In this episode, Clay and Jake break down New London-Spicer’s disappointing 42-26 loss to Albany in Friday’s home opener. They also discuss the 0-3 starts for Willmar and three other...
WILLMAR — Cardinal Pride will be hosting the annual Hall of Fame Induction prior to the Willmar High School Homecoming football game Sept. 30. The 2016 inductees are Rand Middleton, Carol Maursetter, Tim Brunner and Warren Vanderbill The Cardinal Pride Hall of Fame banquet is at 3:30 p.m. at Hodapp Field. Cost is $10. RSVP by Monday, Sept. 26. The Homecoming game against St. Cloud Apollo is 7 p.m. For tickets, call Allison Dirksen at 320-295-2257.
SAUK CENTRE — Morris/Chokio-Alberta dropped its first set of the season and would later drop a second in a match to be remembered against Sauk Centre that ended in the Tigers favor 3-2. Sauk Centre, now 12-2, came out strong early, knocking the Tigers down 25-23 in the opening sets. The No. 5 Tigers roared back for a 25-21 win in the second set. The final three sets were traded between the Tigers and the Mainstreeters and all were decided by only two points.
WILLMAR—Dominant singles play helped the Willmar girls tennis team overpower Sartell-St. Stephen 6-1 at the Willmar High School courts on Tuesday. The Cardinals' No. 3 singles participant Lydia Morrell was recently named the Central Lakes Conference tennis player of the week after winning two-straight matches in straight sets. On Tuesday, she had her toughest match in awhile: she won 6-1, 6-0. Chloe Hansen has accepted her new role at No. 4 singles well and proved it again Tuesday afternoon with a swift 6-0, 6-0 decision.
SPICER — Central Minnesota Christian School cross country runner Matthew Van Eps placed second in the boys race and Morris/Chokio-Alberta's Maddie Carrington was sixth in the girls race at the Little Crow Invitational on Monday at the Little Crow Country Club. Van Eps finished in 16 minutes, 11.84 seconds, about 21 seconds behind winner Ryley Nelson of West Central Area. Breckenridge/Wahpeton's Bailee Heitkamp won the girls race in 19:35.13. Carrington finished in 20:22.54.
WILLMAR - Willmar tennis dominated Marshall on Monday afternoon. The Cardinals shut down the Tigers in the singles game, winning every match 6-0, 6-0. Jordyn Swoboda, normally the Cardinals No. 4 option in singles, tried her hand at No. 2 doubles with Ashley Prahl and won handily 6-1, 6-3. Though the match was another easy one for Willmar, Cardinal coach Jim Anderson said it's just as important to keep focus.
WABASSO — The MACCRAY volleyball team won four of five matches to claim the Wabasso Invitational championship on Saturday. The Wolverines, 12-1-1, tied BOLD in a two-set match to open the tournament, then defeated Martin County West, Redwood Valley, Southwest Minnesota Christian and the host school in the title match. Ellie Thein led MACCRAY with 36 kills and she also had five ace serves and a team-high 30 digs. Piper Asche had 26 kills and two blocks, and Carly Orwick finished with 21 kills, five service aces and 21 digs.
NEW LONDON— Alex Wolf rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns, and Albany ran all over New London-Spicer for a 42-26 football win Friday. Coming off an emotional upset of Becker the week before, things turned sour immediately for the Wildcats, who fumbled the opening kickoff. Starting at the NLS 26, the Huskies took advantage of the blunder, capping the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run by Derek Mellesmoen. After falling behind 14-0, the Wildcat offense looked ready to enter a shootout, scoring on three-straight possessions.
BRAINERD — Willmar couldn't punch up its offense after scoring late in the first quarter and Brainerd's Charlie Garaets scored all three Warrior touchdowns in a 21-7 victory over the Cardinals on Friday in a game delayed more than 90 minutes by lightning. The Cardinals fell to 0-3 overall and return home Friday to face Alexandria at 7 p.m. at Hodapp Field. Lightning before the scheduled 7 p.m. game pushed the start time well past 8 p.m. and Willmar couldn't find much spark in its ground game.
DAWSON— Eli Weber scored three touchdowns and Dawson-Boyd got another dominant defensive performance in a 45-7 blowout of Lac qui Parle Valley in football Friday. A battle of unbeatens was far less competitive than many may have expected, as the Blackjacks held a strong Eagle rushing attack to just 3.5 yards a carry.They also surrendered just 16 passing yards and forced three turnovers. Weber had 175 yards from scrimmage and scored on a 71-yard punt return, a 48-yard pass and a 28-yard run.