Leah Ashburn, the area's all-time kill leader, has verbally committed to play volleyball for the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs in Marshall. Ashburn, a 5-9 senior for the Buffalo Lake-Hector Mustangs, is one of only two players from the area to ever record over 500 kills in a season. She recently broke the area kill record formerly held by Amber Howard of MACCRAY. SMSU, coached by Terry Culhane, is ranked No. 24 in Division II.
LITCHFIELD - Josh Rose set new Litchfield single-season records for rushing touchdowns and also for scoring as Litchfield routed Delano 33-14 to win the Wright County Conference title outright Wednesday night. Rose scored twice on runs of one and two yards, finishing with 65 yards in 22 carries. He now has 18 rushing touchdowns and 128 points. Litchfield unleashed a long passing attack in the third quarter, with quarterback Kent Johnson connecting with Daren Sangren on two long strikes. The first, a 53-yarder, set up a Johnson's one-yard sneak to cut Delano's lead to 14-12.
ST. CLOUD -- Willmar senior Andrea Brown won three matches Wednesday to win the Section 8AA singles championship at Gold's Gym indoor courts. Brown defeated Aaryn Anderson of St. Cloud Tech 6-4, 6-4 in the final. Brown had lost to Anderson, the Tigers' No. 1, twice already -- during dual-meet competition and just last Friday in the sub-section tournament by a 6-1, 7-5 score. "Andrea played so smart and so well, it was just a lot of fun to watch," said Willmar head coach Erika Kath.
GROVE CITY -- Yellow Medicine East scored 35 unanswered points in the second half, erasing a 14-0 deficit to beat Atwater-Cosmos Grove City 35-14 and earn a share of the West Central South Conference title Wednesday. The Sting (5-1, 6-2) utilized big plays in their comeback, scoring four touchdowns on plays of more than 30 yards. YME began its comeback in the third quarter when Luke Berg found Ryan Fromm for a 68-yard touchdown pass. Then Dylan Hempel recovered an ACGC fumble on the run and took it 46 yards to tie the game From there on, the Sting, which didn't have much success running th
NEW LONDON - New London-Spicer's defense held Sauk Centre to 73 yards of total offense en route to a 49-0 pasting of Sauk Centre in West Central North Conference play Wednesday. The Wildcats (3-4, 3-5) put up 493 yards, 306 on the ground. Nick Carlson led the way with 132 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns. Austin Hadley went 7-for-7 passing with 187 yards and two touchdowns. Luke Steinbach was in on nine tackles - eight solos - to lead the defense.
PAYNESVILLE - Benson scored on a long pass play with under a minute to play to nudge Paynesville 21-14 in the West Central South finale on Wednesday. Quarterback Michael Ahrndt collaborated on a 55-yard catch-and-run for the go-ahead score. Joey Fragodt's kick with :35 left in the fourth quarter capped the only score of the second half. Paynesville knotted the score at 14-all in the second quarter quarter on 31-yard interception return of an Ahrndt pass. Jamie Paul passed to alex Svjekowsky for the two-point conversion.
MURDOCK - Mark Skoglund became the third Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg running back to rush more than 100 yards in a game, compiling 194 in a 32-14 win over Menagha in Prairie South action Wednesday. Skoglund joins Matt Rosemeier and Jared Johnson as 100-yard backs for the Fighting Saints (4-4) this season.
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater closed out the Minnesota Community College Conference Southern Division volleyball season with a perfect record after beating Minnesota West 30-12, 18-30, 30-23, 30-26 Wednesday. "We lost a little intensity in the second game and then they made us play hard the rest of the time," said Lady Warriors coach Val Swanson. Kristen Raitz, a sophomore from Buffalo Lake, led the team with 12 kills, followed by Murdock freshman Ashley Olson and Madison sophomore Terra Billiet with 11 each. Olson also had four ace serves in nine attempts.
College Volleyball JUNIOR COLLEGE Crossover Tournament at Brainerd (Ridgewater) Prep Volleyball NON-CONFERENCE Moorhead Invite (Willmar), 9 a.m. Underwood Invite (Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg), 9:30 a.m. Sartell Invite (Morris, Paynesville), 9 a.m.
PAYNESVILLE -- Paynesville swept Minnewaska 25-19, 27-25, 25-13 to end the West Central North volleyball season Tuesday. Lynn Lieser led a balanced Bulldog (6-8, 8-9-1) attack with eight kills on 24-of-27 hitting. She also had four ace blocks and 10 digs. Kristin Lang served four aces, Ashley Lieser had 18 set assists and Melanie Mages recorded 14 digs. Laura Tvrdik led the Lakers (4-10, 7-16) with 14 kills and 13 digs.