Cross country runners Jessa Hanson and Kayla Rudie are the newest Willmar athletes to commit to NCAA Division I athletic programs as they declared for Northern Arizona University and Lipscomb University, respectively. Hanson and Rudie helped lead the Cardinals to a second-place finish at the Class AA state tournament last fall and round out a strong senior class of Division I commits. Teammate Sophie Schmitz (University of Minnesota) also plans to run collegiately.
Former Minnesota Twin Tom Brunansky will be this year's Willmar Stingers opening night guest. Brunansky will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the 2017 Home Opener against Thunder Bay at 7:05 p.m., May 30, at Bill Taunton Stadium. Fans will be able to meet Tom Brunansky, take photos and get his autograph when gates open at 6 p.m. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive a 2017 magnet schedule and there will be a post-game fireworks show!
WILLMAR - Nathan Thooft has been selected as Ridgewater College's new men's basketball head coach. Thooft was a Ridgewater assistant basketball coach the last two years under former head coach Darren Tighe, who was named Mayville State head coach earlier this month. Kevin Bronner, a long-time Minnesota youth coach and official, joins the Ridgewater staff as an assistant coach.
It's still early in the spring season but Curt and Jake are here to talk about three things they learned and a special trip to the Twin Cities. On Monday, the guys went to Montevideo's game against Pipestone at U.S. Bank Stadium and start the show with a few observations from the event. Also, make sure to vote for this week's game of the week!
NEW LONDON - Olivia Christopherson fired a one-hitter and five New London-Spicer hitters drove in runs in the Wildcats' 6-1 victory over Dassel-Cokato in a Wright County Conference game on Tuesday. Christopherson worked a complete game, allowing just a Kassadi Kirchoff single and an unearned run while striking out 10. Jordan King had three hits and drove in a run and Morgan Swenson, Michelle Johnson, Shea Oman, Sam Johnson and Christopherson all had two hits. The Wildcats play Annandale in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Thursday. NLS 6, DC 1
ATWATER - A chilly and blustery afternoon didn't stop Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and Minnewaska from playing a pair of highly competitive games on Tuesday afternoon. The two teams split the pair of contests, with the Lakers pulling out a late comeback 3-2 victory in the first game and the Falcons rebounded to cap off the afternoon with a 5-3 win.
WILLMAR—Several area teams competed in the Willmar Invitational track and field tournament on Thursday at Hodapp Field. The field included Willmar, Central Minnesota Christian School and New London-Spicer. Results were not available at the Tribune's press time on Thursday night.
Curt and Jake break down the action from the first week of spring sports, coming away with highlights and the best action. They also introduce—officially, at least—the "Jake Jinx", which is off to an unfortunately strong start to the spring season. Make sure to stay tuned for the WCT Game of the Week vote, which will be up on the site next Monday afternoon.
GLENWOOD - Minnewaska's track and field teams ran away with victories at the Lakers' home invitational Thursday afternoon.
WILLMAR - The Ridgewater softball team lost a pair to Minnesota State-Fergus Falls Friday afternoon at Ridgewater College. Tarryn Justeson no-hit the Warriors in a 9-0, five-inning victory in the first game, but the Warriors' offense picked up steam in the second game with three runs in the first two innings. Seven errors and five walks proved to be the downfall for the Warriors in a 7-4 loss as all Fergus Falls were unearned. Ridgewater will be back on the diamond on Tuesday as they host Minnesota West. Fergus Falls 7, Ridgewater 4