Bill Bentson: Weather continues to mess with spring sport schedules

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Bill Bentson
Wheelin' with WEB

It seems like every article for the past four months has had something to do with the games, matches, meets and the weather. It’s not going to change for this week.

An extended winter has made the spring schedule of athletic events a mess. Now with the rain, some of our teams are just having a miserable time getting their events played.

My ‘big four’ state tournaments for the spring sports are softball (June 6,7), track (June 7,8), golf (June 11,12) and baseball (June 13,14, 20). Back-up most of those dates about two weeks and you’ll have the start of the sub-sections/sections. That means the post-season tournaments will be starting in about two weeks.

Most of the Section True Team track meets are May 7. That’s next week, considering I’m writing this on Thursday, May 2. And, as you will see, based on results reported by the schools themselves, some of our softball teams only have five or six games.

That means in the next 12 to 15 days (excluding Sundays) teams will have to get a dozen or so games played. I also know that some track teams have only had two or three outside meets, and some golf teams have only played a couple matches.

I’m guessing that some of the games/matches/meets are not only going to be postponed, they’re going to be cancelled.

Golf news

I don’t know if you are aware or not, but the golf coaches association ranks teams and individuals.

For the week ending April 28, BOLD (351.40) is the number-one ranked Class A girls’ team. They are followed by Lac qui Parle Valley (354.0), Park Christian (Moorhead, 355.0), Fillmore Central (389.0), Caledonia (410.50), Adrian (440.10) and New Ulm Cathedral (441.60). The average shown for each team is four girls, 18 holes.

In AA team, Red Wing is number one, Lake City is four and Stewartville is at number eight.

For the Class A individuals, Madison Scheevel (Fillmore Central, 80.70) is ranked number three, Jenna Wiebke (Caledonia, 93.0) is 14th and Taylor Bushman (Fillmore Central, 98.10) is number 21. Emily Doeden (Park Christians, 78.25) is ranked number one.

Red Wing has the top two individuals, Lake City has two individuals in the top 28, and Stewartville has three girls ranked. Anna Tollefson (La Crescent-Hokah) is ranked at number 11.

Don’t ask me why, but Class A boys only has one team ranked, Adrian (399.10). St. Peter is the number-one team in AA (304.5), with Red Wing at number four, Stewartville at five and Lourdes at seven.

Individually, Wyatt Pruter (Kingsland, 83.10) is ranked at number seven statewide.

A lot could change in the next few weeks, but come tournament time, I see the match-up between Caledonia and Fillmore Central as a “barn-burner.”

Softball

State Softball Rankings

May 2, 2019

Class A

Rank (prev) School (Section)-(Points)

1. (1) Randolph (S4)-(58), 10-1
2. (3) Sleepy Eye Saint Mary's (S2)-(50), 9-1

3. (4) Cherry (S7)-(44),10-0
4. (2) New York Mills (S6)-(41), 7-1
5. (11) Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (S1)-(33), 7-0
6. (5) NCE/UH Titans* (S8)-(22), 8-2
7. (12) Carlton (S7)-(21), 6-0
8. (8) Edgerton/SW MN Christian* (S3)-(21), 5-2
9. (7) Badger/GB-MR* (S8)-(16), 9-4
10. (21) Isle (S5)-(14), 7-1

Others receiving votes: Bertha-Hewitt/ Verndale Raiders* (S5)-(12), 9-2; New Ulm Cathedral (S2)-(12), 4-1; Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (S3)-(11), 5-1; Frazee (S6)-(9), 8-3; Red Lake Falls (S8)-(8), 7-1; Browerville (S6)-(6), 7-2; Sebeka (S5)-(6), 7-3; Hayfield (S1)-(4), 5-5; Kimball Area (S4)-(2), 7-4.

Rankings are a composite of the voting provided by the Section Reps from Sections 1,2,5,6,7.

Randolph holds its top spot, Carlton moved up five spots and Kimball Area dropped nine places. Isle moved into the top 10 and wasn’t even ranked last week. Only five of the eight section representatives submitted votes this week.

Also, I went to the high school league website to get the team records. I’m not sure everyone has their results up-to-date on the website, but what you see is what was reported.

Class AA

Rank.(prev) School (Section) - (Points)
1. (1) Maple Lake (S5)-(24), 7-1
2. (4) Cotter/Hope Lutheran* (S1)-(21), 11-1
3. (2) Rochester Lourdes (S1)-(19), 9-1
4. (3) Pipestone Area (S3)-(18), 7-1
5. (5) Zumbrota-Mazeppa (S1)-(17), 7-1
6. (6) Park Rapids Area (S8)-(15), 8-0
7. (7) Norwood-Young America (S5)-(12), 6-0
8. (7) Chatfield (S1)-(9), 5-2
9. (9) Le Sueur-Henderson* (S2)-(7), 7-5
10. (9) Thief River Falls (S8)-(6), 6-2

Others receiving votes: Concordia Academy-Roseville (S4)-(3), 7-3; Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (S8)-(2), 7-1; Pierz (S6)-(2), 7-1; Esko (S7)-(1), 4-3.

