Curt Hogg and Jake Schultz
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)
WILLMAR - The Willmar Stingers got back in the win column and maintained their half-game lead over Rochester for the second Wild Card spot in the North Division with a 5-1 victory over Thunder Bay on Monday night at Bill Taunton Stadium. Joe Vranesic delivered his best performance on the mound to date, allowing just one Border Cats run over 5-1/3 innings. Vranesic struck out five and allowed seven baserunners to pick up his first win of the season.
MANKATO - The Mankato MoonDogs exploded for five first inning runs on the way to an 11-5 win over the Willmar Stingers Friday night. Zac Wiley was the first to break through for the MoonDogs and he did so in a big way with a three-run bomb off Stinger starter Cameron Churchill. Churchill was tagged for two more runs in the opening frame before making an early exit. The Stingers worked on a comeback with three runs in the fifth inning while trailing 8-0 but that was the closest they could make it.
WILLMAR - A three-run seventh inning proved to be the difference on Thursday night as the Waterloo Bucks defeated the Willmar Stingers, 5-3. Stingers starting pitcher Tyler Oldenberg was cruising through six one-run innings as his team held a 2-1 lead before the Bucks broke through. Oldenberg and reliever Braxton Johns combined to walk the bases loaded before recording an out, and an error on third baseman Nolan Bumstead allowed the tying run to score. Consecutive RBI singles by Ian Nelson and Jay Schuyler then followed, giving Waterloo a 4-2 advantage.