SARTELL — Soccer isn't known for buzzer beaters but Willmar's boys team changed that Tuesday night with a last second winner from Abdihakim Abdi to put the Cardinals up 3-2 over the Sabres in Sartell. Sartell got the scoring started in the 13th minute with a goal from the Sabres' top goal scorer Parker Beumer.
FERGUS FALLS — As expected, the Willmar volleyball team had little trouble with Fergus Falls on Tuesday, dispatching the Otters in three games in a Central Lakes Conference match. The Cardinals won 25-14, 25-16 and 25-15. Cami Sletta had nine kills to lead the Cardinals, and she also served four aces. Carly Wedel and Heidi Sellman both had six kills and Hannah Gallagher had five. Esther Grussing finished with 30 set assists, and Addie Erickson served two aces and had 13 digs. The Cardinals play at St. Cloud Apollo at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Cloud.
ALEXANDRIA - Willmar downed Fergus Falls in a continuation from a match earlier in the season that was rained out. The top three singles players for the Cardinals had already finished but Jordyn Swoboda came in and finished up with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Becca Hofmann of Fergus Falls. The Cardinals fell in a close No. 1 doubles match and used a default to take a win in No. 2 doubles. Willmar will end the regular season today in Sartell with a match against Brainerd. Willmar 6, Fergus Falls 1 Singles
LITCHFIELD— With its biggest game in some time one week away, the Litchfield football team made sure not to look past Holy Family Saturday. Josh Prahl accounted for four touchdowns, Logan Nelson ran for three more and Sam Tibbits intercepted four passes, as the Dragons improved to 5-0 with a 49-27 win. Prahl threw for 224 yards and ran for 104. Nelson gained 176 on the ground and Dylan Madsen had 119 yards and two touchdowns receiving.
Monday, Oct. 3 Boys Soccer Central Minnesota Christian School at Minnewaska, 4 p.m. Volleyball Willmar at New London-Spicer, 7:30 p.m. St. Cloud Cathedral at Litchfield, 7 p.m. Tennis Willmar vs. Fergus Falls (resumption of Sept. 16 match), noon, in Alexandria Tuesday, Oct. 4 Cross Country Sauk Centre Invite (with Morris/CA), 4:30 p.m. Montevideo Invite (with BOLD, Benson/KMS, LQPV/DB, MACCRAY/RCW, YME), 5 p.m. Boys Soccer Willmar at Sartell, 7 p.m. Becker at Minnewaska, 4 p.m.
BENSON - The Benson tennis team split four singles matches with Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd but swept doubles to take home a 5-2 win on Friday. The Braves improved to 15-1 overall and 7-1 in the West Central Conference, and they'll play in the conference tournament today in Sauk Centre and Melrose. The Braves defeated Milbank (S.D.) 5-4 on Thursday. Under South Dakota rules, teams play six singles matches of one pro set, then three doubles matches. Singles players are allowed to also play in the doubles matches. Benson 5, LQPV 2 Singles
LITTLE FALLS — Jackson Ness scored touchdowns on two long runs and New London-Spicer held off Little Falls 26-13 on Friday. The Wildcats improved to 3-2 overall and they play host to Zimmerman at 7 p.m. Friday in New London. Ness opened the scoring with a 68-yard TD run and he later scored on a 61-yard run. In between, quarterback Brandon Adelman connected with Ben Dobmeier on a 9-yard scoring pass and Blake Schuck scored on a 5-yard run. Ness gained 205 of NLS' 267 rushing yards on just 18 carries.
Saturday, Oct. 1 College Football Ridgewater at Northland, 1:30 p.m., in Thief River Falls Cross Country Willmar Invite (with New London-Spicer), 1 p.m. Football Lac qui Parle Valley at Lakeview, 1 p.m. Holy Family at Litchfield, 1:30 p.m. Boys Soccer Minnewaska at Melrose, 11 a.m. Girls Soccer Hutchinson at Willmar, 5 p.m. Tennis West Central Conference tournament (with Benson, MACCRAY, Minnewaska, Morris/CA, YME and Montevideo), 9 a.m., in Sauk Centre and Melrose
Clay and Jake finally get a chance to talk about last week's big games for Willmar boys soccer and Ridgewater volleyball. The Cardinals took on St. Cloud Tech and lost 1-0 in a battle of unbeatens. Ridgewater was more successful, dethroning Rochester, the reigning JUCO division III national champions in a five-set match.
ST. CLOUD—Esther Grussing recorded 25 set assists on the way to a Willmar Cardinal win over St. Cloud Tech 3-0 on Thursday night in St. . The Cardinals have won eight straight matches and they haven't dropped a set since a 3-1 win over Brainerd a week ago. Cami Sletta was a team leader at the net and behind the line, recording 11 kills and eight service aces. The Cardinals look to keep the win streak going on Monday when they visit New London-Spicer. Willmar 3, St. Cloud Tech 0 Willmar (14-4)............................ 25 25 25