Nominations are being accepted at the YMCA office in Willmar until Oct. 20 for the eighth annual Community Fitness Recognition Awards. Categories include Youth, Outdoor Adventure, Biking, Older Adult, Running, Skiing, Walking and Courage. The awards program, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the junior high cafeteria, is held in conjunction with the Nordic Ski Club's Spaghetti Dinner from 5-7 p.m. and the Glacial Lakes Grand Prix running series awards.
New London-Spicer can clinch its first West Central North Confernce football title ever with a win against Staples-Motley tonight in Staples. The Wildcats, who weren't regarded as one of the conference favorites when the season began, are 5-0 in the loop and 5-1 overall. A win would give the Wildcats a two-game lead over Staples-Motley (4-1, 4-2) with one game remaining.
ST. CLOUD -- For the second time in as many meetings this season, Willmar outlasted St. Cloud Apollo in five games, winning the Central Lakes Conference battle 23-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-12, 15-8 Thursday night. The victory was also the 300th of Willmar coach Mary Hanson's career in her 18th season as coach. She is the 30th coach in state history to achieve the mark, according to the Minnesota State Volleyball Coaches Association website.
GRANITE FALLS -- Montevideo won its 16th straight match and clinched the West Central South Conference title Thursday with a 25-21, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19 win over Yellow Medicine East. Montevideo has won the South title four of the last six years.
ST. PETER -- Two days after Benson qualified for the state tournament as a team, three members of the squad will also playing in the individual state tournament. Junior Mackenzie Weber and freshman Abby Fragodt paired to win the doubles title, while senior Jill Hagestuen fell to No. 1 seed and unbeaten Madeline Gail of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd in the singles final Thursday at the Section 3A tournament at Gustavus Adolphus College. The Class A individual tournament starts Oct. 27 -- 8 a.m. for singles and 10 a.m.
GLENWOOD -- New London-Spicer recorded 15 ace blocks and dominated the net in a 25-22, 16-25, 25-21, 25-20 win over Minnewaska Thursday in West Central North Conference volleyball. It was the second straight win for the Wildcats (4-9, 5-16). Brianna Jacobson had a team-high seven ace blocks to lead the Wildcats (4-9, 5-16). Jenna Moritz added three ace blocks, nine kills and 22 digs.
GROVE CITY -- Kasey Peterson's 17 kills and two ace blocks led Buffalo Lake-Hector to a non-conference volleyball win over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Thursday. Peterson, who was 31-for-34 in attacks, also served two aces. Tiffany Larson added 11 kills and two ace serves. Sam Broderius had 44 assists. Brittany Smith connected for nine kills to lead the Falcons (2-23).
Prep Football Dawson-Boyd 28, Fulda 0 MACCRAY 42, Murray County Central 28 Prep Volleyball Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa def. Holdingford 25-17, 25-17, 25-17 Hancock def. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 25-10, 25-17, 25-8 Morris def. BOLD 19-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-18 New London-Spicer def. Minnewaska 25-22, 16-25, 25-21, 25-20 Worthington def. Redwood Valley 26-24, 25-23, 26-24 Buffalo Lake-Hector def. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 25-19, 19-25, 25-17, 25-6 Litchfield def. Delano 26-24, 25-17, 22-25, 23-25, 15-13 Benson def.
Prep Football CENTRAL LAKES Rocori at Willmar, 7 p.m. Alexandria at Brainerd Little Falls at Fergus Falls St. Cloud Tech at St. Cloud Apollo Sauk Rapids at Sartell WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 7 p.m. Benson vs. BOLD at Olivia, 7 p.m. Morris at Lac qui Parle Valley, 7 p.m. Paynesville at Montevideo, 7 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Minnewaska at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, 7:30 p.m. New London-Spicer at Staples-Motley, 7:30 p.m. Melrose at St.
COLD SPRING -- The Willmar Cardinal swimmer paddled past Rocori 104-73 on Thursday for their sixth victory in Central Lakes Conference dual meets. Willmar (6-2, 6-3) has one dual left at Fergus Falls on Tuesday. Willmar scrambled its line-up against the Spartans, who are without a win this season. The opening event was notable for an all-sister quartet of Emily and Ashley Zondervan and Sarah and Alissa Tinklenberg.