BECKER — Given the chance to pull an upset of the two-time reigning Class AAAA football champions on the road, New London-Spicer took a big gamble in overtime. It paid off. Brandon Adelman hit a leaping Blake Shuck in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion, lifting the Wildcats to a 42-41 upset Friday. The conversion followed a one-yard Jackson Ness touchdown run on fourth and goal. Ness finished the game with 205 yards and three touchdowns.
MORRIS — Jacob Zosel was an engine that ACGC couldn't shut down as the Morris/Chokio-Alberta running back amassed 257 yards and scored four straight touchdowns in the Tigers' 33-13 win over the Falcons on Friday at Big Cat Stadium. The Falcons took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on Jeremy Nelson's 16-yard scoring run, but it was all Zosel and Tigers after that. Zosel scored on a 47-yard run as MCA took the lead, then punched in scores on runs of 7, 1, and 4 yards. The Tigers' Toby Sayles scored a fifth-straight TD on an 18-yard run in the fourth quarter.
SAUK CENTRE — BOLD ran all over Sauk Centre to win their second game of the season 38-14 in Sauk Centre on Friday night. The Warriors scored the first two touchdowns of the game in the second quarter after a scoreless first. Austin Einerson and Hayden Tersteeg each earned rushing touchdowns in the second quarter while Einerson added another receiving touchdown before the first half was up thanks to a 48 yard pass from freshman quarterback Jordan Sagedahl.
Cutlines: B1 cut Minnewaska's Joelle Thorfinnson digs out a shot during her victory over Benson's Katie Samuelson at No. 1 singles on Thursday at the Benson High School courts. The Lakers won 4-3 over the previously undefeated Braves. Tom Larson / Tribune. Jump cut Benson's Katie Samuelson reaches for a shot against Minnewaska's Joelle Thorfinnson at No. 1 singles in a West Central Conference match on Thursday at the Benson High School courts. Tom Larson / Tribune.
BRAINERD - Jordyn Swoboda came back from a set down to win at No. 4 doubles, and Willmar snapped a three-match losing streak with a 4-3 win at Brainerd in girls tennis action Thursday. After opening with a 6-4 loss, Swoboda earned a 7-6 (7-3 tiebreaker) win in the second set before taking the third 6-0. She was part of a Cardinal sweep in singles with Cayle Hovland, Elise Bierbaum and Lydia Morrell all winning in straight sets. Willmar travels to Monticello for an invitational Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. Willmar 4, Brainerd 3 Singles
SAUK RAPIDS — Fernando Zavala had two goals and two assists, helping the Willmar boys soccer team stay unbeaten with a 5-1 win over Sauk Rapids Thursday. Zavala scored goals in the 12th and 32nd minute in the first period, then added two assists in the second. Sakawe Shadoor had a goal and two assists, while Jesus Nevarez added a goal and assist for the Cardinals. Keeper Manny Obregon saved 10 of 11 shots. He's allowed one or fewer goals in four of Willmar's five games. Now 5-0, the Cardinals return home Monday with a 5 p.m. match against Marshall.
HOLDINGFORD — The New London-Spicer boys cross country team placed three runners in the top 15 and the Wildcats edged Albany by two points and third-place Holdingford by five points to win the Holdingford Invitational on Thursday. The NLS girls team scored 140 points and placed sixth. The Morris/Chokio-Alberta girls placed third and the Tigers boys team was fifth. NLS' Tristan Thompson placed fifth and Anders Arnold was sixth. Tyler Bisek was just 30 seconds off their pace and placed 15th.
SARTELL — Esther Grussing had 55 assists and Willmar overcame a dismal start to beat Sartell 15-25, 25-23, 25-21, 27-29, 16-14 in a five set volleyball thriller on Thursday. Willmar's Cami Sletta (16), Carly Wedel (11) and Hannah Gallagher (11) all finished with double-digit kills. For the second-straight match, the Cardinals had a strong service game. They finished with 22 aces as a team. Cami Sletta and Heidi Sellmann led the way with five apiece. Addie Erickson added 30 digs.
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Clay Cunningham and Jake Schultz break down week one of the local prep football season. Clay and Jake discuss ACGC winning a thriller at BBE. Click here WCT Sports Show...