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.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to edge Morris Area 4-3 in West Central South Conference baseball action Monday. The Thunder Hawks trailed 3-1, but got a lift from Tyler Grey, who highlighted the sixth inning with a two-run single to put Montevideo in the lead. The Tigers held Montevideo to just three hits, two by James Gallagher. Morris scored two runs in the first inning and another in the fifth. The Tigers were also held to three hits.
PAYNESVILLE -- Paynesville scored five runs in the top of the first, then cruised to a 10-1 win over Eden Valley-Watkins in non-conference baseball action Monday. Ben Moser and Ryan Hess combined to allow just one run on six hits. Moser struck out three in six innings for the win, and Hess struck out one in the seventh. The Bulldogs (3-0) took a 5-0 lead on five hits, highlighted by Cory Nietfeld's two-run triple to right-center field.
NEW LONDON -- Wade Wessling tied a state record with three doubles in a game, sparking New London-Spicer to an 11-1 rout over Albany in West Central North Conference action Monday. Wessling, a senior third baseman, finished 3-for-4 with five RBI. He had a double in the second inning, a three-run double in the third and two-run double in the sixth that invoked the 10-run rule. Michael Danielson hurled 52/3 innings for the win. He gave up five hits and one run, while walking two and striking out eight. Brian Pieh, who went 3-for-3, got the final out.