The No. 1-ranked Willmar boys cross-country team posted a perfect score of 15 while winning the 12-team Hutchinson Invitational on Thursday. Kaafi Adeys, Abdi Awale, Mustafa Yusuf, Mohamed Bedel and Mahad Hassen finished 1-through-5 at Lake Marion Park. Complete results were not available at press time. They will appear in Saturday's paper.
GRANITE FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East had to battle, but held off Benson in three long games 25-21, 29-27, 25-23 in West Central South Conference volleyball action Thursday. The Sting (3-1, 3-2) are in a three-way tie for the league lead with BOLD and Montevideo. The Braves (2-2, 2-3) are a game back. Kristina Kietzmann led YME with 16 kills and five ace blocks.
RENVILLE -- Renville County West swept Dawson-Boyd with a balanced attack Thursday, winning 25-14, 25-19, 24-23 in a Camden North Conference match. Megan Groen had five ace sers and Megan Erickson, Kortney Mulder and Liz Ellingson had five kills apiece for RCW. Britta Helgeson had seven kills for Dawson-Boyd. RCW 3, Dawson-Boyd 0 Dawson-Boyd (1-1, 5-3) 14 19 23 RCW (1-1, 5-3) 25 25 25 Dawson-Boyd Serving: Emily Nelson 11-11-0, Britta Helgeson 10-10-0, Heather Voss 8-8-0 .... Setting: Nelson 42-42-12 .... Hitting: Helgeson 16-19-7, Kassi Lindeblad 18-20-4 ....
PAYNESVILLE -- New London-Spicer broke out of its winless slump, beating Paynesville 25-14, 26-24, 20-25, 25-15 in West Central North Conference volleyball action Thursday. Taylor Thompsen led NLS (1-4, 2-6) with 14 kills and 20 digs. Jenna Moritz served six aces. Kristin Lang recorded 12 kills for Paynesville (0-4, 0-4).
Prep Volleyball Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa def. Maple Lake 25-10, 22-25, 25-18, 26-28, 15-11 Minnewaska def. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 25-18, 24-26, 26-24, 25-21 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg def. Lakeview 25-23, 26-24, 24-26, 17-25, 15-13 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton def. MACCRAY 24-26, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17, 15-11 Yellow Medicine East def. Benson 25-21, 29-27, 25-23 New London-Spicer def. Paynesville 25-14, 26-24, 20-25, 25-15 Redwood Valley def. Luverne 25-17, 25-19, 25-23 Wabasso def. Buffalo Lake-Hector 21-25, 18-25, 25-21, 25-17, 15-5 Central Minnesota Christian def.
Prep Football CENTRAL LAKES Sauk Rapids at Willmar, 7 p.m. Alexandria at Sartell Brainerd at Rocori Fergus Falls at St. Cloud Apollo (Non-conference) Little Falls at Bemidji St. Cloud Tech at Moorhead WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Benson vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7 p.m. BOLD vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 7 p.m. Montevideo at Morris, 7 p.m. Paynesville at Lac qui Parle Valley, 7 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Albany at New London-Spicer, 7 p.m. Melrose at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. St.
WILLMAR -- Willmar was shut out for the fourth time in five Central Lakes Conference games, losing to Alexandria 4-0 in girls soccer Thursday. Alexandria held a 3-0 lead at halftime. "We played much better in the second half, but we couldn't get back into it," said Willmar coach Doug Rossum. Alexandria 4, Willmar 0 Alexandria (2-2-1, 4-2-1) 3 1 -- 4 Willmar (0-5, 1-6) 0 0 -- 0 Statistics not available
Non-Conference YME 6, MACCRAY 1 At 1-singles Katelyn Dubbelde of YME won in three sets over Ashley Trulock. Melissa Rasmussen, Tiffany Miller and Cheri Fjermestad also won in singles for the Sting. Molly Kvam-Meghan Bredeson won at 2-doubles and Megan Lecy-Meghan Jensen at 3-doubles. Singles (1) Katelyn Dubbelde, YME, def. Ashley Trulock 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 (2) Melissa Rasmusson, YME, def. Kailor Donner 6-1, 6-1 (3) Tiffany Miller, YME, def Caylee Hageneyer, MAC, 6-2, 6-4 (4) Cheri Fjermestad, YME, def.
ALEXANDRIA -- In just a half of soccer, Willmar earned a 1-1 tie with Alexandria Thursday in boys Central Lakes Conference action. The match only lasted one half. With about 15 minutes remaining in the first half, the lights at the Lincoln Elementary soccer complex went out. With still enough light, the teams were able to complete the first 40 minutes of action, but not able to begin the second half. According to Minnesota State High School League rules, a match lasting at least one full half counts as a complete match. Willmar was first on the scoreboard at the 12-minute mark.
WILLMAR -- Mary Morris in the butterfly and Ashley Alvarado in the 500 free had personal bests as the Willmar Cardinals went to 3-0 in the Central Lakes with a 104-82 win over Sauk Rapids. It was the first varsity win for Alvarado, an eighth-grader, and seventh-grader Shelby Stevens led a 1-2-3 sweep in the backstroke to clinch the win.