SAUK CENTRE -- Four Sauk Centre errors and four singles added up to seven runs -- six unearned -- in the seventh inning for Minnewaska Thursday as the Lakers rallied to beat the Mainstreeters 11-7 in West Central North Conference action. Cass Kreitlow reached on an error to lead off the seventh before scoring two runs with a single in his second at bat of the frame.
ST. CLOUD -- Tyler Horning's two-out single in the top of the seventh drove in the tying and eventual winning runs as Willmar topped St. Cloud Apollo 4-3 in Central Lakes Conference baseball Thursday at Dick Putz Field. Apollo starter Jon Daluge needed just one more out to finish with a two-hitter, but No. 9-hitter Kyle Birkland reached on an infield hit.
Litchfield will take up defense of its title won last spring at the Willmar/Litchfield boys Golf Invitational. The two-day, 19-school event starts at 1 p.m. today at the Litchfield Golf Club and moves to Willmar's Eagle Creek for a 9 a.m. start Saturday. The Dragons topped last year's field by 31 strokes over second-place Willmar. Other schools are Benson/KMS, St. Cloud Tech, St. Cloud Apollo, Sartell, Bloomington Jefferson, Bloomington Kennedy, Delano, Owatonna, Hutchinson, Rocori, Annandale, New London-Spicer, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, Sauk Centre, Dassel-Cokato, and Mankato East.
Due to injuries and school tests, Dakota County forfeited today's scheduled junior college softball doubleheader in Willmar against Ridgewater. With the two wins Ridgewater improves to 13-1 in the MCCC Southern Division and overall. The Lady Warriors host Rochester, currently in second in the division, Saturday for a doubleheader that starts at noon.
A 12-and-under fast-pitch softball tryout/meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 27 at the Willmar Junior High School field (across from the Baptist Church). For more information, call Mary Tallakson (320) 235-3511 or (320) 235-5871.
Willmar native Marilyn Lovander shot an opening-round 73 Thursday at the Florida's Natural Charity Championship in Stockbridge, Ga. Lovander is in a 14-way tie for 93rd, eights shots behind co-leaders Cristie Kerr and Maria Hjorth.
BRAINERD -- The Willmar tennis team came up just short at Brainerd on Thursday losing the Central Lakes Conference match 4-3 to the Warriors. The combatants split at singles and all three pairs matches needed three sets to complete. At 3-3, Brainerd squeaked out the point at 3-doubles where Nate Henningson/Cory Kuglin rallied to beat Andy Neis/Tony Hafner 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. Andy Gimse/Jordan Baker took 2-double 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
WILLMAR -- It was home sweet home for the Willmar boys as they hosted the Central Lakes Conference meet at Eagle Creek Golf Club Thursday. Sophomore Sam Warzecha shot a 37-35-72, the day's second lowest score, and Derek Hilding followed with a 76 to lead Willmar to a 312 score, good for third place behind Alexandria's 298 and Brainerd's 309. Willmar had shot in the high 330's its first two road meets but appears to have found its form just prior to the start of the two-day Willmar/Litchfield Invitational (1 p.m. today at Litchfield, 9 a.m.
Prep Baseball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Little Falls, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo at Benson, 5 p.m. CAMDEN NORTH Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 4:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Ortonville at Dawson-Boyd, 4:30 p.m. Hancock at Parkers Prairie, 4:30 p.m. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 4:30 p.m. Morris Invite (Sauk Centre vs. MACCRAY, 5 p.m. ... Morris vs. Pelican Rapids, 7:30 p.m.), day 1 of 2 Prep Softball CAMDEN Minneota/Canby vs.
Result Thursday Pelican Rapids Invitational Morris Area's Jimmi Lembcke won the 100-meter dash in 11.2 seconds, placed second in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 9 inches, and helped the Tigers win the 1,600 relay (3:41) and take second in the 800 relay (1:39.2). The Morris boys finished second with 122 points to Frazee-Vergas, which had 153. The Tiger boys' 3,200 relay also finished first. Jasmine Heinrich won the shot put (32-5½) and discus (121-0) to lead the Morris girls to a third-place finish.