The Raymond Rockets amateur baseball team kicks off the 2006 season tonight, hosting Milroy in a non-league game at 7:30 p.m.
Willmar Community Education and Recreation is accepting registrations for Heart & Sole Running Club which is for boys and girls in fifth and sixth grade. The club meets on Thursdays (2:45-4 p.m.) and Saturdays (9-10 a.m.) May 4 through June 24 at Roosevelt School. The $29 fee includes snacks, t-shirt, and entry for the Foot Lake 4 with pancake breakfast. Call (320) 231-8490 to enroll.
The Spicer men's slow-pitch softball league will switch to Tuesday nights this year, beginning May 23. League capacity is 12 teams with two division possible (competitive and recreational). For more information for to enter a team, call Dave Coahran at (320) 905-1761.
LITTLE FALLS -- Callie Nelsen threw a four-hitter with 14 strikeouts as the Willmar Cardinals roughed up Little Falls 8-1 Thursday in Central Lakes Conference softball. Willmar remained just one game behind Brainerd in the Central Lakes Conference race. Randiann Sather went 3-for-5 in the leadoff spot for the Cardinals (5-2, 5-2). Andrea Brown had a pair of doubles in four trips, driving in two runs.
WILLMAR -- Through 10 games, the Willmar Cardinals have demonstrated a knack for white-knuckle endings. They had another Thursday against Little Falls at Bill Taunton Stadium where Kyle Townswick sped across the plate for the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-3 Central Lakes Conference win. Townswick drew a walk off Kyle Peterschick to open the lower half of the frame.
WILLMAR -- Marco Vazquez came up with the winning point for Willmar Thursday as the sophomore won a three-setter at 2-singles to help the Cardinals snap a four-match losing streak with a 4-3 victory over Fergus Falls in the Central Lakes Conference. Willmar (2-3, 6-4) swept all four singles matches with two going the distance. Making his varsity debut, freshman Jim Neis won 1-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) at 4-singles for the Cardinals. "We finally pulled out some close three-setters," said Willmar coach Loren Holter.
APPLETON -- BOLD placed two golfers in the top five to edge Benson/KMS by six strokes and tie for the overall lead in the second West Central South Conference meet of the season. Cole Neubauer of BOLD shot a 37 for medalist honors, followed by Montevideo's Thomas Ward at 38. Team scoring (1) BOLD 162 (2) Benson/KMS 169 (3) tie Montevideo, Yellow Medicine East 170 (5) Lac qui Parle Valley 177 (6) Morris 182 (7) Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 196 Individual TOP FIVE - (1) Cole Neubauer, BOLD, 37 (2) Thomas Ward, Mon, 38 (3) tie Eric Hillesheim, BOLD; Chris Kollen, YME; Dylan Hempel, YME, 40 Ar
OLIVIA -- Benson/KMS won its second straight West Central South Conference meet Thursday as the Braves edged Lac qui Parle Valley by seven strokes. Christine Bendel of LQPV and Megan Bredeson of Yellow Medicine East tied for top round of 43. Team scoring (1) Benson/KMS 194 (2) Lac qui Parle Valley 201 (3) Yellow Medicine East 202 (4) Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 223 (5) BOLD 236 (6) Montevideo 254 (7) Morris 265 Individual TOP FIVE - (1) tie, Christine Bendel, LQPV; and Megan Bredeson, YME; each 43 (3) Suzanne Maanum, BKMS, 44 (4) Kelly Jepma, BKMS, 49 (5) tie, Holly Erickson, BKMS; Morgan
MADISON -- The Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles strengthed their grip on the top rung with an 8-4 victory Thursday over Yellow Medicine East in West Central South Conference baseball. The Sting, who trailed LQPV by two games going in, dropped another notch to 3-3 and into a second-place tie with Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. The Eagles sprayed 14 hits. Eddie Massee went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and a single. Matt Enger single and doubled for three RBI and Tony Ludvigson singled and doubled twice. Ryan Sigdahl went the first five innings for the win, allowing four hits.
SACRED HEART -- Mitch Schwindt pitched a five-inning no-hitter and belted a grand-slam home run to lead Renville County West to a 19-0 non-conference rout over Dawson-Boyd Thursday. Schwindt struck out five and walked one for the win. Tyler Kleinhuizen also hit a grand slam among his three hits for RCW (2-4), which recorded 13 hits. Paul Peterson was 3-for-3 and Steven Jans 2-for-2. RCW 19, Dawson-Boyd 0 Dawson-Boyd (0-6) 000 00 - 0 0 3 RCW (2-4) 440 (11)x - 19 13 0 HITTING - Dawson-Boyd: none ....