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Building momentum from last year's run to the national tournament, five Central Lakes College sophomores and six newcomers will attempt to go even farther as the Raiders travel to Willmar Friday and Saturday to open the 2014 season. Alyssa Hamilton, Kelly Pearson, Sam Schlangen, Shelby Uphoff, and Cassie Shaver return from a team that finished 29-3 last season. "There are five sophomores who experienced a real team last season," said CLC head coach Jane Peterson. "They are all together in having high expectations of themselves and their teammates.
Doug Kalitta is in the top spot in the Countdown to the Championship for a reason. He won at Seattle two weeks ago and continued his strong season with the No. 1 qualifying spot after the first two rounds Friday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Working for his sixth No.
Allen Johnson, running in cooler evening conditions, ran a low elapsed time of 6.614 to take the No. 1 spot after the first day of qualifying in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway Friday. Johnson stood in second place behind Jason Line after the first qualifying run.
BARROWS — Five classes race at North Central Speedway each week and three of the five classes have three drivers in the top five in the national points chase. A great example was in the Modified feature event as just seven cars competed in the feature Saturday.
BARROWS — Tim Johnson raced to three feature wins during Baxter Town Night at North Central Speedway on Saturday night. Johnson had his regular ride in Street Stock and Super Stock cars. He also was entered into the Midwest Modified class driving for the injured Clayton Caird. Three features and three victories and Johnson increased his lead in the Super Stock points race while gaining ground in the Street Stock points chase. In the 15-lap Street Stock feature, Johnson bested Kyle Dykhoff and Aaron Johnson for his first win.
BARROWS – Shane Sabraski captured the checkered flag in the Midwest Modified and Modified feature events during Pequot Lakes Town Night on Saturday at North Central Speedway. Sabraski ran past points leader Dennis Czech and Danny Vang in the Midwest Modified feature, and finished in front of Don Eischens and Brian Haben in the Modified feature. Sabraski is also the points leader in the Modified class. The Hornet class has seen some of the most hotly contested racing this season with several cars bumping and banging their way around the track.
The No. 1-seeded Brainerd Warriors had an efficient day Monday, getting three runs in the first inning and settling in defensively behind Maddie Franz on their way to an 8-0 win over No. 4 Bemidji in the Section 8-3A winners bracket game. The win set up a home game at 4 p.m. Wednesday against Becker. Franz speared a line drive heading up the middle and threw to first for a double play to end a Lumberjacks scoring threat in the first inning. She then cleared the bases with a 3-run double and the Warriors never looked back.
BARROWS — Lexi Gallagher and Tim Johnson each won feature events for the second weekend in a row at North Central Speedway on Saturday night. Gallagher engaged in a great duel with Drue Fletcher in the Hornet feature as the two drivers traded top spots throughout the race. When the dust settled at the finish, Gallagher was the winner. Tim Johnson is driving in a Street Stock and Super Stock car at the speedway this year and he’s been dominant in both.
For the Central Lakes College Raiders, their season has come down to three days this weekend. The MCAC/Region 13 Tournament runs Friday through Sunday and offers the opportunity to one team out of eight competing to earn a trip to the national tournament in New York. The Raiders, who are seeded No. 2 in the Northern Division, have stumbled down the stretch, losing their last two home games and playing .500 basketball the last two weeks.
The Central Lakes College men’s basketball team has been on a roll, having won their last four games since a 26 point loss to Mesabi at Virginia back in January. While that loss may have been a low point for the Raiders, they bounced back and have now won five straight following a 78-62 win Wednesday night over Mesabi. With the win CLC also took over sole possession of second place in the Northern Division.