MINNEAPOLIS — Willmar's 200 freestyle relay team placed 12th in preliminaries on Friday at the Class A Minnesota State Swimming and Diving Meet at the University of Minnesota's Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. The team of senior Moira Revier, freshmen Avery Welsh and Edyn Saulsbury and junior Amanda Mathiasen finished in 1:40.63, which was two-tenths of a second better than their seeding time. The four racers are among eight teams that will compete for a consolation championship when the meet resumes at noon today.
Willmar soccer team senior defenseman Gerson Maldonado-Garcia capped a stellar prep career playing in the Senior Classic All-Star Game last week at North St. Paul High School. Maldonado-Garcia's Class A team fell 1-0 to the Class AA team on a penalty shot. Maldonado-Garcia ended his prep career as one of only five Mr. Soccer nominees in Minnesota. He also was a first-team All-State selection and he helped Willmar win its first Central Lakes Conference championship.
Six Willmar swimmers and divers will compete in the Class A Minnesota State Swimming and Diving Meet beginning today at the University of Minnesota's Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center in Minneapolis. Junior Erica Schramm and senior Olivia Welsh compete in diving preliminaries at noon today. The pair finished 1-2 in the Section 3A championships last weekend, and Schramm is ranked No. 25 and Welsh is No. 26 in the Class A field.
Following a 58-33 win over Barnesville in a Class AA state quarterfinal, Paynesville is onto the semifinals of the Prep Bowl Playoffs. Awaiting the Bulldogs at U.S. Bank Stadium is Caledonia, winners of 39 consecutive games and the last two Class AA state titles. Curt and Jake break down what you can expect to see when the game kicks off at 2 p.m on Thursday.
WILLMAR — Two Willmar divers and a Cardinals relay team earned spots in the Minnesota State Swimming and Diving Meet at the Section 3A Championships Saturday at the Willmar High School pool. Willmar divers Erica Schramm won a section championship and Cards diver Olivia Welsh placed second, and the Cardinals' 200 freestyle relay team swam a qualifying time to earn spots in the state meet Nov. 16-18 at the University of Minnesota's Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
BREEZY POINT - Five Willmar WarHawks scored goals and goalie Luke Fry turned away 39 of 41 Breezy Point shots in a 5-2 win on Friday at the Breezy Point Hockey Center. Brandon Holt, Jordan Cooper, Max Oelkers, Andrew Gilbert and Braden Shea scored WarHawks' goals, and Shea and Oelkers also had two assists. Willmar built a 3-0 lead through two periods and the WarHawks scored two power play goals to counter both Breezy Point goals in the third period. Willmar and Breezy Point square off again at 7:30 p.m. today in Breezy Point.
Former New London-Spicer football player Brandon Zylstra will be showcased in an ESPN feature prior to the Edmonton Eskimos' Canadian Football League Western Conference semifinals game at Winnipeg on Sunday. Zylstra, in his second year with the Eskimos, leads the CFL with 1,687 receiving yards—despite missing four games due to injury—and the former Concordia-Moorhead star is fourth in the league with 100 receptions. A crew from ESPN was in New London and Spicer last week to gather video for the feature and the two towns will be highlighted in the video.
Fall sports are wrapping up, and one local football team is headed to state. Curt and Jake break down Paynesville's Class 2A quarterfinal against Barnesville on Friday.
COLLEGEVILLE — Falling snow and steady winds didn't bother the Paynesville Bulldogs in the Section 5AA championship game on Friday at St. John's University. The top-seeded Bulldogs convincingly ended Holdingford's string of section upsets with a 32-7 victory. The Bulldogs improved to 8-2, with the only losses coming against BOLD a 10-1 Section 5A finalist, and 10-0 Pierz, the Section 6AAA champion.
ST. CLOUD — The Ridgewater volleyball team came out firing and took down Rochester 3-1 in the Region 13A semifinals on Friday at the Whitney Center. The Warriors won 27-25, 25-18, 19-25 and 25-18. The advanced to play host St. Cloud Technical for the region championship and a spot in the NJCAA Division III national tournament at noon today at Whitney Center. St. Cloud Technical defeated Minnesota State-Fergus Falls 25-17, 25-23 and 25-17 in the other 13A semifinals match on Friday at Whitney.