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Jacob Zosel is a humble sort, with an ever-present, almost impish smile and a grounded maturity so atypical of most teenagers that he lists youth pastor or maybe elementary teacher as his vocational goals. But move Zosel into his given competitive arena—be it gridiron, court or course—and opponents are probably quick to ask how it is that Mr. Nice Guy can be so good at relentlessly tearing them up.
BRAINERD — The Willmar WarHawks won their fourth-straight North American 3 Hockey League game 5-4 over Breezy Point on Saturday when Riley Dixon and Leonardo Ewald teamed up for the winning goal in the third period just eight seconds after the North Stars tied the game. The WarHawks successfully followed up on a 7-0 win over the Rochester Ice Hawks on Friday night in Rochester.
Rocket offense scores 10 consecutive runs to advance to state semifinals
Minnesota cornerback Marcus Sherels returned an interception 53 yards for the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter, lifting the Vikings past the Seahawks 18-11 Thursday at Seattle in a rematch of last season's dramatic NFC wild-card game.
The United States and Spain finally lived up to expectations, posting blowout wins on Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the Olympic men's basketball tournament.
WILLMAR—As happened in 2014, the Northwood League's Willmar Stingers will lose several home dates at Bill Taunton Stadium because of excessive rainfall and flooding. Eight to 10 inches of rain fell on Willmar on Wednesday night, flooding many areas in town, including Taunton Stadium on 22nd Street Southwest. The Stingers were set to end their 2016 regular season with four home dates against Waterloo and Madison on Thursday through Sunday.
Sometimes even a baseball team that knows it has plenty of talent doesn't realize it can be good. That appears to have been the case for the Willmar VFW I team, which opens the 2016 VFW State Tournament against Hibbing at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Fergus Falls. Post 1639 had some players who saw varsity action with Willmar's prep team in the spring and others had proven themselves during last year's successful VFW season.
Jimmy Walker said winning the PGA Championship on Sunday for his first career major was a matter of trust, both in himself and in his game
WATKINS—Logan Nissen had himself a day against Eden Valley-Watkins Thursday. The recent BOLD grad drove in six runs at the plate and threw a no-hitter, leading the BOLD legion team to an 8-0 win. Despite walking six, Nissen got out of every jam on the mound, striking out 11 in the hitless effort. He then delivered the biggest blow in the second inning, blasting a grand slam to put BOLD up 7-0. Nissen was one of six BOLD players to have multiple hits. Jordan Sagedahl and Luke Ryan had three hits apiece.
Willmar's Colten Carlson and New London-Spicer's Espi Austvold are recipients of the Tribune's 2016 Hengstler-Ranweiler Awards