BARRETT -- Scoring under 30 points for the first time in eight games, MACCRAY picked a good time to post a shutout, upending top-seeded West Central Area 25-0 in the Section 6AA semifinals on Saturday. The Wolverines, who lead the area in scoring at over 40 points-per-game, have come alive defensively as well, limiting their last three opponents to 12 total points. "Out defense played very well," said MACCRAY coach Mike Dammann. "(Defensive coordinator) Rick Meyer had a good plan of attack." Not that the Wolverines played poor on offense.
HOWARD LAKE -- Playing a nearly mistake-free football game, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City plowed through Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 17-7 on Saturday night to gain the Section 5AA title game. The Falcons ran 60 plays without a turnover and had only four penalties. They outgained the Lakers 206-171 in total yards. A 7½-minute drive in the game's last 11 minutes led to a 24-yard Kyle Johnson field goal to ice the win. "That was a key," said coach Terry Karlsgodt of the 70-yard march to the HLWW seven. The Falcons will meet Eden Valley-Watkins, defending section and state champion at St.
WILLMAR -- Central Lakes won its fourth straight MCCC volleyball title on Sunday winning a hard-fought match with Ridgewater. The Raiders (30-3) prevailed in the final match of the three-day, eight-team state community college tournament 25-30, 30-27, 33-31 and 30-22. Ridgewater coach Joe Sussenguth said he couldn't be disappointed given the caliber of his team's play against the No. 1-rated team in NJCAA Division III. "I've never seen teams battle so hard," he said. "The games were physical and extremely well played.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sam Boushek and Alissa Mattison of Redwood Valley took second place in doubles at the state Class A girls tennis tournament Saturday. Benson duo Abby Fragodt and Mackenzie Weber took fourth in the tournament held at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center. Boushek and Mattison, both seniors, won their semifinal match against Betsy Wehseler and Farrah Steinke of Crosby-Ironton, 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5.
ALEXANDRIA -- The Willmar Cardinals won three events and placed fifth in the Central Lakes Conference swimming and diving meet for a second straight year. Freshman Alissa Tinklenberg won both the 200 freestyle (2:01.58) and the 500 freestyle (5:31.45), after placing second in both races in 2005.
COLLEGEVILLE -- Melrose captured the West Central Conference swimming and diving meet championship Saturday at St. John's University. Montevideo, which placed fourth, won the opening 200-medley relay with Ali Rongstad, Casey Schulte, Ashley Briones and Madi Eid in 1:59.65 Final standings: (1) Melrose 457 (2) Sauk Centre 434.5 (3) St.
No events scheduled
Events/competitions Middle Fork Crow Watershed District Open House -- The Middle Fork Crow Watershed District will hold an Open House Thursday, Nov. 16, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Bell Tower Plaza in Spicer. The Open House will feature a public viewing of the 10-year Comprehensive Plan and the public will be able to make comments. The regular Board of Managers meeting will held after the Open House. Weekly/monthly, etc. Blomkest Sportsmen's Club Pancake Supper -- 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Blomkest Community Center.
Sunday morning, Amanda left home before dawn to bow hunt the buck we have seen on occasion on the south place. My son and grandsons were having a guy's day of sleeping in, eating a big breakfast and doing guy things while mommy went after the winter supply of meat. I planned to be in the timber, not too far from where she planned to be, but the bed was warm and there is more than a week before the rut gets into full swing. I could get an extra hour or two of sleep and still go out in the afternoon. I was wondering if Amanda had stuck with her plan to go out early when the phone rang.
WILLMAR -- After Day 1 of 3 of the MCCC volleyball tournament, it would appear that Central Lakes College and host Ridgewater College are on a collision course. The Raiders posted a 6-0 game record on Friday at the college while the Lady Warriors went 5-1. Those two have accounted for the past six championships -- four by Central Lakes, including the last three, and Ridgewater in both 2001 and 2002. Joe Sussenguth, the first-year Ridgewater coach, points to Central Lakes as the favorite. "They've been rated No.