The Mille Lacs County Times » Sports The Mille Lacs County Times cover community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for Milaca, Minnesota and it's surrounding areas. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:22:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Milaca VFW squad splits at Paynesville tourney Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:29:33 +0000 The Milaca VFW baseball team finished with a 1-1 record at a Paynesville tournament last weekend.

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Brian Bowman / Mille Lacs County Times Milaca VFW’s Riley Moos is out on a close play at second base.

Milaca was defeated 10-0 by Minnewaska in six innings but rebounded nicely to trounce Paynesville 13-3 in its second game.

“We had just one hit (against Minnewaska),” said Milaca head coach Craig Talberg. “We hit the ball but we hit the ball right at people and they made a couple of good plays. They turned two or three double plays against us. It was one of those games where everything bounced their way.”

In their second game of the tournament, Milaca came out and hit the ball well all over the field. Milaca banged out 10 hits in the lopsided 10-run win over Paynesville.

“It was really good to see my guys bounce back after getting beat by 10 the game before,” Talberg said, noting Paynseville scored all of its runs in one inning.

Jimmy Kragt was very effective on the mound for Milaca, pitching all five innings. He gave up just two hits while striking out six.

“He had one inning where he got in trouble in the third,” Talberg noted. “But, other than that, he had total control the whole game.”

On Thursday, June 25, Milaca doubled Paynesville 4-2 at home. Milaca scored a pair of runs in both the first and second innings and held on for the win behind a strong pitching performance from right-hander Matt Fransen.

Fransen gave up just three hits while striking out nine. He walked just one hitter.

“We played pretty well and Matt pitched a good game,” said Talberg. “It wasn’t great, but he pitched a good enough game to keep us in the game. We got some hits when we needed them and we played alright.”

Fransen had a single and two RBI while Kragt and Raleigh Millar also drove in runs.

Defensively, Milaca did a good job limiting Paynesville to just the two runs – one of which was earned.

Milaca (3-1) hosted Crosby-Ironton Wednesday, July 1 but no score was available at press time. They then will play Aitkin Thursday, July 2, although the location had not been determined at press time.


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Milaca’s offense dries up against Princeton Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:28:55 +0000 It wasn’t too long ago that the Milaca Legion baseball team was scoring runs in bunches.

But Milaca has suddenly hit an offensive dry spell as the local club lost 6-1 on the road to Princeton on Monday, June 29.

Brian Bowman / Mille Lacs County Times New Life III shortstop Nick Wolbert tracks down a ground ball during Church League softball action Thursday, June 25 in Milaca.

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New Life III shortstop Nick Wolbert tracks down a ground ball during Church League softball action Thursday, June 25 in Milaca.

“We had one inning where we had a couple of errors,” lamented Milaca head coach Bart Naumann. “That cost us three or four runs right there. If we would have cut that down, it would have been a 2-1 ballgame.”

Mike Garber scored Milaca’s lone run in the top of the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly. Garber reached base on a walk and later advanced to third.

But that was all of the offense that Milaca could muster on this night.

“We did not string anything together,” Naumann said, noting Milaca was issued six walks in the game. “We never had a hit and it was a pain in the butt. We were getting guys on and we had the bases loaded with two outs. We had the right people up at the plate and it still didn’t happen.”

Matt VanSomeren pitched well for Milaca in the loss, scattering seven hits while striking out three. He walked just two Princeton hitters.

Milaca had scored 31 runs combined in the four previous games leading up to the St. Francis loss.

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Brian Bowman / Mille Lacs County Times

“It was frustrating that we decided not to hit the ball (Monday) night,” Naumann said. “That was kind of a tough deal but it goes in cycles and I think they’ll get back on the horse.”

On Tuesday, June 23, Milaca lost 7-6 on the road to St. Francis. St. Francis scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning for the walk-off victory.

Hunter Johnson had the start on the mound for Milaca as the visitors built a 6-1 lead after four innings. St. Francis got to Johnson, however, and eventually tied the score at 6-6.

Naumann said both teams were fairly evenly matched but Milaca hurt themselves with errors and walks.

Milaca hosted North Branch on Tuesday, June 30 but no score was available at press time. On Monday, July 6, Milaca will hit the road to visit Mora.

First pitch is 6:30 p.m.

