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Just four years ago, the Renville County West football program appeared to be on life support. After finishing 6-4 in 2007 and 5-4 in 2008, the Jaguars fell to 2-7 in their first season in the Little Sioux Conference in 2009. After their 2010 Homecoming game, the school forfeited its final three games because of a lack of players. The situation didn’t improve much in 2011, with the Jags many times suiting up just 14 players and ending the year with a 1-8 record.
ROCHESTER — The visitors from west-central Minnesota to the Rochester Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday evening showed an over-abundance of courtesy spotting the home team a 21-0 lead. When Ridgewater...
Now in his third year as a starter, Paynesville’s Matthew Quade is building himself quite a resume as the Bulldogs’ quarterback. The senior has helped lead the team to 17 wins, including three playoff victories, a West Central Conference championship, and in the last two years he’s 4-0 against the conference’s other two powerhouses, BOLD and ACGC.
Willmar won its biggest game in years, 39-20, at Brainerd on Friday night. Most impressive was the way the Cardinals got it done, building a 19-point lead, then losing it before scoring three straight second-half touchdowns — to ice the win. Willmar hadn’t won against the Warriors since a 14-6 win at Brainerd in 2000. That’s 11 straight losses and five straight losses at the Warriors’ Adamson Field (the teams didn’t play in 2006 and 2007). And most of those losses weren’t close.
Week One of Tribune-area prep football is in the books and there are some clear signs and others that still are a little murky about how the season might progress from here. Paynesville is obviously a big first-week winner, defeating BOLD 32-13 in a Friday game in Olivia delayed about 90 minutes by bad weather. The long pause didn’t affect the Bulldogs, who took control early and played well on both sides of the ball. Bulldogs quarterback Matthew Quade threw for 291 yards and 3 touchdowns, and the Paynesville defense limited BOLD star back Ben Steffel, a 1,600-yard rusher last season, to ju
WILLMAR — The Willmar girls soccer team won a section match and got back on track after a tough week against Worthington on Saturday. The Cardinals scored a goal in each half and limited the Trojans to just three shots in a 2-0 non-conference win at the Kennedy School field. Willmar improved to 2-2 overall. The Cardinals take on Central Lakes Conference opponent Fergus Falls at 6 p.m. today at Kennedy. The Cardinals are 0-1 in the CLC but evened their Section 2A record at 1-1 with the win Saturday. “It was a hug defensive effort,” said Willmar head coach Chelsea Brown.
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ACGC Falcons West Central Conference COACHES: Morgan Meyer and Quincy McNeil (first year) 2013 RECORD: 0-21, 0-13 RETURNING STARTERS: Senior setter Payton Wilner, junior setter Maree Lee, senior middle hitter Kaitlyn Moore, junior outside hitter Hannah Wilner. KEYS TO THE SEASON: The Falcons' returning starters will need to carry the team. Hannah Wilner is a strong hitter with good arm swing and Moore is a consistent hitter. Both Payton Wilner and Maree Lee are accurate at the setter spot.
As a fifth-grader, Lexi Scott didn’t know a volleyball from a softball.
Since dining with Jack Nicklaus and a meeting in his West Palm Beach, Fla., office, Rory McIlroy has two victories, including his third major at the Open Championship last month. Nicklaus, who won 18 majors, continues to encourage Tiger Woods’ pursuit of his record victory tally in golf’s grandest tournaments.