ST. PAUL -- Willmar junior Hannah Okins was a member of the Minnesota Comets AAU Girls' Basketball Team that won the state championship for the third straight year. Okins, a guard, was one of 10 members on the team coached by Pat Kalpin. Okins and Amanda Weller of St. Cloud Apollo are the only two members who have played on all three state championship teams. The Comets will play in the National AAU tournament July 12-19 in Orlando, Fla.
BIRD ISLAND -- Mike Nagel was forced into duty Sunday because several players were attending graduation ceremonies and the Bird Island manager responded by delivering the game-winning hit with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Islanders a 6-5 win over Regal. The Islanders improved to 4-1 in the Cornbelt League and 5-1 overall. Regal fell to 5-6 overall. With one out in the last of the ninth, Wade Dollerschell and Mitch Maxwell drew consecutive walks off losing pitcher Chris Beier.
ST. PETER - Paul Kimpling won the 110-meter hurdles and placed second in the 300 hurdles to lead the Willmar boys to a second-place finish at the Section 2AA track and field meet Friday at Gustavus Adolphus College. Willmar records were set in three events. Kimpling, who posted times of 15.34 and 40.43, respectively, also qualified in both events for the State Class AA meet, which will be held June 9-10 at Hamline University. Willmar had seven qualify in individual events overall. Mohamed Bedel placed second in the 3,200 in the first day's action Wednesday.
The Willmar Cardinal Basketball Camp for boys and girls will feature Minnesota Gopher players this year. The boys camp for grades 3-9 will be held June 26-30 at Roosevelt Elementary. Grades 3-5 will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. Grades 6-9 will be held from 8-11 a.m. Jamal-Abu Shamala, who started 10 games for the Gophers ;ast season and led the team in three-point field goal percentage, will be on hand. The girls' camp will be held July 10-14. Shannon Bolden, a former Marshall High School standout who started three years for the Lady Gophers, will be assisting at the camp.
Willmar native Marilyn Lovander finished with a two-over par 73 Friday in the first round of the LPGA Tour's ShopRite Classic at Galloway Township, N.J. She is tied with seven others in 106th place. Another Minnesota native, Michele Redman, is tied for the lead at seven-under with Annika Sorenstam.
WILLMAR - After getting through May without a rainout, a fast-moving front curtailed Thursday night's program at the KRA Speedway. Heats were completed, but two short bursts of rain made the track too greasy to get in the features. Half will be held next week and the three others on June 15. HOBBY STOCK -- Heat 1: (1) Chris Lindquist, New London (2) Shaun Feldman, Sunburg (3) Tim Kallevig, Pennock... Feature: (1) Rained out/make-up June 8 MIDWEST MODIFIEDS -- Heat 1: (1) Brandon Nelson, New London (2) Jim White, Zimmerman (3) Matt Deering, Spicer ...
RAYMOND - Joe Schlagel hit a two-run homer in the third, Kyle Knott added a solo shot in the fifth and Mike Kragenbring hit a two-run homer in the sixth as Raymond routed Bird Island 12-2 in a Cornbelt League game Friday night. Jason Meyer supplied a single and a double and scored three times for the Rockets. Andy Dollerschell and Mitch Maxwell each had two hits for the Islanders. Nate Hebrink allowed three hits over six innings for the win. He walked four and struck out eight. Zach Nelson pitched the final inning and gave up one hit and on unearned run.
Section 2AA Results Wednesday, Friday Boys results Team scoring (1) Chaska 115 (2) Buffalo 109 (T3) Willmar, Mankato East 105 (5) Mankato West 68.5 (6) Hutchinson 57 (7) New Prague 42.5 (8) St. Michael-Albertville 30 (9) Waconia 27 (10) Waseca 19 (11) Worthington 9 (12) Mound-Westonka 6 (13) Marshall 5 (14) New Ulm/New Ulm Cathedral 3 Individual winners ... plus Willmar top 8 finishers Hurdles 110 highs: (1) Paul Kimpling, Wil, 15.34 ... 300 intermediates: (1) Mosic Greenprice, Buf, 39.68 (2) Paul Kimpling, Wil, 40.43 Sprints 100: (1) Jon Boyd, ME, 1.99 ...
Saturday Prep Baseball SECTION 2AAA Loser's bracket at Mankato East 1. Worthington vs. Mankato West, noon 2. Willmar vs. Mankato East, 2:30 p.m. 3. Winner-1 vs. Winner-2, 5 p.m. Winner's bracket St. Michael-Albertville at Hutchinson, 5 p.m. SECTION 3AA At Granite Falls Winner's bracket Lac qui Parle Valley vs. Pipestone, 11 a.m. Loser's bracket 1. Montevideo vs. Windom, 1 p.m. 2. BOLD vs. Jackson County Central, 3:30 p.m. 3. Winner-1 vs. Winner-2, 5:30 p.m. SECTION 3A At Marshall Winner's bracket Southwest United vs.