Fall dance line is out and boys lacrosse is in as a result of a vote last week by the Minnesota State High School League's Representative Assembly, meeting in Brooklyn Center. The elimination of high school league-sponsored performance fall dance team season opens the door for winter competitive dance teams to be classified as a sport. Girls' lacrosse has 23 programs after being approved in 2001.
Tickets for the 46th annual Hengstler-Ranweiler Awards Banquet on June 6 at Ridgewater College are now on sale. 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. Nominated athletes receive a complimentary ticket. To order, e-mail email@example.com or call 1-800-450-1150 (Scott at ext. 332 or Jesse at ext. 371).
There will be tryouts for the Willmar American Legion baseball team on June 4-5 at 5:30 p.m. at Orange Field on the Swansson Field complex. For more information, call Willmar coach Dave Oehrlein at (320) 214-1579.
BRAINERD -- Willmar is about ready to skip the sixth inning when playing Brainerd. The Cardinals built an 8-0 lead Tuesday before hanging for an 8-7 Central Lakes Conference victory. Brainerd scored six times in the sixth inning and another in the seventh, leaving the bases loaded as the game ended. In the first meeting between the two teams on April 18 in Willmar, Brainerd scored all seven of its runs in the sixth inning for a 7-5 win. "We played real baseball the first five innings," said Willmar coach Brad Dean.
MONTEVIDEO -- Cedar Mountain/Comfrey parlayed two hits and five walks with five MACCRAY errors and upset the top-seeded Wolverines 4-3 in the Section 3A-North Tournament Tuesday. MACCRAY (17-2) beat Ortonville 8-4 in the first game. The Wolverines will face Sleepy Eye in the consolation round at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Montevideo. First round MACCRAY 8, Ortonville 4 Christine Condon, Sam Narragon, Kristie Eschen and Brandi Bodin had two hits apiece for the Wolverines. Hilary Groothuis got the win, scattering seven hits and six walks, while striking out eight.
GLENWOOD -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg saw its softball season end in a flurry of errors as Osakis won the Section 5A second-round game 14-7 Tuesday. The Fighting Saints (14-5) held a 6-3 lead after five innings, but Osakis stormed back with eight runs in the sixth. KMS starter Brianne Riley gave way to Patina Queenan, but damage was all ready done. Both pitchers gave up seven runs, but none of Queenan's were earned. The Saints' defense committed five errors. Queenan and Jasmine Bredeson had two hits each to lead KMS.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo scored four runs in the second inning, then rode that lead to a 5-0 win over New London-Spicer in non-conference baseball action Tuesday. The Thunder Hawks (11-9) pressed the issue on the bases in the first couple of innings, with resulted in scoring opportunities that were cashed in. Jon Altena highlighted the four-run second with an RBI triple to right field. Brady Johnson hit a bloop RBI single to right. Johnson and Altena combined for a two-hit shutout. Johnson picked up the win, throwing the first five innints.
Prep Baseball Willmar 8, Brainerd 7 Lac qui Parle Valley 8, Minneota 4 Ortonville 6, Hancock 5 MACCRAY 15, BOLD 14 Benson 9, Chokio-Alberta 1 Montevideo 5, NLS 0 RCW 12, YME 6 Prep Softball Section 5AA Maple Lake 6, ACGC 4 HLWW 8, Paynesville 3 Section 5A Browerville 4, BBE 2 Osakis 14, KMS 7 Section 3A Wabasso 10, RCW 1 MACCRAY 8, Ortonville 4 Cedar Mt.
Prep Softball SECTION 3AA-South At Lac qui Parle Valley Minnewaska vs. Lac qui Parle Valley, 4 p.m. (Continued from Tuesday) Prep Tennis SECTION 8AA At Alexandria Individual tournament (Willmar), 9 a.m. SECTION 6A At St. John's University Litchfield vs. Staples-Motley, 10 a.m. Benson vs.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals boys and girls track and field team got in one last meet before the Section 2AA meet at Gustavus Adolphus College May 31 and June 2. It was the hottest day of the year, over 80 degrees with a 25 miles-per-hour wind, and at least one runner needed care for dehydration. The four-team meet Tuesday at Hodapp Field included section rivals Waconia, Marshall and Hutchinson. Team points were not kept. Girls relays set best-times of 50.34 in the 4x100, the 4x200 (1:46.94) and the 4x400 (4:05.92). Greta King and Bri Fernholz ran on all three.