EDEN PRAIRIE — After rainy conditions in Hutchinson and Sioux Falls left Willmar high and dry, the Cardinals’ cross-country team was able to enter the Metro Invitational Saturday at Round Lake Park in Eden Prairie.

The Willmar girls ended up with a third-place finish while the boys took fifth in the nine-team field.

“We had a solid meet,” said Cardinals head coach Jerry Popp. “The boys finished fifth but they were missing front runner Aden Aden, who was out with an injury. The girls finished a strong third behind Class AA ranked teams Eden Prairie and St. Paul Highland Park.

“We are a young team that is continuing to look for and find the pieces to put together teams that will be able to challenge for state spots by season’s end.”

The girls had a pair of top 10 finishers in Nina Dawson (sixth, 19 minutes, 40.1 seconds) and Lauren Eilers (eighth, 16:46.7). Lyndi Koosman, Macee Hansen and Addison Hogan also contributed to Willmar’s efforts.

Led by a first-place finish by Molly Moening, St. Paul Highland Park won the girls’ race with a score of 39, followed by Eden Prairie’s 57 and Willmar’s 76.

Fuad Bashir was the lone Cardinal boy to make the top 15, placing 13th (16:54.1). He was followed by Mason Wendt, Fathi Dubet, Colin O’Farrell and Ahmed Mohamed.

The Willmar boys finished with 136 points. Eden Prairie was the meet winner with 52, followed by St. Paul Highland Park’s 62.

On Thursday, the Cardinals head to Rich-Spring Golf Course to compete in the Rocori invitational.

“They are hosting sections this year so all of the section teams will be there,” Popp said. “It should be an early indicator of section teams (and) strengths.”

Metro Invitational

Boys

Team scoring

(1) Eden Prairie 52 (2) St. Paul Highland Park 62 (3) Wayzata 68 (4) Maple Grove 115 (5) Willmar 136 (6) Roseville 163 (7) Chanhassen 163 (8) Edina 166 (9) Chaska 231

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Oliver Paleen, SPHP 16:05.8 (2) Nicholas Scheller, Chan 16:07.3 (3) Mohamed Mohamud, EP, 16:16.5 (4) Shuayb Hussein, Way 16:24.3 (5) Zach Spears, EP 16:24.4
WILLMAR — (13) Fuad Bashir 16:54.1 (18) Mason Wendt 16:59.6 (26) Fathi Dubet 17:20.1 (30) Colin O’Farrell 17:30.5 (67) Ahmed Mohamed 18:46.6

Girls

Team scoring

(1) St. Paul Highland Park 39 (2) Eden Prairie 57 (3) Willmar 76 (4) Wayzata 78 (5) Roseville 132 (6) Maple Grove 157 (7) Chanhassen 169 (8) Eastview 204 (9) Chaska 251

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Molly Moening, SPHP 19:00.0 (2) Liesl Paulsen, EP 19:03.8 (3) Abbey Nechanicky, Way 19:17.7 (4) Delia Johnson, SPHP 19:22.8 (5) Lindsey Young, MG 19:23.0
WILLMAR — (6) Nina Dawson 19:40.1 (8) Lauren Eilers 16:46.7 (15) Lyndi Koosman 20:03.1 (22) Macee Hansen 20:28.4 (25) Addison Hogan 20:41.0 (53) Kylie Newcomer 22:44.7

Volleyball

Minnewaska Invite

Going 3-0 in pool play, New London-Spicer reached the championship game of the Minnewaska invitational before taking its first loss of the season to Kittson County Central in three sets, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12.

Host Minnewaska placed fourth after going 2-1 in pool play and losing to Dassel-Cokato in the third-place match. Lac qui Parle Valley placed fifth after beating Ortonville in straight sets in the fifth-place match.

