MINNEAPOLS -- Jarrett Hall of Ridgewater College went 4-0 to win the 165-pound Gold Division at the Augsburg Invitational on Saturday. Hall, a redshirt sophomore from Greenbush, wrestled against varsity competition from 11 four-year school and three junior colleges. "That's pretty impressive to win in the Gold against some quality schools, including Augsburg," said Warriors coach Jesse Nelson. "We had five others place in Gold, so it was a pretty good day." Jimmy Marx, Greg Skerik and Justin Turek were each 3-1 in Gold, Cody Pahan 2-1 and Ben Thonvold 2-2.
Swimming and Diving CLASS A STATE MEET At U of M Aquatic Center Diving preliminaries, noon
VIRGINIA -- David Johnson scored 33 points and Ridgewater College overcame a 13-point first-half deficit to defeat Hibbing Community College 88-76 on Friday in the Warriors' opener. "Some of our guys were really nervous at the start," said first-year head coach Bob Knutson, who made his college debut. "We had to sit them down for a time and let them settle down." Takeaways by Terrance Walton and Travis Nordling ignited the comeback.
VIRGINIA -- Despite missing several players who are playing in the NJCAA national volleyball tournament, the Ridgewater Lady Warriors rolled to a season-opening 59-39 win over Hibbing Friday in the Mesabi Invite. Kayla Karnes, the lone sophomore in uniform for the opener, had 14 points, 11 rebounds and two steals for the Lady Warriors, who will take on Mesabi Range at 2 p.m.
ROCHESTER -- For the second year in a row, the Ridgewater Lady Warriors will meet Central Lakes College of Brainerd in the NJCAA Division III semifinals. The Lady Warriors (33-5) went 7-2 in pool play Friday at the Regional Fitness Center.
Four area high school football teams were honored as Academic All-State by having the highest composite grade-point-average in their respective sections. Willmar (3.48) was the Section 2AAAA winner, New London-Spicer (3.54) won in 3AAA, Benson (3.42) in 6AA and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (3.32 in 5A. Individually, Justin Schwieger of Willmar in Class AAAA, Kent Johnson of Litchfield and Joe Shearer of NLS in Class AAA, Daniel Fragodt of Benson and Kyle Gaffaney of Yellow Medicine East in Class AA and Sam Kavanagh of KMS in Class A were Academic All-State.
Taylor Witt, a 6-2 guard from Morris, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for St. Cloud State next fall. Witt averaged 20 points-per-game last season and has 983 career points. He is an 81-percent free-throw shooter. Witt's older brother, Forrest, played for SCSU from 1999-2003.
Saturday College Volleyball NJCAA DIVISION III TOURNAMENT At Rochester Semifinals Ridgewater vs. Central Lakes, 11 a.m. Brookhaven vs. Edison, 11 a.m. Championship Semifinal winners, 4 p.m. Third Place Semifinal losers, 1:30 p.m. Men's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Mesabi Range Invitational at Virginia (Ridgewater vs. Mesabi Range), 4 p.m. Women's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Mesabi Range Invitational at Virginia (Ridgewater vs.
The Willmar Area Special Olympics Bowling team competed at the state tournament last weekend in the Twin Cities. Joshua Stavseth and Amy Myrick each won their respective divisions. Second in their divisions were Lee French, Bobby Nelson, Mandy Lush, and Cody Somerville; third in his division was Daniel Dobransky; fourth in his division was Peter Knudson; and taking fifth in his division was Andrew Christianson. The team is sponsored by Willmar Public Schools.
College Volleyball NJCAA National Tournament POOL PLAY Pool A Harper College (Ill.) vs. Edison Community College (Ohio), 11 a.m. Central Lakes vs. Suffolk Community College (N.Y.), 12:30 p.m. Harper vs. Suffolk. 2 p.m. Central Lakes vs. Edison, 3:30 p.m. Edison vs. Suffolk, 5 p.m. Central Lakes vs. Harper, 6:30 p.m. Pool B Ridgewater vs. Monroe Community College (N.Y.), 11 a.m. Brookhaven College (Texas) vs. Catawba Valley Community College (N.C.), 12:30 p.m. Ridgewater vs. Catawba Valley. 2 p.m. Brookhaven vs. Monroe, 3:30 p.m. Monroe vs.