Local Roundup: Card soccer team opens with win in OT
Willmar graduated a number of soccer players last season, including All-State forward Jesus Nevarez and goalkeeper Manny Obregon, but if Friday was any indication, the Cardinals could contend for another Section 6A title this season.
The Cardinals started slow but battled back to earn a 3-2 overtime win over Southwest Christian at the Monticello Tournament behind a pair of goals from senior midfielder Blake Hisken including the gamewinner in overtime.
Southwest Christian started strong with a pair of goals in the first half to take a 2-0 lead after 36 minutes thanks to strikes from Kevin Quaqua and Tyler Anderson.
"(It was a) a much faster game tonight," said Willmar head coach Jeffrey Winter. "It took us the whole first half to get used to the turf. Not surprised that we had a slow start but this team showed me their heart and how deep they are. A lot of teams down 2-0 would just give in."
The Cardinals did quite the opposite, opening the second half with a goal from Hisken in the 46th minute. Vicente Cisneros tied things up seven minutes later with a penalty kick.
Southwest Christian almost broke the tie with minutes to play when Willmar goalkeeper Zach Courtney rushed to get the ball and a forward for the Stars snuck away with the ball, firing it on an almost empty net. Abdi Sheefe, a junior defender for the Cardinals, was there, however, to stop the ball on the goal line and keep the game tied at two.
Courtney finished the game with 10 saves in his first action as the team's No. 1 keeper.
"I could tell the boys have confidence in Zach," Winter said. "He liked to play with his feet and use the whole box so the defense passes back to him a bit more than with Manny (Obregon) and that gets him a bit more involved in the game. Really good start for him."
The Cardinals will take on the winner of Monticello-Delano Saturday.
Willmar 3, SW Christian 2 OT
Willmar (1-0-0)............................ 0 2 1— 3
SW Christian (0-1-0)................... 2 0 0— 2
FIRST HALF — SWC: Kevin Quaqua 18th minute; SWC: Tyler Anderson 36th minute
SECOND HALF — W: Blake Hisken (Kelvin Gomez-Padilla) 46th minute; W: Vicente Cisneros 53rd minute PK
OVERTIME — W: Blake Hisken 83rd minute
SHOTS ON GOAL — Willmar 11 ... Southwest Christian 12
GOALIE SAVES — Willmar: Zach Courtney 10... Southwest Christian: Quinten Dianchi 8
DEFENSIVE SAVES — Abdi Sheefe 1
Warriors take two
The Ridgewater volleyball team opened the Ridgewater Classic with two convincing victories on Friday in Willmar.
The Warriors swept Riverland and Ellsworth, and they continue the Classic with a match against Lake Region at 1 p.m. today and then taking on Central Lakes at 4:30 p.m. at the Ridgewater College gym.
"I was pleased how our team pushed the pace of play and I felt we were in command defensively within both matches," Warriors head coach Joe Sussenguth said. "I believe our offense will continue to develop throughout the season as we get more experience together."
Against Riverland, Ashley Froelich led the Warriors with 11 kills, Cami Sletta had 10 and Kallee Anderson had seven.
Sarah Sulflow and Jessica Lemke combined for 35 set assists.
Against Ellsworth, Sletta had 13 kills and Brennah Bergh and Kiana Johnson both had five.
Lemke had 25 set assists and Sulflow had 11.
"The key to our success will be the commitment to make small improvements, match to match, practice to practice," Sussenguth said. "Our team was thrilled to be able to compete (Friday), put points on the scoreboard."
Ridgewater 3, Riverland 0
Riverland 14 19 12
Ridgewater 25 25 25
Statistics not available
Serving (aces): Jessica Lemke 1, Brennah Bergh 1, Kiana Johnson 2 ... Set assists: Sarah Sulflow 17, Lemke 18 ... Hitting (kills): Heidi Sellmann 2, Katelyn Dingmann 6, Ashley Froelich 11, Bergh 2, Johnson 4, Cami Sletta 10, Kallee Anderson 7 ... Blocking (aces): Sletta 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Sulflow 7, Jamie Goblirsch 11, Sadie Pingel 7
Ridgewater 3, Ellsworth 0
Ellsworth 14 12 18
Ridgewater 25 25 25
Statistics not available
Serving (aces): Sadie Pingel 1, Heidi Sellmann 1, Katelyn Dingmann 1, Kiana Johnson 1, Cami Sletta 3 ... Set assists: Sarah Sulflow 11, Jessica Lemke 25 ... Hitting (kills): Jamie Goblirsch 1, Taryn Reinke 1, Lemke 1, Sellmann 3, Dingmann 2, Ashley Froelich 4, Brennah Bergh 5, Kiana Johnson 5, Sletta 13, Kallee Anderson 1, Ashley Vealetsek 3 ... Blocking (aces): Lemke 1, Sellmann 1, Anderson 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Sulflow 5, Goblirsch 15, Pingel 8, Lemke 5, Dingmann 5
New London-Spicer lost four matches at the Albany Tournament.
