DANUBE -- Eric Schultz completed 9-of-16 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns to help Buffalo Lake-Hector defeat Renville County West 33-12 in the Southern Minnesota Conference Friday. It was the first win for the Mustangs (1-3, 1-3), who also beat RCW (0-4, 0-4) last year for their only win. The Mustangs shredded the RCW defense through the air in the first quarter after Mike Wold had opened the scoring on a 40-yard run.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo scored the game's first touchdown, but Yellow Medicine East controlled the rest of the game en route to a 34-7 win in West Central South Conference action Friday. The Thunder Hawks scored on Tyler Blomme's 10-yard run for a 7-0 lead, but the Sting (3-0, 3-1) held a 14-7 halftime lead and put up 20 points in the third quarter. Five players scored touchdowns for YME. The first two scores were on throws from Shawn Neu to Dylan Hempel and Kenton Johnson.
COLD SPRING -- After an inspirational win two days earlier against Central Lakes Conference nemesis Alexandria, Willmar was swept on the road Thursday night by Rocori. The Spartans' 25-19, 25-17, 25-19 win dropped Willmar two matches behind front-running Sauk Rapids in the CLC race. Junior middle hitter Greta King led both teams in kills with 10 from a 26-for-26 hitting slate. Emily Nelsen had seven kills and Annalise Bratt and Heather Thoma had five apiece. Megan Brown had 15 digs and Megan Junkermeier had 13.
New London-Spicer will be honoring Homecoming 1976, the football team and late athetic director and coach Curt Pederson at the Sept. 29 Homecoming game against Sauk Centre in New London. Team members of the 1976 team, as well as the Pederson family, are invited to gather at the north end of the field 20 minutes prior to the start of the 7 p.m. game. There will be a short program approximately five minutes prior to the game. Pederson died unexpectedly during the homecoming game on Sept. 24, 1976.
Willmar Community Education and Recreation is taking registstration for teams interested in playing in the Winter Volleyball League. Teams can get more information or sign up online at www.willmarcer.com . Co-Rec League: Mondays beginning Oct. 26. Registration deadline Oct. 16. Entry fee is $210 per team. Women's League: Thursdays beginning Oct. 26. Registration deadline Oct. 18. Entry fee is $210 per team. Men's League: Tuesday beginning Nov. 28. Registration deadline is Nov. 20. Entry fee is $180 per team. Open Class: Tuesdays beginning Nov. 7. Registration deadline is Oct. 30.
The Willmar Cardinals take a 2-1 record on the road today to take on the Alexandria Cardinals (2-1) in a Central Lakes Conference game beginning at 7 p.m. Willmar lost to Alexandria 28-12 last season at home. The last time Willmar beat Alexandria was exactly six years ago on Sept. 22, 2000, a 14-7 victory in Alexandria. Willmar has outscored its three opponents 71-61, while Alexandria has been outscored 91-73.
BENSON -- Montevideo stayed one game ahead in the loss column with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-17 win over Benson in West Central South Conference volleyball action Thursday. Taylor Skoglund smacked 11 kills and had three ace serves to lead the Thunder Hawks (5-1, 15-2). Kara Nelson had 10 digs. Courtney Frank had seven kills to pace the Braves (2-4, 7-6).
PAYNESVILLE -- Minnewaska worked for every game win, having to go past the 25- or 15-point mark to beat Paynesville 26-24, 17-25, 26-24, 21-25, 17-15 in West Central North Conference volleyball action Thursday. The Lakers (2-6, 2-7) started off strong in the first game, but almost gave it way as Paynesville (0-6, 0-10) surged back from an eight-point deficit. A Laura Tvrdik kill, one of her team-high 14, turned the tables for the Lakers to win the first game. Shannon Bosek recorded 12 kills and a game-high nine ace blocks for the Lakers.
CLARA CITY -- Kari Caspers hammered down 13 kills Thursday to help MACCRAY snap a two-match losing streak by sweeping Dawson-Boyd 25-21, 25-18, 25-17 in a Camden North Conference match. Caspers, a senior middle hitter, made only three errors in 22 attacks as the Wolverines (6-2) moved to 2-0 in the conference.
Non-Conference Lakeview 3, CMCS 1 Jenny Blom led the Bluejays (1-1, 6-4) with 11 kills on 44-of-48 attacks and four ace blocks. Kresson Vreeman had 26 assists and Moriah Gulbranson had 17 digs. CMCS (1-1, 6-4)...............25 11 23 23 Lakeview (2-1, 10-5).........18 25 25 25 (Key: good-attempts-aces) Central Minnesota Christian Serving: Kresson 12-14-1, Abby Tebben 11-12-0, Tara Frikke 5-9-2, Jenny Blom 14-14-1, Moriah Gulbranson 13-14-2, Kari Mulder 2-2-0, Lacey Tebben 10-10-1, Rachelle Marcus 3-4-0 .... Setting: Vreeman 117-118-26 .... Hitting: Vreeman 17-20-4, A.