After carding a five-under 66 Thursday, Willmar native Marilyn Lovander had troubles early before bouncing back to shot a 71 in the second round Friday at the Longs Drugs Challenge at Auburn, Calif. Lovander was three-over through the first nine Friday before posting a birdie and an eagle along with seven pars to land in a 10-way tie for 12th place at 137. Dawn Coe-Jones owns a two-shot lead at 133.
Ridgewater College can remain in the Minnesota Community College Conference playoff picture if they can beat Rochester today at 1:30 p.m. at Hodapp Field. But that's something the Warriors haven't done on the football field since 1991.
ALEXANDRIA -- The Willmar Cardinals lost their third straight Friday night but challenged Alexandria until late in the fourth quarter before bowing 28-12 in Central Lakes Conference football. Sophomore Mike Dunham -- the third starter Willmar has had at quarterback this fall -- directed a pair of long touchdown drives mainly through the air.
LITCHFIELD -- Big plays at the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth vaulted Litchfield to a 38-27 victory over the Waconia Wildcats in Wright County football Friday. The comeback kept the Dragons in first place with a 5-0 mark, 6-0 overall. Litchfield trailed Waconia 27-22 with under a min-ute left in the third quarter when quarterback Kent Johnson hit Alex Euerle for a 16-yard score and a 30-27 lead.
The Willmar Cardinals will host an eight-team volleyball tournament beginning at 9 a.m. today at the high school. Other teams participating besides Willmar are Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Benson, Buffalo Lake-Hector, Montevideo, New London-Spicer and Parkers Prairie. Willmar is the defending champion.
BENSON -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City allowed Benson to gain only 66 yards of total offense and Kent Whitcomb had two touchdown runs covering one yard each as the Falcons remained unbeaten by shutting out their new West Central South Conference rival 21-0 Friday. The Falcons (4-0, 6-0) scored their only points in the first quarter on a safety after they blocked a punt that went out of the end zone.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals breezed by St. Cloud Apollo 7-0 on Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Section 8AA-South tennis playoffs. The win puts the Cardinals (7-7) into the semifinal round at 1 p.m. Monday on Gold's Gym indoor courts in St. Cloud.
MORRIS -- Quarterback Seth Wagner and running back Trent Squibb scored two touchdowns each to help BOLD roll past Morris Area 35-0 in a West Central South Conference game Friday night. The Warriors (4-1, 4-2) posted their third shutout of the year. Squibb ran for 182 yards on 18 carries to take over the area lead with 783 rushing yards and Craig Gartner was five-for-five on extra-point kicks. BOLD, which put the game away in the second quarter with three touchdowns, was ready to extend its lead to 28-0 late in the quarter, but Squibb fumbled at the goal line.
COLLEGEVILLE -- Junior Matt Rosemeier filled the running back slot quite well for Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Friday, rushing for 208 yards an scoring three touchdowns as the Fighting Saints blanked St. John's Prep 29-0 in Prairie South football action Friday. Rosemeier, who took the bulk of the carries in place of Jared Johnson, scored on runs of 10, 2 and 42 yards.
DAWSON -- Mitch Grussing drove MACCRAY's offense to a 28-6 win over Dawson-Boyd in Little Sioux Conference football action Friday. Grussing, a junior running back, carried the ball 24 times for 118 yards and three second-half touchdowns, which led the Wolverines to a .500 record in the league and overall (3-3, 3-3). Justin Koenen started the scoring for MACCRAY with an eight-yard run in the first quarter.