The Central Lakes College Raiders baseball team and second-year head coach Brian Voigt head to Arizona this weekend to play 10 games in five days at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson to open their 2018 season. Coming off a season where the Raiders finished 5-40 overall, the first 14 games of this season may go a long way to showing that Voigt and the Raiders are beginning to build a solid program. Last year's team struggled on its Arizona trip against teams that had already played games and also dropped four games in Des Moines to start the season 0-14.
The Central Lakes College Raiders open their softball season this week in Florida and head into this season with high expectations for a team that finished 9-3 in conference play and 20-20 overall in 2017. CLC is scheduled to open the season against Rainy River at Titusville, Fla., Thursday, March 8. The Raiders are scheduled to play eight games in Florida including two against Anoka-Ramsey. Raiders head coach Ray Austin starts his second season and has key players returning from last year.
Central Lakes College women's basketball head coach Randy Swanhorst finished his first season a year ago with a season-ending loss to Hibbing where the Raiders fielded just six healthy players. It has been quite a turnaround in Season Two as CLC finished the regular season with a thrilling overtime win at Hibbing last Saturday. The win earned CLC a spot in this year's Region 13B tournament at Thief River Falls. It's the first appearance for the Raiders at the regional since 2007.
Central Lakes College and Raiders head coach Jim Russell will be in familiar territory when they meet Rochester Community College in the quarterfinals of the Region 13 tournament at 3 p.m. Friday at Anoka-Ramsey. However, the Raiders enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed in the Northern Division. They actually finished in the fourth spot in the division but co-champion Northland is not eligible for this year's tournament which bumped the Raiders up a spot.
A thrilling Northern Division basketball game between the Central Lakes College Raiders and Northland Pioneers came down to the final possession Saturday. Trailing 72-71 with four seconds left, the Raiders Keonte' Jenkins drove to the basket for a potential game-winning layup and appeared to be fouled but officials made no call and the Pioneers escaped with a 72-71 win in the final home game for the Raiders' Jenkins and Lowell Griggs.
Tanisha Beetso and Aleia Lupa played their last home game and both turned in solid efforts as the Central Lakes College Raiders played well in the first half before losing to Northland 66-49 Saturday. Beetso led the Raiders with 14 points while Lupa scored 12 points and swiped six steals. Those two, along with Taylor King, who has been injured for most of the season, were honored in a pre-game ceremony.
Keonte' Jenkins led all scorers with 27 points, and the Central Lakes College Raiders raced to a 97-70 win over the Vermilion Ironmen in a Northern Division game Saturday. It was a key win for the Raiders who are currently in the fourth and final state playoff spot, while Vermilion entered the game two games ahead of the Raiders and in first place along with Northland and Rainy River. CLC avenged an overtime loss to the Ironmen early in the season as they began the second half of the division season.
Aleia Lupa provided solid play at point guard, scoring 16 points and distributing six assists, and Tanisha Beetso and Naomi Lane played strong perimeter and post games as the Central Lakes College Raiders started the second half of the Northern Division season with a 83-52 win over Vermilion Saturday. Beetso led the Raiders with 20 points, and Naomi Lane tallied 19 points and 21 rebounds as the Raiders improved to 4-3 in division play.
Keonte' Jenkins' 27 points led all scorers, and the Central Lakes College Raiders played inspired basketball with a revamped roster to run past Ridgewater 81-68 In Saturday's Winter Classic. The Raiders swept two games in their weekend tournament and finished the non-division portion of their schedule with a 7-6 record. Jenkins shot 3-8 from behind the arc, and 12-23 from the field, and the Raiders finished with a 44-percent shooting performance from the floor.
The Central Lakes College Raiders received scoring from eight different players in a dominant 72-60 win over Ridgewater Saturday in Brainerd for the Winter Classic. Aleia Lupa led the Raiders with 20 points, and Sam Schimpp, Tanisha Beetso, and Naomi Lane all scored in double figures as the Raiders shot 38 percent from the floor. With the win, the Raiders split their weekend tournament games after a disappointing loss to Minnesota West Friday. CLC finished the non-division portion of its schedule with an 8-4 record.