The Willmar girls soccer team travels to Mankato to play Mankato East at 1 p.m. today in a non-conference match. The Cardinals' boys soccer team hosts Mankato East at 1 p.m. today.
The Ridgewater Warriors football team opens the 2006 season today against Northland College in St. Cloud. Only 45 players are on the Warriors' team this year, 10 below the average. Ridgewater was 4-5 last season under coach John Vraa, who resigned after 13 seasons. It was the only time Vraa did not have a winning season. Rob Baumgarn takes over as the new head coach.
For years I have hunted with a compound bow made in the early 1980s. When I bought it, the technology that went into making it was cutting edge. Cams, cables and pulleys at the end of the limbs decreased the amount of strength required to hold it from 70 pounds to between 35 and 40 pounds. This was a dramatic improvement over the old long bows used by Indians and archers of the middle ages. When a person pulls a 70-pound long bow to its full extension, he is holding 70 pounds. Needless to say, one does not hold at full draw for long periods of time.
Events/competitions Crow River Clean Up Day -- Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m.-noon. The Crow River Organization of Water is holding the third annual watershed-wide clean up day. Family and friends will have the opportunity to help clean up the Crow River and its tributaries. Citizens in the following communities have begun organizing groups to take part in the clean up: Buffalo, Delano, Hanover, Hutchinson, Howard Lake, New London and Spicer, Rockford, St. Michael, Glencoe, Watertown, Dayton and Otsego, and Paynesville. For more information, call Diane Sander at 763-682-1933 ext.
DUPAGE, Ill. -- After getting swept by Minnesota Community College Conference rival Central Lakes in the opener of the College of DuPage Invite Friday, Ridgewater bounced back to sweep Illinois Valley to give new head coach Joe Sussenguth his first career win. The Lady Warriors dropped the first game to Central Lakes 30-16 before eventually being outlasted in the second game 30-26 and losing the final game 15-7.
Non-Conference Buffalo 4, Litchfield 3 Buffalo led 4-1 before Litchfield (1-4) captured the last two matches. Jill Stiegen (4-singles), Anna Haugo-Sara Binsfeld (2-doubles) and Lauren Mergen-Kim Farmer (3-doubles) picked up the three points for Litchfield, which hosts a quadrangular with Eagan, Elk River and Willmar Monday beginning at 9 a.m. Singles (1) Dana VanBruggan, Buf, def. Kasey Willson 6-0, 6-0 (2) Olivia Graham, Buf, def. Amy Holmberg 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 (3) Emily Marsten, Buf, def. Brenna Johnson 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 (4) Jill Stiegen, Lit, def.
Non-Conference Worthington 7, CMCS 1 Sophomore Jason Groen scored on a header during the 14th minute to tie the match at 1-1 for Central Minnesota Christian. Worthington responded with two first-half goals before erupting for four more in the second half. Sophomore defenseman Bryant Slagter made four saves for the Bluejays (0-1). Worthington (1-0)........................................3 4 -- 7 CMCS (0-1)...............................................1 0 -- 1 FIRST HALF - Worth: Joe Dickey (Christian Munoz-Rios) 10:00 ... CMCS: Jason Groen (Jordan Daugherty) 14:00 ...
Non-Conference Springfield 3, Redwood Valley 1 Christal Greenslit had 14 kills and Jordan Olerud followed with 10, but it wasn't enough as Redwood Valley lost its opener on the road. Taylor Solie amassed seven kills in 20 errorless attacks, three aces blocks and two ace serves for the Cardinals (0-1). Redwood Valley (0-1)...............................24 16 26 22 Springfield (1-0)..................................26 25 24 25 (Key: good-attempts-aces) Redwood Valley Serving: Molly Madsen 18-20-2, Naomi U'ren 15-17-0, Taylor Solie 11-13-2, Jessica Henning 12-14-2, Jordan Ole
WILLMAR -- Dean Larson, a former pitcher in amateur baseball for Norway-Lake Sunburg, continues to hit the corners just right at the KRA Speedway. The welder from Pennock claimed his second Mod-4 feature in as many weeks, taking the checkered in front of Jesse Yarmon of Paynesville and track leader Matt Halls of Big Lake on Thursday. Justin Bjorklund, second in the points standings, came in fourth after winning Heat 2.
SATURDAY Volleyball NON-CONFERENCE Pierz at Willmar, 7:15 p.m. Tennis NON-CONFERENCE Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd Invite (Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Marshall, Milbank, S.D. (9 a.m. Montevideo Invite (Benson, MACCRAY, Pipestone), 9 a.m. New Prague Invite (New London-Spicer), 9 a.m. Swimming and Diving NON-CONFERENCE Willmar Invite (Bemidji, Melrose, Minnewaska/Morris, Montevideo, Sauk Centre, St. Cloud Tech), 10 a.m. diving, 1 p.m. swimming Girls Soccer NON-CONFERENCE Willmar at Mankato East, 1 p.m. Crookston vs.