The Willmar Cardinals face Becker in the semifinals of the 8AA-South tennis tournament at 1 p.m. today at Gold's Gym in St. Cloud. St. Cloud Tech meets Rocori at 11 a.m. in the other semifinal match. The winners will play for the championship at 3 p.m.
The Willmar girls soccer team hosts Worthingon in a Section 2A match today at the north field. Willmar will keep its regular-season final match against Brainerd Tuesday at the north field at the high school.
ALEXANDRIA -- In the previous six races Willmar has competed in, Kaafi Adeys or Abdi Awale have finished first. Neither won Saturday at the Alexandria Inviational, but the two finished second and third, respectively, to help the Willmar boys win the 21-team invitational. Tim Branigan of Roseville, who has been rated ahead of Adeys and Awale all season, won with a time of 15:54.
ALEXANDRIA -- Alexandria scored four times in the second half and defeated Willmar 6-2 in a Central Lakes Conference match Saturday. The victory avenged a 1-0 loss to Willmar on Sept. 15 in Willmar. Luis Estrada opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 15:00, giving Willmar a 1-0 lead. But this time, Willmar couldn't keep Alexandria down. "Alexandria scored a couple of transition goals," said Willmar coach Richard Courtney.
Late Friday box scores West Central North Melrose 25, NL-Spicer 14 Nick Carlson staked the Wildcats (2-3, 2-4) to a 14-0 first-quarter lead with touchdown runs of 10 and three yards, but Melrose blanked NLS the rest of the way. Carlson finished with 177 yards in 26 carries. NL-Spicer (2-3, 2-4) 14 0 0 0 -- 14 Melrose (4-1, 4-2) 0 6 12 7 -- 25 NLS - Nick Carlson 10 run (Blake Williamson kick) NLS - Carlson 3 run (Williamson kick) Mel - Justin Weisbrich 12 blocked punt return (kick failed) Mel - Seth Geiske 1 run (run failed) Mel - Geiske 3 run (run failed) Mel - Brad Wiehof
Prep Volleyball NON-CONFERENCE Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7:30 p.m. MACCRAY vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Brooten, 7:30 p.m. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 7:30 p.m. Lac qui Parle Valley at Canby, 7:30 p.m. Cedar Mountain at Redwood Valley, 7:30 p.m. PHEASANT Hancock at Chokio-Alberta, 7:30 p.m. Prep Tennis SECTION 8AA-SOUTH At Gold's Gym, St. Cloud St. Cloud Tech vs. Rocori, 11 a.m. Willmar vs.
The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars, who lost to MACCRAY in last season's Section 6AA volleyball championship, will get a chance to avenge the loss when they host the Wolverines at 7:30 p.m. today in a non-conference match in Brooten.
MADISON -- No. 1 seed Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd (22-1) began its quest for the Class A state tournament with a 6-1 win over No. 8 Luverne Friday. The Eagles advance to the semifinal round where they will meet No. 5 New London-Spicer. That match is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
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.