GRANITE FALLS -- Montevideo's Amy Johnson threw a four-hitter and delivered three hits, helping the Thunder Hawks tame Yellow Medicine East 6-1 Thursday in West Central Conference South softball. It was the first conference loss for YME. Backed by some stellar defensive plays behind her, Johnson breezed through the Sting lineup, walking one and fanning one. Besides Johnson's two singles and a triple, Wendy Macziewski and Kaylee Johnson had two hits apiece for Montevideo.
BIRD ISLAND -- Lac qui Parle Valley took a 4-1 lead over BOLD after three innings, then held on for a 5-3 win in West Central South Conference baseball win Thursday. The Eagles (4-0, 6-1) stay undefeated in league play. Adam Paulson went 3-for-4 with a double to pace LQPV. Andy Schmidt and Matt Engen drove in two runs each. Eddie Massee gave up three runs in six innings for the win. He struck out five and walked two. Jason Grund went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI for the Warriors (1-2, 2-3).
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater College scraped out two wins over Rochester to take the lead in the Minnesota Community College Conference South Division race Wednesday. The Warriors (7-1, 21-7) pulled off a pair of one-run wins, both won in the last innings, to take a two-game lead over the Yellowjackets (5-3, 10-15). Steve Wetterling hit an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning to score Steve Boldt and give Ridgewater a 9-8 victory in the first game. Travis Fluck collected four RBI, including a three-run home run and the game-winning RBI single in the seventh to lift the Warriors to a 7-6 t
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.