Team scores

Pool Play
Minnewaska 2, LQPV 0 (25-12, 25-10)
New London-Spicer 2, Minnewaska 0 (25-17, 25-18)
Minnewaska 2, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0 (25-11, 25-5)
New London-Spicer 2, LQPV 0 (25-18, 25-19)
LQPV 2, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0 (27-25, 25-23)
New London-Spicer 2, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0 (25-10, 25-7)
Fifth-Place Match: LQPV 2, Ortonville 0 (25-15, 25-11)
Third-Place Match: Dassel-Cokato 2, Minnewaska 0 (25-20, 25-22)
Championship: Kittson County Central 2, New London-Spicer 1 (21-25, 25-22, 15-12)

How Area Teams Fared

New London-Spicer
Serving (aces): Aleah Zieske 7, Kendra Bagley 5, Mya Krause 3, Payton Mages 1, Presley Arndt-Callenius 4, Sophie Austvold 3 … Set assists: Austvold 56, Arndt-Callenius 31, Ashlyn Olson 7, Emma Hanson 4, Krause 2, Nyla Johnson 2, Mages 2, Zieske 1, Bagley 1 … Hitting (kills): Zieske 29, Olson 32, Ava Kraemer 8, Hanson 6, Bagley 24, Mages 15, Austvold 1 … Blocking (aces): Zieske 1, Olson 4, Kraemer 7, Hanson 5, Bagley 2, Mages 6 … Digs (5 or more): Zieske 29, Bagley 34, Krause 34, Mages 9, Arndt-Callenius 13, Austvold 19
Minnewaska
Serving (aces): Emma Thorfinnson 4, Avery Hoeper 2, Kristen Glover 6, Ellie Danielson 1, Sara Geiser 1, Brecklyn Beyer 1, Grace Bartels 2 … Set assists: Geiser 68, Panizke 4, Alexis Piekarski 1, Beyer 2 … Hitting (kills): Thorfinnson 12, Hoeper 15, Panizke 2, Danielson 38, Geiser 3, Piekarski 17 … Blocking (aces): Thorfinnson 2 1/2, Hoeper 4 1/2, Panizke 1/2, Danielson 4 1/2, Geiser 1, Piekarski 1, Beyer 1 … Digs (5 or more): Thorfinnson 31, Hoeper 25, Panizke 15, Glover 13, Danielson 29, Geiser 7, Piekarski 8, Beyer 5, Bartels 5



Wabasso Invite

MACCRAY went 5-0 and won the Wabasso invitational championship after a three-set victory against Redwood Valley, 26-24, 21-25, 16-14. Earlier in the day, the Wolverines got a win by points over the Cardinals.

BOLD was 2-2 with wins over Central Minnesota Christian and St. Clair.

Team scores

MACCRAY 2, Southwest Minnesota Christian (26-24, 25-15)
MACCRAY 1, Redwood Valley 1, MACRAY won by points (25-19, 21-25)
MACCRAY 2, Wabasso 0 (25-21, 25-15)
BOLD 2, CMCS 0 (25-11, 26-24)
BOLD 2, St. Clair 0 (25-14, 25-18)
Pipestone 2, BOLD 0 (25-21, 25-21)
MACCRAY 2, BOLD 0 (25-22, 25-22)
Championship: MACCRAY 2, Redwood Valley 1 (26-24, 21-25, 16-14)

How Area Teams Fared

MACCRAY
Serving (aces): Sydney Thein 1, Ella Bourne 4, Annie Dykema 1, Kate Hultgren 3, Abigail Pieper 3, Jami Heida 3 … Set assists: Thein 52, Hultgren 42, Bourne 14 … Hitting (kills): Thein 31, Dykema 15, Kylee Kimpling 29, Gracie Slagter 21, Gabby Randt 12, Elsie Sumner 7, Heida 3 … Blocking (aces): Thein 3, Dykema 2, Slagter 6, Kimpling 7, Sumner 2, Randt 4, Heida 1 … Digs (5 or more): Thein 28, Dykema 35, Bourne 59, Heida 37, Hultgren 27
BOLD
Serving (aces): Makayla Snow 6, Leslie Snow 4, Lanie Mages 3 … Set assists: M Snow 63 … Hitting (kills): Ashley Trongard 26, L Snow 18, M Snow 15 … Blocking (aces): Abby Meyers 8, M Snow 7 … Digs (5 or more): L Snow 28, Brenna Weis 23, M Snow 22



Girls Tennis

Willmar 6, Roseau 1

Playing Roseau in non-conference action, the Willmar girls tennis team improved its overall record to 5-5 after picking up a 6-1 victory over the Rams on Saturday.

