MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Signs of a potent lineup were evident for the Minnesota Twins in spring training, with the addition of some accomplished power hitters and the anticipation of more development by the homegrown players. The most optimistic member of the organization would’ve had trouble seeing a start like this, though. Their 106 homers are the most in the major leagues, fueling a .515 slugging percentage that would be an all-time best. The relaxed approach is fostered by rookie manager Rocco Baldelli.
The Twins had last night off. They start a week-and-a-half-long road trip tonight with a four-game series at Tampa Bay. First pitch times tonight and tomorrow night are at 6:10, with the pre-game each night starting at 5:30 on AM-1300 KGLO.
— high school baseball
Lake Mills 2, West Fork 1
North Butler 12, Nashua-Plainfield 1
Rockford 10, Eagle Grove 0
West Hancock 7, North Iowa 4
— high school softball
Belmond-Klemme 7, Newman 4
Northwood-Kensett 5, Osage 4
Rockford 14, Eagle Grove 4
Webster City 6, Hampton-Dumont 5
AMES — Girls state golf tournaments wrapped up on Wednesday at four different locations throughout central Iowa, with all locations wrapping up first-round action suspended from Tuesday early in the day before proceeding to the final round:
== At the Class 2A meet at the Ames Golf & Country Club, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura’s Carlee Frayne finished fourth. Frayne shot 81 in her first round and 73 in the second for a two-round total of 154. Morgan Weber of Dike-New Hartford was the medalist with a 147. Allison Nuss of New Hampton was second with a 148. New Hampton won the 2A team title with a score of 662, 59 shots better than second-place Okoboji.
== At the Class 3A meet at Otter Creek in Ankeny, Clear Lake’s Ashley DeLong finished 10th with a two-round total of 164. Britta Snyder of Gilbert was the medalist with a 135. Walhert of Dubuque was the team champion with a 653, 48 shots better than second-place Humboldt
== At the Class 4A meet at the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Thea Lunning of Mason City finished 15th with a two-round total of 168. Paige Hoffman of West Des Moines Valley was the medalist with a 137, helping to lead her squad to the 4A team title as well. The Tigers shot a 631, with Bettendorf finishing second with a 656.
=== At the Class 1A meet at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown, Annika Patton of Alta-Aurelia was the medalist with a 148. Bishop Garrigan of Algona was the team champion with a 727, 15 shots better than runner-up Akron-Westfield.
DES MOINES — The start of the boys state soccer tournament has been moved back one day to Friday. Officials with the Iowa High School Athletic Association made the decision after several days of heavy rain in Central Iowa. Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines hosts the tournament.
Todd Tharp of the IHSAA says the decision was made after heavy rain Monday night. Tharp says the complex has received nearly nine and-a-half inches of rain since May 17th.
“We went down this morning and looked at things again”, said Tharp. “One field was in really good shape and the other three were spongy and we thought we take an extra day to let them dry out and slide things back a day.”
The semifinals will now be Saturday and the championship matches will be next Tuesday.
“Just like we did five years ago”, added Tharp. “We had rain on a Saturday and had to move it to a Tuesday so it is the second time in five years we had held the championships on a Tuesday.”
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired nine-year NFL veteran and former University of Iowa start Nate Kaeding as a part-time kicking coach. Kaeding, a two-time Pro Bowl pick with the San Diego Chargers, has begun working with Vikings specialists this spring. He’s been at the practice facility a couple of times per week. Coach Mike Zimmer anticipates Kaeding returning for training camp, and he left open the possibility of an eventual full-time role. The Vikings have struggled to find kicker stability since Zimmer arrived in 2014.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Odyssey Sims had 15 points, Sylvia Fowles grabbed 13 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the defending champion Seattle Storm 72-61. The teams have combined to win six of the last nine WNBA titles, but the marquee matchup a season ago looked much different without stars Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen, Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart on the court.