FARGO—A doubles sweep and a key singles upset helped Brainerd bounce Willmar from the Section 8AA girls tennis tournament with a 4-3 semifinal win Friday. In the day's only three-set match, Tay Person and Sydney Stock topped Willmar's Jordyn Swoboda and Ashley Prahl 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles. Swoboda and Prahl had beaten Person and Stock 6-3, 6-3 Oct. 4. Perhaps the most surprising result came at No. 3 singles, where Brainerd's Kate Kurtzman took down Lydia Morrell 6-4, 6-4.
SAUK RAPIDS—Willmar volleyball showed great balance in all areas, topping Sauk Rapids-Rice 3-0 for its 13th-straight win Thursday. The Cardinals won 25-17, 25-17, 25-19. Things began with strong service, as Cami Sletta had five of Willmar's 15 aces. Sletta also had a team-best nine kills, most of which were set up by Esther Grussing, who finished with 31 assists. Willmar close CLC play 10-1 and improve to 19-4 overall. The Cardinals are off until Sept. 21, when they will take part in the 13-team Moorhead Invitational.
FOLEY — New London-Spicer's Jackson Ness ran for two touchdowns and returned an interception for another score as the Wildcats' blanked Foley 38-0 on Friday. The Wildcats pushed their record to 4-3 and they wrap up the regular season against Milaca at 7 p.m. Wednesday in New London. While Ness was 112 yards on 15 carries, Brandon Adelman completed three passes, two for TDs. Adelman hooked up with Blake Shuck on a 31-yard score and later threw a 50-yard scoring pass to Kelly Bennetts.
Clay is forced to take some editorial advice in this episode of the WCT Sports Show. With only two weeks left in the season, Clay and Jake breakdown what could be the area's biggest game of the season between BOLD and Morris/CA. Both teams enter undefeated and will feature BOLD's staunch defense against the state's top rushing leader in Jacob Zosel.
WILLMAR — The Willmar swimming and diving team won three swim events and swept diving but fell to Sauk Rapids on Thursday at the Willmar High School pool. Willmar's Anna Backes won the 100 and 200 freestyle races and the Cardinals team of Rachel lanning, Jennette Harasyn, Josie Miller and Ana Hernandez placed first in the 200 freestyle relay. Erica Schramm won diving, followed by teammates Olivia Welsh (second) and Maddie Stoeberl (third). Sauk Rapids 96, Willmar 89
Friday, Oct. 14 Tennis Section 8AA Semifinals At Courts Plus, Fargo #1S St. Cloud Tech vs. #2N Thief River Falls, noon #1N Brainerd vs. #2S Willmar, 2 p.m. (Finals to follow semifinals) Football Willmar vs. St. Cloud Tech, 7 p.m., at St. John's University Sauk Centre at ACGC, 7 p.m. Morris/CA at BOLD, 7 p.m. Minnewaska at Benson, 7 p.m. Yellow Medicine East at Montevideo, 7 p.m. Dawson-Boyd at Ortonville, 7 p.m. Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at Renville County West, 7 p.m.
Playoffs are underway for the Willmar Cardinals boys soccer team and the guys talk about their chances to make a serious run. Tennis has also reached that point in the season. The Cardinal team and a few individuals have made it to the next round in their section and the 6A tournament is also wrapping up. To round it out, the guys talk about Ridgewater football who has one of the best defenses in their conference.
WORTHINGTON — Baylie Kubesh had 29 assists, five kills and six digs, and Ridgewater volleyball stayed unbeaten in the MCAC with a 3-0 win at Minnesota West Wednesday. The Warriors won 25-14, 25-21, 25-16. Kubesh was one of five Ridgewater players with five or more kills. Hailey Leiding and Ashley Froelich led the way with 10 apiece. Catelyn Haug also had a strong game with six kills, a service ace and a team-best nine digs.
The Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Football Coaches Association (MFCA) will sponsor the first Minnesota Football Showcase. Set at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 3, the new partnership features an entire day of celebrating football throughout the state of Minnesota. The event will culminate in the 44th annual All-Star Football Game featuring outstanding senior football players from around the state. Kicking off at 3 p.m., the Showcase Game will be the 55th overall in Minnesota high school football history.
Clay and Jake start this week with a recap of some of last week's football games including the unofficial game of the week that was Hutchinson against Litchfield. Hutchinson defeated the previously undefeated Litchfield 30-19. The guys also talk about New London-Spicer's loss to Zimmerman and bring up the name of an aptly named kicker.