Despite a case of early nerves and falling behind in the first game, the top-seeded Central Lakes Raiders rebounded for a 3-0 Region 13B semifinal over the No. 4 seeded Itasca Vikings. The Raiders, ranked No. 3 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll, pushed their overall record to 25-2 and recorded their 10th straight win. Jenny Skoog and Rachel Mathias knocked down 12 kills and Ashton Kapphahn added 34 set assists. Faith Kassulker and Britta Torgerson each served two aces and the Raiders had just 10 service errors.
The Central Lakes College football team, ranked No. 3 in the NJCAA poll, will travel to Wahpeton, N.D., to meet the 18th-ranked North Dakota State College of Science Wildcats in the semifinals of the MCAC state tournament at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. It will be the first time in recent memory the two teams will meet as NDSCS entered the MCAC just last year. The Raiders enter the game with a better overall record (8-1) then NDSCS (7-2), but CLC's early season loss to Rochester gave the Raiders a 4-1 Eastern Division record and a No.
As the Central Lakes College Raider women prepare for the Region 13B tournament Friday and Saturday on the campus of Central Lakes, they hold a regular season of dominance over the other teams in the tournament. The Raiders finished division play with a 14-0 record and in the six games played against Mesabi, Rainy River and Itasca - the other teams in the tournament - CLC has only dropped one set. No. 1 seeded Raiders will open the tournament 6 p.m. Friday against No. 4 Itasca. No. 2 Mesabi will face No. 3 seeded Rainy River following.
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.