To start week five, Clay and Jake talk about New London-Spicer and Willmar football from the previous Friday. The Wildcats defeated St. Cloud Cathedral 32-6 at home behind two touchdown performances from Josh Soine and Jackson Ness. Willmar took on Alexandria at home and saw plenty of turnovers and an outstanding performance from the Alexandria runningback turn into a lopsided loss.
WILLMAR— Esther Grussing had 44 set assists and balanced net play sparked Willmar's 25-12, 25-16, 25-15 win over Alexandria in a Central Lakes Conference volleyball match Tuesday. Cami Sletta led the Cardinals with 12 kills, while Heidi Sellman added 11 more, as Willmar extended its win streak to seven. Sletta, Staci Banks and Hannah Gallagher all had two aces, and Addie Erickson had 14 digs. The Cardinals return to action Thursday, with a 7 p.m. road match against St. Cloud Tech. Willmar 3, Alexandria 0
GLENWOOD—Minnewaska clinched the West Central Conference championship on Tuesday with a 5-2 win over Melrose. With two non-conference matches left, the Lakers are 16-2 and finished the season undefeated in conference play. They swept through the singles on Tuesday, winning all four matches in two sets. Danielle Thorfinnson and Myranda Thoen were especially impressive at No. 2 and 3 singles, only dropping one game between the two. Melrose bounced back to grab its only two wins in No. 1 and 2 doubles. Minnewaska 5, Melrose 2
NEW LONDON—The New London-Spicer girls tennis team snapped a two-match losing streak with ease Monday as the Wildcats didn't drop in a 7-0 win over Glencoe-Silver Lake. Erin Loterbauer won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, April Groff won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2, Ruby Parsons was victorious 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 and Ava Hanson earned a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 4. In doubles, Kylie Thompson and Shea Oman won 6-1, 6-0 at the top spot while Michelle Johnson and Emma Spors won 6-0, 7-5 at No. 2.
WILLMAR—Tim Brunner, Carol Maursetter, Rand Middleton and Warren VanDerBill will be inducted into the Cardinal Pride Hall of Fame on Friday. The four inductees will be honored at a 3:30 p.m. banquet at Hodapp Field prior to the Willmar football team's Homecoming game against St. Cloud Apollo. Here are brief profiles of the nominees: Tim Brunner Brunner was a captain on the 1987 Willmar baseball team that scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Hopkins 5-4 in the Class AA state championship game.
BURNSVILLE — The Morris/Chokio-Alberta volleyball team posted a 3-2 record at the Midwest Volleyball Warehouse Invitational over the weekend. The Tigers, ranked No. 5 in Class AA, lost to No. 2 Belle Plaine and No. 9 Kasson-Mantorville—both went three sets—and defeated No. 8-ranked Hill-Murray. Among the 16-team field, 12 teams were ranked among the top 15 in the state. "We were playing the best of the best right now," MCA head coach Kristi Fehr said. "It was good competition."
FERGUS FALLS— Carl Borleis threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns and the Ridgewater football team moved above .500 with a 34-28 win at Minnesota State Fergus Falls Saturday. Richard Fraser had seven catches for 154 yards and a touchdown, while Aaron Sims added 7 grabs for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Warriors, who scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter. Borleis also scored a touchdown on the ground and added a punt of 42 yards to his monster day. T'ummie Sankey led Ridgewater with 44 yards rushing and a touchdown.
WILLMAR— Esther Grussing had 105 assists, Carly Wedel made 35 kills and Willmar won four straight-set matches to take first in the eight-team Willmar Volleyball Invitational Saturday. The Cardinals beat Albany 25-17, 25-21 in the championship round after topping the Huskies 25-15, 25-18 earlier in the day. The Cardinals also earned a 25-9, 25-15 win over Renville County West and a 25-15, 25-19 win against Central Minnesota Christian School. Heidi Sellmann had nine aces and Grussing added eight. The duo also led the team with 13 block aces.
WILLMAR — Just hours removed from its biggest win in some time, the Ridgewater volleyball team had no letdown against Western Tech Saturday. Baylie Kubesh had 30 assists, five aces and eight digs and the Warriors coasted to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-14 win. Hailey Leiding added a team-best 10 kills and was second on the team with 12 digs, one fewer than leader Lexie Skoglund. The Warriors, who beat reigning Division-III national champion Rochester the night before, are now 8-0 in the MCAC.
WORTHINGTON — The Willmar girls soccer team's Hannah Bollig scored two goals and assisted on another and Hannah Johnson and Paige Janson also scored as the Cardinals downed Worthington 4-0 on Saturday to notch their second win of the season. "There was more confidence, scoring-wise, with our girls," said Willmar head coach Chelsea Brown. "We had quite a few nice break away opportunities." Johnson opened the scoring in the 17th minute on an assist from Jess Stauffenecker. Daphne Barrera fed Bollig for another goal about a minute later.