MORRIS — Morris/Chokio-Alberta volleyball team kept its conference undefeated streak going with a 3-0 victory over West Central Conference foe Minnewaska Tuesday night in Morris. The Tigers played a strong defensive game and progressively slowed down the Lakers as the match wore on. Seven Tigers recorded kills on the night, showing off a well-balanced offense. Carley Stewart led the way for the Lakers, earning five kills.
ST. CLOUD—The Willmar girls cross country team continued to ransack its competition, scoring an 18 to win the 11-team Tech Invite with ease on Tuesday. Sophie Schmitz (1st, 18:08.2), Jessa Hanson (2nd, 18:15.1), Kayla Rudie (3rd, 18:29.7) and Serena Monson (5th, 18:42.6) all finished in the top five, while Heidi Schmitz completed the scoring, placing seventh in 18:42.6. The Cardinals were so dominant that two top-10 finishers, Leah Hansen and Savannah Anez, didn't even factor into the team scoring.
BENSON — Lac qui Parle Valley's Keiser Freely and Jordyn Sterud won individual championships to lead the Eagles boys and girls teams to victories at the Benson Invitational on Monday at the Benson Golf Club. Freetly finished in 16 minutes, 54.0 seconds, about 20 seconds ahead of Central Minnesota Christian School's Matthew Van Eps. The boys race was expected to shape up as a battle between Freetly, Van Eps and Montevideo's Kurt TeBeest, but TeBeest was unable to race because of illness.
SARTELL - Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd opened up Section 6A-South tournament with a 5-2 defeat of Montevideo on Monday at the Fitness Evolution club in Sartell. LQPV/DB entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed and swept the fifth-seeded Thunder Hawks in singles to earn the victory. Ashtyn Oie played well at No. 3 singles, defeating Marrisa Rekow 6-0, 6-0. Anna Van Ravenswaay and Rachel West earned a victory for the Thunder Hawks at No. 1 doubles, defeating Karissa Jahn and Kamryn Siedschlag 6-0, 6-2.
ALEXANDRIA - The Willmar girls cross country team kept its undefeated streak going with yet another meet win at the Alexandria Lions Meet of Champions on Saturday. The Cardinals' 36 points was less than half of its closest competitor. All six Cardinal girls finished in the top-20, including three in the top-five. Sophie Schmitz finished just three seconds behind the winner to take second place. She was followed by Jessa Hanson in third and Kayle Rudie rounded out the top-five with a time of 18:25.7.
Monday, Oct. 10 Cross Country Benson Invite (with Morris/CA, BOLD, Willmar Community Christian, Central Minnesota Christian School, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, Minnewaska, Montevideo, Yellow Medicine East), 4 p.m. Eden Valley-Watkins Invite (with Paynesville, Litchfield, New London-Spicer), 4:15 p.m. Tennis Section 6A South Sub-section At Fitness Evolution, Sartell #1 Minnewaska vs. #8 MACCRAY, 9 a.m. #5 Montevideo vs. Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, 10:30 p.m. #3 Benson vs. #6 Morris/Chokio-Alberta, noon
Saturday, Oct. 8 College Football Dakota College - Bottineau at Ridgewater, noon Cross Country Alexandria Invite (with Willmar), 10:30 a.m. Swimming & Diving True Team (with Willmar, Litchfield, Montevideo), diving at 10 a.m., swimming to follow, at Willmar High School True Team (with Morris/Minnewaska), 10 a.m., at Alexandria Tennis Section 8AA South Sub-section At Fitness Evolution, Sartell Individual tournament (with Willmar), 8 a.m. Volleyball Sauk Rapids Invite (with Morris/CA), 9 a.m.
MOORHEAD — The Willmar Cardinals football team was unable to build anything off their first win, as the Spuds scored all their points in the first half of a 49-7 victory Friday. Otis Weah scored three touchdowns on the ground in the first quarter, helping Moorhead build a 28-0 lead at the end of 12 minutes. As has been the case in all five losses this season, turnovers were a big problem for the Cardinals, who gave the ball away three times. Tyler Johnson had Willmar's only touchdown, scoring from a yard out in the fourth quarter.
SARTELL - The Willmar girls tennis team lost just eight games in singles and won two of three doubles matches to defeat Rocori 6-1 in the Section 8AA playoffs on Friday at Fitness Evolution. Cayle Hovland, Elise Bierbaum, Lydia Morrell and Chloe Hansen won singles matches while Amanda Zuidema and Kirah Kessler-Gross and Jordyn Swoboda and Ashley Prahl brought home victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.
Clay was on the scene as the Willmar girls cross country team solidified its standing as a state power in a dominant win at the Willmar Invitational Saturday. The boys race is also discussed. Lastly, Jake breaks down the race for volleyball supremacy in the West Central Conference. West Central Conference Standings Morris/CA 11-0 conference 15-2 overall Sauk Centre 10-1 17-2 BOLD 8-3 13-7 Melrose 5-6 9-11