BENSON -- Sauk Centre's combination on offense proved to be too much for Benson as the Mainstreeters posted a 25-16 non-conference win in the season opener for both squads. Sauk Centre ran off 87 plays -- 51 on the ground and 36 through the air -- to amass 393 yards. The Mainstreeters had three players rush for more than 50 yards. Daniel Fragodt, who hauled in 11 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns, gave Benson a 16-12 lead with a 27-yard field goal in the third quarter, but Sauk Centre blanked the Braves the remainder of the game.
FERGUS FALLS -- The Willmar Cardinals served up 20 aces and mowed down Fergus Falls 26-24, 25-23 and 25-19 in the Central Lakes Conference opener for both teams Thursday. Senior hitter Heather Thoma was perfect on 18 serves with 10 going for aces.
The Ridgewater Lady Warriors will be hosting a two-day volleyball round-robin invitational today and Saturday at Ridgewater College in Willmar. Ridgewater plays Mesabi Range at 2 p.m., Bismarck at 3 p.m., Ellsworth, Iowa, at 4 p.m. and Des Moines Area Community College at 8 p.m. Other teams participating are: Hibbing, Riverland, Rochester, Vermilion, Western Wisconsin Tech, Fergus Falls, Anoka-Ramsey, Minnesota West and Bethel JV.
MURDOCK -- Mark Skoglund and Sam Kavanagh scored first quarter touchdowns, but the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg offense was silent the rest of the way allowing Parkers Prairie to overtake the Saints 13-12 in the lidlifter Thursday. Skoglund broke around his left end and dashed 39 yards to paydirt on the Saints' first possession. The defense held and Kevin Steinhaus hooked up with tight end Sam Kavanagh for a 14-yard TD strike. A 48-yard pass to Juston Dooley down the middle set it up. But the Panthers controlled the ball, especially the second half when KMS ran just eight plays.
GROVE CITY -- Brittany Smith notched eight kills and 11 ace blocks as Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City outlasted Lac qui Parle Valley 25-18, 13-25, 25-15, 15-25, 15-13 in a West Central South Conference match Thursday night. The win pitted two first-year coaches -- Nichole Bergmann of ACGC and Brooke Swier of LQPV. Sara Lund gave the Falcons points 13 and 14 in the final game and match point came on a LQPV unforced error. Kalina Blackwell had six ace serves for ACGC and Toni Litzau had 25 digs. Christine Bendel had five kills for the Eagles.
WILLMAR -- A young Willmar team battling injuries nearly earned a couple of points, but fell 7-0 to Buffalo in a non-conference tennis match on Thursday. Cardinals' 3-singles player Hannah Okins lost a pair of close sets, 7-5, 7-5; and Katie Switzer at 4-singles lost in three sets. Willmar was without 1-singles player Jenny Peterson and 1-doubles player Becca Jacobson, both injured. Willmar (0-4) is off until next Thursday, when it will travel to Brainerd Buffalo 7, Willmar 0 Singles (1) Dana Danbruggen, Buf, def. Haylee Thompson 6-0, 6-0 (2) Olivia Graham, Buf, def.
Non-Conference RCW 3, BL-Hector 0 Kelly Hannah served 10 aces and Megan Groen hammered down 15 kills in 19 attacks to power the Jaguars (2-0). Hannah misfired on only one serve in 25 attempts and also directed the RCW (2-0) offense by piling up 26 assists.
PRINSBURG -- Kresson Vreeman amassed 10 ace serves, seven kills, 11 assists, seven digs and two ace blocks to help Central Minnesota Christian post a 25-20, 25-20, 25-9 sweep of Yellow Medicine East Thursday in a non-conference match. Jennifer Blom led the unbeaten Bluejays (2-0) in kills with eight, while Tara Frikke had four ace blocks. YME's Kristina Kietzmann led all hitters with nine kills. CMCS 3, YME 0 YME (1-2)....................................20 20 9 CMCS (2-0).................................25 25 25 Yellow Medicine East Serving: Abbey Olson 13-13-1, Darcie Listul 2
ST. CLOUD -- Willmar went 1-2-3 in the backstroke to pull away from pesky St. Cloud Apollo and win their dual meet and Central Lakes Conference opener 104-81. Alissa Tinklenberg, Shelby Stevens and Sam Crow pulled in 13 points to stretch a five-point lead to 85-70 with two events to go. Mary Morris in the 100 butterfly was Willmar's only other individual first. Willmar 104, SC Apollo 81 200 MEDLEY RELAY - (1) Apollo 2:02.17 (2) Willmar: A.
APPLETON -- Aided by Nikki Swenson's win and three boys runners placing in the top six, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd won both team titles Thursday at its own invitational at the Appleton Golf Club. Jacob Henderson of Yellow Medicine East won the boys race, but Ryan Swenson, Travis Siegert and Ian Hansen placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively, to help Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd edge Renville County West for the team title. BOYS Team scoring (1) Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 42 (2) Renville County West 48 (3) Benson 69 (4) Morris 102 (5) Yellow Medicine East 112 (6) Ortonv