Rankings are a composite of the voting provided by the Section Reps from Sections 1, 8

I’m not sure this is a very good sampling this week, as only two of the eight reps returned their ballots. It looks like the AA schools are pretty diligent about recording their records with the league. That’s a plus for the AA schools. Cotter made the biggest jump up, moving into the number-two spot. Interestingly, Maple Lake’s only loss was a 13-0 (five-inning) loss to Norwood-Young America. Concordia, DGF and Pierz are in the rankings for the first time.

Class AAA

Rank.(prev) School (Section) - (Points)
1. (2) Faribault (S2)-(46), 6-0
1. (1) Mankato West (S2)-(46), 6-0
3. (3) Northfield (S1)-(40), 8-1
4. (4) Chisago Lakes (S7)-(26), 4-1
4. (5) Winona (S1)-(26), 6-2

Mankato East (7-3) is tied for tenth, giving the Big Nine schools four teams in the top ten. Makes for some great regular season competition. Only four reps voted, but better than just two.

Class AAAA

Rank.(prev) School (Section) -(Points)
1.(1) Forest Lake (S7)-(71), 5-1
2.(1) Park (S3)-(65), 10-1
3.(4) Lakeville North (S1)-(55), 3-1
3.(3) Maple Grove (S5)-(55), 8-1
5.(9) East Ridge (S3)-(40), 6-1

Six representatives voted in the Class 4A. I’m not sure Lakeville North has reported all their games. The AAAA class is probably the purest because these teams would all play each other, giving the voters a better sense of who’s-better-than-who.

That’s a look state-wide, here’s a look a little closer to home. Sounds like I’m doing a weather forecast and going from a national report to a local report, doesn’t it?

Baseball

I haven’t seen any state rankings for baseball thus far this season. The StarTribune has Metro rankings, but don’t think that is what I need here. So we’ll just go with the Three Rivers and Southeast standings. Thanks again to Lee Epps, Spring Grove, for his contribution of the Southeast Conference standings, for both baseball and softball.

Caledonia and La Crescent are running neck and neck in the TRC East division. Due to postponements, they are playing their two regular season games on May 11 (at La Crescent) and May 14 (at Caledonia).

Plainview-Elgin-Millville has a 1.5 game lead over Dover-Eyota so far. They are scheduled to play again on May 16. They’ll also be finishing up their first game at that time. Their first game is tied at 5-5 after nine innings.

Track

If you’re looking for ‘rankings’ in individual events, there are two really good websites; athletic.net and raceberryjam.com.

Some area athletes that are in the rankings include the following. The boys are Chance Backer (Chatfield, 100m and 200m), Isaac Davidson (St. Charles, 200m, long jump), Romy Whitford (La Crescent-Hokah, 100m), Jacob Hogan (LaC-H, 400m), Korrigan Diercks (St. Charles, 1600m), Mitchell Dryden (LaC-H, 110m hurdles), Logan Putzier (St.C, 110m hurdles), Drew Wieser (LaC-H, 300m hurdles), 4x100 (LaC-H, St.C), 4x200 (Lanesboro/Fillmore Central), 4x400 (St.C, LaC-H, LFCMC), 4x800 (LaC-H), Ben Wieser (Rushford-Peterson/Houston, shot put), Jonathan Frank (discus), Dalton Balcome (St.C, high jump).

The girls are Amanda Iverson (LaC-H, 100m, 200m), Emma Breitsprecher (LFCMC, 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles), Hailey Hindt (Grand Meadow/Le-Roy-Ostrander/Southland/Kingsland, 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles), Emmarie Byom (LaC-H, 100m hurdles, triple jump, pole vault), Ella Baudek (LaC-H, 100m hurdles), Lola Baudek (LaC-H, 300m hurdles), GMLOKS (4x100, 4x200), LFCMC (4x400), Abbie Disbrow (St.C, long jump), Lindsey Root (St.C, long jump), Kaleah Davis (RPH, shot put), Payton Dryden (LaC-H, discus).

That’s going to do it for me this week. There are lots of numbers this week. I hope you don’t mind. Hey to my lovely wife, Carol, the Great 8 and my Fab 4, you are the greatest. Hasta la vista my friends. Thank you, Melissa. Hope everybody has a great week, one day at a time. WEB