Brian Bowman / Mille Lacs County Times Pastor John Patnode from Princeton Free Church tags second for an out and attempts a double play during Church League softball action in Milaca on Thursday, June 25.

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Pastor John Patnode from Princeton Free Church tags second for an out and attempts a double play during Church League softball action in Milaca on Thursday, June 25.

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Stones Throw wins Duffer’s Delight Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:56:29 +0000 The 22nd-annual Duffers Delight Golf Tournament – sponsored by the Milaca Area Chamber of Commerce – attracted 25 teams on Thursday, June 25.
First place went to the Stones Throw team of Tony Hoeck, Wendy Hoeck and Lacey Fox and Steve Fuchs. The foursome fired a 51.
Second place went to the Insurance Shoppe team of Zac Zillmer, Doug Reetz, Gregg Johnson, and Bryan Moshier. They also combined for a 51 and tie-breaker criteria were used to decide a winner.

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Rox in Milaca Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:44:58 +0000 Brian Bowman / Mille Lacs County Times St. Cloud Rox pitcher Robbie Petty gave kids some instruction at the youth baseball clinic in Milaca. Brian Bowman / Mille Lacs County Times Brian Bowman / Mille Lacs County Times Jaxsen Hardy, 6, was hard at work taking ground balls during the St. Cloud Rox youth baseball clinic in Milaca on Friday, June 26. ]]> 0 Wolves place third at trapshooting championship Mon, 22 Jun 2015 01:00:16 +0000 Photo provided Milaca’s Ben Totzke is pictured with his varsity high school gun overall trophy and varsity high gun first place plaque at the state trap shooting meet in Alexandria.

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Milaca’s Ben Totzke is pictured with his varsity high school gun overall trophy and varsity high gun first place plaque at the state trap shooting meet in Alexandria.

The Milaca Wolves performed very well at the six-day Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Trapshooting Championship in Alexandria last week.
Ben Totzke won the High Gun, Class 1A, varsity division with a score of 98 out of 100.
The Wolves’ varsity team placed third in Class 1A Conference 8, edged out of second place by just one clay target by Brandon-Evansville (a school Milaca beat out during the regular season).
“The competition was stiff,” said Milaca coach Dave Totzke. “We were without our highest shooter and still did very well.”
Milaca’s junior varsity team, meanwhile, placed second in Class 1A Conference 8. Nathan Strombeck led Milaca, connecting on 25 straight clay targets.
“It was a very good finish,” Dave Totzke said. “The junior varsity kids, of course, are a little younger group and less experienced.”
The Wolves did not have enough team members to have a novice team, but the three team members that shot in that division did very well, Dave Totzke noted.
The combined scores of the Wolves’ varsity, junior varsity and novice divisions placed Milaca in second place overall of the 75 schools that were shooting on Thursday, June 11.
That placing earned Milaca the opportunity to attend the State Tournament at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake Saturday, June 20 to compete against the top teams in Minnesota.
The Wolves’ Wylie Snyder will also be at Prior Lake to compete at the individual level.

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Wolves proud of successful athletic season Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:00:33 +0000 With the school season coming to a close earlier this month, it brought the end to the Milaca Wolves’ athletic season.
And this past season was a very successful one in Milaca.
From Allie Terpstra becoming a state champion in track and field to the Wolves’ softball and wrestling teams also advancing to their respective state tournaments, Milaca enjoyed plenty of success on the athletic fields.
“Obviously, this spring we closed it out with a bang with our girls’ softball team going to state and we had a state champion in girls’ track,” said Milaca activities director Jerry Westphal Monday morning. “And I don’t want to take anything away from our baseball team…our baseball team made great strides and won a playoff game for the first time in a long time.”
Westphal also noted the Wolves had good seasons from their basketball and golf teams, the volleyball squad, and cross country.
“Overall, this was a real good year for us,” he said.
A big part of the Wolves’ successes was the quality of kids on those respective teams. Teams need good athletes with great character to be successful.
“This senior group that just graduated was No. 1, a very big class, and No. 2, they were very good leaders,” Westphal said. “They worked hard and didn’t expect to get anything the easy way. They were very good leaders and showed the younger kids that to get something, you have to work for it. They did a nice job with that.”
The coaches of the Milaca teams also did a real nice job this past season. Coaches were extremely knowledgeable in their respective sports and were great teachers of the game.
“To be very competitive and get that edge, you have to have the athletes to get there but once you get those athletes, you have to have somebody leading them in the right direction,” Westphal stressed. “I know our coaches work hard and put in a lot of hours and do what’s right for the kids.
“I know our coaches do a great job getting everybody involved and teaching good fundamentals.”
Westphal noted that a number of Milaca coaches put in unpaid hours with a weight-training and a cardiovascular program in the summer. There are also summer camps put on for the younger kids.
“There are a number of things that they do outside of the season that people don’t necessarily see,” Westphal said. “In this day and age, that’s what it’s all about. You want to have that edge and if Foley and Princeton and Ogilvie and Mora are doing it, then we better be doing it, too.
“We don’t want to give up that edge. There are a lot of hours outside of our regular season that our coaches put in.”

