Curt Hogg and Jake Schultz
WILLMAR — Willmar boys soccer's win over Big Lake to open Section 6A play may not have been as dominant as head coach Jeff Winter would have wanted, but he was in no position to have any complaints. "We looked up and down throughout the match," Winter said. "But you look back and see the six goals, a good job defensively and a win. A win's a win and you can't be upset about that." The No. 3 Cardinals advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will meet No. 6 Holy Family Catholic on Thursday at the Kennedy School field.
GROVE CITY — If there were any questions left about how impressive Karly Fehr's career has been, she added another nice, round number to further solidify her case on Thursday night. The Morris/Chokio-Alberta setter recorded her 3,000th career save and the Tigers came away with a three-set win at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Thursday night. Fehr notched 33 assists on the night as Morris improved to 14-3 on the season despite what head coach Kristi Fehr said was not the team's best outing.
CLARA CITY — MACCRAY's attack has been dominant almost all season, and that was exactly the case on Tuesday night against Lac qui Parle Valley. Eight different players recorded a kill and Sydney Schwitters had 26 assists as the Wolverines came away with a 25-15, 25-7, 25-11 win over the Eagles. After LQPV kept matters closer in the first sets, MACCRAY, which entered the day ranked No. 10 in Class A according to QRF, turned on the jets. The Wolverines outscored the Eagles 50-18 over the final two sets.
OLIVIA — BOLD recovered after falling just short in a back-and-forth first set, downing Minnewaska in four sets on Thursday night at home. The Lakers rattled off the final points of the opening set to come away with a 25-23 victory, but the Warriors took the next three 25-20, 25-16, 25-14 to improve to 6-10. The offensive trio of Taylor Sagedahl, Ashley Trongard and Makayla Snow created for a balanced attack, combining for 35 kills. Sagedahl's 14 led the way. Snow also added 35 assists to guide the Warriors to the victory.
WILLMAR - Willmar volleyball remained undefeated in Central Lakes Conference with a straight sweep of Sartell Tuesday afternoon at Willmar High School. Esther Grussing spread out her passes with 30 set assists as 10 different Cardinals finished with kills in the game. Carly Wedel led the way with 10 kills, just ahead of Abby Volk's seven. The Cardinals were also dominant from the start, finishing with 12 service aces, led by Grussing's four. Willmar will look to remain perfect in CLC play on Thursday when they visit Sauk Rapids.
LITCHFIELD - The Litchfield girls tennis team entered Tuesday having yet to drop a contest all season. The Dragons decided to take that one step further its match against Glencoe-Silver Lake as they didn't even drop a set in a 7-0 win over the Panthers. Shanna Kinny's dominant victory at No. 1 singles highlighted the afternoon for Litchfield, as she downed GSL's Justine Helmbrecht 6-0, 6-0. Between Nos. 2, 3, 4 singles for Litchfield, Elise Bierbaum, Natalie Nelson and Alansi Thesenvitz dropped just three combined games.
PRINSBURG — New London-Spicer took care of business to come away with a three-set win over Central Minnesota Christian School on Monday. The Wildcats handily came away with victories in the first two sets, taking both by a score of 25-7. The Bluejays fought back in the third set, claiming a lead and exchanging points through the early going, but New London-Spicer once again pulled away. Ashlyn Olson notched eight kills to lead the Wildcats, who had 24 kills as a team to record their second win of the season.
WILLMAR - Before its match against Alexandria on Tuesday afternoon, Willmar girls tennis head coach Jim Anderson knew that it would take a strong showing from his team's singles players to come away with a victory. That was precisely the case, as Willmar wrapped up a 4-3 win early with three singles victories to go along with a triumph at No. 2 doubles. Cayle Hovland took care of business at No. 1 singles for Willmar, defeating Alexandria's Jamie Lanoue with strong play at the net, 6-1 6-2.
WILLMAR — Just one night into the prep volleyball season, Willmar head coach already had a few words to describe her squad, calling the Cardinals tough, strong and hard-working. Following Willmar's season-opener against fifth-ranked Marshall on Thursday night at Willmar High, you could perhaps add another name to the mix: the Cardiac Cards. The Cardinals battled back twice from one-set deficits and fought off match point in the fifth set to claim a thrilling 3-2 win over the Tigers.
2017 statistics through July 10 HITTERS AVG OBP SLG OPS HR RBI PA Org (Level) Anthony Bemboom ('11) .261 .376 .387 .763 2 16 134 COL (AAA) Jordan Smith ('10) .222 .298 .298 .595 3 19 283 CLE (AA/AAA) Hunter Dozier ('12) .265 .350 .353 .703 0 4 37 KC (AAA/A+) Jason Leblebijian ('11) .276 .349 ..428 .776 8 43 324 TOR (AAA) Forrestt Allday ('12) .316 .442 .363 .804 1 26 268 LAA (AA/AAA) Joe Sever ('10) .272 .330 .364 .694 3 28 276 CLE (AA/AAA)