BENSON - After losing only one match in singles, Benson went 3-0 Saturday to win its own invitational tournament. The Braves (11-2) opened with 7-0 wins over Redwood Valley and Rogers before edging Cambridge-Istani 4-3 in their third match. Daniel Fragodt (1-singles), Nate Curriel (2-singles), Josh Gladis (3-singles) and Joey Fragodt-Pat Murphy (1-doubles) all went 3-0 for Benson. Team scores Benson 7, Redwood Valley 0 Cambridge-Isanti 7, Rogers 0 Benson 7, Rogers 0 Cambridge-Istanti 6, Redwood Valley 1 Redwood Valley 6, Rogers 0 Benson 4, Cambridge-Isanti 3 How Benson fare
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Minnesota Class A 1,600-meter champion Nikki Swenson ran a season-best 4:56.13 Saturday, but had to settle for second at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays on Saturday. Still, the Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd runner posted the fastest time listed in the state this year, regardless of class. Her time improved slightly on her first-place time at the 2005 state meet of 4:56.92 in June. She is about three seconds short of Michele Marthaler's area-best 4:53.20 run for Belgrade-Brooten in 1986. LQPV/DB's R.J.
SUNBURG - Two walks, two hit batsmen and a wild pitch plated the tying and winning runs in the last of the ninth inning in Norway Lake-Sunburg's 7-6 win over New London-Spicer in the Cornbelt League season opener Sunday. New London-Spicer took a 5-4 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth. Darren Ogdahl rapped a two-run single after a hit batsman and an error. New London-Spicer starter Mike Mays got the first two batters out in the bottom of the ninth before walking the next two.
Trevor Larson of Minnewaska Area is among four wrestlers signing letters of intent to attend North Dakota State, a new NCAA Division I program. Larson went 39-1 his senior year and finished second in Class AA at 145 pounds. NDSU also announced three walk-ons, including Larson's teammate on the Lakers Alan Lutterman, who placed fourth at state at 215 pounds. The Bison will compete next season in the newly-formed Western Wrestling Conference.
The Willmar Cardinals host Sauk Rapids in fast-pitch softball at 4:30 p.m. today in a make-up game. Willmar is currently 7-2 in the Central Lakes Conference race, one-half gsame behind Brainerd, which hosts Sartell today.
Prep Baseball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Yellow Medicine East vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH New London-Spicer at Minnewaska, 4:30 p.m. Sauk Centre at Paynesville, 4:30 p.m. CENTRAL MINNESOTA Pierz vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 5 p.m. WRIGHT COUNTY Annandale at Litchfield, 7 p.m. TOMAHAWK Buffalo Lake-Hector at Minnesota Valley Lutheran, 4:45 p.m. PHEASANT Hancock at Ashby, 5 p.m. CAMDEN Lakeview vs.
MONTEVIDEO -- Behind a 13-hit attack, Worthington tripped up Montevideo 10-3 in the championship game of the Montevideo Invite Friday. Worthington, which beat Lakeview 5-2 in the semifinals, broke a 1-1 tie by plating five runs in the second inning.
The MCCC State Softball Tournament is today and Sunday at Brainerd with 11 teams competing. Ridgewater College (16-2) has a first-round bye and will meet the winner of the Fergus Falls vs. Mesabi Range game at noon. The tournament is a non-qualifier. Ridgewater already had qualified for the Region 13 Tournament, which it will host May 12-13.
Kara Karlsgodt of Atwater is enjoying a successful spring for the Dordt College track and field team. The sophomore won the javelin at the Disney Relays on March 11 in Orlando, Fla. with a throw of 118-6 and has season-high tosses of 38-7 in the shot put and 132-4 in the discus. Karlsgodt has six third-place finishes and two second-place finishes on the season.
Benson/KMS will host a 26-team boys' golf meet today at the Benson Country Club beginning at 8 a.m. All but one of the area golf teams is scheduled to appear. Besides the host team, other area teams slated to participate are: Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, BOLD, Dawson-Boyd, Lac qui Parle Valley, Litchfield, MACCRAY, Minnewaska, Montevideo, Morris, New London-Spicer, Paynesville, Renville County West, Redwood Valley, Willmar and Yellow Medicine East.