WILLMAR -- St. Cloud Tech commanded the ball all 80 minutes of action to crush the Willmar Cardinals 8-0 in girls soccer Tuesday. The Tigers used their superior foot skills to outshoot their hosts 22-4 in the Central Lakes Conference opener for both. Rookie goalie Chelsey Wierschem made 14 stops. Tech hounded the ball so completely that each of its eight goals was assisted. "They were fast and strong, and incredibly good passers" said Willmar senior Bethany Buer. "They'd pass to the corner, and then center it and we didn't mark up very good.
The Morris Tigers and Minnewaska Area Lakers will play the inaugural football game at the new Big Cat Stadium Friday night. Completion of the $2.5 million project came in less than four months and in time for both the high school and college opener. The stadium is built into a hill between the University of Minnesota-Morris and the high school. The Minnesota-Morris Cougars open their season on Saturday, hosting Lawrence (Wis.) University.
Registration is now open for YMCA Youth Football, which begins on Sept. 9 in Willmar. The six-week program is open to all students in grades K-4 and focuses on fun, fundamentals and character development. Call the YMCA at 320-222-9622 for more information.
There are five prep football games slated for Thursday involving area teams. Eleven more will be played on Friday and one on Saturday. Watch for our Pigskin Picks in Thursday's paper.
HECTOR -- After a slow start, MACCRAY utilized its height advantage to get past Buffalo Lake-Hector 25-23, 25-15, 29-27 in non-conference volleyball action Tuesday night. MACCRAY (2-0) trailed for most of the first game, then used a late surge with the help of several BLH unforced errors to capture the first game and set the momentum for the second. The Mustangs, playing their season opener, struggled with serve receive, which led to 19 service aces for MACCRAY. Brandy Woodring led the Wolverines with six ace serves and Kari Caspers added four.
BENSON -- A veteran Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg team outlasted Benson 25-19, 25-22, 25-23 in the season-opener for both teams Tuesday. Kelsey Jeseritz, one of five returning starters for the Fighting Saints, recorded 11 kills on 24-of-25 attacks.
Prep Volleyball Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg def. Benson 25-19, 25-22, 25-23 MACCRAY def. Buffalo Lake-Hector 25-23, 25-15, 29-27 Central Minnesota Christian def. McLeod West 25-8, 25-9, 25-8 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa def. Ortonville 26-24, 25-9, 25-11 Renville County West def. Lincoln HI 25-19, 25-15, 25-10 Montevideo def. Canby 25-18, 25-12, 25-21 Redwood Valley def. Lakeview 25-15, 25-14, 8-25, 25-13 Yellow Medicine East def.
Prep Tennis NON-CONFERENCE Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Melrose, 4 p.m. Girls Soccer NON-CONFERENCE Minneapolis Roosevelt at Minnewaska, 3 p.m.
SARTELL -- Senior Hannah Okins and sophomores Ariel Johnson and Ashley Johnson won their matches Tuesday for Willmar, but the Cardinals fell 5-2 to Sartell in their Central Lakes Conference opener. Having played only two previous matches since its season opener on Aug. 25, Willmar (0-1, 0-3) hasn't been able to find a groove.
ST. CLOUD -- The St. Cloud Tech Tigers took control in the second half and went on to shut out the Willmar Cardinals 3-0 Tuesday. "We played them even in the first half," said coach Richard Courtney. "Then we made a bad play on a ball where the sweeper and goalie didn't communicate and they went up two nothing. After that, we stopped working and quit passing. They outplayed us in the second half." It was the Central Lakes Conference opener for both teams. "We need to bounce back for Apollo," said Courtney, referring to Thursday's home game with the Eagles from St.