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The Ridgewater Lady Warriors softball team heads to West Palm Beach, Fla., on Thursday for a week of games and scrimmages at the Papa John's Palm Beach Challenge. Laura Suter returns to pitch with Angie Flaten, a newcomer from Greenbush-Middle River. Julie Vosejpka and Suzie Zander are returning all-region choices for coach Todd Thorstad. Defensive MVP Mallory Peterson of Willmar is also back, but catcher Jenny Cunningham will miss the trip because she is going to New York next week with the basketball team for the national tournament.
Ashley Cronen, a Willmar High School graduate, and Tanner Miest, a New London-Spicer grad, took all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors at the MIAC Indoor Track Championships last weekend. Cronen, a senior at Gustavus Adolphus, was part of the winning women's medley relay team. They set a meet and track record of 12:29.76. Miest, a junior at Gustavus, took second in the 55-meter hurdles and posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.74 seconds. The top three individuals and winning relay were all-conference.
Alison Adamson, a graduate from Willmar playing for Augustana, was named to her second consecutive all-North Central Conference women's basketball team Tuesday. Katie Winkelman, a Morris graduate playing for Minnesota-Duluth, was named to the squad for the first time. Adamson, a junior guard, averaged 13.1 points-per-game in conference play. Winkelman, a junior forward/center, averaged 19.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. In the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, senior center Aaron Busack (Redwood Valley), was named to the conference's first team.
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No. 2-South Willmar and Litchfield, the No. 3-seed, will meet in the boys basketball Section 8AAA quarterfinals for the second time in three years on the Cardinals' court at 7 p.m. Thursday. In 2004, heavily-favored Willmar rejected Litchfield's upset bid 50-45. The winner will play the Fergus Falls (No. 1 North)-Thief River Falls (No. 4 North) winner at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Cloud State. In the lower bracket, Rocori (No. 1 South) hosts Little Falls (No. 4 South) and Detroit Lakes (No. 2 North) hosts Park Rapids (No. 3 North).
Willmar native Alison Adamson and the Augustana women's basketball team did something no other squad has done to North Dakota this season -- take the lead at halftime. But a 30-29 lead didn't hold as the Fighting Sioux won the North Central Conference title, 69-63 Sunday in Grand Forks, N.D. Adamson scored 16 points to lead the Vikings. Both teams will participate in the North Central Regional, which starts Friday in Grand Forks.
The United States will host Mexico in the first game of Group B action in the World Baseball Classic today. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Phoenix. Canada will meet South Africa in the other pool match at 7 p.m.
Late result Saturday Section 5A-South Osakis 68, Hancock 59 Tara Thielke scored 26 points for Hancock (16-9), but Brittany Quistorff drained eight 3-pointers en route to netting 37 points in the sub-section semifinals for unbeaten Osakis (27-0). The Owls outscored Osakis 34-25 in the second half after trailing 43-25 at halftime. Stacie Cunningham and Karissa Thiel both scored nine points for Hancock. Hancock (16-9) 25 34 -- 59 Osakis (27-0) 43 25 -- 68 HANCOCK - 23-52 FG (9-21 3 pt); 4-7 FT; 19 rebounds; 18 fouls ...