HUTCHINSON -- The Willmar boys took the top five spots for a perfect score of 15 Thursday at the Hutchinson Cross Country Invitational. Kaafi Adeys came in first in a time of 16:41. Right behind him in 16:42 was Abdi Awale. Mohamed Bedel was third in 16:48, Mustafa Yusuf fourth in 16:52 and Mahad Hassen fifth in 17:03. Willmar also got a 17th place finish from Andrew Nicklawsky. Hutchinson was a distant second with 93 points and Buffalo third with 104. The Willmar girls took seventh place with 164. Marshall won the girls' meet with 63 points.
Little Sioux Murray CC 18, Dawson-Boyd 14 Senior 178-pound running back Tony Falk rushed for 255 yards, including TD dashes covering 80 and 42 yards, as Murray County Central came from behind with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Quarterback Direk Johnson's 42-yard pass to Jeremy Storm with under two minutes left overcame at 14-12 Blackjacks' lead. Dawson-Boyd scored all its points in the second quarter on a one-yard sneak by quarterback Josh Aakre and a 54-yard pass to Joe Anderson, plus a conversion pass to Colin Bergeson that made it 14-6 at half. Falk has run for over 700 yards in three
ANNANDALE -- Litchfield (1-1, 2-1) rebounded from a five-turnover game last week with none Friday night en route to a 40-25 victory over Ananandale in a Wright County Conference clash. Kent Johnson threw three touchdown passes and had 98 yards passing overall. The Dragons rushed for 222 yards, led by Dustin Celander with 133 yards on 28 carries.
SPICER -- Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd pulled off a clean sweep, winning both boys and girls titles at the Little Crow cross country Invitational Thursday. The LQPV/DB boys won the team title with 78 points, followed by Renville County West at 96 and Redwood Valley third with 111. Justin Peters of Redwood Valley won the individual title in 16:59, his third win of the year. Teammate Anthony Bongard was second in 17:17. Casey Lippert in fourth led Renville County West. Nikki and Kelly Swenson led the LQPV/DB girls by placing first and third, respectively.
Justin Kubesh, a South Dakota State junior linebacker from Olivia, was named the Great West Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week recently. Kubesh had 13 tackles in SDSU's 36-7 loss to No. 6 Montana last Saturday in Missoula, Mont. He has seven solo and 13 assisted tackles in two games this season. The Jackrabbits play at Northern Iowa on Saturday.
The No. 1-ranked Willmar boys cross-country team posted a perfect score of 15 while winning the 12-team Hutchinson Invitational on Thursday. Kaafi Adeys, Abdi Awale, Mustafa Yusuf, Mohamed Bedel and Mahad Hassen finished 1-through-5 at Lake Marion Park. Complete results were not available at press time. They will appear in Saturday's paper.
GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East had to battle, but held off Benson in three long games 25-21, 29-27, 25-23 in West Central South Conference volleyball action Thursday. The Sting (3-1, 3-2) are in a three-way tie for the league lead with BOLD and Montevideo. The Braves (2-2, 2-3) are a game back. Kristina Kietzmann led YME with 16 kills and five ace blocks.
RENVILLE -- Renville County West swept Dawson-Boyd with a balanced attack Thursday, winning 25-14, 25-19, 24-23 in a Camden North Conference match. Megan Groen had five ace sers and Megan Erickson, Kortney Mulder and Liz Ellingson had five kills apiece for RCW. Britta Helgeson had seven kills for Dawson-Boyd. RCW 3, Dawson-Boyd 0 Dawson-Boyd (1-1, 5-3) 14 19 23 RCW (1-1, 5-3) 25 25 25 Dawson-Boyd Serving: Emily Nelson 11-11-0, Britta Helgeson 10-10-0, Heather Voss 8-8-0 .... Setting: Nelson 42-42-12 .... Hitting: Helgeson 16-19-7, Kassi Lindeblad 18-20-4 ....
PAYNESVILLE -- New London-Spicer broke out of its winless slump, beating Paynesville 25-14, 26-24, 20-25, 25-15 in West Central North Conference volleyball action Thursday. Taylor Thompsen led NLS (1-4, 2-6) with 14 kills and 20 digs. Jenna Moritz served six aces. Kristin Lang recorded 12 kills for Paynesville (0-4, 0-4).
Prep Volleyball Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa def. Maple Lake 25-10, 22-25, 25-18, 26-28, 15-11 Minnewaska def. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 25-18, 24-26, 26-24, 25-21 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg def. Lakeview 25-23, 26-24, 24-26, 17-25, 15-13 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton def. MACCRAY 24-26, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17, 15-11 Yellow Medicine East def. Benson 25-21, 29-27, 25-23 New London-Spicer def. Paynesville 25-14, 26-24, 20-25, 25-15 Redwood Valley def. Luverne 25-17, 25-19, 25-23 Wabasso def. Buffalo Lake-Hector 21-25, 18-25, 25-21, 25-17, 15-5 Central Minnesota Christian def.