The Cardinals were unbeaten in singles play and won two of three in doubles competition. No. 1 player Chloe Hansen had little trouble singles match, getting by Olivia Urness 6-0, 6-3. Ashley Prahl, Alyssa Morrell and Allison Bruhn had similar success, as each player defeated their opponent in straight sets.

Singles
(1) Chloe Hansen, W, def. Olivia Urness, R, 6-0, 6-3 (2) Ashley Prahl, W, def. Charlene Grahn, R, 6-1, 6-1 (3) Alyssa Morrell, W, def. Madison Verbout, R, 6-2, 6-2 (4) Allison Bruhn, W, def. Julia Braaten, R, 6-2, 6-3
Doubles
(1) Kiersten Flaig/Lindsay Mcfarlane, R, def. Abby Stauffenecker/Juliana Palmer, W, 6-4, 6-0 (2) Alise Staebell/Ashlie Staebell, W, def. Haylee Bennett/Ella Trangsrud, R, 6-2, 7-5 (3) Rebecca Laurence/Caroline Becker, W, def. Emma Zimmerman/Masynn Janicke, R, 6-1, 6-2

Litchfield Quad

Dropping just one match over the course of three contest, Litchfield, the No. 5 ranked team in 5A, earned a 6-1 triumph over Jordan as well 7-0 sweeps over Minnewaska and Foley during the Litchfield Quad on Saturday.

Avery Stilwell, ranked No. 5 individually, had a particularly strong showing, as she went undefeated in three matches. Stilwell had little trouble with Jordan’s Ella Bounds en route to a 6-0, 6-0 win, but grinded through a tight match with Foley’s Peyton Kopel, outlasting the Falcons senior to a 7-5, 7-6 win. Lastly, the Dragons junior got the best of the Lakers’ Danielle Thorfinnson, who is ranked sixth in 1A. Stilwell got the better of matchup, winning 6-1, 6-2.

Litchfield’s Elise Bierbaum, the seventh-ranked player in 1A, was also undefeated in singles play.

Team scores

Litchfield 7, Minnewaska 0
Litchfield 7, Foley 0
Litchfield 6, Jordan 1
Minnewaska 5, Foley 2

How Litchfield fared

Singles
(1) Avery Stilwell 3-0 (2) Elise Bierbaum 3-0 (3) Alyssa Ross 3-0 (4) Ryanna Steinhaus 3-0
Doubles
(1) Vaida Behnke/Neriah Lara 3-0 (2) Britney Prahl/Kylie Michels 2-1 (3) Kelsey Ballard/Taylor Draeger 3-0

How Minnewaska fared

Singles
(1) Danielle Thorfinnson 1-1 (2) Alissa Thorfinnson 1-0, Olivia Richards 0-1 (3) Karra Hanson 0-1, Maddi Kluver 0-1 (4) Addt Randt 1-0, Annika Stensrud 0-1
Doubles
(1) Greta Reichmann/Randt 1-0, Reichmann/A. Thorfinnson 0-1 (2) Maddie Thorfinnson/Richards 1-1, Hanson/Annika Randt 0-1 (3) Kluver/Stensrud 0-1, Ad. Randt/M. Thorfinnson 0-1

Montevideo 4, Marshall 3

Winning three of four singles matches on the road, Montevideo squeezed by Marshall 4-3 on Saturday.

Kori Douglas and Emily Brace captured wins at the top of the Thunder Hawk singles lineup while the No. 1 pairing of Kristin Dejong and Tyra Sandven earned the team’s lone triumph in doubles action.

Singles
(1) Kori Douglas, Mo., def. Gionna Parsa, Ma., 6-3, 6-0 (2) Emily Brace, Mo., def. Eden Knudson, Ma., 6-3, 6-2 (3) Lexi Moat, Ma., def. Lauren Kluver, Mo., 7-5, 1-6, 10-8 (4) Cami Myers, Mo., def. Mariah Bergjord, Ma., 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
Doubles
(1) Kristin Dejong/Tyra Sandven, Mo., def. Kaia Christensen/Maggie Tabaka, Ma., 6-4, 6-4 (2) Regan Loft/Leah Schaefer, Ma., def. Kylie Cobb/Nina Fitzkappes, Mo., 6-3, 6-2 (3) Maddy Bednarck/Danielle Ewing, Ma., def. Matthea Jorgenson/Lauren Dehne, Mo., 6-3, 6-4

Friday

Litchfield 6, Mound-Westonka 1

Carried by victories from all three of its doubles teams, Litchfield nearly blanked Mound-Westonka, as the Dragons came away with 6-1 victory on Friday from Mound. The match was originally scheduled for Thursday, but was postponed due to weather.

