BURNSVILLE — The Morris/Chokio-Alberta volleyball team posted a 3-2 record at the Midwest Volleyball Warehouse Invitational over the weekend. The Tigers, ranked No. 5 in Class AA, lost to No. 2 Belle Plaine and No. 9 Kasson-Mantorville—both went three sets—and defeated No. 8-ranked Hill-Murray. Among the 16-team field, 12 teams were ranked among the top 15 in the state. "We were playing the best of the best right now," MCA head coach Kristi Fehr said. "It was good competition."
FERGUS FALLS— Carl Borleis threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns and the Ridgewater football team moved above .500 with a 34-28 win at Minnesota State Fergus Falls Saturday. Richard Fraser had seven catches for 154 yards and a touchdown, while Aaron Sims added 7 grabs for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Warriors, who scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter. Borleis also scored a touchdown on the ground and added a punt of 42 yards to his monster day. T'ummie Sankey led Ridgewater with 44 yards rushing and a touchdown.
WILLMAR— Esther Grussing had 105 assists, Carly Wedel made 35 kills and Willmar won four straight-set matches to take first in the eight-team Willmar Volleyball Invitational Saturday. The Cardinals beat Albany 25-17, 25-21 in the championship round after topping the Huskies 25-15, 25-18 earlier in the day. The Cardinals also earned a 25-9, 25-15 win over Renville County West and a 25-15, 25-19 win against Central Minnesota Christian School. Heidi Sellmann had nine aces and Grussing added eight. The duo also led the team with 13 block aces.
WILLMAR — Just hours removed from its biggest win in some time, the Ridgewater volleyball team had no letdown against Western Tech Saturday. Baylie Kubesh had 30 assists, five aces and eight digs and the Warriors coasted to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-14 win. Hailey Leiding added a team-best 10 kills and was second on the team with 12 digs, one fewer than leader Lexie Skoglund. The Warriors, who beat reigning Division-III national champion Rochester the night before, are now 8-0 in the MCAC.
WORTHINGTON — The Willmar girls soccer team's Hannah Bollig scored two goals and assisted on another and Hannah Johnson and Paige Janson also scored as the Cardinals downed Worthington 4-0 on Saturday to notch their second win of the season. "There was more confidence, scoring-wise, with our girls," said Willmar head coach Chelsea Brown. "We had quite a few nice break away opportunities." Johnson opened the scoring in the 17th minute on an assist from Jess Stauffenecker. Daphne Barrera fed Bollig for another goal about a minute later.
Monday, Sept. 26 Cross Country Ortonville Invite (with Morris/CA, BOLD/BLHS, Benson, MACCRAY/RCW, YME), 4 p.m. Boys Soccer Central Minnesota Christian School at Chain of Lakes, 4:30 p.m., at Paynesville Tennis Montevideo vs. Melrose, 5:30 p.m., at Willmar High School Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd at New London-Spicer, 4:30 p.m. Pipestone at YME, 4:30 p.m. Litchfield at Redwood Valley, 3:30 p.m. Volleyball Central Minnesota Christian School at New London-Spicer, 7:30 p.m. West Central at Hancock, 5 p.m.
MINNEOTA — Isaac Hennen capped a huge night with a 4-yard touchdown run in overtime as Minneota squeezed by Dawson-Boyd 34-28 in a game between undefeated rivals on Friday. Hennen carried 44 time for 266 yards and scored four touchdowns in a game that featured just one turnover on a soggy night and just a 10-yard difference in total yards. The Vikings improved to 4-0 while the Blackjacks fell to 3-1.
Clay discusses Willmar’s critical CLC game with Rocori, while Jake breaks down Morris’ five-set thriller against Sauk Centre. Clay also comments on the fast start of Willmar’s girls cross country...
BRAINERD — The Willmar volleyball team shook off Tuesday's loss to Rocori and a long bus ride to Brainerd to dispatch the Warriors in four games in a Central Lakes Conference match on Thursday. The Cardinals, tied after two games, won the third set handily and held off a Brainerd comeback attempt in the fourth. The Cardinals won 25-10, 24-26, 25-12 and 25-21.
COLD SPRING — The Willmar boys and girls cross country teams cruised to dominating finishes in the Rocori Invite on Thursday in Cold Spring. The girls were especially outstanding, finishing with four of the top five finishers, which helped them to a total of 27 points. That easily outdistanced their closest competitor, Rocori, which scored 66.