BUFFALO LAKE -- The Willmar boys team put together its best score of the season, and in the process qualified one golfer for the state Class AA meet, but it wasn't good enough to overcome a strong Mankato West finish on the second day of the Section 2AA meet Tuesday at Oakdale Country Club. Willmar's Derek Hilding finished in a tie for third place overall, shooting 75s on both days to end with a 150. Tom Wagner tied for 10th with a 79-76-155. The Cardinals shot a season-low 306, but Mankato West trumped it with a 298 to beat Willmar by 15 strokes.
PAYNESVILLE -- Paynesville scored 19 runs in the first three innings and pounded out 15 hits overall to devastate Maple Lake 19-1 in Section 5AA baseball Tuesday. The Bulldogs scored five runs in the first, then plated 10 runs in the second, followed by four in the third. "We found some spots today," said Paynesville coach Brad Skoglund. "It was one of those games where whatever we hit fell in." Trent Hansen, John Hemingson and Mark Andrie each went 3-for-3. Hemingson hit a three-run home run in the second inning and Hansen scored four runs.
WILLMAR -- Hot bats can make this game look easy. The Willmar Cardinals banged out 10 hits to sail by Mound-Westonka 8-0 Tuesday evening at Bill Taunton Stadium. The 10 hits were two more than the Cardinals had all day Saturday when they split two Section 2AAA games on Baker Field. Willmar (14-8) gets another home game Thursday when the Cardinals host New Ulm at 5 p.m. The Eagles ousted Buffalo 5-4 Tuesday. Willmar cleanup hitter Matt Seehusen continued to hit the ball hard Tuesday as the junior designated hitter doubled and singled to drive in three runs.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Benson/Hancock pitcher Katie Razink allowed one run in 12 innings to lift the Brave/Owls to the championship game of the Section 3AA softball tournament Tuesday. Razink blanked Lac qui Parle Valley 10-0 in five innings, then led Benson/Hancock (21-5) to a 3-1 win over two-time defending Class AA champion Jackson County Central in the loser's bracket final. The Brave/Owls will face Pipestone Area in the section championship game at 5 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO -- Justin Koenen hurled a complete game and collected three hits at the plate Tuesday to spark MACCRAY past Yellow Medicine East 7-4 in a loser's bracket game of the Section 3AA tournament. The Wolverines (12-8) will now take on Montevideo today at 7 p.m. in Granite Falls in another loser-eliminated game. Koenen singled twice and doubled to drive in a run while striking out nine and limiting YME (12-8) to four hits.
NEW LONDON -- Michael Danielson and Brian Pieh combined for a two-hit shutout to lead New London-Spicer to a 2-0 win over Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted in the Section 5AA quarterfinals Tuesday. Danielson picked up the win in five innings, allowing both hits. He struck out six. Pieh earned the save in two innings, striking out three. The Wildcats scored both runs in the fifth inning on an Austen Hadley single and Pieh's double. Hadley and Pieh finished with two hits each. NLS plays Litchfield at 4:30 p.m.
Prep Baseball Section 2AAA Wilmar 8, Mound Westonka 0 Section 3AA Montevideo 4, Redwood Valley 3 MACCRAY 7, YME 4 Section 5AA-20 NLS 2, HLWW 0 Litchfield 8, Kimball 5 Paynesville 19, Maple Lake 1 ACGC 12, EVW 2 Section 6AA-19 Morris 9, Browerville 0 West Central 2, Minnewaska 1 Prep Softball Section 2AAA Willmar 3, Sartell 1 Section 3AA Benson/Hancock 10, LQPV 0 Benson 3, Jackson 1 Boys Golf (1) *Mankato West 313-298-611 (2) Willmar 320-306-626 (3) Mankato East 314-317-631 (4) Marshall 317-319-636 (5) New Ulm 321-319-640 (6) Waconia 323-319-642 Secti
Prep Baseball SECTION 6AA-19 At Morris Staples-Motley or Ottertail Central vs. Browerville or Morris, 5 p.m. Breckenridge or Wadena-Deer Creek vs. Minnewaska or West Central, 7 p.m. SECTION 5AA-20 At Litchfield Paynesville vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 4:30 p.m. At Eden Valley New London-Spicer vs. Litchfield, 4:30 p.m. SECTION 3AA Winner's bracket At Granite Falls Lac qui Parle Valley vs. BOLD, 5 p.m. At Pipestone Pipestone vs. Windom, 5 p.m. Loser's bracket At Granite Falls MACCRAY vs. Montevideo, 7 p.m. At Pipestone Jackson County Central vs.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Dutch and Ian Hansen of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd and the MACCRAY doubles team of Matt Skoglund and Travis Wubben accomplished a couple of firsts at the Section 3A tennis tournament Tuesday. The Hansens, who qualified for state in doubles the last two years, will compete in singles after Dutch beat Ian for the section title. Skoglund and Wubben became the first doubles team from MACCRAY to earn a state trip after beating the Luverne team of Nick Heronimus and Tim Sawtelle in the true second match. Dutch Hansen had the tougher time in his semifinal match, beating Mont
COLLEGEVILLE -- Litchfield claimed the top two prizes Tuesday at the Section 6A individual tournament as Brian Ward won the singles title while Brian Holmgren and Miguel Montano paired to win the doubles crown. Litchfield will also have Peter Zender and Andrew Tancabel participating in the state tournament after they fell 6-3, 7-5 to Holmgren and Montano in the doubles final. Ward shut out Nate Curriel of Benson 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals before upending Shane Ecklund of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 in the championship.