WILLMAR — Willmar volleyball handled Fergus Falls easily on Thursday for their first win of the season. Esther Grussing helped command her team from the center of the court, ending the day with 30 set assists, two aces and nine digs. Cami Sletta was also dominant, serving seven aces while grabbing 11 kills and 10 digs. Willmar 3, Fergus Falls 0 Fergus Falls (1-1)............................ 13 22 18 Willmar (1-1).............................. 25 25 25 Fergus Falls Statistics not provided Willmar
Here is a Pigskin Preview show featuring the New London-Spicer football team. Read more on high school football in our Pigskin Preview special section. Pigskin Preview: Willmar Cardinals Make your...
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WILLMAR — The loss of No. 1 singles player Cayle Hovland was too much for Willmar to overcome as the Cardinals dropped a tight 4-3 Central Lakes Conference final to Rocori in girls tennis Tuesday. Filling in for the injured Hovland, Elise Bierbaum hung with Rocori's Brynn Sauer but couldn't get over the hump in either set, losing 7-5, 7-6. The biggest difference came in doubles, with the Spartans winning all three matches. In defeat, Willmars second, third and fourth singles players all won with ease.
MARSHALL - A first-set collapse had a lingering effect for the Willmar volleyball, which fell 25-22, 25-13, 25-12 to a strong Marshall team in Tuesday's season opener. The Cardinals held a 22-21 late in the opening set but the Tigers rallied for the final four points. Willmar head coach Traci Grussing said her indecisive team "played kind of scared" and "choked at the end of the first set." From there, it was all Marshall, as Grussing said the Tigers made adjustments while the Cardinals simply didn't counter them.
WATERTOWN - Willmar girls proved that there's a lot they need to work on after Tuesday's season-opening 5-0 loss to Watertown-Mayer. The Royals opened up the scoring early at home with a Quinn Nichols goal in the fifth minute. McKenzie Bohach doubled the score three minutes later with one of her own. The second half just got worse for the Cardinals when Bailey Barden and Claire Killian scored a pair right after the second half-opening whistle. Killian added another in the 66th minute.
MOORHEAD — The nationally ranked Willmar girls cross country team opened the 2016 season with a bang, placing all seven of its runners in the top 14 to dominate the field at the Shocky Strand Invitational on Monday. The Willmar boys placed fifth in its 10-team field with 132 points. Perham won with 42 points. In the girls race, Jessa Hanson placed second, Kayla Rudie placed third, Sophie Schmitz was fourth and Heidi Schmitz finished eighth.
DASSEL—Kyle Knott and Tyler Steen hit big home runs, Alex Lothammer threw a complete game, a Raymond advanced in the Class C Amateur Baseball State Tournament with a 5-2 win over Lamberton Sunday. After the Long Sox pulled ahead 2-1 with a two-run fourth inning, the Rockets went ahead for good when Knott blasted a two-run shot in the fifth. Steen then added key insurance runs with a two-run homer of his own in the eighth. The scoring was more than enough for Lothammer, who struck out nine with just one walk. Both of the runs he allowed were unearned.
WILLMAR— After suffering an opening-set loss, Ridgewater rallied for three-straight wins to top Ellsworth in four games to finish 2-0 on the first day of the Ridgewater Volleyball Classic Friday. The Warriors downed Ellsworth 21-25, 25-16, 25-17, 27-25. Ridgewater opened the tourney with a 25-14, 25-16, 25-13 win over Riverland. Ridgewater opens day two of the Classic today against face Lake Region at 1 p.m. before facing Central Lakes, which also went 2-0 Friday, at 4:30 p.m.
ALBANY—New London-Spicer opened up their volleyball season with a 2-2 split at the Albany Invite against Sauk Centre, Maple Lake, Braham and Albany. The Wildcats had a tough battle against Sauk Centre for their first match of the season. They snuck away with the first set with a 27-26 win but dropped the second set in unfortunate fashion, 25-13. The third and final set was well-fought but Sauk Centre topped the Wildcats 17-15.