic in order to umpire in a sanctioned league or tournament. Contact the Willmar Community Education and Recreation department at (320) 231-8490 for more information.
Some invitations mailed out by the high school for the Willmar Senior Athletic Recognition Program contained the wrong date. The correct date is May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.
The Willmar Cardinals baseball team opens at home today against Rocori in a Central Lakes Conference game at Taunton Stadium. Willmar (0-1) was slated to open the season at home last Friday, but the game was moved to Marshall because of wet fields. The Cardinals lost that game 1-0. Today's game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.