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Milaca looking to get better during the American Legion season Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:00:02 +0000  

Brian Bowman / Mille Lacs County Times Milaca third baseman Matt VanSomeren makes the tag on a St. Francis player for an out.

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Milaca third baseman Matt VanSomeren makes the tag on a St. Francis player for an out.

The Milaca Legion baseball team may have started their season 0-3, but head coach Bart Naumann isn’t at all worried.
In fact, he’s optimistic for this season.
“Every year, I don’t panic,” said Naumann. “It takes three or four games to really start clicking together because we have older, veteran kids that have been around.
“I’ve been doing this for 15 years and we’ve started out 0-4 a million times. I’d rather have guys get hot towards playoffs and really start to gel rather than coming out sluggin’ and die at the end.”
Milaca dropped its third straight American Legion game Thursday, June 11 with a 6-1 home loss to the St. Francis Saints.
Nick Wolbert scored Milaca’s lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning. He scored from first base after a double by Matt VanSomeren.
Milaca hit some hard balls during the contest but St. Francis did a good job making the routine plays.
Defensively, Milaca made a couple of errors and did not look very crisp on a few plays. Milaca’s right-handed starter Raleigh Millar pitched well in the loss.
Naumann feels that Milaca’s defense will get much better as the season progresses.
“Some of the guys kicked the ball and that normally doesn’t happen,” he said. “Most of these guys have played for me for a couple of years.”
Milaca started its season with a 6-3 loss to Princeton and then was shut out 3-0 by Mora. Milaca has only scored four runs in those three losses and needs to generate more offense to snap their losing streak.
“A lot of the guys are not used to seeing pitching at this level,” Naumann explained. “Pitching at this level is a little better than in high school, in my opinion. You have returning college players, and we do too, but some teams have more. They see curve balls that do what they’re supposed to do and break when they’re supposed to break.”
Naumann said his club has been working on their hitting and will continue to put the time in to get better. Those line drives will eventually fall in the gaps, he noted.
“That was one of the big low points of the high school season,” Naumann said. “Consistency of the hitting (and) timely hitting, that sort of thing.”
Milaca hosted Chisago Lakes this past Monday and then visited North Branch on Tuesday but no scores were available at press time.
Milaca will then host Cambridge on Thursday, June 18 before playing three consecutive road games. All games have 6:30 p.m. start times.

