BROOTEN -- This time the Paynesville girls and the Montevideo boys were second to none. Both teams won championships at the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguar Invitational on Thursday after each placed runner-up a year ago. Sophomore Linda Keller led the Bulldogs with a convincing run. She took the lead 800 meters in and finished in 15:20, 49 seconds up on second-place Maren Greenwaldt of Minnewaska.
The Ridgewater College men's soccer team makes their debut today at 4 p.m. against Pillsbury College on Hodapp Field at Kennedy Elementary in Willmar. Ridgewater added men's soccer as a club sport this fall and is hoping that a successful first season will lead to the development of an NJCAA Division I program next season.
Baker Field at Bill Taunton Stadium got a face lift this week when Willmar Department of Public Works skinned, elevated and resoded the infield. Drainage pipes were also installed down the baselines and three feeder pipes run to the infield. The tile will empty into the holding pond south of the stadium, which opened in 2005. Baker Field was built in 1978.
The Valley Golf Club in Willmar is holding its season championships this weekend. The two-day Men's Senior Championship concludes today while the Women's Club title will be decided Saturday morning. The men's championship plays 18 holes Saturday afternoon and 27 on Sunday.
BIRD ISLAND -- BOLD knocked Montevideo out of the unbeaten ranks with a 25-18, 25-20, 31-29 win over Montevideo in West Central South volleyball action Thursday. BOLD (2-1, 3-1) matched the taller Thunder Hawks (2-1, 3-1) at the net with both teams recording 11 ace blocks each. Leah Miller led the Warriors with five ace blocks and 14 kills.
RENVILLE -- MACCRAY notched its fourth straight win without a loss, holding off Renville County West 25-19, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21 in a close Camden North Conference match on Thursday. Kari Caspers notched 10 kills and five ace blocks for the Wolverines. Danielle Goeman also had 10 kills, Ashley Beseman eight kills and Brandy Woodring seven ace serves. Danielle Loomis amassed 31 assists and 14 digs and Destiny VanDeRiet had 18 digs. For RCW (0-1, 2-1), Megan Groen uncorked 17 kills and thee ace serves, Alyssa Link 11 kills and Megan Erickson seven kills and five ace serves.
Prep Volleyball Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa def. Rockford, 25-16, 25-18, 25-11 Melrose def. Minnewaska, 25-17, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21 Sauk Centre def. New London-Spicer, 25-9, 25-6, 25-19 Tracy-Milroy-Balaton def. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, 27-25, 25-16, 25-23 Buffalo Lake-Hector def. New Ulm Cathedral, 25-14, 25-23, 25-18 BOLD def. Montevideo 25-18, 25-20, 31-29 MACCRAY def. Renville County West 25-19, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21 Dawson-Boyd def. Canby 26-24, 19-25, 25-15, 25-21 Benson def. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 Waconia def.
Prep Football CENTRAL LAKES Little Falls at Willmar, 7 p.m. Rocori at Alexandria Sartell at St. Cloud Tech St. Cloud Apollo at Sauk Rapids (Non-conference) Bemidji at Fergus Falls Brainerd at Moorhead WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Morris vs. BOLD at Olivia, 7 p.m. Yellow Medicine East at Paynesville, 7 p.m. Lac qui Parle Valley at Benson, 7 p.m. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Montevideo, 7 p.m.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals got up 2-0 on Sartell but gave up two quick second-half goals and settled for a 2-2 tie in Central Lakes Conference boys soccer. Goals by Dennis Liebchen in the third minute and Josh Aslesen at 40:45 gave Willmar the edge but the Sabres rallied with two goals three minutes apart, the second at 49:40. "We played some of our best soccer of the season but for a 10 minute lapse," said Willmar coach Richard Courtney. "Otherwise the defense was really solid and the offense played better.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Howie Schultz, a former Willmar Rails star now living in Stillwater, Butch Richter of Granite Falls and Roy Berens of Benson will all be honored as part of Town Ball Day before the Minnesota Twins game against the Detroit Tigers on Sept.