Playoffs are underway for the Willmar Cardinals boys soccer team and the guys talk about their chances to make a serious run. Tennis has also reached that point in the season. The Cardinal team and a few individuals have made it to the next round in their section and the 6A tournament is also wrapping up. To round it out, the guys talk about Ridgewater football who has one of the best defenses in their conference.
Clay and Jake start this week with a recap of some of last week's football games including the unofficial game of the week that was Hutchinson against Litchfield. Hutchinson defeated the previously undefeated Litchfield 30-19. The guys also talk about New London-Spicer's loss to Zimmerman and bring up the name of an aptly named kicker.
Clay and Jake discuss Litchfield's 49-27 win over Holy Family, lifting the Dragons to 5-0 The win sets up a major showdown with fellow unbeaten Hutchinson Friday. Also unbeaten in the area is BOLD, which pitched its third-consecutive shutout Friday.
Clay and Jake discuss Friday's homecoming football game at Willmar, where the Cardinals beat St. Cloud Apollo 21-7 to grab their first win. Willmar ran for a season-best 230 yards and won the turnover battle for the first time this season. The segment closes with a discussion of MInnewaska, which also won its first game by beating Sauk Centre 20-16.
Clay and Jake finally get a chance to talk about last week's big games for Willmar boys soccer and Ridgewater volleyball. The Cardinals took on St. Cloud Tech and lost 1-0 in a battle of unbeatens. Ridgewater was more successful, dethroning Rochester, the reigning JUCO division III national champions in a five-set match.
To start week five, Clay and Jake talk about New London-Spicer and Willmar football from the previous Friday. The Wildcats defeated St. Cloud Cathedral 32-6 at home behind two touchdown performances from Josh Soine and Jackson Ness. Willmar took on Alexandria at home and saw plenty of turnovers and an outstanding performance from the Alexandria runningback turn into a lopsided loss.
BURNSVILLE — The Morris/Chokio-Alberta volleyball team posted a 3-2 record at the Midwest Volleyball Warehouse Invitational over the weekend. The Tigers, ranked No. 5 in Class AA, lost to No. 2 Belle Plaine and No. 9 Kasson-Mantorville—both went three sets—and defeated No. 8-ranked Hill-Murray. Among the 16-team field, 12 teams were ranked among the top 15 in the state. "We were playing the best of the best right now," MCA head coach Kristi Fehr said. "It was good competition."
FERGUS FALLS— Carl Borleis threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns and the Ridgewater football team moved above .500 with a 34-28 win at Minnesota State Fergus Falls Saturday. Richard Fraser had seven catches for 154 yards and a touchdown, while Aaron Sims added 7 grabs for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Warriors, who scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter. Borleis also scored a touchdown on the ground and added a punt of 42 yards to his monster day. T'ummie Sankey led Ridgewater with 44 yards rushing and a touchdown.
WILLMAR— Esther Grussing had 105 assists, Carly Wedel made 35 kills and Willmar won four straight-set matches to take first in the eight-team Willmar Volleyball Invitational Saturday. The Cardinals beat Albany 25-17, 25-21 in the championship round after topping the Huskies 25-15, 25-18 earlier in the day. The Cardinals also earned a 25-9, 25-15 win over Renville County West and a 25-15, 25-19 win against Central Minnesota Christian School. Heidi Sellmann had nine aces and Grussing added eight. The duo also led the team with 13 block aces.
WILLMAR — Just hours removed from its biggest win in some time, the Ridgewater volleyball team had no letdown against Western Tech Saturday. Baylie Kubesh had 30 assists, five aces and eight digs and the Warriors coasted to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-14 win. Hailey Leiding added a team-best 10 kills and was second on the team with 12 digs, one fewer than leader Lexie Skoglund. The Warriors, who beat reigning Division-III national champion Rochester the night before, are now 8-0 in the MCAC.