SATURDAY Volleyball NON-CONFERENCE Pierz at Willmar, 7:15 p.m. Tennis NON-CONFERENCE Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd Invite (Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Marshall, Milbank, S.D. (9 a.m. Montevideo Invite (Benson, MACCRAY, Pipestone), 9 a.m. New Prague Invite (New London-Spicer), 9 a.m. Swimming and Diving NON-CONFERENCE Willmar Invite (Bemidji, Melrose, Minnewaska/Morris, Montevideo, Sauk Centre, St. Cloud Tech), 10 a.m. diving, 1 p.m. swimming Girls Soccer NON-CONFERENCE Willmar at Mankato East, 1 p.m. Crookston vs.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals' inexperience showed in their season debut Thursday, first losing to the Hutchinson Tigers 7-0 and then the New London-Spicer Wildcats 6-1. Hutchinson started the afternoon triangular tipping NLS 5-2 in windy conditions under threatening skies. The Cardinals were the last of the three teams to open the season. With six rookies marking their varsity debut, the results were not unexpected. "Things went a lot better in the second match," said coach Erika Kath.
CLARA CITY -- After dropping the first game, MACCRAY roared back and took the next three to top Yellow Medicine East 21-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21 in a non-conference volleyball match Thursday. It was the opener for both teams. Kari Caspers led MACCRAY with 14 kills in 31 attacks. She had a .323 kill percentage in the match. Ashley Beseman followed with nine kills and Danielle Loomis had six kills and 27 set assists.
New London native Aaron Barber shot a six-over-par 78 in the first round of the Nationwide Tour's Pete Dye Classic at Bridgeport, W. Va., Thursday. He is 15 shots behind the leader.
WILLMAR -- An early goal from Marshall held up as the Tigers blanked Willmar 1-0 to spoil the Cardinals season and home opener. Charlie Hulsizer received a pass from midfield during the 10th minute of the match and booted the ball into the upper right-hand corner of the net from nearly 20 yards out to provide what proved to be the only goal. Junior Ethan Vogel kept Willmar in the match by coming up with 16 saves in his first career start. "In the last 12 minutes we had six really good chances to score," said Willmar coach Richard Courtney.
GLENWOOD -- Willmar started the girls soccer season with a 3-0 loss to Minnewaska Thursday. Willmar coach Doug Rossum said there will be a lot of adjusting to do. "The team is still unfamiliar with each other. That will come in time. But I think we'll be all right," he said. Minnewaska scored a first-half goal on a breakaway and added two more on penalty kicks. Minnewaska 3, Willmar 0 Minnewaska (1-0).......................1 2 -- 3 Willmar (0-1)...............................0 0 -- 0 No statistics available
Results Thursday Osakis Invite MACCRAY 7, SJ Prep 0 MACCRAY (1-5) picked up its first win of the season as everyone but Ashley Trulock at 1-singles won by the same score. The Wolverines were in the middle of a match against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Swanville before rain, hail and lightning shortened the tournament. Singles (1) Ashley Trulock, MAC, def. Mary Stang 10-1 (2) Becky Meyer, MAC, def. Anna Mullin 10-3 (3) Annie Winter, MAC, def. Sophie Heymans 10-3 (4) Caylee Hagemeyer, MAC, def. Hannah Miller 10-3 Doubles (1) Kailee Donner-Bailey Aalfs, MAC, def.
College Volleyball Ridgewater at College of DuPage (Ill.) Invite, 4:45 p.m. Volleyball NON-CONFERENCE Albany Invite (New London-Spicer), 10 a.m. Redwood Valley at Springfield, 7:30 p.m. Boys Soccer NON-CONFERENCE Worthington vs. Central Minnsota Christian at Prinsburg, 4:30 p.m. Delano Invite (Minnewaska), 7 p.m., day 1 of 2 Tennis NON-CONFERENCE Alexandria Quadrangular (Minnewaska), 10 a.m. Morris Triangular (Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Yellow Medicine East), 9 a.m.
Prep Volleyball MACCRAY def. YME 21-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21 Girls Tennis Willmar Triangular Hutchinson 5, New London-Spicer 2 Hutchinson 7, Willmar 0 NL-Spicer 6, Willmar 1 Osakis Invite MACCRAY 7, SJ Prep 0 Minnewaska Invite Parkers Prairie 7, BBE 0 Montevideo 4, BBE 3 Minnewaska 7, BBE 0 GSL Invite GSL 4, New Prague 3 New Prague 5, Belle Plaine 2 New Prague 4, LQPV/D-B 3 GSL 4, LQPV-DB 3 LQPV-DB 5, Belle Plaine 2 GSL 6, Belle Plaine 1 Boys Soccer Marshall 1, Willmar 0 Girls Soccer Minnewaska 3, Willmar 0
Three Willmar Cardinal teams open the 2006 season today. The boys soccer team hosts Marshall at 6 p.m. at Kennedy Elementary Field. The girls tennis team hosts a triangular with New London-Spicer and Hutchinson beginning at 1 p.m. The girls soccer team opens on the road, traveling to Glenwood to take on Minnewaska Area at 5 p.m. All three events are non-conference.