FERGUS FALLS -- Erika Kath expected a tight match Tuesday with Fergus Falls, but the Willmar coach didn't get an opportunity to see all of the action. Playing on two courts separated by "about a mile or maybe more," Fergus Falls edged Willmar 4-3 in a Central Lakes Conference dual. The Cardinals (4-2, 4-6) grabbed the first point when senior Andrea Brown won 6-1, 6-0 at 1-singles. Seniors Leslie Marcus and Allie Ellingson won a first-set tiebreaker 8-6 at 1-doubles before not losing a game to tie the dual at 2-2 for Willmar.
MADISON -- The Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd girls tennis team wrapped up no less than a share of the West Central South Conference title on Tuesday with a 6-1 win over visiting Morris Area. The team can take the title outright with a victory over Yellow Medicine East when the teams meet in Granite Falls at 4 p.m. Thursday. LQPV/DB improved to 4-0 in the WCS and 17-0 overall. Madeline Gail beat Courtney Tiegs at 1-singles 6-1, 6-1.
The Willmar boys soccer team (6-0, 8-1) takes an eight-match winning streak on the road today to play the Fergus Falls Spartans (1-2-1, 2-4-1), who joined the Central Lakes Conference this fall. This will be the one meeting of the teams so a win will count double as will a loss. The teams played twice before, with the Spartans winning 4-1 in 2001 and 8-0 in 2002.
PRINSBURG -- The No. 2-ranked Central Minnesota Bluejays romped over the previously undefeated BOLD Warriors 25-20, 25-14, 25-16 before a large crowd Monday. Coach Traci Grussing said the Bluejays' experience, which included fifth place at the Class A state tournament in 2004, was an asset. "The experience definitely helped," she said. "We had people put the ball down offensively and we played pretty good defense tonight." BOLD had its best chance to grab momentum in Game 1 when they rallied from 18-10 to close to 22-18.
Tuesday Earlybirds (Sept. 6) Steffen Implement 26, Bye 4 Ideal Lumber 18, Scrap-It 12 Swenson Motors 15, Mama's Madames 15 Whatevers 18, Gary L. Hern Agency 12 Individual high game: Robin Ryks 219 ... Individual high series: Pam Stern 590 ... Team high game: Whatevers 1033 ... Team high series: Whatevers 2745 Wednesday All Stars (Sept. 7) Willmar Elks 16, Giovanni's 14 Papa Murphy's 18, Steffen Implement 12 Quality One 16, Gorans Farms 14 Eagles 20, Brooklyn Bombers 10 Individual high game: Dave Zane 227 ... Individual high series: Dave Zane 663 ...
BROOTEN -- Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, ranked No. 9 in the latest Class A volleyball poll, beat Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 25-21, 13-25, 25-14, 25-20 in non-conference action Monday. Ashley Lensing paced the Jaguars (8-1) with 20 kills, followed by April Hansen with 16 and Tiffany Gruber's eight. Gruber also served four aces. Lensing and Hansen had 18 digs each and Holly Thompson recorded 41 set assists. Kristi Steinhaus had 10 kills to lead the Fighting Saints.
The Willmar Junior Gophers girls basketball team recently placed third at the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament in St. Paul. The Junior Gophers defeated Edina Sting 15-4 and Wild Things 5-4, lost to Team Pink 14-6, beat Lady Hustlers 15-10 and South Side 10-9, and lost to the Twisters 16-15. The two teams the Junior Gophers lost to -- Team Pink and the Twisters -- placed first and second in the tournament. Team members were: Carrie Boike, Kayli Gimse, Sara Kallhoff and Shantel Kelly.
MILAN -- For the second straight year, Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd needed a tiebreaker to top New London-Spicer in girls tennis action. Monday, it was 2-singles player Melanie Gail who outlasted Alyssa Wachter in the deciding match. After losing the first set 6-1, Gail battled back to tie the match with a 7-5 triumph, then overcame a 5-2 deficit in the third game to win a 7-4 tiebreaker. It ended a three-plus hour match and earned the win for the Eagles (16-0). Three of the seven matches went three sets and the Wildcats won two of them.
Late result Friday Southern Minn. Sleepy Eye SM 30, BLH 8 BL-Hector (0-3, 0-3) 0 0 8 0 -- 8 Sleepy Eye SM (2-1, 2-1) 6 12 6 6 -- 30 BLH - Deron Buboltz 2 run (Joe Sparks pass from Ty Kramer) Note - scoring plays for Sleepy Eye St. Mary's not available Buffalo Lake-Hector Team statistics First downs: 8 ... Rushing: 23-68 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 9-21-101-1 ... Fumbles lost: not available ... Penalties: 9-90 Individual statistics Rushing: Bryce Rippentrop 10-17, Deron Buboltz 6-5, Ty Kramer 6-40, Lawton Burgstahler 1-6 .... Passing: Kramer 9-21-101-1 ....
Defending champion John Spreiter of Litchfield is three shots behind leader William Forbrook after the first day of the Minnesota Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship Monday. Spreiter, who also won the event in 1996 and 2002, carded a round of 73 at the Cannon Golf Club in Cannon Falls. Benson native and current Rochester resident Greg Peterson shot a 72 at Rochester Golf & Country Club. The tournament concludes Wednesday in Rochester.