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.
Tickets for the 46th annual Hengstler-Ranweiler Awards Banquet on June 5 at Ridgewater College will go off sale at noon on Wednesday. Tickets are by reservation only and can be paid for at the door the night of the banquet. The H-R Awards Banquet honors the top male and female high school athletes from the area. The banquet begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $9 and include a meal. To order, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-450-1150 (Scott at ext. 332 or Jesse at ext. 371).
The KRA Speedway starting time on Thursdays will remain 6:30 p.m. throughout the season. Paul Thompson said a poll of drivers and spectators overwhelmingly voted for the earlier start. In past year's, the track has gone to a 7 p.m. start in June.
Prep Baseball SECTION 2AAA Loser's bracket Mound-Westonka at Willmar, 5 p.m. Buffalo at New Ulm, 5 p.m. Waconia at Worthington, 5 p.m. Orono at Dassel-Cokato, 5 p.m. SECTION 6AA-19 Otter Tail Central at Staples-Motley, 4:30 p.m. Morris at Browerville, 5 p.m. West Central at Minnewaska, 4:30 p.m. Wadena-Deer Creek at Breckenridge, 4:30 p.m. SECTION 3A Loser's bracket At Windom Wabasso vs. Edgerton, 5 p.m. Springfield vs. Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin, 7 p.m. At Granite Falls Canby vs. Renville County West, 5 p.m. Minneota vs.
Willmar is hosting section tournament action in both baseball and softball today. 8AAA-South Softball: Willmar plays Sartell at noon in the winner's bracket at the high school field. In the loser's bracket, at 10 a.m., Rocori meets Annandale and Sauk Rapids takes on St. Cloud Apollo. The two winners play again at noon. 2AAA Baseball: Willmar got to host one of the four sub-section tournaments by getting the No. 4 seed. No. 5 Worthington plays No. 12 Mankato West at 2 p.m. followed by Willmar and No. 13 Annandale at 4 p.m.