WILLMAR - The Litchfield Dragons swept Willmar at singles and also won two points in the hotly-contested doubles matches for a 6-1 victory Monday. Litchfield's singles lineup of Brian Ward, Peter Zender, Brian Holmgren and Miquel Montano each won in straight sets as the Dragons (4-0) seized the non-conference match in windy conditions. At 2- and 3-singles, Marco Vazquez and Matt Hallstrom each had second set leads but couldn't hold it and each lost 6-3, 7-5. Typical of the doubles fireworks was No.
RICE - Kelly Myhre shot a 90 to lead Willmar to a fifth-place finish at the Central Lakes Conference girls meet on Monday. Sartell fired off a 353 for first place. The Sabres now lead St. Cloud Tech by one point and third-place Alexandria by two points. Willmar is fourth with 10½ after two of the 10 scheduled 18-hole meets. Samantha Sommers of St. Cloud Apollo shot a 78 for medalist. Vanessa Dutzi, an exchange student attending St. Cloud Tech, finished second one stroke back. Beth Jacobson was second low for fifth-place Willmar (354 strokes) with a 96.
ALEXANDRIA - Alexandria shot a 296 to capture first place in the Central Lakes Conference meet Monday at the Alexandria Country Club. Willmar took eighth in the CLC event after shooting a 354. Derek Hilding led Willmar shooting an 85. Sam Warzecha shot an 86. Alexandria, which beat runner-up Brainerd by 25 strokes, took the first four individual spots led by Bryce Hanstad at 72. "We're still looking for some scores in the 70s," said Willmar coach Dave Ellwood.
RAYMOND - Zach Thissen limited Renville County West to just two hits and three MACCRAY players collected two hits apiece Monday as the Wolverines beat RCW 11-1 in six innings in the Camden North Conference. Thissen did issue six walks and give up a solo home run to Tadd Tepfer in the sixth inning, but the junior struck out six in his complete-game win. The Wolverines (2-0, 3-2) gave Thissen plenty of support as they scored four runs in the second, one in the fifth and six in the sixth.
MORRIS - Montevideo pitcher Betsy Zacharias helped her own cause Monday, driving in the winning run as the Thunder Hawks edged Morris Area 7-5 in a West Central South Conference game. Montevideo (2-1, 2-2) trailed 5-4 entering the seventh inning before Zacharias drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a single.
Wright County At Annandale Litchfield finished in fifth place after placing eighth in the first conference meet. The Dragons improved by 35 strokes over the opening meet.
Central Minnesota At Kimball Spencer Otteson was three shots off the pace at 43 to lead Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, which hosts the next conference meet. Team scoring (1) Pierz 167 (2) St.
Southwest Redwood Valley 4, MACCRAY 3 The individual matches were as tight as the final team score. MACCRAY's Zach Reiger at 1-singles tipped Cole Smith 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). Kurt Larson won a close match at 4-singles for the Cardinals beating Alex Sweep 7-6 (8-6), 6-4. Singles (1) Zach Reiger, MAC, def. Cole Smith 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) (2) Ian Larson, RV, def. Mike Ammermann 6-3, 7-5 (3) Mitch Kremin, MAC, def. Devon Blaine 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 (4) Kurt Larson, RV, def. Alex Sweep 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 Doubles (1) Travis Wubben-Matt Skoglund, MAC, def.
Willmar's baseball and softball teams take on Brainerd today in Central Lakes Conference games. The Cardinals' baseball team (1-1, 1-2) hosts Brainerd beginning at 5 p.m. today at Bill Taunton Stadium. The softball team (1-1, 1-1) will travel to Brainerd for a doubleheader that starts at 4 p.m.
Prep Baseball CENTRAL LAKES Brainerd at Willmar, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Montevideo, 5 p.m. BOLD vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 5 p.m.