ST. CLOUD - The 2005 state champions will get to defend their title next week at the Class AA state baseball tournament. The Paynesville Bulldogs used a six-run inning to vault past Litchfield 9-6 on Thursday evening at Dick Putz Field. The Dragons had come out of the loser's bracket with two wins this week to get a shot at the section title, their first in AA after playing in AAA. The Bulldogs' tournament experience showed through.
ST. CLOUD - You have to dig back to 1990 to find the last time Morris Tiger baseball visited the state tournament. A 7-11 record at the end of the regular season and a No. 5 seed gave no indication things would change this year. But the unheralded Tigers came to life in the post-season capping an amazing Section 6AA streak with a 7-3 win over St. Cloud Cathedral on Thursday at Faber Field. "We had pretty good pitching all year," said senior Andy Lembcke who had two hits, two runs and two RBI in the final.
The Atwater Karting Speedway will host an International Karting Federation event on Saturday and Sunday, in addition to its usual Friday night of racing. The IKF Region 3 Northern Tour event will start with hot laps at 4 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday with races to follow each day, according to the IKF Web site. Other Region 3 events are at Pipestone June 24-25, Blue Earth Aug. 26-27 and Glyndon Sept. 16-17.
BURNSVILLE - Brian Ward remained unbeaten during the individual postseason as the Litchfield junior won his first two matches at the Class A State Individual Tournament Thursday to advance to the semifinals. Ward (20-7) upended Peter Swanson of Waseca, which beat Litchfield in the third-place match Wednesday in the team competition, 6-3, 6-1. Ward then posted another straight-set win with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over John Wight of St. Paul Academy in the quarterfinals. "I can't recall anyone from Litchfield in the semifinals," said Litchfield coach John Carlson.
GRANITE FALLS - Pipestone got to a tired Eddie Massee in the sixth inning as the Arrows used a five-run sixth to blank Lac qui Parle Valley 6-0 in the championship game of the Section 3AA tournament. Jared Theis stifled the Eagles (19-6) by allowing just one hit, a single from Brock Kanstrup, the second hitter in the Eagles' batting order, in the first inning. Theis did walk four and hit a batter, but LQPV couldn't break the senior. The Arrows had a string of three consecutive hits in the sixth that led to five runs, including a two-run homer from Doug Mead.
MARSHALL - Southwest United plated six unearned runs in the sixth inning Thursday en route to upending Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 8-1 in the Section 3A final. KMS (16-5) had gotten with one at 2-1 in the top half of the sixth after Jared Johnson scored on Jason Fernholz's ground out.
Boys Tennis CLASS A STATE TOURNAMENT At Burnsville Area participants: singles -- Ian Hansen, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd; Brian Ward, Litchfield, 8 a.m. ... doubles -- Andrew Tancabel-Peter Zender, Litchfield, 8 a.m.
BURNSVILLE - After going winless in last year's state tournament, Litchfield finished fourth in 2006 after falling to Mounds Park Academy 6-1 and Waseca 4-3 Wednesday at the Northwest Athletic Club. The Dragons, who were fourth in the latest Minnesota State High School Tennis Coaches Association Class A poll, opened the tournament Tuesday with a 4-3 win over Marshall School of Duluth. But Litchfield was matched up with top-ranked Mounds Park Academy in the top half of the bracket. The defending champion from St.
ONAMIA - Freshman Emily Roering shot a 79 and eighth-grader Courtney Boe an 82 to help Minnewaska Area grab the first-day lead at the Class A State Girls' Golf Tournament Wednesday at Izaty's Resort. Minnewaska Area, which was the only team in the eight-team field to have all six golfers shoot under 100, shot a 335, one stroke ahead of Lake City and seven ahead of Albany. The Lakers have no seniors on the team. The Minnewaska Area boys were fifth after the first day, shooting a 321. Mounds Park Academy led the eight-team field with a 308.
CROOKSTON - Former Willmar Cardinal basketball player Cathy Behr has been named to a key position in the University of Minnesota, Crookston, Athletic Department. The Golden Eagles announced Tuesday that the 2004 UM-Crookston graduate will be the new Assistant Athletic Director/Senior Women's Administrator. According to the news release, she will work with marketing/promotions, game supervision and management of the media relations office, as well as Title IX compliance. Behr amplified her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport & Recreation Management with a series of challenging positions.