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Elim Care, Duffers Delight golf tourneys approaching Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:39:48 +0000 Golf enthusiasts will have plenty of opportunities to smack around that little white ball with a pair of tournaments being held at Milaca’s Stones Throw Golf Course in the next week.
The Milaca Elim Care and Rehab Center Golf Classic will take place Friday, June 19. Registration begins at noon with the four-person best ball tournament starting at 1 p.m.
Registration includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, dinner, and a light lunch (hot dogs and chips). Cost is $75.
“It’s a fun day,” said tournament organizer Laura Broberg. “There are a lot of fun things on each hole. There are different snacks and beverages and we have a few games on the holes, so it’s really a fun-filled day.”
Proceeds from the tournament – now in its 18th year – will go towards funding the center’s activity department as well as purchasing new furniture for their community common areas.
The tournament attracts in the neighborhood of 45 to 60 golfers, said Broberg, for the one-day event.
Over the past eight years, over $50,000 has been generated for resident-centered projects on campus.
To register, contact Laura Broberg at 320-983-2185 or via email at
Next week, the local course will be hosting the 22nd-annual Duffers Delight Golf Tournament. The 18-hole scramble tournament – sponsored by the Milaca Area Chamber of Commerce – will take place Thursday, June 25.
Cost to enter the tournament is $75 and registration includes green fees, cart, lunch, steak dinner, and drink tickets.
“It’s our major fundraiser for the year, so this is probably where two thirds of our operating budget comes from,” said Mark McBroom, the committee chairman for the tournament. “We need to get support from the community as best as we can.”
At noon, registration will begin along with a picnic lunch, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Sign up can be done as a team of four or as an individual.
There will be a putting contest and a hole-in-one contest.
McBroom estimated the tournament has attracted approximately 90 to 100 golfers each year for the past few events. Earlier this week, he said about 90 people had already signed up for this year’s tournament.
“We’re hoping to pick up some more teams yet,” McBroom said. “We’re still looking for some teams.”
Some golf tournaments can be a lot of fun. And this one is no exception.
“We try to have our hole sponsors on every hole trying to do something to make it enlightening,” McBroom explained, noting the Stones Throw Golf Course is currently in great shape. “There are different contests, there’s a putting contest, and there’s your typical long drive, long putt, closest to the pin (contests).
“We try to make it a fun day.”
Any questions, individuals can contact Mark McBroom at 320-983-3913 or by email at

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Flor 11th at section golf meet Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:07:41 +0000 The Milaca Wolves’ Noel Flor fired an 81 on Day 2 of the Section 6AA golf event at the Blackberry Golf Course on Tuesday, June 2.

Photo provided Noel Flor  golfs Tuesday June 2 at Blackberry Ridge .

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Noel Flor golfs Tuesday June 2 at Blackberry Ridge .

Flor carded a 46 on his first nine holes and then caught fire with a 35 on his final nine.

He had an 84 in his first round to give him a 36-hole total of 165. That placed Flor 11th overall.

The top team and top 5 individuals not on the winning team advanced to the state tournament.

Albany’s David Schneider had the low 36-hole total at 144 (70-74). That was four strokes better than Andrew Israelson (74-74) and 10 in front St. Cloud Cathedral’s Max LaBine (81-73) and Foley’s Preston Kopel (81-73).


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Milaca on target at trap shooting competition Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:59:24 +0000 The Milaca trap shooting team won its Class 1A Conference 8 title for the spring season recently and has now advanced to the state championship in Alexandria.

Milaca beat out Brandon-Evansville to move on to the Alexandria competition. Milaca finished with 9,691 points compared to Brandon-Evansville’s 9,567.5.

Twenty-one individuals are on Milaca’s team (up from 15 last year), ranging from eighth graders to seniors. The local shooters excelled in a variety of weather conditions and were eager to get better throughout this past season.

“They were able to shoot in the wind, rain, and snow,” said Dave Totzke, one of Milaca’s coaches. “And they showed up every week and were persistent. They listened well and they learned. They fixed their mistakes and they practiced.”

Milaca has been shooting in St. Cloud every week since April. Trap shooting is extremely popular throughout Minnesota and continues to grow. Totzke noted that there were 8,355 individuals participating in their league this past year.

The state competition begins Thursday, June 11 and continues through the next six days. Milaca has high expectations for their shooters at the state championship.

“I think we can do well there,” predicted Totzke, adding he expects there will be about 5,600 individuals participating. “We beat out Brandon-Evansville by a fair margin but the kids kept progressing every week. I think we have a pretty good chance of winning it and we won it last year.”

Milaca had five male team members – Wylie Snyder, Cole Barsody, Sam Carpenter, Ben Totzke and Gunnar Paulson – place in the top 25 in their conference.

Milaca also had three female team members – Joelle Knapp, Hannah McGrath and Erika Earl – place in the top 25 in their conference.

Snyder, a junior, placed in the top 100 in Minnesota which allows him to go to a tournament in Prior Lake.

“He got 50 in a row one night,” Totzke remembered, noting he wanted to thank their sponsors. “That’s 100 percent. We shoot two rounds once a week and one night he got 50 in a row – a perfect round.

“We had four people on our team this year that had 25 straight and that’s a pretty big accomplishment.”


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