Dustin Carlson rampaged in the St. John's University backfield on Sept. 23 at Christiansen Stadium in Moorhead, collecting a Johnnies' fumble and making a sack. His performance so impressed coach Terry Horan that he named his junior defensive end the Cobbers' "Defensive Lineman of the Game", though Concordia lost 14-12. Three days later, the Willmar graduate had surgery to remove a cancerous right testicle. The Cardinals' top male athlete in 2003-2004, signified by the Lions Award, is done for the season.
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater took another step closer to clinching a Minnesota Community College Conference Southern Division title with a sweep of Rochester Wednesday night. Ridgewater improved to 7-0 in the conference and can clinch at least a tie with a win Friday night at Fergus Falls. The Lady Warriors currently own a one-match lead on Fergus Falls. Hilary Groothuis, a freshman from Clara City, paced the Lady Warriors' balanced hitting attack against Rochester with 11 kills in 18 errorless attacks.
The Willmar girls' tennis team was seeded No. 4 for the upcoming Section 8AA tournament. Willmar will host St. Cloud Apollo at 4 p.m. Friday at the high school. The winner of that match will play top-seeded Becker at 1 p.m. Monday at Gold's Gym in St. Cloud. Willmar hosts Alexandria in the regular-season finale at 4:40 p.m. today.
The Willmar boys' soccer team was seeded No. 10 in the Section 2A tournament and will play at No. 7 Worthington on Tuesday in the opener. Willmar hosts Alexandrias in the final regular-season match at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Sartell 3, Willmar 1 Nathan Sahli scored twice and Sartell went on to defeat Willmar 3-1 in a Central Lakes Conference boys soccer match Tuesday night that was delayed by lightning. Josh Aslesen scored Willmar's lone goal on a penalty kick. Ethan Vogel had 10 saves in the Cardinals' net. Willmar (3-6-3, 5-8-4) 1 0 -- 1 Sartell (5-4-2, 8-5-2) 3 0 -- 3 Shots on goal - Willmar: 16 ... Sartell: 17 Goalie saves - Willmar: Ethan Vogel 10 ... Sartell: 9
College Volleyball Ridgewater def. Rochester 30-16, 30-16, 30-14
Prep Volleyball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Sauk Rapids, 7:15 p.m. Alexandria at St. Cloud Tech Fergus Falls at Brainerd Sartell at Little Falls Rocori at St. Cloud Apollo WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Yellow Medicine East vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7:30 p.m. Benson vs. BOLD at Olivia, 7:30 p.m. Lac qui Parle Valley at Morris, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Minnewaska at Albany, 7:30 p.m. New London-Spicer at St. Cloud Cathedral, 7:30 p.m. Paynesville at Sauk Centre, 7:30 p.m. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Melrose CAMDEN NORTH MACCRAY vs.
St. John's University sophomore Joe Schoolmeesters of Litchfield shot a two-under 71-71-72-214 to win the MIAC Men's Golf Championship title Monday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. Schoolmeesters helped St. John's claim its third straight MIAC title. Erik Tone, a Gustavus Adolphus senior from Willmar, finished second, shooting an even par 73-73-70-216, leading the Gusties to a second-place tie with Augsburg. Concordia (Moorhead) junior Drew Dvorak of Litchfield led the Cobbers to fifth place, shooting 77-76-73-226.
Willmar's Abdi Awale and Jackie Johnson were named as Central Lakes Conference Performers of the Week Tuesday. Awale led the Willmar boys cross country team to a perfect score of 15 at the Willmar Invite Saturday. He placed first overall in a time of 16:07. Johnson finished 10th overall in 17:02 to lead the Willmar girls to a second-place finish at the Willmar Invite Saturday.
The Ridgewater Lady Warriors host Rochester in a junior college Southern Division volleyball match at the college. Ridgewater is 6-0 in the Southern Division and 21-3 overall.