Facing a mini crisis of confidence, the Central Lakes College Raiders needed a good showing over the weekend, and they came through with a 3-game win against Mesabi Friday and continued with a 3-game win against Vermilion in a Northern Division match Saturday. The Raiders beat Vermilion by scores of 25-18, 25-18, 25-11. While still having some lapses in parts of the first two games, they were able to get a more diversified attacking game with Britta Torgerson and Rachel Mathias each getting 10 kills, and Kaitlynn Christen totaling eight.
BARROWS—Season champions for 2016 are a mixture of older and younger drivers as the season wrapped up at North Central Speedway Saturday. Veteran driver David Siercks was the Northern Sport Modified season champion, while Billy Kendall, a student at Brainerd High School, was the Modified champion. Dylan Nelson won the Super Stock season title. Robert Young III and Brendon Yamry won the Hobby Stock and Sport Compact class season titles.
Twenty-one point first and fourth quarters propelled the Central Lakes College Raiders to a 51-26 hammering of Dakota College in the season opener Saturday at the Findorff Athletic Complex in Brainerd. The Raiders led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and outscored the Lumberjacks 21-20 in a wild fourth quarter. CLC quarterback Mike Tveitbakk threw for three touchdowns and 242 yards while the Raiders' defense held DC to a negative 16 yards rushing for the day. Wide receiver Cody Rau caught 11 passes for 140 yards.
BARROWS—Mitchell Hribar and Brendon Yamry recorded back-to-back wins Friday and Saturday at the Mighty Axe Nationals at North Central Speedway. Yamry's two wins helped him widen his points lead from seven to 12 over Derek Stanoch. Hribar, who hasn't raced a full schedule at NCS this season, is still in the top 10 in points. Dean Blanchard Jr. was able to increase his points lead to eight over Rod Berg.
High expectations and long bus rides are two things the Central Lakes College Raiders volleyball team has to look forward to in 2016. Jane Peterson, entering her 26th season as head coach of the Raiders with a career record of 585-243, is always looking for a new way to challenge her team, and she is also a big fan of road trips.
With just four races left in the 2016 season, there are tight races in five of the six classes after Saturday's competition at North Central Speedway. Hobby Stock driver Tom Anderson ran into car problems early and had to exit the feature race. David Dosh seized that opportunity and got the checkered flag which brought him to within two points of Anderson and within eight of points leader Robert Young III, who finished third in the feature. The largest lead in any class belongs to Billy Kendall in the Modified class who has a 19-point lead on Josh Beaulieu.
On a perfect day at Brainerd International Raceway with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70's, imperfection was the theme of the day at the 35th annual Lucas Oil Nationals. Three drivers who were not on the winner's podium may have been the biggest winners. Ron Capps locked in his spot in the No. 1 spot for the Countdown to the Championship, while returning Pro Stock champion Erica Enders-Stevens tightened her grip on the 10th and final qualifying spot in the Countdown.
Funny Car driver Del Worsham's low ET and Tony Schumacher's second round pass were the highlights from the first round of qualifying racing at the 35th annual Lucas Oil Nationals on Friday at Brainerd International Raceway. With the partly cloudy conditions and temperatures in the mid-seventies, drivers had prime conditions for great runs, and that brought excitement along with disappointment. Worsham ran a track record of 3.856 seconds on his first round of qualifying, while Schumacher ran a time of 3.712 seconds midway through the second round of Top Fuel qualifying.
BARROWS—With just a few weeks left in the racing season Super Stock driver Seth Kramer is running out of time as he chases Dylan Nelson for the points championship. He was able to close the gap a bit with a win over Nelson in the Super Stock feature race Saturday at North Central Speedway. Kramer now trails Nelson by 13 points.
BARROWS—Representing the third generation of Young drivers, Robert Young III is making a name for himself in 2016. Young III raced to a second-place finish Saturday evening in the Hobby Stocks 15-lap feature event at North Central Speedway. It has been a breakout season for Young III with four feature wins and a fifth-place position in the points race behind points leader Tom Anderson coming into the Saturday night race. He has finished in the top 10 in all nine Hobby Stock feature races this season and has seven top five finishes.