Just two weeks into the volleyball season, there are already some teams that appear destined for a postseason run. Curt and Jake discuss four of these teams that have been eye-catching to this point in the season. Follow @WCTSports on Twitter for the latest scores and updates.
Editor's note: Due to technical issues, the Willmar-Melrose swimming and diving statistics in Wednesday's Tribune were incorrect. WILLMAR - Melrose won nine events and the meet in Tuesday's dual against Willmar at Willmar High School. Melrose prevailed 105-79. Willmar's shining moment came on the platform when all three podium spots went to Cardinal divers. Erica Schramm led the way with a 222.25 score. Olivia Welsh was second at 215.55 and Maddie Stoeberl was third at 203.05.
DuPAGE, Ill. - The Ridgewater volleyball team competes annually in the College of DuPage's Chaparral Invite to get a feel for where the Warriors stand among the elite of NJCAA Division III. This year was no different and the youthful Warriors know they have work ahead of them. The Warriors, ranked No. 2 in the Division III preseason poll, won two matches but also lost in three sets against No. 1-ranked Harper. Ridgewater also lost to No. 5 Madison on Friday.
With the advent of prep football season, the guys reveal their picks for the first week's matchups. Video by Curt Hogg / Tribune
MOUND — Willmar's Abdul Nasir Hassan scored the first goal of the match but Mound Westonka countered with two tallies in a 20-minute span of the second half and downed the Cardinals 2-1 on Monday. After a scoreless first half, Hassan scored on an assist from Kelvin Gomez-Padilla in the 48th minute. Mound Westonka's Owen Mather scored on a penalty kick in the 55th minute and teammate Andrew Abegglen scored on a free kick in the 72nd minute.
HAMBURG - The Raymond Rockets took another step in the Class C amateur baseball state tournament title defense with an impressive 7-0 victory over Buckman on Saturday. Raymond's Alex Lothammer, who allowed just a run in last week's win over Mora, allowed just four hits and struck out 10 in seven innings of work. Cole Christianson again relieved and pitched two scoreless innings. Tyler Steen and Kyle Knott both his home runs, and Steen and Calvin Kosminskas both drove in a pair of runs.
MONTICELLO Willmar graduated a number of soccer players last season, including All-State forward Jesus Nevarez and goalkeeper Manny Obregon, but if Friday was any indication, the Cardinals could contend for another Section 6A title this season. The Cardinals started slow but battled back to earn a 3-2 overtime win over Southwest Christian at the Monticello Tournament behind a pair of goals from senior midfielder Blake Hisken including the gamewinner in overtime.
The Ridgewater volleyball team traveled west to scrimmage the University of Minnesota-Morris Cougars on Tuesday in Morris. The Tribune's Jake Schultz stopped by to get some photos of the action.
The Willmar Thunder 13AA baseball team received the Youth 1st Team Award from the Youth 1st and the Minnesota Sports Federation. Youth 1st Director Mark Arjes presented the award to the team Aug. 17 at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. The Thunder were honored for outstanding sportsmanship during the 2017 MSF State Baseball Tournament.
Prep football rounded into high gear around the area this week, with coaches and players taking advantage of superb weather on Tuesday to maximize their workouts before expected rain-outs on Wednesday. With early preseason drills limited to minimal contact, Willmar worked through offensive plays and reading defenses. In position drills, running backs worked on techniques with the help of garbage cans while quarterbacks focused on read options and route progressions with receivers.