The Willmar Cardinals hosts New Ulm at 5 pm. today in a Section 2AAA elimination baseball game.
EDEN VALLEY -- Litchfield and Paynesville will meet in the Section 5AA semifinals today after winning games Wednesday in the Subsection 5AA-20 tournament. The Dragons, who had played in Class AAA since 1997, blanked New London-Spicer 10-0 in Eden Valley. The Bulldogs did the same to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 9-0. The semifinal game begins at 7 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO -- Jared Johnson's three-run triple Wednesday in the bottom of the sixth inning was the big hit in a seven-run inning as the Fighting Saints marched on in the Section 3A winner's bracket with a 12-5 rout of Lakeview. KMS (15-3) will now play either Adrian or Southwest United at 11 a.m.
Prep Baseball Section 2AAA Loser's Bracket New Ulm at Willmar, 5 p.m. Orono at Worthington Section 5AA-20 Championship at Howard Lake Litchfield vs. Paynesville, 7 p.m. Section 6AA-19 Championship at Morris Morris vs. Breckenridge, 7 p.m. Section 6A At Fergus Falls Brandon-Evansville vs. Wheaton/Herman-Norcross, 2 p.m. Hancock vs. Chokio-Alberta, 4:30 p.m. Winners, 7 p.m. Softball Section 8AAA Championship (best-of-3) Game 1: Willmar at Alexandria, 5 p.m. Section 3AA Championship at Redwood Falls Benson/Hancock vs.
Prep Baseball Section 6AA-19 Morris 4, Staples-Motley 1 Section 5AA-20 Paynesville 9, ACGC 0 Litchfield 10, NL-Spicer 0 Section 3AA LQPV 2, BOLD 0 Montevideo 4, MACCRAY 3 Section 3A KMS 12, Lakeview 5 RCW 2, Ortonville 1 Amateur Baseball Atwater 6, Raymond 5 Bird Island 9, Granite Falls 4 New London-Spicer 6, Willmar 2
FERGUS FALLS -- Sparked by Evan Peters' first-place finish, Minnewaska won the Section 6A tournament by 18 shots over defending champion Perham Tuesday to return to the state tournament. The Lakers will be making their third trip to state after carding a 302. Evan Peters fired a two-under 70, while his younger cousin, Pierce Peters, tied for third at 73. Ben Henke tied for ninth at 77 and Ryan Kollman tied for 19th at 82. Morris senior Max Martin placed fifth at 74 to also qualify for the Class A State Tournament, which begins June 7 at 8:35 a.m.
FERGUS FALLS -- The youth of Minnewaska didn't show Tuesday as the seniorless-Lakers beat Staples-Motley by 25 shots in the Section 6A tournament Tuesday to advance to the Class A State Tournament. The Roering sisters Emily, a freshman, and Sarah, an eighth-grader, tied for medalist honors with rounds of 78 to help the Lakers win for the 13th time this season.
The Willmar Cardinals track and field team competes today for spots in the Class AA state meet in the first of two days starting 3 p.m. today at the Gustavus Adolphus track in St. Peter. Five field events and the 3,200 will be complete. The other finals will be contested on Friday starting at 10 a.m.
Tickets for the 46th annual Hengstler-Ranweiler Awards Banquet on Monday at Ridgewater College will go off sale at noon today. Tickets are by reservation only and can be paid for at the door the night of the banquet. The banquet begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $9 and include a meal. To order, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-450-1150 (ext. 332) by noon.
BUFFALO LAKE -- The Willmar boys team put together its best score of the season, and in the process qualified one golfer for the state Class AA meet, but it wasn't good enough to overcome a strong Mankato West finish on the second day of the Section 2AA meet Tuesday at Oakdale Country Club. Willmar's Derek Hilding finished in a tie for third place overall, shooting 75s on both days to end with a 150. Tom Wagner tied for 10th with a 79-76-155. The Cardinals shot a season-low 306, but Mankato West trumped it with a 298 to beat Willmar by 15 strokes.