The No. 1 team of Vaida Behnke and Neriah Lara along the No. 2 duo of Britney Prahl and Kylie Michels each won their matches by 6-2, 6-1 scores.

Singles
(1) Alex Welty, M, def. Avery Stilwell, L, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 (2) Elise Bierbaum, L, def. Kate Velander, M, 6-3, 6-1 (3) Alyssa Ross, L, def. Sara Funderburk, M, 6-2, 6-4 (4) Ryanna Steinhaus, L, def. Savannah Paul, M, 6-0, 6-2
Doubles
(1) Vaida Behnke/Neriah Lara, L, def. Lily Hames/Grace Prchal, M, 6-2, 6-1 (2) Britney Prahl/Kylie Michels, L, def. Claire Russick/Coco Sir, M, 6-2, 6-1 (3) Kelsey Ballard/Taylor Draeger, L, def. Avery Finck/Kali Wirth, M, 6-2, 6-3

College Volleyball

Ridgewater 3, Western Tech 0

With double-digit hitting efforts by Lydia Wagner and Morgan Mandel, Ridgewater moved over the .500 mark with a three-set win over Western Tech Saturday in Willmar, 25-20, 25-23, 25-22.

Wagner and Mandel both came up with 10 kills, followed by eight from Morgan Gronli. Emily Knight tallied 33 set assists along with 11 digs. Gronli paced the Warriors with 14 digs.

Ridgewater will be on the road Wednesday to face Century College.

Western Tech (2-5) 20 23 22
Ridgewater (5-4) 25 25 25
Western Tech
Stats not available
Ridgewater
Serving (aces): Nicole Thonvold 2 … Set assists: Emily Knight 33, Maranda Wieber 2, Thonvold 2, Morgan Gronli 1 … Hitting (kills): Lexy Swanson 2, Knight 4, Lydia Wagner 10, Baylee Larsen 4, Morgan Mandel 10, Gronli 8 … Blocking (aces): Wagner 1, Larsen 2, Mandel 1, Gronli 1 , Knight 1 … Digs (5 or more): Knight 11, Wagner 5, Wieber 7, Thonvold 12, Gronli 14



Friday

RCTC 3, Ridgewater 0

Top-ranked Rochester Community and Technical College beat Ridgewater in short order on Friday, picking up a three-set sweep, 25-16, 25-12, 25-21.

Baylee Larsen and Morgan Gronli each led the Warriors with six kills, with Gronli also coming up with 12 digs in the loss.

RCTC 25 25 25
Ridgewater 16 12 21
RCTC
Serving (aces): Madison Sawyer 1, Kate Bade 2, Jessica Storm 1, Carrie Rutledge 1, Brekkin McCready 2, Molly Kleist 1 … Set assists: McCready 35, Bade 2 … Hitting (kills): Rutledge 14, AnnMarie Jalmasco 9, McCready 2, Olivia Fredin 2, Kleist 10 … Blocking (aces): Rutledge 1, Jalmasco 1, Kleist 1 … Digs (5 or more): Sawyer 6, Bade 15, Storm 8, Rutledge 11, McCready 6
Ridgewater

Serving (aces): Emily Knight 1 … Set assists: Knight 22, Maranda Wieber 1 … Hitting (kills): Lexy Swanson 4, Lydia Wagner 3, Baylee Larsen 6, Morgan Mandel 4, Morgan Gronli 6 … Blocking (aces): Swanson 1, Knight 4, Wagner 2, Mandel 1 … Digs (5 or more): Knight 6, Wieber 6, Ashlyn Swenning 6, Nicole Thonvold 12, Gronli 12