WILLMAR—The Willmar girls tennis team posted a dominant shutout of St. Cloud Apollo at the Willmar High School tennis courts on Tuesday afternoon. The Cardinals were consistent from top to bottom, winning every match in two sets. Cayle Hovland led it off with a 6-0, 6-0 performance at No. 1 singles and it was matched throughout the lineup. Eighth-grader Elise Bierbaum also went 6-0, 6-0 while her other singles teammates didn't lose more than two games. "We knew Apollo would be a soft match so the game plan was to play solid tennis," said head coach Jim Anderson.
PRINSBURG — Twenty-six Ellie Greenwaldt assists and 14 Kalley Schwitters kills helped Central Minnesota Christian School defeat Yellow Medicine East in three games on Tuesday. The Bluejays stay undefeated with the 25-20, 25-15, 25-21 victory. Hannah Nelson added 18 kills and five aces for Bluejays, who have thus far dropped just one set in their 4-0 start. The Bluejays host 6-1 MACCRAY in a Camden North showdown Thursday at 7 p.m. CMCS 3, YME 0 YME (1-9)............................ 20 15 21
WILLMAR— With its biggest regular season match next on the schedule, the Willmar volleyball team avoided falling into a trap against Sauk Rapids Tuesday. Esther Grussing had 35 assists, Cami Sletta had 17 kills and five aces and the Cardinals overcame a sluggish start to top the Storm 26-24, 25-10, 25-15. Sauk Rapids pushed Willmar to the brink in the opener, eventually forcing a 24-24 tie. But Carly Wedel halted the upset push, giving the Cardinals the lead with a kill, then teaming with Heidi Sellmann for a block that produced the final point.
Litchfield encountered little resistance in a Wright County Conference match against Glencoe-Silver Lake on Tuesday. The Dragons dropped just three games in a 7-0 victory. Natalie Nelson, Shanny Kinny, Laney Huhner and Taylar Smith dropped just two games in sweeping the singles matches. Avery Stilwell and Vaida Behnke, Neriah Lara and Alyssa Ross, and Maddy Benson and Morgan Randt lost a combined one game in three doubles matches. The Dragons play host to Mound Westonka at 4:15 p.m. Thursday. Litchfield 7, GSL 0 Singles
COLD SPRING — Willmar boys soccer was down by two goals after 10 minutes but bounced back in a remarkable way, eventually beating Rocori 8-3 in Cold Spring on Tuesday. Rocori scored one in the first minute with a nice shot from Uriel Rodriguez that beat Willmar goalkeeper Manny Obregon. Nine minutes later, Rodriguez netted another one via a penalty kick to put his team up 2-0. Penalty shots were a theme in the game as the referees allowed two to each side by the time all was said and done.
BELGRADE—BBE earned a rare win on Monday as the Jaguars topped MACCRAY 6-1 in Belgrade. The Jaguars, coming off two straight losses to New London-Spicer and Sauk Centre, swept singles and won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Heather Marcus and Jessica Wellnitz were the only Wolverine winners, topping Sonja Carson and Sarah Schmitz in a very up-and-down match scored 2-6, 6-2, 10-4. Erin Rooney and Morgan Meyer were impressive at No. 1 and 2 singles as Rooney defeated Missy Marcus 6-3, 6-0 and Meyer defeated Kendra Hammerschmidt 6-0, 6-0.
WILLMAR — Carl Borleis passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more—all in the first half—as the Ridgewater football team defeated Minnesota West 27-12 on Saturday at Hodapp Field. The Cardinals, now 2-1 overall, scored three first-quarter scores and added another in the second. Neither team scored after halftime. Borleis ran 20 yards for the game's first touchdown, the connected with Aaron Sims on a nine-yard scoring pass just moments later. Borleis ran in a third first-quarter TD from a yard out to make it 20-0 Ridgewater.
OTSEGO — With three finishers in the top five, the Willmar girls cross country team easily took first place at the 13-team Bauman-Rovn Invitational Thursday. The Cardinals finished with a score of 56, 20 points better than runner-up Eden Prairie. Placing second, third and fourth respectively for the Cardinals were Sophie Schmitz (18:45.70), Kayla Rudie (18:46.60) and Jessa Hanson (18:48.54) Hudeife Mire was the lone Cardinal to place in the top-20 in the boys race, taking 16th in 17 minutes even.
BECKER — Given the chance to pull an upset of the two-time reigning Class AAAA football champions on the road, New London-Spicer took a big gamble in overtime. It paid off. Brandon Adelman hit a leaping Blake Shuck in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion, lifting the Wildcats to a 42-41 upset Friday. The conversion followed a one-yard Jackson Ness touchdown run on fourth and goal. Ness finished the game with 205 yards and three touchdowns.
MORRIS — Jacob Zosel was an engine that ACGC couldn't shut down as the Morris/Chokio-Alberta running back amassed 257 yards and scored four straight touchdowns in the Tigers' 33-13 win over the Falcons on Friday at Big Cat Stadium. The Falcons took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on Jeremy Nelson's 16-yard scoring run, but it was all Zosel and Tigers after that. Zosel scored on a 47-yard run as MCA took the lead, then punched in scores on runs of 7, 1, and 4 yards. The Tigers' Toby Sayles scored a fifth-straight TD on an 18-yard run in the fourth quarter.