The Central Lakes Raiders volleyball team was a little slow getting off the bus after the five-hour trip to Thief River Falls but woke up after a first set loss to win the next three and get their 10th division win of the season with a 3-1 win over Northland. Rachel Mathias notched 23 kills and Ashton Kapphahn totaled 40 set assists for the Raiders, who came into the game ranked third in the latest NJCAA Division III poll. The Pioneers also had received votes and entered the game with a 5-4 division record. Jenny Skoog scooped 18 digs and Kapphahn had 16.
Four consecutive scoring drives in the second quarter propelled the Central Lakes College Raiders to a 68-14 win over the Mesabi Norse Saturday at Findorff Athletic Complex. The victory raised CLC's MCAC Eastern Division record to 3-1 and lifted the 12th-ranked Raiders to 5-1 overall. Quarterback Jake Faber connected with Kieran Johnson on three scoring passes and Carlton Djam grabbed a 40-yard touchdown pass as the Raiders moved from just a 20-14 lead to a 49-14 lead on their way to their third straight win. Faber finished with 338 yards passing and six touchdown passes.
Jenny Skoog and Rachel Mathias each knocked down 13 kills and Ashton Kapphahn tipped 46 set assists as the Central Lakes College Raiders improved to 9-0 in Northern Division play with a four-set win over Mesabi Saturday afternoon. The Raiders also collected eight service aces with Justyne Litzau leading the way with three.
The Central Lakes College Raiders couldn't be blamed for having a little swagger as they entered their showdown with Northland ranked fourth in the latest NJCAA Division III poll with a 10-0 record. The Pioneers and Raiders games have usually been very competitive, but Northland entered the game with 1-2 division record and a 4-4 overall record. The first two games went the Raiders way with wins of 25-20 and 26-24, but Northland took the next two games to force the fifth.
BARROWS - The Mighty Axe Nationals are normally a two-day event running from Saturday to Sunday but due to rainy conditions the race was run over three days. Fans Saturday night saw heat races and on Sunday night the program continued with dashes and feature races. On Monday a full program, without the dashes or Sprint Cars, was run to complete the weekend show. On Sunday, the UMSS Winged Sprint cars treated fans to a thrilling 25-lap feature.
Wednesday was student success day for Central Lakes College and the Raiders volleyball put on an exhibition of successful volleyball play as they swept Fond du Lac in the home opener and moved their record to 9-0. Led by 25 set assists from Ashton Kapphahn and by 22 service aces as a team, the Raiders rolled the Thunder by scores of 25-5, 25-10, and 25-8 to move their division record to 4-0 while Fond du Lac moved to 0-4.
BARROWS - Corry Vanmil's car ran away from the field in the heat race and in the feature as he won the 15-lap Mod 4 class at North Central Speedway Saturday night. Jerry Esler finished third and still has leads the points race with an 8-point advantage over Chad Funt, who won the feature. Mark Martini was penalized with a caution flag that occurred on the first lap of the 15-lap Northern Modified feature and was sent to the back of the field.
The Central Lakes College Raiders begin defense of their Northern Division title Saturday when they travel to Bottineau, N.D., to play Dakota College. CLC finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 10-2, was runner-up in the state playoffs and played in the El Toro Bowl in Yuma, Ariz., where it lost to Arizona Western 38-14. Raiders head coach Greg Medeck enters the 2015 campaign with a career record of 70-19. He has guided CLC to four bowl games in the last six years.
Richie Crampton, driving at a speed of 325.30 miles per hour, recorded an ET of 3.695 seconds and was the only No.
Coming into the 2015 season, Funny Car driver Jack Beckman had a winless streak of 55 straight races before he won the Four-Wide Nationals this spring at Charlotte. Since then Beckman, along with crew chief Jimmy Prock and the rest of his crew, have had a wickedly fast race car. Beckman didn't disappoint any of the fans Friday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway as he scored a track record on his first qualifying run with an elapsed time of 3.976. As if that wasn't enough, on his second run he shattered the ET record with a 3.946 at a speed of 324.75 miles per