Luverne, Minneota top section baseball seeds

Luverne and Minneota earned top status for the upcoming Section 3AA and Section 3A high school baseball tournaments. Luverne is the top seed in the 3AA South and Minneota is seeded No. 1 in 3A South.

Action in both tournaments begin Saturday.

In the southern half of 3AA, Martin County West (8) is at Luverne for an 11 a.m. game, and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (5) plays Pipestone Area (4) at Luverne at 1 p.m. Jackson County Central (7) is at Fairmont (2) for an 11 a.m. game, and St. James Area (6) plays Windom Area (3) at 1 p.m. in Fairmont.

Second-round games are also scheduled for Saturday at Luverne and Fairmont beginning at 3:30 p.m.

In the southern portion of 3A, Lakeview (8) is at Minneota in an 11 a.m. contest, and at 1 p.m. Wabasso (5) plays Murray County Central (4) at Minneota. In Adrian, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (7) contends with Adrian (2) at 11 a.m., and Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove (6) plays Edgerton/Southwest Christian (3) at 1 p.m.

Second-round games begin at 3:30 p.m. in Minneota and Adrian.

Both tournaments continue until champions are decided on June 6.

G-LR track athlete loses state title on error

George-Little Rock high school athlete Joe Anderson was stripped of an Iowa state Class 1A 3,200-meter track and field championship last week due to an official’s error.

Anderson was declared the winner immediately after the race ended, but the title was later given to Gehlen Catholic’s Will Roder, who was in first place after seven laps. Officials mistakenly rang the bell after the race’s sixth lap instead of the seventh, and some runners thought the seventh lap was the last lap of the race (there are eight laps in the 3,200-meter event).

The race was not re-run because of race conditions, and runners having other races to compete in during the weekend.

G-LR later won the Class 1A state team competition.