BRAINERD -- By collecting only one win, Willmar was doused 125-61 by Brainerd in a Central Lakes Conference dual Thursday. Brainerd won the first nine events before Alyssa Tinklenberg posted a first-place time of 1:05.21 in the 100 backstroke for Willmar. Willmar did get runner-up finishes from Tinklenberg in the 200 freestyle, Mary Morris in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, Megan Michaelis in the 500 freestyle and Katie Pakola in the 100 breaststroke. Brainerd 125, Willmar 61 200 MEDLEY RELAY - (1) Brainerd 1:58.89 (2) Willmar: Alyssa Tinklenberg, Katie Pakola, Mary Morris, Al
SAUK RAPIDS -- Willmar managed just seven shots on goal Thursday as the Cardinals were shut out 2-0 by St. Cloud Apollo/Sauk Rapids in a Central Lakes Conference match. "It was a very even match in the first half and in the second half they outplayed us," said Willmar coach Richard Courtney. "We're not playing good offensive soccer right now." Courtney said seniors Josh Aslesen and Sergio Flores both had decent chances for goals, but the Cardinals, who lost for the third time in four matches, were outshot 12-7. SC Apollo/SR 2, Willmar 0 Willmar (2-4-3, 4-6-4) 0 0 -- 0 St.
BROOTEN -- Eden Valley-Watkins handed Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa its first Central Minnesota Conference loss of the season 21-25, 22-25, 25-23, 27-25, 18-16 Thursday. The Jaguars (3-1, 14-3) also lost their conference lead to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (4-0, 11-6). April Hansen recorded 19 kills to lead BBE. Heidi Lensing followed with 15 and Ashley Lensing had 12.
WORTHINGTON -- With a balanced hitting attack and 14 ace serves, Ridgewater swept Minnesota West 30-17, 30-21, 30-15 Wednesday to complete the first half of the MCCC Southern Division schedule. The win kept Ridgewater unbeaten in the division at 5-0 and improved the Lady Warriors' overall record to 20-3. The Lady Warriors host Riverland at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Four players had six-or-more kills for Ridgewater with Ashley Hennen leading the way with nine.
Hilary Groothuis, a freshman outside hitter from Maynard, has been named MCCC Southern Division Player of the Week for helping the Ridgewater Lady Warriors raise their record to 4-0 in the South and 19-3 overall. In four matches, Groothuis recorded 16 ace blocks, averaged 2.43 kills per game, had a .255 hitting percentage and a 91 serve percentage with four service aces.
The Willmar tennis team hosts Little Falls in a Central Lakes Conference meet at 4:30 p.m. today at the high school courts.
Prep Volleyball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at St. Cloud Tech, 7:15 p.m. Sauk Rapids at Rocori Little Falls at Alexandria Brainerd at Sartell Fergus Falls at St. Cloud Apollo WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7:30 p.m. Benson at Morris, 7:30 p.m. Lac qui Parle Valley vs. BOLD at Olivia, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH New London-Spicer at Albany, 7:30 p.m. Paynesville at Albany, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at St. Cloud Cathedral, 7:30 p.m. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Sauk Centre, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN NORTH Canby vs.
NEW LONDON -- Litchfield most likely will get the No.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, with a 4-0 record overall, made its debut in The Associated Press' Class AA poll at No. 9 Tuesday. Litchfield is tied at No. 6 with Jordan in the Class AAA poll. Also receiving votes this week were New London-Spicer in Class AAA and Yellow Medicine East in Class AA.
Sarah Hund, a sophomore swimmer for the Willmar Cardinals, has been selected Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week in her sport. Last Thursday at St. Cloud Tech, she posted personal bests in three events, including the 100 freestyle (1:01.94).