ST. PETER -- Madeline Gail of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd defeated Sara Kalenberg of Litchfield 6-2, 6-1 in the Section 3A individual singles tennis final Thursday. Both players will advance to the state individual tournament Oct. 28-29 at the Nicollet Courts in Minneapolis. In doubles, Paula Beckermann and Alyssa Wachter of New London-Spicer finished first. The Wildcat duo tipped the Redwood Valley tandem of Ana Johnson-Alissa Mattison 6-1, 6-2 in the final. Last fall, Beckermann, a senior, played singles and finished third in the section.
WILLMAR -- Willmar notched its 20th win for the second straight seasonand fourth time in the last five years Thursday night, sweeping St. Cloud Apollo 25-16, 25-8, 25-22 in a Central Lakes Conference match. Willmar, which won a program-best 27 matches last season, improved to 20-2 this season. Willmar senior middle hitter Mary Sussenguth had 15 kills from 26 errorless attacks for a robust .577 kill percentage. GretaKing followed with eight kills and a .438 kill percentage. Laura Nielsen notched seven kills.
Five youth football games are scheduled for Saturday at Hodapp Field. The finale of the fifth-sixth grade tackle league, known as "Super Saturday", is sponsored by Willmar Community Education and Recreation and the Willmar Youth Football Association. Teams and game times are as follows: Willmar Electric/Swenson Motors vs. Cash Wise/Perkins Lumber, 9 a.m. Bremer Bank/West Central Tribune vs. New London-Spicer White, 10:15a.m. New London-Spicer Gold vs. Morris Maroon, 11:30 p.m. Play it Again Sports vs. Morris Black, 1 p.m. New London-Spicer Black vs. MACCRAY, 2:15 p.m.
The Willmar Nordic Ski Club is hosting an information evening from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the YMCA in Willmar. The informal gathering is intended to present information on trails and equipment, including the new 5k trail at Eagle Creek Golf Club. Both the YMCA and club intend to have equipment to loan out this winter. For more information contact Jay Loeppke at 231-2764.
Willmar looks to end skid against Brainerd The Willmar Cardinals (3-3) will try to end a three-game losing streak today when they host the Brainerd Warriors (4-2) at 7 p.m. today at Hodapp Field.
MONTEVIDEO -- Yellow Medicine East's front line of Kristina Kietzmann and Audrey Formo combined for 24 kills to lead the Sting to 25-19, 25-13, 18-25, 25-11 win over Montevideo in West Central South action Thursday. Formo went 32 for 39 with 13 kills and Kietzmann added 11 kills on 22-of-24 attacks. Anne Jepson followed with nine kills. Formo also had five ace blocks, 14 digs and served four aces. Kayla Aus paced YME with 17 digs. Mallory McKay had 20 set assists. Brittany Schwendemann had nine kills for the Thunder Hawks (5-6, 3-11).
NEW LONDON -- Minnewaska needed to rally to overtake New London-Spicer 23-25, 18-25, 25-21, 25-22 and 15-10 and win a West Central North volleyball match Thursday. For the Wildcats, Jennifer Wendlandt served five aces and had 11 kills. Setter Brenna Thompson provided 18 sets assists and a team-high 13 kills.
BROOTEN -- Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa see-sawed its way to a 25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 24-26, 15-13 win over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in Central Minnesota Conference action Thursday. The Jaguars (6-1, 22-2) had an at least an eight-point cushion in winning their first two games, then edged HLWW in the shorter fifth game. Ashley Lensing led a trio of BBE hitters with 10-or-more kills, recording 17. April Hansen followed with 14 and Tiffany Gruber added 12. All three also at least 30 attacks each. Lensing also had six ace serves, 17 digs and two ace blocks.
MAYNARD -- Murray County Central's beat MACCRAY at its own game, scoring thewinning touchdown on a pass play with under five minutes remaining in the game, edging the Wolverines 31-26 in a Little Sioux Conference game Thursday night. MCC (5-2, 5-2) showed early it liked to control the clock, taking the opening kickoff and keeping the ball for the first 5:58 of the game.
BROOTEN -- Pierz took both ends of the Central Minnesota Conference Cross Country meet hosted by BBE on Thursday at Prairie View Golf Course. The BBE girls took six of seven teams with Nicole Sobiech in eighth place in 16:54 in the 4,000 run. Spencer Otteson was the lone Jaguars' runner in boys. He took 24th in 20:00 for 5,000 meters. Josh Schwecke of Rockford was boys medalist in 16:59. Abby Thomas of Maple Lake won girls in 15:46. BOYS Team scoring (1) Pierz 32 (2) Rockford 58 (3) Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted 80 (4) St.