Joe Brown and Jake Schultz
PRINCETON — Featuring the best offense in the North Central White district, Willmar was able to handle its business with gusto Friday against the district's worst defense. Up 33-6 at halftime, the Cardinals improved to 2-1 with a 47-12 road victory against Princeton.
PRINSBURG — Elli Stoel had 22 kills and five service aces and Coco Duininck had 42 set assists as Central Minnesota Christian School rallied from a game down to win the fourth and fifth sets and defeat Lac qui Parle Valley in five games on Tuesday. The Bluejays won 23-25, 25-17, 19-25, 25-21 and 15-9. CMCS' Molly Mulder had 12 kills and 10 digs and Emma Van Dyken had seven kills and three solo blocks. The Bluejays play at Lakeview at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. CMCS 3, LQPV 2 LQPV 25 17 25 21 9
RENVILLE—Dawson-Boyd stumbled out of the gate to start Thursday's Camden Conference match with Renville County West. But the Blackjacks, got back up, got composed and rallied to win the next three in a four-set victory, 11-25, 25-22, 25-11, 25-14. Karoline Dahl paced the Blackjacks' attack with 14 kills along with a pair of blocks and two ace serves. Lydia Aafedt facilitated the offense with 31 set assists and was the team leader in digs with 14.
OLIVIA — BOLD jumped on Minnewaska early and never relented on Tuesday, cruising to a three-set West Central Conference victory, 25-12, 25-20, 25-10. The Warriors' attack was spearheaded by Makenna Steffel, who had 10 kills along with 14 digs, two ace serves and a block. Morgan Schmitz came up with eight kills and nine digs for BOLD. Makayla Snow was effective with her passes at the net, finishing with 24 set assists.
FERGUS FALLS — In the last three matchups with Fergus Falls, all wins for Willmar, the biggest margin of victory was 14 points. The Cardinals dwarfed that by halftime. Up 41-6 through two quarters, Willmar opened the 2018 season with resounding success with a 51-6 drubbing of the Otters.
WILLMAR — The Ridgewater volleyball team split a pair of matches on Friday. The Warriors defeated the Bethel JV in three games and fell in three sets against Central Lakes. Against Central Lakes, Ridgewater's Lexi Vos had seven kills and Staci Banks, Baylee Larsen, Sarah Sulflow and Morgan Gronli all had five kills. Against Bethel, Jessica Lemke had eight kills and Gronli had seven. The Warriors play Minnesota State at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Central Lakes 3, Ridgewater 0 Ridgewater 22 16 18
DAWSON — Whether on the ground or through the air, Dawson-Boyd's offense was hard to stop on Thursday. Hosting Adrian for the season opener, the Blackjacks cruised to a 57-18 victory at R.B. Clay Field. Bentley Boike, last year's top rusher in the area, picked up where he left off with 180 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Colton Husby provided more punch on the ground with 96 yards and two scores on seven attempts.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Willmar remains a half-game out of first place in the Northwoods League North Division lead after splitting a doubleheader against Eau Claire on Monday. In the nightcap, the Express capitalized on the Stingers' erratic pitching with a four-run sixth inning en route to a 5-2 win. Tied at 1-1, Nick Brueser broke the tie in Eau Claire's favor after scoring on a passed ball. David LaManna also scored on a passed ball before Adam LaRock cracked a two-out double that brought home Ryan Bishop and Drew Hmielewski. LaRock's double was the Express' first hit of the game.