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MILROY - Three Lac qui Parle Valley hitters drove in two runs and the Eagles defeated Murray County Central 9-2 in the Section 3A playoffs on Thursday. Dain Haas had three hits and two RBIs, Brett Baldwin had two hits and two RBIs and Wyatt Halvorson doubled in two runs. Eean Allpress was 3-for-3, walked twice and scored two runs. Caden Bjornjeld, Wyatt Halvorson combined to allow five hits and they struck out 10.
WILLMAR — The defending Class A state champion Lac qui Parle Valley girls golf team holds a commanding lead after the first day of the Section 5A meet on Wednesday at Eagle Creek Golf Club. The Eagles' Rachel Halvorson (80), Izabella Stender (88) and Sarah Halvorson (90) posted the top three individual scores on Wednesday. LQPV finished Day 1 at 363, which is 61 shots clear of second-place Benson (424). Girls Golf Section 5A Championship Day 1 At Eagle Creek Golf Club Willmar Team scoring
WILLMAR - The Willmar Stingers kicked off their 10th anniversary home schedule with a second-straight win, 5-2, over the Mankato MoonDogs on Wednesday at Bill Taunton Stadium. The Stingers opened the 2019 season with a win in Mankato. The teams return to Mankato on Thursday for third of a four-game home-and-home set. On Wednesday, Mankato scored two runs in the top of the first off Stingers' starter Polo Portela. That would be the extent of the MoonDogs' run production.
BRAINERD—Fresh off their True Team state championships last weekend, the Willmar boys and girls track and field teams eased off the throttle a bit on Tuesday, with both teams placing fourth at a Central Lakes Conference meet at Brainerd High School. Alexandria placed first in the boys and girls meets. "Considering we backed off with a lot of kids who competed Saturday at True Team, we had decent team efforts," head coach Jerry Popp said.
ATWATER - Four walks in the bottom of the seventh inning brought home the winning run in ACGC's 12-11 win over Sauk Centre on Tuesday at Kingery Field. The Falcons committed seven errors but pounded out 14 hits and took advantage of eight stolen bases and Sauk Centre's four errors and six Mainstreeter walks. "It was atrocious defense but resilient hitting for us," said Falcons head coach Mike Kingery. We've been hitting the ball well the last 10 days."
ELROSA — Four KMS hitters drove in runs and pitchers Dylan Rudningen and Weston Gjerde teamed up to hold down Browerville/Eagle Valley in a 6-2 win at the wood bat BBE Invitational on Friday. Rudningen worked five innings and while he walked five, he allowed only two hits and he struck out seven. Gjerde one-hit the Tigers over two innings and struck out four. The Saints improved to 13-1 overall, with their lone loss coming by a 1-0 score against Albany.
RAYMOND - Caden Bjornjeld worked seven strong innings and Lac qui Parle Valley's early runs held up in a 4-2 win over MACCRAY on Thursday. Bjornjeld allowed an earned run on seven hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out seven to get the win. The Eagles' Carter Amland was 2-for-3 with an RBI and he scored a run, and Eean Allpress had a triple among his two hits and scored a run. Dain Haas had a hit and he and Bjornjeld both drove in runs.
For the first time in 20 years, the Willmar Cardinals are champions. The boys tennis team completed a 16-1 regular season with a 7-0 win against St. Cloud Apollo Tuesday afternoon, clinching the Central Lakes Conference title. The Cardinals did it the way they've done all year, dominating the singles matches. The Fischer triplets won each of their matches with 6-0, 6-0 decisions and Ryan Ackerman won his No. 4 singles match by default.
LITCHFIELD — Litchfield came out on top of a hit parade against New London-Spicer thanks to a pair of blasts by Avery Stilwell and Emma DeWolf in a 6-5 win Monday night. The Dragons spread six runs out across the opening three innings to jump out to a 6-4 lead. The Wildcats added another run in the seventh but couldn't complete the comeback, despite out-hitting their hosts 11-10. Sam Johnson, Emma Hanson, Katelyn Nordmeyer and Mackenzie Rich each finished with two-hit games for the visitors but Litchfield's Janessa Olson paced all hitters with a solid 3-for-3 day.
NEW LONDON — The Dassel-Cokato Chargers won the New London-Spicer Invitational Friday at Little Crow Country Club but the Wildcats still represented their home course well. NLS black, featuring Noah Dietz, Peyton Coahran, Jake Rooney, Peyton Vegdahl, Nixon Harrier and Sam Stageberg, took second place behind the Chargers by seven strokes with a 337. Lac qui Parle Valley tied for third with Albany at 354. D-C took the top two individual places in Alex Peterson (77) and Jackson Bakeberg (79).