MONTEVIDEO -- Rivalries have always had a way of raising the level of play between two teams. The University of Minnesota football team battles with the University of Wisconsin every year not only for a Big Ten Conference win, but also the "Paul Bunyan's Ax" traveling trophy. Even in this area, the now-defunct Two Twelve Conference had its "Gold Brick" trophy. But what you might not realize is there are more to some of the head-to-head battles every year on the high school gridiron. Montevideo plays for three traveling trophies every season now.
Prep Valleyball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at St. Cloud Apollo, 7 p.m. Fergus Falls at Alexandria Brainerd at Sauk Rapids Sartell at Rocori Little Falls at St. Cloud Tech WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 7:30 p.m. Benson at Lac qui Parle Valley, 7:30 p.m. BOLD at Morris, 7:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH New London-Spicer at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. St. Cloud Cathedral at Albany, 7:30 p.m. Sauk Centre at Melrose, 7:30 p.m. CENTRAL MINNESOTA Holdingford vs.
College Volleyball Ridgewater def. Anoka-Ramsey 30-25, 30-22, 30-21
ST. PETER -- Benson earned its first trip to the state girls' tennis tournament Thursday, upsetting Litchfield 4-3 at Gustavus Adolphus College. Benson (18-2) advanced to the championship with a 5-2 victory over New London-Spicer in the semifinals. "The girls are really excited," said Benson coach Don Brehmer. "They really played well and wanted to win this pretty bad." The match was tied 3-3 with Benson's Jill Hagestuen, MacKenzie Weber and Abby Fragodt all winning at singles. The pressure was put on Lauren Alsaker and Chelsey Goff at 3-doubles.
WORTHINGTON -- For the first time in program's short history, the Willmar boys soccer team pulled off an upset in the playoffs, topping Worthington 2-1 in the first round of the Section 2A tournament on Tuesday. Sergio Flores scored twice in the first half and Ethan Vogel made 16 saves as the No. 10 Cardinals advanced to Thursday's quarterfinals against No. 2 Mankato West. "This is a really big win for our program," said an elated Willmar coach Richard Courtney.
Willmar running back Cory Hanson's two-touchdown performance in a 31-27 win at St. Cloud Tech last Friday earned him the Central Lakes Conference's Performer of the Week award in football. Hanson rushed for 184 yards in 28 carries, one of which was the game's winning touchdown on a 21-yard dash with 1:55 left in the game.
A two-hour or 200-lap Enduro Race featuring 4-cylinder cars only is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday in Willmar. The entry fee is $100 with a $2,000 first-prize based on 75 entries. Grandstand admission is $5. Entry forms available at 941theloon.com or phone 320-905-3404.
The Diamond Edge Figure Skating Club and the Learn To Skate Program will be holding an open house from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Willmar Civic Center. There will be skating exhibitions, then an open skating period. Admission is free and rental skates will be available.
BRAINERD -- Willmar snapped a four-match losing streak in the Central Lakes Conference by sweeping Brainerd 25-13, 25-21, 25-16 Tuesday. The win nearly mirrored the Cardinals' first victory this year against Brainerd. Willmar (5-5, 8-12) gave up only one more point and had two less ace serves on Tuesday compared to its 25-11, 25-16, 25-22 sweep on Sept.
MONTEVIDEO -- The Montevideo Thunder Hawks extended their winning streak to 16 matches on Tuesday thumping Lac qui Parle Valley 25-21, 12-25, 25-19 and 25-18. The victory secured at the least a share of the West Central Conference South championship. Yellow Medicine East also won Tuesday to remain two matches back. Karie Blommel was the attack leader for Montevideo with 10 kills. "Karie showed great leadership," said Naumann. "Kara Nelson played a steady game. She got to loose balls, passed well and covered.