LITCHFIELD -- Top-seeded Litchfield advanced to the semifinals of Section 3A Thursday with a 7-0 win over Pipestone. Litchfield will take on Yellow Medicine East at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gustavus Asolphus College in St. Peter. Benson, seeded No. 2, beat Montevideo 6-1 and will face New London-Spicer, a 4-3 winn over Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The final is slated for 1 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Junior Sarah Paterson won her third straight match Thursday for Willmar, but Alexandria upended the Cardinals for the second time this season, this time collecting a 6-1 Central Lakes Conference win. Alexandria (4-4, 10-10) blanked Willmar (2-6, 2-10) 7-0 on Sept. 25 in Alexandria. "We did play better than the last time we met them," said Willmar coach Erika Kath. Paterson downed Laura Johnson 6-1, 6-2. Willmar did manage to win a set at 1-singles and 3-singles after being swept by Alexandria in the earlier meeting. Willmar hosts St. Cloud Apollo today at 4 p.m.
COTTONWOOD -- Lakeview handed MACCRAY its first loss in the Camden North Conference Thursday night with a hard-played 29-31, 25-15, 25-23, 25-18 win over the Wolverines. "Lakeview was so scrappy. They never gave up on a ball," said Wolverines' coach Terese Bourne. The loss dropped MACCRAY into a first-place tie with Renville County West. MACCRAY trailed early in every game. In the first game they were able to come from behind on the serving of Brandi Bodin. But the next three games the Lakers lead was waterproof. Kari Caspers, a 6-1 senior hitter, had a huge game in the defeat.
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.