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Willmar tops Fergus Falls in CLC battle

Willmar's Julissa Celis-Victoria gets tangled up by a trio of Fergus Falls defenders in Monday's match against Fergus Falls at the Kennedy Elementary School field. Jake Schultz / Tribune1 / 4
Willmar's Hannah Johnson fires a shot on net in Monday's match against Fergus Falls at the Kennedy Elementary School field. Jake Schultz / Tribune2 / 4
Willmar's Sam Christoffer fires a shot past an outstretched Svea Smedstad, the goalkeeper of Fergus Falls, for a game-tying goal in Monday's match against Fergus Falls at the Kennedy Elementary School field. Jake Schultz / Tribune 3 / 4
Willmar's Kirah Kessler-Gross chases down a ball in Monday's match against Fergus Falls at the Kennedy Elementary School field. Jake Schultz / Tribune4 / 4

WILLMAR — Willmar broke out with three second-half goals to top Fergus Falls 4-1 in a Central Lakes Conference battle Monday afternoon at the Kennedy Elementary School field.

Hannah Johnson kicked off a second-half barrage with a strike just two minutes into the half and she dished the ball to Ellary Lange 27 minutes later to put the Cardinals up 3-1. Kirah Kessler-Gross scored her first varsity goal five minutes later to round out the scoring.

"It was a hodge-podge, ping-pong style game in the first half," said Willmar head coach David Vinje. "The second half was like a totally different team. We possessed the ball and put a lot of shots on net. This was a game we needed. We play a tough schedule but we need to get wins in games like this ... When you can pull a win out of a three-game week, it helps."

The Cardinals were dominant in the second half but the Otters held the game's first lead, scoring on a long shot by Ellie Andersen that bounced over the head of Willmar goalkeeper Ella Swenson. Swenson was solid the rest of the day, though, registering 11 saves.

Sam Christoffer took advantage of a bobbled ball by the Fergus Falls keeper just seven minutes later and tied things up.

Willmar will continue the three-game week with a trip to St. Cloud to take on St. Cloud Apollo at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Willmar 4,

Fergus Falls 1

Fergus Falls................. 1 0 — 1

Willmar ......................... 1 3 — 4

FIRST HALF — F: Ellie Andersen 27th minute ... W: Sam Christoffer 34th minute

SECOND HALF — W: Hannah Johnson 42nd minute ... W: Ellary Lange (Johnson) 69th minute ... W: Kirah Kessler-Gross (Christoffer) 74th minute

SHOTS ON GOAL — Fergus Falls: 12 ... Willmar: 11

GOALIE SAVES — Fergus Falls: Svea Smedstad 7 ... Willmar: Ella Swenson 11

DEFENSIVE SAVES — None

Boys Soccer

Willmar 4,

Fergus Falls 0

Willmar scored twice on either side of the halftime whistle to overpower Fergus Falls Monday night.

The Cardinals outshot their hosts 20-3 and utilized to a second-half brace by Nasir Hassan to double the lead for a 4-0 victory.

Willmar.......................... 2 2 — 4

Fergus Falls................... 0 0 — 0

FIRST HALF — W: Cesar Leiva (Kelvin Gomez-Padilla) 27th minute ... W: Carlos Robles (Leiva) PK 30th minute

SECOND HALF — W: Nasir Hassan (Gomez-Padilla) 50th minute ... W: Hassan (Hamza Muhumed) 62nd minute

SHOTS ON GOAL — Willmar: 20 ... Fergus Falls: 3

GOALIE SAVES — Willmar: Zach Courtney 3 ... Fergus Falls: Tyson Back 16

DEFENSIVE SAVES — None

Volleyball

BOLD 3, GFW 0

Makenna Steffel finished with a team-high 17 kills and 21 digs, pushing BOLD into the win column with a three-set victory against Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop on Monday.

Makayla Snow tallied the 1,000th set assist of her Warriors career, ending the night with 28 set assists, two ace serves and seven kills.

GFW 16 14 12

BOLD 25 25 25

GFW

No stats provided

BOLD

Serving (aces): Morgan Schmitz 3, Ashley Trongard 2, Makayla Snow 2 ... Set assists: Snow 28, Devyn O'Halloran 4 ... Hitting (kills): Makenna Steffel 17, Snow 7, Trongard 6, Schmitz 6 ... Blocking (aces): Trongard 2, Steffel 2, Snow 1, Schmitz 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Steffel 21, O'Halloran 21, Brenna Weis 14

Cross Country

LPGE Invitational

Morris/Chokio-Alberta's Noah Stewart took top honors at the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle invitational Monday at the Long Prairie Country Club.

Stewart had the top time in the boys' race with a time of 17 minutes, 19.7 seconds, beating Melrose's Preston Poepping by over 23 seconds.

The Paynesville boys was second with 66 points and was led by Preston Carlson's sixth-place time of 18:12.5. Melrose won the boys' team competition with 33 points. Minnewaska's Isaiah Testa placed 37th at 20:25.1.

With Maddie Carrington (third, 21:35.9) and Meredith Carrington (fifth, 22:13.8) in the top five, the Tigers finished second in the girls' team score with 67, behind Sauk Centre's 57.

