The QRF rankings are out and the WCT Sports Show is here to break things down. BOLD baseball is ranked No. 5 thanks to an impressive pitching staff while the Warriors' softball team has an offense that is very tough to beat. Jake thinks New London-Spicer baseball is disrespected and Curt gushes about KMS softball.
Willmar's Kaden Bohlsen was the Des Moines Buccaneers' top pick and the No. 10 overall pick in Phase I of the U.S. Hockey League's 2017 draft. The 6-foot-1, 166-pound Bohlsen, 16, could make the Buccaneers' roster this season, or his rights would be retained while he returned to play at Shattuck St. Mary's in Faribault. Bohlsen had 33 points in 47 games for Shattuck's under-16 team last season. Kaden has already committed to play at the University of Minnesota.
WILLMAR - Natalie Neumann was a stalwart in the pitching circle and Kaitlynn Kienholz hit a three-run homer in the opener as the Ridgewater softball team swept Riverland in an MCAC doubleheader on Saturday at the Ridgewater College fields. The Warriors won the first game 3-1 on Kienholz' second-inning homer and Neumann's strong outing. Neumann followed that with a four-hitter in Ridgewater's 4-0 win in the second game.
With the professional baseball season well under way and the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League set to kick off their campaign in about one month, Curt and Jake take a look at how past Stingers players are performing in the pros. This group includes Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jacob Barnes, the lone former Stinger to appear in the Major Leagues this season, who had yet to surrender a run as of Wednesday afternoon. The Stingers season opens on May 30.
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.