GRANITE FALLS -- Benson ran the gamut in singles with four wins, which was enough to hold off Yellow Medicine East 4-3 in non-conference tennis Thursday. Jill Hagestuen, Mackenzie Weber, Abby Fragodt and Kaytlyn Haugen won singles points for the Braves (11-1). The Sting (7-3) had to fight to earn each doubles point. Haley Bennett-Rachel Crowley won their first set at 1-doubles by tiebreaker, 2-doubles team Cheri Fjermestad-Molly Kvam won 6-4, 6-3 and 3-doubles duo Meghan Jenson-Megan Lecy won both of their sets by tiebreaker. Benson 4, YME 3 Singles (1) Jill Hagestuen, Ben, def.
BRAINERD -- Brainerd overpowered Willmar, winning all six of their matces in straight sets to upend the Cardinals 6-1 in a Central Lakes Conference tennis meet on Thursday. Hannah Okins continued to play well this season, earning the lone point for Willmar at 3-singles. "We're still moving people around because of some injuries and we're not quite adjusted yet," said Willmar coach Erika Kath. "We'll get there, though." Willmar hosts St. Cloud Tech on Monday. Brainerd 6, Willmar 1 Singles (1) Kayla Huether, Brd, def. Haylee Thompson 6-2, 6-1 (2) Emily Nelson, Brd.
Last Year -- Willmar 34, Little Falls 31, OT What's at stake? A must win for Willmar. Why? It's a home game; a team they always play close and the Cardinals can preserve an opportunity to equal last year's 3-0 start when Sauk Rapids comes to Hodapp the following Friday. Around the Central Lakes At Little Falls, it was 7-7 after three quarters, but the visiting Sartell Sabres scored three touchdowns for a 28-7 win. Dusty Parker ran for 50 yards and quarterback Andrew Lange threw for 113 yards on 8-of-21 passing in the Flyers' loss ...
AUSTIN -- Jackie Noyes put down 11 kills and added three ace blocks as the Ridgewater College Lady Warriors swept Riverland College 30-23, 30-14 and 30-23 in the Southern Division volleyball opener on Wednesday evening. Noyes, a 6-1 freshman out of Minneota, also went 18-for-19 at the serving line with one ace. Sophomore Ashley Olson served up five aces and supplied nine kills.
The regular stock car racing season is over at the KRA Speedway at the county fairgrounds in Willmar, but the association will hold a Special Race Night on Saturday. The pits open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand at 5:30 p.m. and the start of the race at 6:30 p.m.
Willmar Cardinal Justin Schwieger has been named Performer of the Week in Central Lakes Conference football. The senior inside linebacker made 12 solo tackles, plus two assists and blocked an extra point during a 30-26 victory at St. Cloud Apollo.
The 5K Run/Walk Around Raymond starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the MACCRAY East Elementary School. The run is the final event in the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series. The fee is $15, or $10 for 14-and-under. There will also be a one-mile race at 9 a.m. Registration for both races opens at 7 a.m. For more information, call Tom at 320-967-4445.
Howie Schultz, a former Willmar Rails star now living in Stillwater, Butch Richter of Granite Falls and Roy Berens of Benson will all be honored as part of Town Ball Day before the Minnesota Twins game against the Detroit Tigers on Sept.
Lee Rients of Willmar captured his second straight national racquetball title at the national tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. The former Willmar school teacher won seven of eight matches to win the 65-70 age division.
The Willmar Aquatic Racing Stingrays swimming club will be holding a 'Try us out for Free" night at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the high school pool. All ages are welcome. Youth/child participants should be able to swim the length of the pool and must be accompanied by an adult. There will also be registration night for fall swim season. Contact Leslie at 320-231-1430 or Julie at 320-231-2119 for more information.