Willmar senior Laura Nielsen, a 6-2 post, will play for the Class AAA team at the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Games this weekend. Willmar's all-time scoring and rebound leader will attend South Dakota State University next fall. Games Saturday will be played at the University of St. Thomas at 6 and 8 p.m. and at St. Cloud State University at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The Willmar Cardinals are the host team and defending champion in both boys and girls at today's Optimist Relays at the Hodapp Field track. Last year, the Willmar boys triumphed by 110 points over runner-up New London Spicer. The girls won by nearly a 40-point margin over Marshall. All those teams are back, plus Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Renville County West and Rocori. Two schools originally scheduled, Montevideo and Paynesville, have pulled out. The starting time is 4 p.m.
Ten boys golf teams will be on hand today at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar for the third of 10 Central Lakes Conference meets. The shotgun start is set for 4 p.m. Last year, Derek Hilding was medalist on his home course with a par-72. Alexandria, which won here last year with a 296, breezed to victory in the first two conference meets this spring.
After four games on the road, the Willmar Cardinals' softball team makes their home debut today at 5 p.m. against St. Cloud Apollo. Willmar is 2-2 and Apollo is 2-4.
WORTHINGTON -- The Ridgewater Lady Warriors rapped 24 hits en route to a doubleheader sweep of Minnesota West on Wednesday. The Lady Warriors won the opener 9-1 behind a 15-hit attack and capped the sweep with a 8-7 come-from-behind win that was fueled by Jenny Berge's three-run inside-the-park homer in the fifth inning. Laura Suter got the win in the opener, scattering seven hits in going the distance. She walked none and struck out two. Julie Vosejpka was 3-for-5 and drove in a run for the Lady Warriors in the opener.
Results Tuesday BOLD/BLH Invite At Olivia Girls results Team scoring (1) BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector 167 (2) Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 158½ (3) Renville County West 130½ (4) Wabasso 106 (5) Sleepy Eye 57 (6) Lakeview 47 (7) MACCRAY 13 Individual leaders (Top 3) Hurdles 100: (1) Ali Benson, BBLH, 13:12.55 (2) Jennifer Plaetz, Wab, 17.94 (3) Haley Abbas, RCW, 18.05 ... 300: (1) Megan Erickson, RCW, 53.10 (2) Haley Abbas, RCW, 55.21 (3) Tyler Randall, ACGC, 56.86 Sprints 100: (1) Abbey Schmidtman, RCW, 13.87 (2) Mikal Dickey, Wab, 14.35 (3) Emily Zimmerli, Wab, 14.46 ...
Results Wednesday Albany Invite Emily Roering of Minnewaska shot an 84 to finish one shot ahead of St. Cloud Tech's Vanessa Wise for medalist honors Wedneday in the Albany Invitational. Albany won the meet with a 371, three shots ahead of Minnewaska. Benson was seventh with a 415 and New London-Spicer eighth with a 424. Courtney Boe shot a 90 and Sarah Roering and Lisa Blair each shot 100 for the Lakers. Team scoring (1) Albany 'A' 371 (2) Minnewaska 374 (3) Sartell 380 (4) St. Cloud Cathedral 381 (5) St.
Prep Baseball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Yellow Medicine East vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 5 p.m. Montevideo at Benson, 5 p.m. Lac qui Parle Valley vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Minnewaska at Sauk Centre, 5 p.m. St. Cloud Cathedral at New London-Spicer, 5 p.m. Albany at Paynesville, 4:30 p.m. WRIGHT COUNTY Litchfield at Annandale, 4:30 p.m. TOMAHAWK Buffalo Lake-Hector at Springfield, 4:30 p.m. PHEASANT Hancock at Brandon-Evansville, 5 p.m. CENTRAL MINNESOTA Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted vs.
College Baseball Ridgewater 9, Rochester 8, 8 innings Ridgewater 7, Rochester 6 College Softball Ridgewater 9, MN West 1 Ridgewater 8, MN West 7 Girls Golf Albany Invite (1) Albany 'A' 371 (2) Minnewaska 374 (3) Sartell 380 (4) St. Cloud Cathedral 381 (5) St. Cloud Tech 393 (6) Hutchinson 414 (7) Benson 415 (8) New London-Spicer 424 (9) Albany 'B' 432 (10) Sauk Centre 433 (11) Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 459 (12) Rocori 460 (13) Melrose 467
MADISON -- Eddie Massee spun a two-hitter and Lac qui Parle Valley scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out a 2-0 win over Morris Area in West Central South Conference action Tuesday. Massee walked none and struck out five, outdueling Andy Lembcke, who also pitched a two-hitter. Adam Paulson reached second an error leading off the sixth inning for the Eagles. He moved to third on a groundout.