Olivia Herrick shot a 1-over 73 in the final round to win the Minnesota Women’s State Open on Friday at Dellwood Country Club by one shot.

Herrick, playing on her home course, shot an opening-round 71 the day before for a 144 total. This is her second Women’s State Open title; she also won in 2011.

Finishing tied for second were two other past champions, Sarah Burnham (2013) and Lisa Grimes (2004, 2006, 2012, 2014).

Burnham, a recent Michigan State graduate, shot a 67 her second round to finish as a runner-up for the second year in a row. Grimes, of Alexandria Golf Club, finished with a 72 for her 145.

Coach retiring with 710 wins

Tom Bang, the third-winningest high school softball coach in state history, announced his retirement this week after 41 seasons at Hermantown.

Bang, who started the program there in 1978, had a 710-237 record with the Hawks. He led 23 teams to the state tournament and won state titles in 1991, 2002 and 2009.



Brown leads BIR’s Top Fuel field

The provisional No. 1 qualifiers for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) were Antron Brown in Top Fuel (3.789 seconds, 323.45 mph), Robert Hight in Funny Car (3.971, 326.95) and Erica Enders in Pro Stock (6.609, 207.53.)

Brown, the three-time world champion in Top Fuel, is sixth in the standings.


• Minnesota State Mankato received the No. 1 ranking in the D2Football.com preseason poll. The Mavericks, 13-1 last season, advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament.

• Freshman Patricia Ward scored with 18 seconds left as the Gophers women’s soccer team beat host Utah 1-0 in its opener.

• Sophomore swimmer Will Brenton, a 2017 graduate of Orono High School, will transfer from Arizona State to the Gophers.

• The U.S. women’s hockey team beat Canada 3-1 in Calgary, Alberta, in the second game of their Under-22 Series. Sydney Brodt of North Oaks had an empty-net goal for the Americans, who trailed 1-0 into the third period.

• David Foley was named St. Mary’s women’s basketball coach. He held the same job at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., the past two seasons.

• Jason Herbers resigned as athletic director at Minnesota Morris. Matt Johnson, the Cougars’ associate athletic director and associate head football coach, will serve as interim AD for 2018-19.

• Max Murphy, Burt Reynolds, Nate Maggio and Joey Wong all hit home runs as the St. Paul Saints routed visiting Fargo-Moorhead 10-1.