Prep Volleyball NON-CONFERENCE Sartell Invite (Morris, Paynesville), 9 a.m. Underwood Invite (Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg), 9:30 a.m.
OSAKIS -- Heidi Lensing led three Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa players with double-digit kills in a 25-10, 29-30, 25-16, 25-10 non-conference volleyball victory Wednesday. Lensing recorded 15 kills in 23-of-25 attacks. Ashley Lensing added 12 kills and April Hansen had 11.
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater capped a dominating regular season that saw the Lady Warriors go unbeaten in the MCCC Southern Division by posting a 30-15, 30-20, 30-24 sweep over Minnesota West Wednesday. The Lady Warriors went 10-0 in the division -- sweeping eight matches -- and will take a 25-3 overall record into next weekend's MCCC State Tournament which will be hosted by Ridgewater. "The expections (of possible going unbeaten in the division) were there for the returning kids," said Ridgewater coach Joe Sussenguth.
MURDOCK -- Junior fullback Mark Skoglund shredded the Pillager defense for 220 yards and five touchdowns in just the first two quarters as Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg ripped Pillager 54-16 on Wednesday. KMS shared the conference title with Browerville, which loss to United North. Skoglund, a 200-pound junior, tallied on runs of 22, 30, 38, 11 and 6 yards.
SAUK RAPIDS -- The Willmar boys won their third straight Central Lakes boys championship in cross-country with a perfect score of 15 and the Willmar girls placed second to Brainerd on Tuesday. Abdi Awale led the pack of Cardinals to the line with a winning time of 16:06. It was the second straight CLC individual title for Awale, who was third in 2004 and fourth as a freshman.
Willmar senior Jenny Peterson was eliminated from the Section 8AA individual tennis tournament Tuesday in Grand Forks. Peterson, the No. 4 seed from the South, fell 6-1, 6-2 to the top seed from the North, Lexi Moon of Fergus Falls.
Because of MEA, the high school football regular season comes to a close tonight for 19 of the 20 area school districts. MACCARY was the lone team playing on Tuesday. There will be no games played on Thursday or Friday nights. Playoffs begin next week.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo capped its West Central South Conference schedule with a 25-13, 25-12, 25-11 win over Benson Tuesday. The Thunder Hawks finished 11-1 in the league and are 21-2 overall. Taylor Skoglund's nine kills paced a balanced Montevideo attack. Karie Blommel followed with seven kills and Kat Schwachtgen added six. Calie Roggatz recorded 16 assists and Kara Nelson had 12 digs. Anne Bausman and Keri Mikkelson had four kills each for the Braves (5-7, 15-12).
GLENWOOD -- Laura Tvrdik piled up 13 kills and eight ace blocks Tuesday to help Minnewaska post a 25-27, 25-21, 25-19, 25-10 win over Paynesville in the West Central North Conference finales for both squads. Tvrdik was one of six players that were credited with accumulating a total of 24 ace blocks for the Lakers.
PRINSBURG -- Central Minnesota Christian forced a three-way tie for the Camden North Conference volleyball title Tuesday, handing Renville County West a 25-23, 25-19, 24-26, 25-12 loss. It means the Jaguars, MACCRAY and Lakeview will share the league title with 7-3 records. The Bluejays finish fourth at 6-4. CMCS' Kresson Vreeman pulled double duty, leading the team in kills with 20 and assists with 29. Cassie Ulferts recorded 22 assists and nine kills. Jenny Blom and Kari Mulder also had nine kills each. Megan Groen smacked 22 kills in 33-of-34 attacks to pace the Jaguars.