NLS Wildcats learning as they play ball

Might 5—SPICER — New London-Spicer baseball co-head coach Kyle Lieser figures he’s a baseball lifer, though he’s just 28 years of ages.

He matured around the St. Martin amateur ball park, where his daddy Carl Lieser was a long-time player/coach and now supervisor. Kyle Lieser still bets the Martins, after a standout profession at St. Cloud State where he was among the Huskies’ captains.

Head training “is a lot more commitment,” Lieser stated. “I’ve had it in my blood. Coach Dolan (SCSU head coach Pat) said to me I’d be a coach some day. He was right.”

Likewise noted as a co-head coach is Eric Terres, who plays town ball for the Spring Hill Chargers, among the Martins’ competitors in the Stearns County League. Lieser is an Albany graduate. Terres went to Melrose. Albany and Melrose are competitors, too.

Lieser and Terres direct an unskilled NLS team that has 5 senior citizens and 5 juniors. The Wildcats are off to a 1-6 start heading into a house doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. Thursday versus Dassel-Cokato.

“We’re actually kind of sophomore heavy,” Lieser stated.

There are 6 sophomores on the university.

Around the horn, the Wildcats function sophomore Cole Dolezal at catcher, senior very first baseman Loan Woelfel, sophomore 2nd baseman Bennett Schultz, sophomore shortstop Riley Lessman, sophomore 3rd baseman/pitcher Gavin Degner, sophomore pitcher/third baseman Connor Rohloff, senior left fielder Mason Toutges, junior center fielder Luke Ruter and sophomore best fielder Aedan Andresen.

A gamer to see is junior pitcher Peyton Coahran, who is likewise a leading golf enthusiast on the NLS kids golf group.

The training personnel is absolutely town-ball heavy. Besides Lieser and Terres, it likewise consists of Griffin Bjerke, who plays town ball for the Paynesville Pirates, and Adam Schrader, who bets the New London-Spicer Twins.

Lieser’s loving the coaching gig. He gets along well with his players. He’s likewise teaching middle-school math at NLS.

“I’m having a lot of fun with it,” he said.

Hole in one

Scott Norling aced the 170-yard 16th hole Saturday at the Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar. Norling used a 5-iron for the feat.

Willmar athletes honored

Willmar baseball pitcher Andrew Baumgart and softball player Bentley Sjoberg have been named Central Lakes Conference Performers of the Week.

Gaumgart, a senior left-hander, had two wins, going nine innings. He gave up four hits, two walks and two runs, striking out 12.

Sjoberg, a senior center field, had 12 putouts on 12 chances for the Cardinals.

Also honored were:

* From Sartell, senior baseball player Jack Greelun;

* From St. Cloud Tech, sophomore softball player Mattie Vaught; girls track hurdler Noelle Hackenmueller and boys tennis gamers Olutomiwa Ajayi and Ben Eiynck;

* From Alexandria, senior softball pitcher Emily Harris;

* From St. Cloud Apollo, senior track sprinter David Boyd;

* From Fergus Falls, sophomore track and field athlete Alex Jensen;

* From Sartell, girls track and field athlete Emma Schwartz and boys senior golfer Logan Hamak; and,

* From Bemidji, boys tennis gamer Filippo Buffo.

Baseball nominations

Since 2012, Diamond King Baseball has recognized outstanding high school baseball players for 4 main traits: humility, accountability, resiliency and discipline. The award returns this year. Diamond King Baseball seeks nominations from high school coaches.

Send nominations to or contact Adam Hoogenakker, Diamond King general manager, at 952-300-7639.

The 2021 event is July 31 at a Northwoods League game involving the host St. Cloud Rox at St. Cloud’s Joe Faber Field. Four winners will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.

The Diamond King Award is “a major league sized wood bat with the player’s name, school and trait engraved on it,” according to a news release from Diamond King Baseball. “Since 2012, 30 varsity high school baseball players have been honored with the award.”

Golf nominations

The Ms. and Mr. Minnesota Golf Awards return for the 2021 season. It’s an annual award postponed in 2020 because of the pandemic and the lack of a high school season.

The award recognizes the top female and male senior golfers in the state. A list of a top 15 watch list will be released by the organizing committee for the award. From that list, the committee will pick a top eight in each division. The top male and female will be presented with the award following the state high school tournament June 15-16.

Coaches are encouraged to make nominations to Phillip Ebner at 952-500-2784 or by email at

Hoops registration

The 24th Annual Hoops by the Lake Tournament is set for July 3 in Spicer. It’s a 3-on-3 basketball tournament played outdoors on the shores of Green Lake. There are boys and women departments in grades 5-12, along with guys’s and ladies’s departments.

To find out more, contact Avoid Wright at 320-905-1652 or Matt Holland 320-894-5391.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.