WILLMAR — New Ulm pitchers Ethan Stade and Teagun Kumm combined for eight strikeouts in seven shutout innings in a 3-0 victory against Willmar in VFW baseball Tuesday at Bill Taunton Stadium. Hunter Magnuson had two of Post 1639's four hits with singles in the second and seventh innings. Andrew Baumgart hit a one-out double in the fourth, and Dylan Arndorfer led the game off with a single. Dalton Ogdahl was hit with the loss after throwing four innings for Willmar. New Ulm 3, Willmar 0 New Ulm 010 100 1-3 6 2
Lac qui Parle Valley and BOLD have each brought Class A girls' golf titles back to west central Minnesota over the last two years. And starting Tuesday at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, the Eagles and Warriors are back and among the favorites for this spring's state title.
ST. MICHAEL — Fourth-seeded Litchfield gave top-seeded and second-ranked Minneapolis North all it could handle. Ultimately, the Polars knocked the Dragons out of the playoffs with a 53-49 victory in the Section 5AA semifinals on Wednesday night. Owen Boerema led a trio of double-digit scorers for Litchfield with 15 points to go with eight rebounds and three assists. Avery Liestman hit a team-high four 3-pointers as part of a 14-point night, and Alex Gruenke came up with 10 points for Litchfield.
MADISON — For a half the Lac qui Parle Valley girls basketball team played right with Minnesota in the Camden Conference championship game on Monday. The Eagles, the Camden North winner, scored 24 points and trailed the North camp Vikings by five. Then the whole thing came apart. LQPV scored just 12 second-half points and the hot-shooting Vikings cruised to a 62-36 victory at LQPV High School. Minneota's Lydia Sussner scored 22 points and Morgan Hennen hit four 3-point shots and finished with 19 points.
WILLMAR — With the postseason quickly approaching, the Willmar girls' hockey team is cruising. In a matinee Friday at the Willmar Civic Center, the Cardinals won their fourth straight game, beating Marshall 5-0. At the 6-minute, 54-second mark of the first period, Madison Garberding got her first goal of the game on an assist from Serena Monson. Over two minutes later, Bailey Olson netted an unassisted goal to put Willmar up 2-0 after 17 minutes.
PAYNESVILLE—With nine wrestlers in finals, including four champions, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa took top honors at the Paynesville invitational on Friday. The Jaguars finished the day with a team score of 221, holding off Sartell (192.5) and Grand Rapids (167.5). Paynesville and Milaca finished tied for fourth with 105. BBE's champions were Canon Swanson (126 pounds), Tyler Bents (145), Mark Jenniges (182) and Michael Doubek (195). The Bulldogs' top finish came from Shawn Rue, who was the runner-up at 138 pounds. Paynesville Invite Team scoring
WILLMAR — Capitalizing on 31 Ridgewater turnovers, Western Tech pulled away with an 82-57 win over the Warriors on Wednesday night. The Cavaliers got 18 points from Kerrigan Lyga while Caitlin Young came off the bench and scored 21 points in 16 minutes, thanks to five 3-pointers. Taylor Rose was Ridgewater's top scorer with a game-high 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting to go with five rebounds. Morgan Gronli added 14 points and six rebounds while Kendra Miller tallied eight points, three steals, two blocks and two blocks in the loss.
GLENWOOD — Taking the mat on Dec. 21 for a home quad meet, Minnewaska's Dylan Jergenson was one of the more dominant figures on the mat. The seventh-ranked 220-pounder in Class A, the Lakers junior secured a pair of first-period pins, bumping his 2018-19 record to 17-2 through 2018. His only losses thus far are to a former state champion and a fourth-place finisher at last year's state tournament.
WILLMAR — Tied 34-all at halftime, Willmar took the lead for good midway through the second half on a Hamza Mohamed bucket and never looked back, beating Southwest Christian 77-70 Friday in the Bremer Bank Holiday Classic at Willmar High School.
NEW LONDON — Blustery conditions outside didn't keep Mia Curtis from heating up inside the New London-Spicer High School gym. Curtis his five of her team's 10 3-point shots and Minnehaha Academy won the Heritage Bank WildCard Tournament championships game 51-44 over NLS on Thursday. Curtis finished with a game-high 24 points. The Redhawks' Neveah Galloway scored all nine of her points from the 3-point line, and Tanna Gallo hit two 3s and finished with eight points.