Tribune Notebook: Card soccer star earns conference honor
Willmar junior Idd Ali is named a Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week after a week in which the Cardinals won three straight games
WILLMAR — The Willmar boys soccer team is looking like one of the favorites in 6AA.
The Cardinals are 2-0 in the section and have an 8-1-1 overall record into Tuesday night's match with Sartell.
They are on a three-game winning streak and one of the reasons for that has been Idd Ali. The junior had two goals and an assist in last week's wins over Watertown-Mayer (2-0), St. Cloud Tech (1-0) and Fergus Falls (2-0).
For his efforts, Ali has been named a Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week.
He leads a Willmar team that will need to contend with Princeton (7-4-1), St. Francis (7-4) , Monticello (4-6-2), Becker (5-6), Zimmerman (1-9), Big Lake (1-9-1) and Rockford/Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (0-9-1) in Section 6A.
While there's a lot of regular season left, it's a section that should have the Cardinals excited about their prospects of returning to the state tournament after earning a berth in 2021.
Big game for Holmen
Former New London-Spicer star Jacob Holmen had a lot to do with Bethel's 28-24 victory over St. John's in a huge MIAC football game on Saturday.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound sophomore linebacker had nine tackles, including three solo tackles, and a quarterback sack for the loss of eight yards.
Isaac Call, the former Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg star, had three solo and one assisted tackle, as well as an interception in the Bethel victory. He's a 6-3, 195-pound sophomore defensive back for Bethel.
Holmen has 13 total tackles in three games for the Royals, who are 2-1. They lost 10-7 on Sept. 10 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville after opening the season with a 41-9 victory Sept. 3 against Pacific Lutheran University.
St. John's was ranked second in the nation in NCAA Division III heading into the game in Arden Hills.
Bethel plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter.
State champ has Willmar kids
The Crow River All-Stars 8-and-under fast-pitch softball team, which includes players from Willmar, won the Tier 4 Fall Ball State Tournament over the weekend in Minnetrista.
The Crow River League combined players from neighboring communities to form a single 8U team, according to head coach Andrew Kveene, who is from Willmar.
The team also included players from Hutchinson, Annandale and Lester Prairie and played against metro teams in a four-week fall season, qualifying for Saturday's state tournament.
The Crow River All-Stars won the 14-team, single-day tournament by beating the Apple Valley Fusion 10-3 in the championship game.
Crow River also beat Prior Lake 9-0, St. Michael-Albertville 4-1 and Cottage Grove 8-0 to advance to the championship.
Willmar players on the team include: Every Guennigsmann, Kolbie Stern, Bria Wadsworth, Ara Hjelden and Aliana Kveene.
"The girls played hard, hit the ball and made plays," Andrew Kveene said.
Andrew Kveene, Todd Guennigsmann and Anthony Stern are team coaches.