COLD SPRING -- The Willmar Cardinal swimmer paddled past Rocori 104-73 on Thursday for their sixth victory in Central Lakes Conference dual meets. Willmar (6-2, 6-3) has one dual left at Fergus Falls on Tuesday. Willmar scrambled its line-up against the Spartans, who are without a win this season. The opening event was notable for an all-sister quartet of Emily and Ashley Zondervan and Sarah and Alissa Tinklenberg.
FAIRMONT -- Willmar was ousted from the Section 2A playoffs Thursday as the No. 10-seeded Cardinals were blanked by Fairmont 4-0. No. 7 Fairmont owned a 3-0 lead at halftime and added an insurance goal in the second half. No other details were available. Willmar finished the season 1-15-1. Fairmont 4, Willmar 0 Willmar (1-15-1) 0 0 -- 0 Fairmont 3 1 -- 3 Statistics not available
MANKATO -- Mankato West scored two goals in the last minute of the first half and went on to drill the Willmar Cardinals 6-0 in boys playoff soccer Thursday. The No. 2-seeded Scarlets advance to the semifinals of the Section 2A playoffs. "They're an outstanding team," said Willmar coach Richard Courtney.
SARTELL -- Jenny Peterson will advance to the Section 8AA singles Tournament after winning her first two matches Thursday in the sub-section individual girls tennis tournament at Gold's Gym. Peterson secured a section final eight berth with a comeback 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0 win over BriAnn Anderson of St. Cloud Apollo. The Willmar senior lost her next match and will play for a third-place seed today against Parul Kapoor of St. Cloud Tech. Willmar's other en-trants all lost first-round elimination matches. Willmar Singles Jennifer Peterson: def. Sara Peterson, Little Falls, 6-0, 6-0; def.
FULDA -- Dawson-Boyd amassed 351 total yards en route to a 28-0 Little Sioux Conference victory over Fulda Thurdsday night. The Blackjacks (3-4, 3-4) recorded 254 yards rushing and 97 through the air. Cameron Jurgenson caught two passes in the first half for touchdowns of 23 and 33 yards.
ANOKA -- In his first season as head coach, Joe Sussenguth guided the Ridgewater Lady Warriors to an outright MCCC Southern Division title. The Lady Warriors (7-0, 23-3) clinched the title Wednesday night with a 30-25, 30-22, 30-21 sweep of Anoka-Ramsey. "This is a difficult time in terms of the girls keeping their intensity up because we had already clinched a playoff spot," said Sussenguth. "But that wasn't a problem here. They played well." Hilary Groothuis had 11 kills, three ace serves and two ace blocks for Ridgewater.
The Willmar Cardinals boys soccer team, fresh off a 2-1 upset of Worthington on Tuesday, are hoping for more of the same when they face No. 2-seeded Mankato West at 7 p.m. today in Mankato. Willmar is the No. 10 seed. In other quarterfinals today, Albert Lea is at top-seeded Northfield, Southwest Christian plays at Marshall and Mankato East is at Mankato Loyola. n The Willmar girls soccer team, seeded No. 10, opens Section 2A action at 5 p.m. today at No. 7 Fairmont.
The Willmar YMCA 3-on-3 Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament will be held Dec. 27-29 for boys and girls teams in grades 6-8. Eighth graders play on Dec. 27, seventh graders Dec. 28 and sixth graders Dec. 29. Teams must register by Dec. 18. Space is limited to eight teams per division. For more information, call Tom Bolin at 320-222-9622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Bob Okland of Willmar shot a hole-in-one Sunday at Little Crow Country Club in Spicer. Okland used a 7-iron to ace the 174-yard No. 6 (Willows).
MONTEVIDEO -- Rivalries have always had a way of raising the level of play between two teams. The University of Minnesota football team battles with the University of Wisconsin every year not only for a Big Ten Conference win, but also the "Paul Bunyan's Ax" traveling trophy. Even in this area, the now-defunct Two Twelve Conference had its "Gold Brick" trophy. But what you might not realize is there are more to some of the head-to-head battles every year on the high school gridiron. Montevideo plays for three traveling trophies every season now.