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Ross Van Hauen, senior two-way end for the Willmar Cardinals, was selected "Performer of the Week" in football by the Central Lakes Conference. At Alexandria, Van Hauen caught two passes, one for a touchdown, and made six tackles. He also was credited with 1½ sacks.
WILLMAR - The Willmar Cardinals fell 2-0 to Brainerd in a girls soccer match that completed their Central Lakes and regular-season schedule. Willmar, which beat Worthington 4-0 Monday in a Section 2A play-in match, will play at Lakeville South at 5 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinal round. Coach Doug Rossum singled out the play of sweeper Cassidy Wood, who made four defensive saves. Rossum was told by the Brainerd coach that the Warriors have had to forfeit their Sept.
WILLMAR - A Willmar rally in the second half came up short and the Cardinals were knocked out of the Section 2A playoffs by Lakeville South, 4-2 on Tuesday. South was much stronger than its No. 11 seed indicated. The new school, a spinoff from Lakeville, was near the bottom of the Class AA Lake Conference. But at Hodapp Field, they showed enough ability to contend in the Central Lakes for first place, despite having a roster devoid of seniors. Willmar, the No. 6 seed, fell behind 3-0.
Willmar def. Brainerd 25-16, 25-13, 25-22 Dawson-Boyd def. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 25-23, 19-25, 25-6, 25-22 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City def. Morris 25-23, 25-17, 12-25, 25-22 Montevideo def. Lac qui Parle Valley 25-20, 25-22, 27-25 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg def. Canby 25-16, 26-28, 25-15, 25-18 Central Minnesota Christian def. Lakeview 25-14, 25-21, 25-5 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle def. Minnewaska 25-20, 25-18, 25-27, 25-16, 15-10 Litchfield def. Brooklyn Center 25-11, 25-8, 25-13 MACCRAY def. Renville County West 25-23, 25-17, 17-25, 25-15 Buffalo Lake-Hector def. Sleepy Eye St.
CLARA CITY - Quickly recovering from their setback to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Monday, the MACCRAY Wolverines outperformed Renville County West 25-23, 25-17, 17-25 and 25-15 in the Camden North Tuesday. Tory Brouwer had 13 kills and Kari Caspers followed with 10 to help MACCRAY (2-3, 7-9) fight off Kayla Eekhoff's 20 kills. Ashley Beseman had six ace blocks to go along with her four kills while Danielle Loomis had 32 assists. Heidi Abbas and Kortney Mulder had three ace blocks apiece for RCW (11-9).
ST. PETER - Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd saw a state Class A tournament berth vanish for a second straight year, losing to Redwood Valley 4-3 in the Section 3A championship Tuesday in at Gustavus Adolphus. The Eagles came into last year's title tilt undefeated, then had three players suffer injuries that led to a 4-3 loss. This year, LQPV/DB stayed clear of physical ailments, but ran out of luck. "It was pretty exciting to watch," said Eagles coach Dana Otto. "Nobody played horribly.
MONTEVIDEO - With Nikki and Kelly Swenson finishing 1-2, the Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd girls shaded Montevideo by one point to win the West Central South Conference team championship on Tuesday. The Montevideo boys prevailed by four points over LQPV/DB to win the championship. Jacob Henderson of YME was individual champion in a time of 17:05 at The Crossings golf course. The Thunder Hawks placed five runners in the top 11, led by John Leibl in fourth and J.J. Nieuwbeerta in fifth.
ST. CLOUD - Ryan Noack ran a 16:38 for 5,000 meters at Greystone Park to win the individual title and lead the St. Cloud Cathedral boys to first place with 19 points in West Central North cross-country Tuesday. Sauk Centre beat St. Cloud Cathedral 41-67 for first-place in girls. with the Crusaders' Beth Tacl running a 14:30 for first place, followed by Paynesville freshman Linda Keller in second at 15:33. Maren Greenwaldt of Minnewaska took seventh overall in 16:16. Also for fourth-place Paynesville, Kaitlyn Frenchick took eighth (16:17) and Kacy Nehowig 10th (16:39).
College Volleyball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater at Anoka-Ramsey, 6:30 p.m.
A berth in the Class A State Tournament is up for grabs today at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter as the Section 3A team tennis tournament wraps up. In the first semifinal at 10 a.m., No. 5 seed New London-Spicer (10-4) meets No. 1 Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd (22-1). No. 3 MACCRAY (18-4) and No. 2 Redwood Valley (14-7) meet in the other semifinal at noon with the winners meeting at 2 p.m. Redwood Valley edged LQPV/DB in last year's final.