NEW LONDON -- The Litchfield girls won the New London-Spicer Invitational behind four firsts from Natalie Devine on Thursday. Annandale won the boys half with NLS second. Devine won the 100 hurdles (16.75), the long jump (16-3), the triple jump (34-1¾) and the high jump 5-2. Joey Fragodt of Benson/KMS took first in the high hurdles (15.78), the long jump (19-5) and the triple jump (41-02). He was second to his brother Daniel Fragodt (40.71) by a split second in the 300 hurdles. Jasmine Henrich, Morris discus thrower, broke a 16-year-old school record on Tuesday at the Minnewaska meet.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals took two matches to three sets but couldn't avoid a St. Cloud Tech whitewash on Thursday, 7-0, in Central Lakes Conference tennis. Andy Neis-Tony Hafner at 3-doubles led the tiebreaking set 5-4 and 6-5 before bowing 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4). Marco Vazquez, a sophomore, also lost in three sets playing at 1-singles. "Tech has solid seniors at the first three singles spots and that experience make them pretty strong," said Willmar coach Loren Holter. Willmar hosts CLC leader Alexandria in a makeup on Monday. Alexandria beat Tech earlier 4-3. St.
GLENWOOD -- Teri Paulzine hit a bases-loaded single in the seventh inning to give Minnewaska Area an 8-7 win over Paynesville Thursday in the West Central North Conference. Minnewaska (8-1, 12-1) owned a 7-0 lead at one point before Paynesville scored three times in the third and four in the fourth.
MADISON -- Morris rallied for six runs in the top of the seventh inning to overtake Lac qui Parle Valley, 13-9, in West Central South softball Thursday. The Tigers (3-3, 5-5) had eight straight players reach base, starting with three consecutive walks to load the bases. Jonna Beyer went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI for Morris.
LITCHFIELD -- Litchfield and Dassel-Cokato played high school baseball for approximately seven hours Tuesday, with the teams splitting a Wright County doubleheader. The Dragons (5-2, 6-2) earned a conventional seven-inning win in the first game, scoring three in the bottom of the seventh for a 5-4 victory. The second game went an astounding 19 innings and ended with the Chargers (3-4, 4-5) scoring the winning run on a squeeze bunt for a 4-3 win. The second game featured seven pitchers, 19 hits and six errors.
Former Litchfield High School golfers Joe Schoolmeesters and Joe Polingo are freshmen members of the St. John's University golf team that will participate in its seventh straight NCAA Division III tournament May 8-11 at the Firethorn Country Club in Lincoln, Neb. Schoolmeesters finished fifth Saturday at the Fred B. Kravetz Invitational in Rochester, N.Y., helping the Johnnies take second in the six-team event. Sophomore Justin Buysse of Glenwood also has seen action with the Johnnies this spring. Twenty-three teams and 120 individuals will compete at Lincoln.
The KRA Speedway is scheduled to open the season today with the first heat race at 6:30 p.m. Last year, the track at the fairgrounds in Willmar experienced three rainouts in May. The first flag drops at 6:30 p.m. through May before going to a 7 p.m. start the rest of the summer.
MORRIS -- Laura Suter tossed a five-inning no-hitter in the first game Wednesday to help the Ridgewater Lady Warriors earn a split of their doubleader with the University of Minnesota-Morris. Ridegwater won the opener 11-0, rapping out 15 hits, then lost 8-7 in the finale with Morris' Steph Tompte belting a two-run homer. Suter walked one and struck out six. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate, as did Jenny Berge, who also drove in two runs. Darrin Foss, Emily Diers and Julie Vosejpka had two hits apiece. Angie Flaten took the loss in the second game.
Thursday Prep Baseball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Fergus Falls, 4:15 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Benson at Lac qui Parle Valley, 5 p.m. Montevideo vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 5 p.m. Morris vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Melrose at Minnewaska, 5 p.m. Paynesville at St. Cloud Cathedral, 4:30 p.m. CENTRAL MINNESOTA Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Eden Valley-Watkins, 5 p.m. SOUTHWEST Redwood Valley at Windom, 5 p.m. CAMDEN Central Minnesota Christian at Minneota, 4:30 p.m. Dawson-Boyd vs.
MELROSE -- Evan Peters of Minnewaska shot a 35 for medalist honors and the Lakers finished in a tie for second place with New London-Spicer, five shots behind St. Cloud Cathedral in a West Central North Conference meet on Wednesday. Ryan Kollman, Ben Henke and John Wedum all shot 40s for Minnewaska. Nick Carlson paced NLS with a 37. Tim Dreier and Nate Carlson had 39s and Mike Freeman a 40. Team scoring (1) St.