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.
The Brainerd Warriors lost Senior leader Kianna Christensen to an injured ankle on the vault, but Freshman Kenna Smith and her teammates responded to the adversity with a fourth-place finish at the Dave Maras Holiday Invitational Saturday in Brainerd. Smith scored a team leading 9.1 on the vault and an 8.95 on her floor routine and finished in 13th place in the all-around competition. Smith singled out her floor routine as her personal best for the day.
During her high school career, Sam Schimpp had never recorded a game-winning shot, but in the closing seconds of Saturday's game against St. Cloud Technical College the freshman from Staples came up with a big three-pointer that completed an eight-point fourth-quarter comeback and lifted the Central Lakes College Raiders to a 61-60 win over the Cyclones. The fact the Raiders were at that point was amazing as they were coming off of a third quarter where they had scored just nine points.
The last two years Central Lakes College and St. Cloud Technical College have had some great battles including a quarterfinal game in the state tournament last season that the Raiders won in double overtime. So it was not surprising that Saturday's game went into overtime with the Cyclones winning 85-82. The way CLC lost was the most painful for the Raiders as St. Cloud, behind the shooting of Keshawn Sutton who scored 22 points off the bench, recovered from a 20-point deficit in the second half for the win.
As he enters his first full season at the helm of the Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball program, head coach Randy Swanhorst believes he has the depth that was absent last season. Swanhorst took over from Cassie Carey who resigned early in the 2016-2017 season. His team was depleted by injuries and other circumstances and didn't have a full squad to scrimmage during practice. This season Swanhorst has 13 players for the 2017-2018 season which is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, with CLC hosting Leech Lake Tribal College
The 2016-2017 season was a personally gratifying one for Central Lakes College Raiders men's head basketball coach Jim Russell. He earned his 400th career win in the opening round of the Region 13 tournament in a thrilling double-overtime win over St. Cloud Technical College. He also had the opportunity to coach his oldest son, Jacob, during a season in which CLC finished 11-3 in division play and 21-8 overall with a third-place finish in the state tournament.
In a game of ebbs and flows and high emotion, the West No. 2 seed Northland Pioneers denied East No. 1 seed Central Lakes College a chance to defend their state title with a 32-21 win in the Semifinals of the MCAC state tournament Saturday at the Findorff Athletic Complex in Brainerd. The Raiders' Nuke Crowell concluded his freshman season with two touchdowns and 154 yards rushing, but was taken from the field by ambulance after a crushing block on the game's final play.
Facing an inspired team and fighting back a week of sickness, the Central Lakes College Raiders pushed through their semifinal match against Itasca Friday and won in five sets to move on to the Region 13B championship at Central Lakes College. The Raiders, seeded No. 1, lost the first set against the No. 4-seeded Vikings 25-22 and lost the fourth set 26-24, despite a furious comeback. The Raiders then prevailed 15-8 in the fifth and deciding set.
Nuke Crowell scored two rushing touchdowns, and the No. 1 seeded Central Lakes College Raiders (9-1) played through cold and wet conditions to defeat the No. 4 seed Vermilion Ironmen 24-8 in the MCAC state quarterfinals Sunday at the Findorff Athletic Complex in Brainerd. Crowell rushed for 123 yards on 25 carries and his teammate Chidozie Mbah finished with 80 yards on 18 carries. The Raiders rushed for 189 yards on a day when ball control and field condition were key.