One is a sophomore. The other is a freshman. One is from Albany while the other is from Wadena-Deer Creek. Working together, they have made each other better players, and have their team on the verge of a national championship. Sam Schlangen and Ashton Kapphahn are two of the main reasons for the success of the Central Lakes College Raiders in their 20-9 season, and berth in the national tournament this weekend in Rochester. Schlangen, a sophomore, is an All-MCAC first-team selection and was also chosen Northern Division Player of the year.
Power and receiving are two key elements to the game of volleyball. When a team can combine those two elements with precision the results are devastating. That was the case on Friday night as the Central Lakes Raiders, seeded No. 1 in Region 13B and fifth nationally, dispatched the No. 4 seeded Hibbing Cardinals in three games in the region semifinals. The Raiders had not dropped a set to Hibbing in two games during the regular season and that was the case again as they won by scores of 25-11, 25-21, and 25-9 to move on to the championship game of Region 13B. They play No.
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VIRGINIA - The Central Lakes College Raiders, led by 327 yards of passing from Jake Faber and a pressing defense, ran over Mesabi 59-7 in a Northern Division game Saturday. With the win, the Raiders finished their division season 5-0 and moved to 7-0 overall. They will have a chance to complete a perfect regular season next Saturday with their rivalry game against Ridgewater at Findorff Field. Faber continued his outstanding season with five touchdown throws and also ran for a score.
The Central Lakes College Raiders kept rolling along on their quest for a Northern Division title after steamrolling Itasca 58-10 on a cool, windy Saturday afternoon at Findorff Athletic Field. With a 4-0 division record and 6-0 overall record, the 11th-ranked Raiders have put a virtual stranglehold on first place in the North with one division game left against Mesabi next week.
Wednesday's Northern Division match was supposed to be a clash of two front runners for the division title as 10th ranked Central Lakes College faced seventh ranked Itasca. Both teams had 4-1 division records heading into the game. It didn't turn out to be much of a battle as the Raiders sent the Vikings back to Grand Rapids with a three set sweep, as CLC won 25-22, 25-20 and 25-16. "We were poised and aggressive and it looked like we were having fun," said head coach Jane Peterson.
The midpoint of the 2014 season has arrived, and the Central Lakes College Raiders continued their perfect march, moving to 4-0 overall with a 35-32 Northern Division win over Fond du Lac on a day that mother nature dealt everything that she could offer at Findorff Athletic Complex. The 16th-ranked Raiders, led by Athen Ashton's 65 rushing yards, and Jake Faber's 242 passing yards, jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter. However, CLC needed a fourth-quarter stand from its defense to preserve the 3-point win.
The Central Lakes College Raiders will open their home season at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against the defending MCAC state champion Rochester Yellowjackets. This matchup will showcase teams that have played in the last two state championship games, and have claimed the last five state titles. Unfortunately for the Raiders, the Yellowjackets own a 4-1 edge in those contests. The contest does have a different twist this fall as CLC has been assigned to the Northern Division for 2014 after being in the South with Rochester for several years. What used to be the Raiders' most important clash of the season is now one of many as it's only Week Two for CLC.
BARROWS - Saturday and Sunday's wild Mighty Axe Nationals closed out the racing season at North Central Speedway. Tim Johnson was the only multiple axe winner as he took home three with victories in the Street Stock, Midwest Modified, and Super Stock class Saturday. The points from the weekend will help Johnson in his chase for the national points championship in both the Street Stock and Super Stock Class. As of the completed racing events through Aug.
FERGUS FALLS - Jake Faber threw for three touchdowns, and Central Lakes College and the Minnesota State Fergus Falls Spartans combined for 648 passing yards in a 45-20 Raiders win in the season opener Saturday. CLC scored all of its points in just two quarters, as the Raiders put 21 points on the board in the first and followed with 24 in the third. Cedric Davis started off the scoring with a 26-yard fumble return. "It was a good Week One win for the Raiders," said CLC coach Greg Medeck. "We jumped out to a great start with the defensive touchdown on the first play of the game.