Tanner Miest, a junior from New London, and Ashley Cronen, a senior from Kandiyohi, qualified for the NCAA Division III Meet for Gustavus after competing in the MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend. Unbeaten Miest won the 110-meter hurdles in a school-record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 14.53. Cronen finished second in the 800-meter run (2:15.45, a NCAA qualifying time), which also saw her former Willmar High School teammate Lindsey Saunders of St. Olaf finish seventh.
WILLMAR -- Willmar pulled off two come-from-behind victories in the seventh inning to sweep Sauk Rapids in a Central Lakes Conference doubleheader Thursday at Bill Taunton Stadium. The Cardinals (9-5, 11-6) won the first game 5-4 with a two-run rally in the top of the seventh and the rebounded from a 4-0 first-inning deficit in the second game to score in the bottom of the seventh to top the Storm, 6-5. Sauk Rapids pitcher Tyler Friel held Willmar to three runs on three hits through the first six innings, then ran into trouble in the seventh. Josh Dahlke reached on a fielder's choice, follo
SAUK RAPIDS -- The Willmar Cardinals beat Sauk Rapids 8-3 Thursday to claim their fourth straight Central Lakes Conference softball championship. Willmar is 51-4 in CLC games in that time. Willmar closes out the regular season today with a non-conference tilt at Benson/Hancock. Against the Storm, Andrea Brown went 4-for-4 and Nina Emery batted in four runs while Sarah Hulscher provided three one-run singles. Willmar went up 4-0 in the first on on Emery's two-run double plus run-scoring hits by Allie Sweep and Hulscher.
ROCHESTER -- Ridgewater blanked College of DuPage 3-0 in the opening round of the NJCAA Division III Softball National Championship Thursday before falling to No. 2 Monroe 3-2 in the semifinals. Ridgewater (24-6) will face Central Lakes of Brainerd today at 10 a.m. in the loser's bracket. A win would put the Lady Warriors in a 2 p.m. game while a loss would mean Ridgewater would play for fifth place at noon. Laura Suter spun a four-hit shutout against College of DuPage as Ridgewater plated all of its runs in the sixth inning.
SACRED HEART -- Tyler Kleinhuizen scored all the way from first base on a throwing error in the seventh inning to lift Renville County West past MACCRAY 4-3 Thursday in the Camden Conference. Kleinhuizen led off the seventh with a single and MACCRAY (7-3, 9-6) then put Justin Koenen on the mound.
MURDOCK -- Brianne Riley gave up just two singles and Kelsey Jeseritz and Melissa Neal scored the ninth and 10th runs, respectively, of the game in the fifth inning to help push No. 2 seed Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (14-5) into the next round where it will play at 1:30 p.m. in Glenwood on Tuesday. Jasmine Bredeson, Kari Henry and Dot Saulsbury all collected two hits for KMS, which scored four times in the first. KMS 10, SJ Prep 0 St. John's Prep (0-12) 000 00 - 0 2 2 KMS (14-5) 403 12 - 10 9 0 HITTING - St. John's Prep: Hannah Jung 1-for-2; Beth Sowada 1-for-2 ....
Prep Baseball Willmar 5, Sauk Rapids 4 Willmar 6, Sauk Rapids 5 Sleepy Eye SM 11, BLH 1 Albany 13, Minnewaska 3 New London-Spicer 8, Sauk Centre 4 ACGC 11, Benson 8 Montevideo 3, Benson 2 Hancock 9, Wheaton/HN 5 BBE 3, Kimball 0 RCW 4, MACCRAY 3 KMS 24, CMCS 4 KMS 8, CMCS 1 Paynesville 4, Melrose 0 BOLD 5, Morris 1 YME 9, LQPV 3 College Softball Ridgewater 3, DuPage 0 Monroe 3, Ridgewater 2 Prep Softball Brandon-Evansville 6, Morris 5 Sleepy Eye SM 15, BLH 1 Montevideo 11, New London-Spicer 0 BBE 8, Swanville 1 LQPV 2, BOLD 0 KMS 10, SJ Prep 0 Daw
Prep Baseball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City vs. BOLD at Bird Island (2), 4:30 p.m. Morris at Benson, 5 p.m. CAMDEN Tracy-Milroy-Balaton vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven, 5 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Delano Wood Bat Tournament (Litchfield), 5 p.m. MACCRAY vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 5 p.m. Sauk Centre vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 5 p.m. Prep Softball NON-CONFERENCE Willmar at Benson/Hancock, 4 p.m. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Paynesville, 4:15 p.m. Dawson-Boyd vs.
NEW LONDON -- St. Cloud Cathedral won both the boys and girls divisions of the West Central North Conference track meet Thursday. The Crusader boys won with 182 points, followed by New London-Spicer with 154.5. Cathedral's girls won with 144 points. Sauk Centre was second with 135 and Paynesville third with 112.5. Wade Powers won two events for the Wildcats. He threw the discus 153-9½ and tossed the shot put 46-6.
MONTEVIDEO --The Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg girls and the Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd boys were both victorious at the West Central South Conference track meet on Thursday. The multiple winners included state 1,600-meter champion Nikki Swenson of LQPV/DB. She won the 400 dash (57.81), the 1600 (5:16.73) and the 3200 (11:20.75). Seventh-grader Mariah Hutton of runner-up BLH/BOLD won the 100 dash in 13.20. Freshman Kendra Mooberry of Benson/KMS took second, but won the 300 hurdles (48.24) and long jump (15-05).