WILLMAR -- Unbeaten Alexandria didn't allow Willmar to win a set en route to posting a 7-0 sweep Monday in the Central Lakes Conference. Willmar fell to 3-5 in the Central Lkes and 7-6 overall. Alexandria improved to 8-0, 12-0. Andy Neis and Tony Hafner gave Willmar its best chance at earning a point for Willmar with their 6-4, 7-5 loss at 3-doubles. Alexandria 7, Willmar 0 Singles (1) Tom Ronning, Alex, def. Marco Vazquez 6-1, 6-0 (2) Jesse Forsell, Alex, def. Cass Magnuson 6-3, 6-4 (3) Sam Gillund, Alex, def. Matt Hallstrom 6-1, 6-4 (4) Josh Molitor, Alex, def.
ROCHESTER - Ridgewater outhit Mesabi Range 12-7, but the Warriors couldn't take advantage of loading the bases on three occasions as Mesabi Range edged Ridgewater 8-7 in the championship game of the Minnesota Community College Conference State Tournament Sunday. "Mesabi is having a good year, but the bottom line is that we left the bases loaded three times without scoring," said Ridgewater coach Dwight Kotila. "We didn't come up with any big hits." Ridgewater and Mesabi Range will meet again Friday at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.
BRAINERD - Ridgewater was sent down to the consolation bracket Saturday after striking out 16 times in a 2-0 loss to Mesabi Range in its opening-round game of the MCCC State Tournament on Saturday. The Lady Warriors then defeated MSCTC-Fergus Falls 13-0 in five innings and Itasca 5-3 on Saturday before falling 6-5 to Rochester in the consolation semifinals on Sunday. "We could have won either game," said Ridgewater coach Todd Thorstad on the two losses.
BENSON - Senior Alex Dawald of Ortonville shot the low score and the Alexandria reserves took first place at a 15-school meet in perfect spring weather Saturday at the Benson/KMS Invitational boys golf meet. Dawald finished with a four-over 76 for a one-stroke margin over Jake Seltz of Alexandria and Brent Egan of Sauk Centre. Ben Kasner of runner-up Albany was fourth with 78. Thomas Ward of Montevideo filled out the top five with his 79. Alexandria carded a 323, about 23 over its average score this spring.
Redwood Valley Invite First Round Redwood Valley 8, Benson 5 Cole Proedoehl highlighted a three-run 10th inning for Redwood Valley with a two-run homer. The tournament had five teams with each team playing two games. Benson was the only area team to report. Tanner Henning earned the win in relief of Proedoehl. Henning worked three scoreless innings, allowing five hits. Proedoehl gave up five hits and five runs in seven innings. Brandon Soupir hit a solo homer for the Cardinals. Brett Jensen went 3-for-4 for Benson. Preston Flolo and Aaron Hagen had two hits apiece.
LITCHFIELD - The host Litchfield Dragons lost 4-3 to Albany in eight innings and 5-4 to Braham in nine innings on Saturday at the Litchfield softball invitational. First Round Albany 4, Litchfield 3 Down 3-0 Litchfield scored two in the sixth on a two-run single by Ali Kraft and one more in the seventh on a Dani Hauer single to send the game to extra innings. Liz Johnson took the loss on a five-hitter over 72/3 innings.
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.