WILLMAR -- Chad Willenbring of Rocori High School leads a list of 23 recruits released Monday by Ridgewater College baseball coach Dwight Kotila. Willenbring, is one of seven Lions' All-Stars verbally committing. Willenbring, a 6-4 pitcher, led the Cold Spring school to both the Class AAA basketball and baseball tournaments. "Willenbring is a right-hander who topped out at 91 miles per hour at the Lions' All-Star game," said Kotila.
KERKHOVEN -- Darrin Carlson drove in four runs and Chris Braaten threw a five-inning four-hitter as No. 1 seed Kerkhoven got off to a fast start in its District 7, Division II Legion baseball playoffs with a 14-1 conquest of Benson Thursday. Carlson supplied two-run singles in both the first and the second innings as Kerkhoven bolted to a 7-0 lead. Justin Johnson had a two-run single in a three-run third. Jared Johnson singled and doubled in Kerkhoven's nine-hit attack. Mitch Grunig singled home Benson's run in the fourth.
RAYMOND -- Zach Thissen went 4-for-4, including hitting his seventh home run of the season, and Brock Madsen collected three hits to help MACCRAY edge Eden Valley-Watkins in the opening round of the District 7, Division II Southwest playoffs Thursday evening. Thissen was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle as he doubled in the first and third innings, singled in the fifth and launched a two-run homer in the sixth which proved to be winning hit for MACCRAY. The Scarlets will now face Fairfax at noon Saturday in Raymond. Tyler Steen grounded out in the first inning to bring in Justin Koenen
Legion Baseball Alexandria at New London-Spicer, 6 p.m. DISTRICT 7, DIVISION II Southwest Cottonwood at Montevideo, 7 p.m. Granite Falls at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. Northeast Benson at Kerkhoven, 6:30 p.m. Madison at Glenwood, 6:30 p.m. Northwest at Montevideo Clinton vs. Wheaton, 6 p.m. Chokio vs. Morris, 8:30 p.m. Southwest Eden Valley-Watkins vs. MACCRAY at Raymond, 7:30 p.m. Tri-Town at Fairfax, 7:30 p.m. MELROSE SUB-DISTRICT, DIVISION II Championship Paynesville at Holdingford, 6:30 p.m. Stock Car Racing KRA Speedway in Willmar, 6:30 p.m.
RAYMOND -- Nate Hebrink had a perfect game over five innings before exiting and Raymond rapped 13 singles en route to a 10-0 win over Sacred Heart in the first round of the Cornbelt South League playoffs Wednesday night. Raymond (24-10) will host Granite Falls Friday in the second round of the double-elimination playoffs. Sacred Heart plays at Willmar on Friday. Hebrink struck out five in his five-inning stint to pick up the win. He left with the Rockets ahead 9-0.
ATWATER -- In a dual of right versus left, Michael Malvin of the Atwater Chuckers prevailed 3-1 over the Willmar Rails on a steamy Wednesday evening on the Chuckers' home field. The right hander gave up a first-inning run but blanked the visitors the rest of the way as the Cornbelt South opened its six-team, double-elimination playoff with three games last night. Top seed Raymond and Bird Island also were winners. Rails' southpaw Mark Krogstad was the losing pitcher despite giving up only three hits and fanning 16 Chuckers.
Andrew Paulson from University Golf Club in St. Paul carded his second round of 4-under 68 during the final round of the 103rd MGA Amateur Championship Wednesday at Midland Hills in St. Paul to run away with the title. Paulson's tournament score of 8-under 208 was three shots better than runner-up Clayton Rask of Monticello. Joe Schoolmeesters of Litchfield, who entered the final round tied for fourth, carded seven bogeys and only two birdies en route to posting a final-round score of 77 to tie for 21st at 220. John Spreiter, also from Litchfield, tied for 32nd with a 223.
A co-ed volleyball tournament will be held Sunday, July 30 in Olivia as part of the 16th annual Corn Capital Days. There will be power and rec divisions and the entry fee is $35 with the tournament starting at 9 a.m. Contact Joe or Judy Dollerschell at 320-523-2016 for more information.
The American Legion baseball playoffs resume tonight for area teams in District 7.
PAYNESVILLE -- Shane Kampsen tripled and singled to knock in three runs and Jamie Paul pitched seven solid innings to help Paynesville advance to the Melrose Sub-District, Division II title game by beating Sauk Centre 6-2 Tuesday night. No. 2 seed Paynesville (6-7) will play at top seed Holdingford Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Both teams already qualified for the district playoffs in St.