WILLMAR - Appropriate for a race whose staging area is among the Flags of Honor, the winner at the Memorial Day/Law Day 5k Saturday has a military connection. Jon Schmidt, 35, of Willmar was first across the line on the parking lot at Virgil Olson Beach on a warm 70 degree morning. Schmidt led most of the 3.1 miles through Robbins Island to win in 19:06, seven seconds up on Jamie Haugen of Olivia. Haugen, also 35, won the Frozen 5k Jan.
WILLMAR - The Area 6 Special Olympics Track and Field Meet was held at Hodapp Field in Willmar on May 20. Below are the results for the 13 Willmar Public School athletes in the competition. Running Events 50 dash: Lindsey Finnegan 1st; Alberta Ortiz, Jr. 2nd; Robewrt Hinseth, 2nd; Andrew Christianson, 2nd; Peter Knudson, 3rd; Daniel Dobransky, 3rd; Eric Guevarra, 5th ... 100 meter run: Dan Dobransky 2nd, Cody Somerville, 2nd; Dawn Line, 2nd; Lindsey Finnegan, 2nd; Eirc Guevarra, 3rd; Mandy Lush, 4th; Peter Knudson, 4th; Alberto Oritz, Jr. 5th ...
The BOLD Warriors won twice and top-seeded Lac qui Parle Valley also advanced in the winner's bracket of Section 3AA Saturday, while Yellow Medicine East, Redwood Valley, MACCRAY stayed alive in the loser's bracket. BOLD and LQPV will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Granite Falls. At Montevideo, MACCRAY and Yellow Medicine East play at 5 p.m., while Redwood Valley and Montevideo follow with the losers of those two games eliminated. BOLD blanked Benson in its first game despite being outhit 9-0.
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg produced a pair of lopsided wins Saturday in the Section 3A tournament. The Fighting Saints (14-3) blanked Dawson-Boyd 11-0 in the first round and trounced Ortonville 16-6 in the second round. KMS will face Lakeview at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Montevideo in the winner's bracket final. Renville County West and Canby meet today at 5 p.m. in Granite Falls in the consolation bracket. Minneota and Ortonville will follow with the loser eliminated.
REDWOOD FALLS - After splitting in the regular season, Benson/Hancock and Lac qui Parle Valley will meet again today in the Section 3AA tournament. Benson/Hancock (19-5) and LQPV (14-7) both lost their winner's bracket semifinal games Saturday before bouncing back to stay alive in the loser's bracket. The Eagles won 8-7 on April 11 in the first meeting with West Central South Conference rival Benson/Hancock before the Brave/Owls won 10-0 on May 2 in Benson. Pipestone upended Jackson County Central 7-4 to reach the championship game. JCC will take on the winner between today's 5 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO - MACCRAY's most successful season ever came to an end Saturday in the Section 3A tournament when the Wolverines committed several costly errors in falling to Wabasso 9-3. MACCRAY beat Sleepy Eye 2-0 in its first game of the consolation bracket on Hilary Groothuis' one-hitter. MACCRAY outhit Wabasso 7-5 and took an early 2-0 lead on the Rabbits before costly errors in the third, fourth and sixth innings led to seven unearned runs. Brandi Bodin had two hits against Sleepy Eye.
WILLMAR - In a nightmarish fifth inning, the Willmar Rails allowed 15 runs to set them well on the way to a 21-5 loss to the Milroy Yankees in amateur baseball on Sunday. Willmar starter Darren Ditterich held Milroy in check for four innings allowing the Rails to build a slim 3-2 lead. But in the fifth, the Yankees sent 18 batters to the plate parlaying four errors, nine hits and three walks into 15 runs off Ditterich and two successors.
ATWATER - Brandon Wensauer struck out 21 Chuckers as Sacred Heart squeezed by Atwater 3-2 on Sunday in Cornbelt League baseball. Wensauer fanned 10 straight and 13 of 14 from the first into the fifth inning. He allowed two hits, both doubles by Luke Wallace in the first and Michael Melvin in the seventh. Atwater scored both its runs in the sixth drawing five walks during a Wensauer wild streak. Zach Goeman had an RBI single in the First for Sacred Heart. Josh Hebrink also had an RBI single in a two-run fourth. Brian Kingery threw a strong game for Atwater.
WILLMAR - The Willmar Cardinals are in the driver's seat today going into the final day of the Section 8AAA-South fastpitch tournament. The Cardinals (16-3) slipped by the stubborn Sartell Sabres 2-1 early on a hot Saturday afternoon on Field 2 at the high school. Meanwhile, on Field 1, Annandale dispatched Sauk Rapids 4-2 in the loser's bracket on Heather Woefel's walk-off homer in the seventh. Annandale (17-6) will play Sartell (15-6) at 1 p.m. here today at the high school. The loser is out; the winner advances to the 3 p.m.
Joey Fragodt, Benson FOOTBALL: A three-year starter and letterwinner in football as a running back/wide receiver/quarterback/defensive back. He was All-Area his junior year. He caught 10 passes for 165 yards despite being injured part of his senior year. He had 65 tackles and four interceptions. BASKETBALL: He started three years at guard and was co-MVP of the West Central South Conference his senior year when he averaged 16.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 3.7 steals per game. He had 951 points, 388 assists and 214 steals in his career.