MINNETONKA -- Willmar has two teams playing today at state baseball tournaments in the Twin Cities. Post 167 lights the fuse at 9 a.m. to start the Minnesota American Legion Division I Baseball Tournament. The Willmar versus Coon Rapids game at 9 a.m. is the first of 16 games scheduled today at four sites. The game is at Bennett Park in Minnetonka. Willmar will play a second game today, also at Bennett. Two-time defending and No.
REGAL -- New London-Spicer and Norway Lake-Sunburg will open at the Region 15C amateur baseball tournament Saturday. New London-Spicer was the top seed out of the Cornbelt North, while Norway Lake-Sunburg was the No. 2 seed. New London-Spicer beat Norway Lake-Sunburg twice last weekend to claim the top seed, 26-4 and 8-6 in 14 innings. In the first game of the Region 15C tournament, Norway Lake-Sunburg meets New Munich at 10 a.m. St. Martin and Elrosa plays at 12:30 p.m. in the second game and New London-Spicer faces Lake Henry at 3 p.m.
Former St. Cloud State University men's hockey standouts Bret Hedican and Matt Cullen are scheduled to bring the fabled Stanley Cup trophy to the National Hockey Center on Aug. 12, highlighting a free Stanley Cup Festival from 4-7 p.m. Both Hedican and Cullen were members of the 2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes squad that won the Stanley Cup in June. For more information on this event, call the SCSU Athletic Office at 320-308-3102.
The annual Smith Open Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for Willmar Hockey Association, is Saturday at Eagle Creek Golf Club. The five-person team scramble starts at 9 a.m. Entries will be accepted up to the start of fhe tournament. For more information phone the pro shop at 235-1166.
Registration for the three-day Rice & Associates Tennis Classic closed Tuesday with 190 entries, typical for the early August tennis event headquartered at Willmar Senior High School. Boys and girls singles will be played Friday, men's and women's singles and mixed doubles on Saturday. All other doubles will be on Sunday.
No events scheduled
Legion Baseball STATE TOURNAMENT Division I (hosted by Excelsior) Thursday's First Round At Bennett Park, Minnetonka 1. Willmar vs. Coon Rapids, 9 a.m. 2. Bemidji vs. Hopkins Royals, noon At Chaska Athletic Park 3. Richfield vs. Moorhead, 10 a.m. 4. Armstrong vs. West St. Paul, 1 p.m. At Mini Met, Jordan 5. New Ulm Gold vs. Eden Prairie, 10 a.m. 6. St. Paul Hamline vs. St. Louis Park, 1 p.m. At Big Willow Park, Minnetonka 7. Rochester vs. Burnsville, 10 a.m. 8. Hermantown vs. Excelsior, 1 p.m. Thursday's Quarterfinals 9. Winner-1 vs. Winner-2, 6 p.m.
EXCELSIOR -- After mowing down the competition in District 7 averaging nearly 14 runs in four games, the Willmar American Legion Post 167 heads to the western suburbs of the Twin Cities for the annual Division I state tournament. Willmar will face Coon Rapids at 9 a.m. Thursday at Bennett Field in Minnetonka. Other fields are Big Willow in Minnetonka, Chaska Athletic Park and the Mini-Met in Jordan. Post 167 has a tough draw to start. Coon Rapids is the runner-up in District 10 whose top seed is two-time defending Division I champion Eden Prairie.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar VFW baseball team will play Rochester Century in the first round of the state tournament starting Thursday in Minneapolis. Willmar's noon opener will be played at Cassidy Field in Northwest Minneapolis. The other venue for games Thursday and Friday is Parade Stadium on the edge of downtown. By Saturday only four of the 10 teams in the original field will remain.
There will be a "Friends of Cory" Scholarship Fundraiser Aug. 9 at the American Legion in Granite Falls. Hegna, who would have been a senior at Yellow Medicine East this fall, died in an all-terrain accident July 6. He was a baseball and football player. The fundraiser will be a taco and baked potato feed from 5-7 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Camouflage t-shirts and bracelets will also be available to purchase with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund. Monetary donations will also be accepted at the Granite Falls Bank or by calling Karen McCoy at 320-564-4081, ext. 210.