New London-Spicer will be honoring the 1976 football team and late athetic director and coach Curt Pederson prior to the 7 p.m. Homecoming game today against Sauk Centre. Pederson died unexpectedly during New London-Spicer's homecoming game on Sept. 24, 1976.
The Willmar Cardinals will look to end a two-game losing streak tonight when they host the Fergus Falls Otters. Willmar (2-2) is coming off a 17-13 loss to Alexandria, while Fergus Falls (0-4) lost to Moorhead 24-7 last Friday night.
The Litchfield Dragons are the top seed in the upcoming Section 3A tennis tournament which begins on Monday. n No. 9 Luverne plays at No. 8 Pipestone and No. 10 MACCRAY is at No. 7 Montevideo on Monday. n In the quarterfinals on Thursday, Litchfield hosts the Luverne/Pipestone winner and No. 2 Benson hosts the MACCRAY/Montevideo winner. No. 5 Yellow Medicine East plays at No. 4 Redwood Valley and No. 6 New London-Spicer is at No. 3 Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd. n The semifinals and final are Oct. 10 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
Justin Laughlin of Ridgewater College has been named MCCC South Division Offensive Player of the Week. On a rainy day, the 5-11, 200-pound freshman running back from Kerkhoven rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns in 30 carries without a fumble as the Warriors topped Rainy River 28-16.
ST. CLOUD -- Willmar suffered through another five-game Central Lakes Conference volleyball match, losing to St. Cloud Tech 15-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 15-13 Thursday. The Tigers (2-6, 3-13) picked up their second conference win of the season, while the Cardinals (4-4, 5-9) stayed in the middle of the pack in the league. Holding a 2-1 lead, St. Cloud Tech came back to win the last two games by a total of six points. "The girls played to the level of their competition and we just need to be mentally tougher come the fifth set.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals were all smiles after gaining their first win, a 6-1 victory over visiting Little Falls Thursday in Central Lakes Conferene tennis at the high school courts. Five Cardinals enjoyed their first win. "It was fun," said Willmar coach Erika Kath. "The girls were really excited. You could tell the way they came off the court with big smiles. You wish it could have happened earlier so they could have gotten a taste of how it feels." Jenny Peterson at 1-singles, Haylee Thompson at 2-singles and Sarah Paterson at 4-singles each posted breakthrough wins.
PRINSBURG -- MACCRAY flexed its muscle Thursday night, sweeping Central Minnesota Christian 25-22, 25-16, 25-23 in a key Camden North Conference match. The Wolverines (4-0, 8-2) stayed in first place alone and dropped CMCS (2-2, 8-5) into fourth place. Kari Caspers unleashed 15 kills for MACCRAY, while Ashley Beseman added nine kills and four ace blocks, Danielle Goeman had 18 digs and Danielle Loomis notched 25 assists. For CMCS, Kresson Vreeman had 19 kills, 15 assists and 11 digs.
MORRIS -- After losing the opening game by a lopsided score, Benson surged back and defeated Morris 9-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 in a West Central South Conference match Thursday night. Courtney Frank led the Benson charge with 16 kills from a 31-of-33 attack slate.
Prep Volleyball Litchfield def. Orono 25-21, 25-8, 25-15 Eden Valley-Watkins def. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 12-25, 22-25, 25-23, 27-25, 18-16 Lac qui Parle Valley def. BOLD 25-17, 23-25, 25-11, 24-26, 15-12 Benson def. Morris 9-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 MACCRAY def. Central Minnesota Christian 25-22, 25-16, 25-23 Buffalo Lake-Hector def. McLeod West 25-14, 25-17, 25-15 Montevideo def. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 25-18, 25-10, 25-16 Renville County West def. Lakeview 18-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-20 Jackson County Central def. Redwood Valley 25-16, 25-16, 28-30, 25-23 St. Cloud Tech def.
Prep Football CENTRAL LAKES Fergus Falls at Willmar, 7 p.m. St. Cloud Apollo at Brainerd Little Falls at St. Cloud Tech Sartell at Rocori (Non-conference) Moorhead at Alexandria Sauk Rapids at Bemidji WEST CENTRAL SOUTH BOLD vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7 p.m. Benson vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 7 p.m. Montevideo at Lac qui Parle Valley, 7 p.m. Paynesville at Morris, 7 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH St.