WILLMAR -- Jason Thoennes of Alexandria outraced Ryan Canon of Clearwater to the checkered Thursday to win the Wissota Modified main event at the KRA Speedway. In the Midwest Modifieds, Danny Bayer of Elrosa and Shane Sabraski of Rice won the heat races but it was Ryan Kriese of Rice who won the feature. Bayer won the May 6 feature at Viking Speedway while Sabraski won the Modified. He doubled up at Willmar taking third in both the Midwest Mod and Modified features. Jay Hedtke of Grove City won the Street Stock main, just ahead of Mike Jans of Clarkfield. Chris Lindquist won Hobby Stock.
Late result Thursday Non-Conference LQPV/DB 5, Milbank 4 After splitting the six singles matches, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd won two of three doubles matches to pick up the win. Dutch Hansen (1-singles and 1-doubles), Ian Hansen (2-singles and 2-doubles) and Cody Swenson (4-singles and 1-doubles) all won two matches for the Eagles. Singles (1) Dutch Hansen, LQPVDB, def. Josh Anderson 10-0 (2) Ian Hansen, LQPVDB, def. Tyler Keller 10-2 (3) Kyle Reedstrom, Mil, def. Darren Schweiger 10-8 (4) Cody Swenson, LQPVDB, def. Kevin Hagen 10-7 (5) David Waletich, Mil, def.
ST. CLOUD -- Ben Spaniol held New London-Spicer to four hits Thursday to help St. Cloud Cathedral clip the Wildcats 5-2 in the West Central North Conference. New London-Spicer (7-3, 9-5) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Austen Hadley doubled and scored on Brian Pieh's fielder's choice. The Crusaders (4-5, 5-5) scored twice in the third to take a 2-1 lead before Pieh singled in Adam Luberts in the fifth to tie the game for NLS. But St.
MADISON -- Lac qui Parle Valley secured its second West Central South baseball title in four years with some drama. The Eagles parlayed a two-strike bunt and a double steal into an extra-inning run to beat BOLD 4-3 Thursday. To start the bottom of the ninth, LQPV (10-0, 13-2) had a single and then pulled off a sacrifice bunt with two strikes.
The Willmar Nordic Ski Club is selling advance tickets for the May 27 Dad's Belgian Waffle Feed at the National Guard Armory on the morning of the Memorial Day/Law Day 5k at Robbins Island. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds will support the club and high school ski team. Each 5k participant will receive a free ticket. Contact the YMCA at (320) 222-9622.
New London native Aaron Barber shot a one-over-par 71 in the first round of the Nationwide Tour's Rheem Classic in Fort Smith, Ark., Thursday. Barber, who has $9,300 in earnings this season, finished a difficult back nine with two straight birdies to shoot even-par through his first nine holes, then posted a bogey on the par-5 third hole. Johnson Wagner leads the field with a 6-under 64.
The Ridgewater softball team will play the winner of the 1 p.m. Rochester-Minnesota West game at 3 p.m. today at the college softball field. The Lady Warriors are the No. 1-seed in the three-team region. The losers of the first two games will play at 5 p.m. The tournament concludes Saturday.
Becky Smith, Litchfield VOLLEYBALL: She started three years for the Dragons and had 81 kills and 21 ace serves her senior year when the team posted a 16-8-1 record. She also recorded 203 digs and was named the team's Most Valuable Player for her all-around ability. BASKETBALL: A four-time letterwinner. She was named all-conference in all three years she started for the Dragons, helping the team go 73-24 with two Wright County championships. She averaged 15.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 5.8 steals per game her senior year when she was named to the All-Area second team.
ALEXANDRIA -- Senior Ross Van Hauen quieted the Alexandria bats with a two-hitter and Willmar pushed across the game's only run in the fourth inning for a 1-0 Central Lakes' win Thursday at Knute Nelson Field. "It was a strong pitching performance by Ross in both his attitude on the mound and his delivery to the plate," said coach Brad Dean. "He was very consistent in his follow-through which allowed him to go the distance." Just two Alexandria runners got to second, each on a steal.
RAYMOND -- Justin Koenen pitched a two-hit shutout to help MACCRAY jump to a virtual tie with Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg for the top spot in the Camden Conference with a 7-0 victory Thursday. Koenen, who is now 4-0 wiht a 0.29 ERA this season, held the Fighting Saints (5-2, 8-2) to a double, single and two walks, while striking out 13. He struck out four of the first five batters he faced. He has struck out 35 batters in 24 innings to date. "It was just a fast, clean game," said Wolverines coach Ron Lauer.