Baseball Most Valuable Player Ross Van Hauen Captains Kyle Birkland, Ross Van Hauen All-Central Lakes Kyle Birkland, Tyler Horning, Matt Roisum, Ross Van Hauen CLC Honorable Mention Kyle Townswick, Matt Seehusen Offensive Player of the Year Tyler Horning Defensive Player of the Year Kyle Townswick All-Conference team Alexandria -- Tyler Erickson, Justin Stier, Joe Smaza, Derek Swenson Brainerd -- Carl Sneep, Jake Johnson, Zach Heidmann, Austin Schmolke Fergus Falls -- Andrew Larson Little Falls -- Ben Hanowski, Beau Hanowski Rocori --Brad Olsen, Aaron Traut, Chad Will
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Legion and the Tri-Town Black Sox split a doubleheader on Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium. The Black Sox won the opener 6-2 while Willmar defended its home turf in the second game, 4-3. Willmar's new coach Dave Oehrlein was probably more familiar with the Tri-Town line-up than his own. He's the athletic director and assistant baseball coach at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, the Black Sox' base. Luke Wallace limited Willmar to four hits, including a pair of run-scoring singles off the bat of catcher Tom Seedorf in the first game. The game was knotted 2-2 into the sixth.
South Dakota State University freshman Sara Ackman, who placed first in the discus at the NCAA Division I Independent Championship in May, will be competing this week at the Finish Line USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis. Ackman, a native of Grove City, will compete in the 20-and-under discus throw on Friday. A first- or second-place finish would qualify Ackman for the World Junior Championships, which will be in China in August.
Jonathan Green became the youngest person ever Sunday to get a hole-in-one at the Litchfield Golf Club. Green, 9, used his Golden Bear Jr. driver from 126 yards out on No. 7. It's the second ace of the season at Litchfield Golf Club.
From noon to 5 p.m. on Friday at Brad's 71 Bait & Sports will be hosting a lead tackle exchange. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota DNR are joining forces to offer anglers the chance to exchange their current lead bait for non-toxic tackle, including jigs, split shot, walking sinkers, bullet/work slip sinkers and bell swivel weights. Visit www.reduce.org or call 320-235-4097 for complete details.
MONTEVIDEO -- MACCRAY held on after scoring eight times in the first inning to upend Montevideo 9-7 in American Legion baseball Monday. Jordan Smith drove in the eventual winning run when his two-out double in the first drove in Aaron Pauling, Adam Rambow and Justin Koenen to cap the scoring. MACCRAY (5-2) sent up 12 batters to the plate in the frame. Pauling had three of MACCRAY's nine hits while Rambow and Zach Thissen also drove in runs. John Schmit slugged a two-run homer in the second and doubled in another run in the third for Montevideo (5-2).
BLAINE -- The 28th Annual Minnesota Golf Association's Players Championship will have four area golfers in the field of 64 today at TPC of the Twin Cites. Former Litchfield prep star Joel Schoolmeesters, former MGA Golfer of the Year John Spreiter, Ryan Walsh of Island Pine Golf Club and Eric Peterson of Benson Country Club will participate in the match-play format tournament, which runs through Thursday. Spreiter, from Litchfield Golf Club, earned an exemption by placing 10th in points last season and will be seeded 11th.
Results Saturday at Prairie Woods Envir. Learning Center Male Competitors (Name, age, city, time) 1. Joel Gregory, 16, Richmond 18:09 2. Matt Weitzel, 14, Willmar 18:13 3. Dan Bonnema, 41 19:48 4. Justin Anderson, 17, Belgrade 20:04 5. Casey DeRoo, 16, Ramsey 20:58 6. Spencer Otteson, 18, Belgrade 21:06 7. Pat Thieschafer, 29, New London 22:04 8. Carlos Castrillo, 22 22:09 9. Paul Kinzel, 21, Belgrade 22:36 10. Ibo Dogan, 26 23:10 11. Tyler Otteson, 21, Belgrade 23:12 12. Bruce Shuck, 53, Sunburg 23:53 13. Joshua Pauly, 26, Mayer 24:00 14. Joel Spalding, 45 24:00 15.
Legion Baseball Litchfield at Marshall, 6:30 p.m. Tri-Town at Glenwood, 6:30 p.m. Montevideo at Kerkhoven, 7 p.m. VFW Baseball Willmar I at Willmar II, 6:30 p.m.
Legion Baseball MACCRAY 9, Montevideo 7 GFW 9, BOLD 1 Benson 6, Chokio 4 Sacred Heart 5, Cottonwood 3 Eden Valley 2, NLS 1 Granite Falls 3, Minneota 1