SPICER -- Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd pulled off a clean sweep, winning both boys and girls titles at the Little Crow cross country Invitational Thursday. The LQPV/DB boys won the team title with 78 points, followed by Renville County West at 96 and Redwood Valley third with 111. Justin Peters of Redwood Valley won the individual title in 16:59, his third win of the year. Teammate Anthony Bongard was second in 17:17. Casey Lippert in fourth led Renville County West. Nikki and Kelly Swenson led the LQPV/DB girls by placing first and third, respectively.
Justin Kubesh, a South Dakota State junior linebacker from Olivia, was named the Great West Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week recently. Kubesh had 13 tackles in SDSU's 36-7 loss to No. 6 Montana last Saturday in Missoula, Mont. He has seven solo and 13 assisted tackles in two games this season. The Jackrabbits play at Northern Iowa on Saturday.
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.