Paynesville's Macy Carlson was second at 21:29.6, trailing Sophia Kluver's first-place showing of 20:57.8. Minnewaska's top runner was Sydney Hagen at 23:24.7.

Boys

Team scoring

(1) Melrose 33 (2) Paynesville 66 (3) Morris/C-A 84 (4) Osakis 108 (5) Frazee 120 (6) Brandon-Evansville 202 (7) Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 214 (8) Park Rapids 220 (9) Sauk Centre 225 (10) St. John's Prep 232 (11) Parkers Prairie 240 (12) Border West 305 (Inc.) Crosby-Ironton, Minnewaska, Pillager

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Noah Stewart, Morris/C-A 17:19.7 (2) Preston Poepping, Melrose 17:43.5 (3) Tucker Ringhand, Crosby-Ironton 17:51.7 (4) Nathan Douvier, Melrose 18:08.3 (5) Carter Grove, Osakis 18:10.6

Paynesville — (6) Preston Carlson 18:12.5 (13) Kadin Ludwig 18:54.9 (14) James Pritchett 19:08.9 (19) Andrew Zwiefel 19:30.8 (25) Ryan Thomas 19:44.4

Morris/C-A — (1) Stewart (8) Solomon Johnson 18:30.7 (26) Bradley Rohloff 19:47.4 (28) Thomas Tiernan 19:59.4 (31) Jared Boots 20:08.1

Minnewaska — (37) Isaiah Testa 20:25.1 (49) Aiden Tank 21:11.3

Girls

Team scoring

(1) Sauk Centre 57 (2) Morris/C-A 67 (3) Paynesville 73 (4) Melrose 116 (5) Crosby-Ironton 116 (6) Minnewaska 133 (7) Osakis 167 (8) Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 181 (9) Border West 233 (10) Pillager 261 (Inc) Brandon-Evansville, Frazee, Park Rapids, Parkers Prairie, St. John's Prep

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Sophia Kluver, Sauk Centre 20:57.8 (2) Macy Carlson, Paynesville 21:29.6 (3) Maddie Carrington, Morris/C-A 21:35.9 (4) Megan Danielson, Frazee 21:47.7 (5) Meredith Carrington, Morris/C-A 22:13.8

Morris/C-A — (3) Ma. Carrington (5) Me. Carrington (22) Crystal Nohl 24:02.1 (24) Malory Anderson 24:04.7 (27) Kaylie Raths 24:18.2

Paynesville — (2) Carlson (6) Natalie Lieser 22:20.4 (8) Ellie Zimmermann 22:29.2 (30) Sophia Strand 24:47.4 (39) Erica Gaebe 25:31.1

Minnewaska — (15) Sydney Hagen 23:24.7 (19) Kristen Glover 23:40.4 (33) Teagan Stark 25:10.2 (35) Elsey Hagen 25:15.9 (54) Molly Hjelm 26:52.6

Marshall Invitational

A pair of boys from the Yellow Medicine East cross country team competed in the Marshall Invitational Monday at Independence Park.

The Sting's Rory Shackelford crossed the finish line in 10th place with a time of 17 minutes, 35.1 seconds. Tate Schulte was 68th.

Boys

Team scoring

(1) Waconia 58, (2) Worthington 66 (3) Marshall 75 (4) Redwood Valley 85 (5) Canby/Minneota 140 (6) Murray County Central 165 (7) Pipestone 200 (8) Windom 220 (9) Lakeview 253 (10) Springfield 263 (11) Southwest Minnesota Christian 291 (12) Wabasso 341 (Inc) Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, Yellow Medicine East

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Zach Matzner, Marshall 16:41.6 (2) Adam Koller, Worthington 16:42.1 (3) Christian Lietz, Worthington 17:19.6 (4) Quentin Blomme, Marshall 17:24.8 (5) Andrew Huber, Worthington 17:26.9

YME — (10) Rory Shackelford 17:35.1 (68) Tate Schulte 20:31.2

Girls Tennis

Redwood Valley 5, YME 2

Yellow Medicine East got a pair of singles victory but couldn't clinch any more beyond that in a 5-2 loss to Redwood Valley on Monday.

Whitney Tennis secured a No. 1 singles win, and Emilee Speh clinched the Sting's other victory at No. 4 singles.

Singles

(1) Whitney Tennis (YME) def. Janessa Whitaker 6-2, 6-3 (2) Gabby Houle (RV) def. Emily Johnson 6-3, 7-5 (3) Isabel Hillstead (RV) def. Macie Sik 6-1, 6-1 (4) Emilee Speh (YME) def. Abby Gilk 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-8

Doubles

(1) Ashlyn Doering/Payden Beran (RV) def. Chelsea Hoernemann/Ashley Niemeyer 6-1, 6-2 (2) Aubrey Bidinger/Annika Gibbs (RV) def. Allie Virnig/Cherish Hammer 7-5, 6-1 (3) Kia Jacobson/Skylar Dehnke (RV) def. Brynn Cherveny/Tiana Rupp 7-6 (5), 6-4

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