Paige Olson logged all of the team's set assists in her first action as the team's setter. She finished the tournament with 50 set assists.
Ashlyn Olson and Payton Mages led the way offensively with 20 and 19 kills respectively. Olson added six solo blocks while Mages finished with 23 digs.
New London-Spicer: lost to Osakis 2-0, lost to Rocori 2-1, lost to Braham 2-0, lost to Sauk Centre 2-0
How New London-Spicer Fared
Serving (aces): Jordyn Walstrom 2, Ashton Engelke 1, Paige Olson 1, Payton Mages 1... Set assists: P Olson 50 ... Hitting (kills): Ashlyn Olson 20, Engelke 8, Courtney Hanson 1, Kendra Bagley 16, P Olson 7, Mages 19, Courtney Caskey 2, Emma Schwartz 1 ... Blocking (aces): A Olson 6, Engelke 5, Emma Hanson 1, Caskey 2, Bagley 1, P Olson 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Engelke 12, Emily Novak 23, Hunter Paffrath 43, Walstrom 20, Bagley 12, P Olson 21, Mages 23
LQPV/DB 5, Milbank (S.D.) 0
Rain was the only thing that could stop Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd Friday.
LQPV/DB won all five of the completed matches but were well on the way to a 7-0 victory before Mother Nature intervened. Addi Oie was up 6-0, 5-0 when the rain started and Rachel Halvorson and Bree Kallhoff led in No. 2 doubles 6-0 before the match was called.
Molly Hacker led the way at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
(1) Molly Hacker, L, def. Hattie Muellenbach 6-0 6-0 (2) Ashtyn Oie, L, def. Jenna Johnson 6-1 6-3 (3) Anna Hacker, L, def. Alexis Nimneman 6-1 6-1 (4) Addi Oie, L, led Mackenzie Michels 6-0 5-0, match called due to rain
(1) Courtney Hanson/Jessica Sigdahl, L, def. Jodi Devaal/Halli Essington 6-3 6-1 (2) Rachel Halvorson/Bree Kallhoff, L, led Rhianna Cantine/Rhianna Welberg 6-0, match called due to rain (3) Veda Maharaj/Gienna Parsa, L, def. Abby Michels/Jenna Johnson by forfeit
LQPV/DB 6, Marshall 1
Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd grabbed a convincing 6-1 win over Marshall thanks to dominant performances from a variety of players.
Addi Oie won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 singles while Ashtyn Oie and Anna Hacker each only lost one game in their strong wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles respectively.
Marshall's lone win came in a three-set nailbiter at No. 3 doubles.
(1) Molly Hacker, L, def. Kelsey Boerboom 6-2 6-1 (2) Ashtyn Oie, L, def. Eden Knudson 6-1 6-0 (3) Anna Hacker, L, def. Drew Carver 6-0 6-1 (4) Addi Oie, L, def. Maddy Penske 6-0 6-0
(1) Courtney Hanson/Jessica Sigdahl, L, def. Ana Schwarz/Rachel Vankeulen 6-2 6-2 (2) Rachel Halvorson/Bree Kallhoff, L, def. Kaylee Hoflock/Jordyn Guerro 6-1 7-5 (3) Kaitlyn Matzuer/Madie Rowell, M, def. Veda Maharaj/Gionna Parsa 6-1 5-7 10-8
Reid wins at Valley
Greg Reid shot a nine-hole total of 43 to win the overall championship during the Valley Golf Junior Club Championships on Wednesday.
Reid's score was tops in the 13-15 age bracket. Tyler Bulthuis shot 45 for second place and Josh Payne was third carding a 47.
Nate Marthalen won the 10-12 age bracket, Eli Hanson was second and Alex Appeldorn was third.
Brady Payne placed first in the 8-9 age bracket, Luka Schmidt was second and Liam Ims was third.