Montevideo to host Junior Legion state tourney


Montevideo will play host to the American Legion Division II Junior Legion State Tournament this weekend, and three area teams will compete in the eight-team field.

Sacred Heart/MACCRAY opens the tournament against Aitkin at 10 a.m. Friday. Starbuck plays Cook County at 12:30 p.m.

Following the tournament's opening ceremony at 3 p.m., Holy Family Catholic plays Caledonia at 4:30 p.m., and the host team, Montevideo, plays International Falls at 6:40 p.m.

On Saturday, the two consolation bracket semifinals games are at 10 a.m. at 12:30 p.m. The winners' bracket semifinals are at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

On Sunday, the consolation championship is at 10 a.m. and the third-place game is at 12:30 p.m. The state championship game begins at 3:30 p.m.

Stingers in Dream showcase

Three Willmar Stingers players took part in the Northwoods League's Major League Dreams Showcase on Tuesday in Madison, Wis.

In their team's 3-2 win, Stinger Eli Wilson caught and went 0-for-2.

Willmar pitcher Louie Varland worked the third inning and allowed one hit and struck out two.

Stinger reliever Nick Mears worked a hitless seventh inning, walking one and striking out one.

The Stingers return to regular-season action at Eau Claire today at 6:35 p.m.

Willmar plays its final two home games of the regular season against Rochester at 7:05 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday. The team closes out the regular season with games at Thunder Bay on Saturday and Sunday.

The Stingers are in the hunt for a NWL playoff spot, sitting just a half-game behind North Division-leading Duluth.

Bulthuis records ace

Troy Bulthuis, of Willmar, recorded a hole-in-one at Valley Golf on Aug. 3.

Bulthuis aced the 143-yard, No. 5 hole using an 8-iron.