NEW LONDON -- The Willmar boys captured the Region 5 Ninth Grade Pacesetters Tournament title Saturday and will now play in the state tournmament July 9 at The College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. Willmar edged Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 39-36 in the championship with Logan Birkland scoring 14 points and Taylor Filipek 10 points and eight rebounds.
MARSHALL -- It was the season opener, but Willmar and Marshall looked ready for playoffs Friday at Legion Field. Marshall won a pitching dual 1-0 despite accumulating only one hit off Willmar pitchers Ross Van Hauen and Jason Scheffler. The hit didn't figure in the game's lone score. It was only the second day outside the gym for the Cardinals, who managed three hits off Tigers right-hander Matt Koster, who went the distance on two walks and six strikeouts. "Both teams were hustling and the pitchers were throwing strikes," said Brad Dean, Willmar's new head coach.
Forward Todd Herman of New London-Spicer led all scorers with 25 points as the Green team topped Maroon 91-83 Friday at St. Cloud State during the 24th annual Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Series. Isaiah Dahlman of Braham led the Maroon with 15 points. The series continues tonight at Concordia University in St. Paul.
Eagle Creek Golf Course has designated today as "Clean-up Day" at the 18-hole course in Willmar. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes and work gloves to help get the course in shape for the season. Food and drink will be provided to all volunteers.
REGAL -- In opposing style, Ridgewater College won a pair from Hibbing Community College on Friday, 21-4 and 2-1. The games were played on Regal's field, which was dry. The Willmar diamonds are expected to be ready today for a four-team tournament today on Baker and Swansson fields. Ridgewater 21, Hibbing 4 Zac McCann went 3-for-3, smacked a two-run homer and scored four times in a 17-hit attack off two Cardinal pitchers. Zach Etter and Ryan Young also scored four times each and Tyler Schmitz knocked in four runs.
ATWATER -- Michael Martin allowed just two hits through five innings to lift Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City to a 3-1 non-conference victory over Eden Valley-Watkins in both team's season opener Friday. Martin gave up one unearned run in the second inning. He struck out eight and walked two. Justin Schoeder earned the save with two perfect innings, striking out six. The Falcons broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning on back-to-back, run-scoring singles by Micah Nordin and Josh Cunningham. Atwater-Cosmos-Gr.
GLENWOOD -- Teri Paulzine and Casie Rust combined on a no-hitter Friday as Minnewaska Area blanked Brandon-Evansville 4-0 in a non-conference softball game. Paulzine pitched the first four innings and also returned to record the final two outs of the game after Rust pitched 11/3 innings of relief and got into a little trouble by walking five batters. Paulzine, who recorded the win, walked none and struck out five. Rust struck out three. The Lakers (1-0), who managed only five hits, got run-scoring singles from Laura Tvrdik and Ashley Olson.
LITCHFIELD -- Litchfield didn't give up a set in blanking Montevideo, 7-0, in non-conference boys tennis Friday. The Dragons posted three straight-set sweeps, starting with Brian Holmgren at 3-singles. Miguel Montano at 4-singles and the 3-doubles team of Patrick Johnson and Dominic Devine won their match 6-0, 6-0. Litchfield 7, Montevideo 0 Singles (1) Brian Ward, Lit, def. Peter Mohagen 6-3, 6-0 (2) Peter Zender, Lit, def. Trevor Kittleson 6-1, 6-2 (3) Brian Holmgren, Lit, def. Sam Aalfs 6-0, 6-0 (4) Miguel Montano, Lit, def.
Saturday College Baseball JUNIOR COLLEGE Vermilion at Ridgewater, 1 p.m. MSCTC-Fergus Falls at Ridgewater, 3:30 p.m. College Softball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater vs. Riverland at Austin, noon Baseball NON-CONFERENCE Pipestone at Lac qui Parle Valley (2), noon Tennis NON-CONFERENCE Brookings, S.D. Invite (Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd), 11 a.m. Sunday College Baseball JUNIOR COLLEGE St. Cloud Technical College at Ridgewater, 1 p.m. MSCTC-Fergus Falls at Ridgewater, 3:30 p.m.
College Baseball Ridgewater 21, Hibbing 4 Ridgewater 2, Hibbing 1 Prep Baseball Marshall 1, Willmar 0 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 3, Eden Valley-Watkins 1 MACCRAY 10, Benson 5 KMS 15, Chokio-Alberta 3 Minnewaska 6, Brandon-Evansville 2 BOLD 13, Montevideo 3 Nicollet 7, BL-Hector 6 Paynesville 5, St. Cloud Cathedral 1 Prep Softball Minnewaska Area 4, Brandon-Evansville 0 MACCRAY 6, YME 2 BBE 7, Osakis 5 LQPV 7, Chokio-Alberta 4 Morris Area 15, St.