Forum Notebook: Central Lakes Conference awards two cards – West Central Tribune

WILLMA — Willmar junior Grace Etterman earned Central Lakes League Performer of the Week honors for several big hits on the softball field.

Etman batted .667 in the Cardinals' two games last week, going 4-for-6 with two doubles, a run and an RBI.

Meanwhile, Willmar's Dylan Staska was named the April 29 CLC Player of the Week. Scored 3 doubles, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He also pitched seven innings, striking out six.

Willmar senior Dylan Staska pitches during a Central Lakes Conference game against Alexander on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at Willmar Clay Mason Field.

Willmar senior Dylan Staska pitches during a Central Lakes Conference game against Alexander on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at Willmar Clay Mason Field.

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Former Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg star Isaac Call was named MIAC Baseball Player of the Week. Cowher, a junior outfielder at Bethel University, leads the Royals to a 4-1 record with a .588 batting average, 1.118 slugging percentage and .611 on-base percentage.

Kaul went 11-for-17, hit three doubles and two home runs, scored six runs and drove in six runs. Cowher went 5-for-8 with a home run, three runs and three RBIs against St. Scholastica. In the game against the University of Wisconsin-Stout, he went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, two runs scored, and three RBIs.

Bethel finished the regular season with a 13-7 record in the MIAC and a 22-14 overall record. The Royals will face St. John's University in a first-round MIAC playoff game Thursday at CHS Stadium in St. Paul at 7 p.m. Cowher, who is also a defensive starter for the Royals football team, has played in 15 games in baseball this season, hitting four home runs, five doubles and a triple. He had 16 runs and 19 RBIs, batted .417 and had an OPS of .813.

Stingers Community All-Stars

Nine area children have been named Community All-Stars by the Willmar Stingers and Coordinated Business Systems.

The team said: “The award was created to reward young people for their leadership in the community and provide them with a once-in-a-lifetime Stingers experience.”

Students aged 8 to 14 were asked to answer three questions focusing on their community and how they are making a positive impact.

According to the team, the nine winners were selected from more than 250 applicants based on their experience and answers.

The Stingers will hold an awards ceremony on Monday, July 15 at Bill Taunton Stadium before the Stingers take on the Mankato MoonDogs at 6:35 p.m.

The nine are: Amelia Kowal, 8, Benson; Harper Wander, 9, Sauk Centre; Connor Anderson, 9, Renville; Lane Coulter, 10, Monteville The Asians; Lily Kallevig, Kandiyohi 11; Elijah Borstad, Willmar 11; Tristan Gaffaney, Willmar 11; Reid Morrison, Murdoch 11; and Broten 11 Jackson Jenks.

All nine players will receive official Stingers jerseys and their own baseball cards and will be introduced as official members of the team. They will throw out the first pitch and conduct batting and infield/outfield drills and other activities with the team.

Former Wilma Stinger Kyle Manzado has been drafted by the Cleveland Guardians. He is a hard-hitting first baseman who is considered a top prospect in Cleveland's system. He batted .303 with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, had an on-base percentage of .375 and a slugging percentage of .642. He had 10 doubles, 9 home runs, 20 RBIs and 15 at-bats in 128 games with the Clippers.

Tom Elliott

Tom Elliott has been the sports editor of the West Central Tribune since September 2019.
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