With two first-half touchdown passes from Jake Franklin to Jordan Thompson, the Central Lakes Raiders took a 13-0 halftime lead and survived a second-half rally for a 32-27 win over Rochester in an Eastern Division contest Saturday, Sept. 22 in Brainerd. With the win, the Raiders improved to 2-0 in division play and 2-2 overall. They will face the Mesabi Norsemen Saturday, Sept. 28 who are 4-0. Franklin threw for the two TD passes and ran for a score. He threw for 11-29 for 136 yards.
ELY—Ridge Reed and Nuke Crowell each rushed for two touchdowns and Jake Franklin passed for two scores as Central Lakes College broke into the win column with a 48-21 win over Vermilion in the Raiders' Eastern Division opener Saturday, Sept. 15. The Raiders accumulated 309 total offensive yards, while the defense was staunch against the run, giving up just 89 yards on 42 attempts by the Ironmen. Franklin passed for 121 yards, and Reed led the rushing attack with 105 yards on 21 carries. Jordan Thompson was the top receiver with five catches for 121 yards.
The climb to the top of the mountain is a lengthy one, but staying at the top can be the biggest challenge. The Central Lakes College Raiders volleyball team reached the top of the rankings after finishing 3-1 at the Rochester Yellowjacket Invitational and being voted No. 1 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, they faced the Itasca Vikings in a Northern Division match. The Vikings entered the game with a 2-7 record, while the Raiders stood at 11-1.
BARROWS—The 2018 racing season at North Central Speedway officially came to an end with the second day of the Mighty Axe Nationals Sunday, Sept 2. Traditionally, the Mighty Axe Nationals is a two-day grind for the drivers with a lot of yellow caution flags, twisted sheet metal and cars on the hook being pulled off the track. That was the case again for the 2018 Nationals and when the dust cleared one driver was able to complete the weekend sweep, Billy Kendall III in the Modified class.
Central Lakes College's Findorff Athletic Field has been the sight of many big plays during the Greg Medeck era. Most of those plays have gone the way of the CLC Raiders. That wasn't the case, Saturday, Sept. 1 as Minnesota West handed CLC a 36-12 season-opening defeat. The Blue Jays converted on four big-play opportunities in the first half and put another score on the board early in the second half.
Armed with a returning running back and offensive line, the Central Lakes College Raiders begin the 2018 campaign at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, against Minnesota West at the Findorff Athletic Complex. The Raiders are the pre-season pick to repeat as Eastern Division champions but they were picked by a tight margin over Mesabi Range, which returns a solid defense, and over Rochester, which updated its coaching staff during the off-season.
Maggi Fellerman knocked out nine kills and Paige Wallevand tipped 16 sets as Central Lakes College, ranked No. 3 nationally defeated No. 5 ranked St. Cloud Technical 3-2 in a thrilling non-division match Wednesday. The Raiders improved to 5-0, while the Cyclones record dropped to 4-2. The match was full of ebbs and flows as the Raiders won a tightly played first game 26-24 and the Cyclones came back with a 25-22 win in Game Two. Trailing by one point in Game Three, the Raiders turned things around with amazing play at the net with blocking and hitting to to win 25-19.
Five returning players headline the Central Lakes College Raiders volleyball team as it prepares to open the season Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25, in the MCAC Crossover Tournament at the Whitney Center in St. Cloud. The Raiders will face Rochester, Minnesota State Fergus Falls, Ridgewater and Minnesota West at the two-day tournament. Paige Wallevand and Cassie Smieja, both all-tournament selections from last year's Raider team that finished third place at the NJCAA Division III National Tournament, lead the sophomore class.
Fans attending the 2006 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway were treated to an upset by Brandon Bernstein over Tony Schumacher and a win by Antron Brown in the Pro Stock Motorcycle finals. They also experienced lines of up to two hours to get in to the track.
A career first, and a first-time team finals appearance, highlighted the finals of the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Sunday, Aug. 19, at Brainerd International Raceway. Top Fuel driver Billy Torrence captured his first career win and Funny Car teammates Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr. faced off in the finals for the first time. Top Fuel Steve Torrence is having a breakout season as he is currently sitting in the top spot for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs which start after the next race in Indianapolis.