WILLMAR -- Playing its third match in four days, Willmar overcame the wind Thurday to beat Brainerd 6-1 in the Central Lakes Conference. Brainerd had beaten the Cardinals 4-3 on April 20 in Brainerd. "Today was not the easiest of conditions to play in and I think we handled the wind better," said Willmar coach Loren Holter. "We won a lot of the tight matches today that we lost up there." Marco Vazquez (1-singles), Matt Hallstrom (3-singles) and Andy Gimse-Jordan Baker (2-doubles) won the Cardinals' three matches in the first meeting and also on Thursday.
Results Thursday Central Minnesota BBE 12, Kimball 7 The Jaguars (6-7, 8-8) recorded 14 hits and survived Kimball's five-run third inning. BBE led 7-1 after the top of the third, but Kimball cut the lead to 7-6. Brandi Bast, who relieved Miranda Bast in the third, allowed just one hit and one unearned run in five innings for the win. Jenna Schroeder and Katie Gruber led the Jaguars' attack with three hits each.
ST. CLOUD -- Behind a 12-hit attack, Minnewaska clinched at least a tie for the West Central North Conference title after upending St. Cloud Cathedral 12-5 Thursday. The Lakers (16-1) stand 11-1 in the conference and have just two games left on their conference schedule; Monday at home against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and Tueday at Albany. Javen Pauley and Kali Cordes both piled up three hits in four at bats for Minnewaska, which scored in every inning.
BENSON -- Benson/Hancock stayed two games ahead of the West Central South softball pack with a doubleheader sweep of Morris Thursday. Benson/Hancock (8-1, 13-3) won both games by the 10-run rule in five innings, capturing the first game 15-0 on a two-hitter by Katie Razink and 19-5 in the nightcap. Benson/Hancock pounded out a total of 30 hits on the day, with Emily Jensen leading the team with five in eight at-bats. Game One B/H 15, Morris 0 Razink, who struck out five and walked three, gave up both hits to Brittany Sharstrom. Jensen went 3-for-4 and Tara Thielke collected three RBI. M
The Cardinal Classic Tennis Tournament is scheduled to be held June 16-18 at the Willmar High School and Ridgewater College courts. There will be 14 male and female divisions to sign up for (male: 13-and-under singles, 14-16 singles, 'A' singles, Open singles, 15-and-under doubles, 'A' doubles, Open doubles, mixed doubles ...
The Willmar Cardinals softball team will host Alexandria in their third home game of the week today. Willmar (9-2, 9-2) is coming off an impressive 9-0 win over Rocori Wednesday. Brainerd (8-3, 11-4) was tied with Willmar, but fell to Sartell 5-1 Wednesday in Brainerd. Alexandria (7-2, 11-3) nipped Fergus Falls 4-3 on Wednesday to stay even with Willmar in the loss column. Willmar blanked Alexandria 4-0 on April 13 in Alexandria.
ALBANY -- Evan Peters of Minnewaska won medalist honors with a 78, but Albany won its own 15-team invitational by 20 strokes over Sauk Rapids and Minnewaska. Peters and Albany Ben Kasner shot 78s, but Peters was declared medalist based on handicap. Ben Henkse of Minnewaska was fifth with an 81. New London-Spicer finished fifth. Tim Dreier and Tony Tobkin each shot 85. Team scoring (1) Albany 322 (2) Sauk Rapids 342 (3) Minnewaska 342 (4) St. Cloud Cathedral 347 (5) New London-Spicer 347 (6) Sartell 358 (7) Rocori 361 (8) Mora 366 (9) Sauk Centre 366 (10) Melrose 367 (11) St.
Results Tuesday 8AAA True Team At Moorhead Boys results Team scoring (1) Brainerd 798 (2) Buffalo 791 (3) Moorhead 757 (4) Willmar 606 (5) Alexandria 547 (6) Bemidji 498 (7) St. Cloud Tech 465 (8) St. Cloud Apollo 258 Willmar in top 4 Hurdles 300: (7) Paul Kimpling 42.91 Sprints 200: (5) Erik Hillenbrand 23.39 (7) Andy Boersma 23.50 ... 400: (3) Erik Hillenbrand 51.22 Runs 800: (1) Abdi Awale 1:58.7 (4) Mustafa Yusuf 2:03.58 (6) Kaafi Adeys 2:04.16 ... 1600: (1) Abdi Awale 4:26.63 ...
Result Wednesday Non-League Canby 12, Sacred Heart 2 Sacred Heart managed only five hits in its opener, including a run-scoring triple by Chad Walta and a run-scoring single by Matt Koenen. Dan Kluver was tagged with the loss. Canby (1-0) 302 043 0 - 12 9 2 Sacred Heart (0-1) 110 000 0 - 2 5 9 HITTING - Canby: Lehman 3-for-4, 2 rbi; Burkhert 2-for-2, 2b, 3 rbi; Strautz 2-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi ....
Prep Baseball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Alexandria, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 5 p.m. BOLD at Lac qui Parle Valley, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Sauk Centre at Minnewaska, 5 p.m. New London-Spicer at St. Cloud Cathedral, 5 p.m. Paynesville at Albany, 4:30 p.m. CAMDEN Central Minnesota Christian vs. Renville County West at Sacred Heart (2), 4:30 p.m. Dawson-Boyd at Canby, 4:30 p.m. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg vs.