MURDOCK - Austin Friese scored two touchdowns and the Yellow Medicine East defense held Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg to 149 total yards in a 14-0 victory on Friday. YME broke through for a second-quarter touchdown, with Friese hauling in a 29-yard scoring pass from Tom Lindstrom. David Hidalgo added the extra point. YME's defense made the margin hold. KMS managed 98 yards on the ground and 51 through the air. The Sting also intercepted three passes. Friese iced the game with his second TD, a one-yard scoring run, in the fourth quarter.
MILACA - The Dragons opened the season in style, pummeling Milaca on Thursday in Milaca. Litchfield scored 42 first-half points and amassed 476 total yards, including 221 yards through the air. Logan Nelson did substantial damage on the ground, scoring five rushing touchdowns. Dylan Madsen collected 128 yards and a touchdown on just four receptions, and quarterback Josh Prahl hit 10 of 15 passes for 216 yards. The Dragons play on the road against next week, traveling to Watertown-Mayer for a 7p.m. game on Sept. 9.
ST. CLOUD — The Willmar boys soccer team won its third-straight game thanks to a big night from Jesus Nevarez on Thursday. Nevarez scored three goals and assisted on two in a 5-3 win over St. Cloud Apollo. The Cardinals improved to 3-0 and have scored 12 goals in their victories. Nevarez scored the match's first goal, then converted twice on penalty kicks and teammates Blake Hisken and Sakawe Shadoor both were pulled down in the box.
BRAINERD— Willmar traveled to Brainerd on Thursday to compete in a dual that ultimately ended in the host's favor 113-71. The Cardinals had strong performances from a variety of swimmers including Anna Backes who won the 100 and 200 freestyle and was part of the 400 freestyle relay team that took first with a time of 4:01.05. Moira Revier was the anchor on that team and she also had a decent day, finishing second in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Brainerd 113, Willmar 71
WILLMAR - A season of high expectations has hit an early rough patch for the Willmar girls tennis team, which fell 5-2 to Alexandria Thursday. An inexperienced doubles group continued to struggle, dropping all three matches in straight sets. Elise Bierbum and Lydia Morrell both earned singles wins, but it wasn't enough to get the Cardinals over the hump. Top singles player Cayle Hovland, who missed Tuesday's loss to Rocori with a back injury, returned Thursday, losing 7-5, 6-4 to Ellie Ronning.
AUSTIN—Ridgewater handled winless Riverland as expected on Thursday, downing their opponents in three easy sets. The first set was the closest, with the Warriors coming out on top 25-18. The second set got ugly as Ridgewater coasted to a 25-9 victory before ending the game on top 25-13. Baylie Kubesh helped her team with 23 set assists and a pair of kills. She also had a solo block. The Warriors will play again today as part of the College of DuPage invitational. Ridgewater 3, Riverland 0
WILLMAR — Willmar volleyball handled Fergus Falls easily on Thursday for their first win of the season. Esther Grussing helped command her team from the center of the court, ending the day with 30 set assists, two aces and nine digs. Cami Sletta was also dominant, serving seven aces while grabbing 11 kills and 10 digs. Willmar 3, Fergus Falls 0 Fergus Falls (1-1)............................ 13 22 18 Willmar (1-1).............................. 25 25 25 Fergus Falls Statistics not provided Willmar
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WILLMAR — The loss of No. 1 singles player Cayle Hovland was too much for Willmar to overcome as the Cardinals dropped a tight 4-3 Central Lakes Conference final to Rocori in girls tennis Tuesday. Filling in for the injured Hovland, Elise Bierbaum hung with Rocori's Brynn Sauer but couldn't get over the hump in either set, losing 7-5, 7-6. The biggest difference came in doubles, with the Spartans winning all three matches. In defeat, Willmars second, third and fourth singles players all won with ease.