PIPESTONE -- Jacob Henderson of Yellow Medicine East, Daniel and Joey Fragodt of Benson/KMS, Justin Peters and Anthony Bongard of Redwood Valley, Kaelene Lundstrom and Sam Broderius of BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector, and Nikki Swenson of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd all qualified for the Class A State Tournament in two events after competing in the Section 3A meet Thursday. The top two finishers and those that met a standard time or distance qualify for state, which begins June 9 at Hamline University. Swenson won the 800 (2:13.73) and 1,600 (5:04.19) meter runs, Broderius took gold in shot pu
REDWOOD FALLS -- Pipestone edged Benson/Hancock for the second time in the Section 3AA softball tournament Thursday, this time ousting the Brave/Owls with a 5-4 victory. Pipestone handed Benson/Hancock its first loss in the double-elimination tournament, 1-0 on Saturday. Benson/Hancock finished the season 21-6. No details were available.
Prep Softball SECTION 8AAA Championship (best-of-3) Game 2: Alexandria at Willmar, 3 p.m. (second game to follow if necessary) Track and Field SECTION 2AA Section meet at Gustavus-Adolphus College (Willmar), day 2 of 2, 10 a.m. Amateur Baseball CORNBELT Bird Island at Raymond, 7:30 p.m. Sacred Heart at Granite Falls, 7:30 p.m. LAND O'DUCKS WOOD Clinton at Morris, 7:30 p.m. NON-LEAGUE Roscoe at Regal, 1:30 p.m. Norway Lake-Sunburg at Benson, 7 p.m. Starbuck at Elrosa, 7:30 p.m.
Prep Baseball Section 2AAA Willmar 4, New Ulm 3 Section 5AA-20 Paynesville 4, Litchfield 3 Section 6AA-19 Morris 6, Breckenridge 2 Softball Section 8AAA Alexandria 4, Willmar 1 Section 3AA Pipestone 5, Benson/Hancock 4
GRANITE FALLS -- Junior Ryan Sigdahl threw a three-hit shutout and drove in the only run he would need in the third inning with a sacrifice fly to spark Lac qui Parle Valley to a 2-0 victory over BOLD in the Section 3AA winner's bracket on Wednesday. Sigdahl is the only pitcher to shut out the Warriors, who had never scored fewer than three runs in any of their 20 previous games. He sat down the first 11 Warriors in order and finished with nine strikeouts.
The Willmar Cardinals play Alexandria at 5 p.m. today in the first game of the best-of-three series to determine the Section 8AAA fastpitch champion. Willmar beat Alexandria 4-0 on April 13 and 3-1 on May 11. The series moves to Willmar on Friday with a 3 p.m. start. A second game will follow, if needed. Willmar is a three-time defending champion.
The Willmar Fest men's slow-pitch softball tournament will be held June 24-25 at the Swansson Softball Complex in Willmar. The entry fee is $120 with a maximum of 24 teams. Hit your own ball. For more information, call Eric Banks at home 320-235-6315 or at work 320-235-1328.
Three area golfers have qualified for the boys Class A state meet after top-five finishes during the Section 5A tournament on Tuesday at Rich Spring Golf Course in Cold Spring. Nate Carlson of New-London-Spicer tied for medalist by shooting a 73. Mike Dvorak of Litchfield tied for third, shooting a 76, and Tim Dreier of NLS advances after firing a 77 to tied for fifth in the individual qualifing. The St. Cloud Cathedral boys (310) and the Albany girls (356) were team champions.
The Willmar Cardinals hosts New Ulm at 5 pm. today in a Section 2AAA elimination baseball game.
EDEN VALLEY -- Litchfield and Paynesville will meet in the Section 5AA semifinals today after winning games Wednesday in the Subsection 5AA-20 tournament. The Dragons, who had played in Class AAA since 1997, blanked New London-Spicer 10-0 in Eden Valley. The Bulldogs did the same to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 9-0. The semifinal game begins at 7 p.m.