When the University of Minnesota plays Oregon State in its season opener Sept. 1, two former Central Lakes College Raiders players hope to be wearing Golden Gophers uniforms at TCF Bank Stadium. Carlton Djam and Kieran Johnson will be preferred walk-ons for the maroon and gold this fall. Djam played just one year for the Raiders, but made an impact as he rushed for 1,087 yards. He finished eighth nationally in rushing yards, and scored three touchdowns in each of two games the Raiders played against Itasca Community College, and also scored three TDs against Northland.
Last Saturday, with a 120-84 win over Hibbing, the Central Lakes College Raiders (25-2) celebrated their second straight Northern Division title. The Raiders shared the title with Vermilion. Sunday a coin flip determined the Northern Division's No. 1 seed for the MCAC State Tournament. The Raiders suffered the same result as 2015, losing the coin flip and being seeded No. 2.
In a battle to keep a share of the division lead, and facing a desperate opponent, the Central Lakes Raiders came through with a 97-90 double-overtime victory over Northland Saturday in Brainerd. Radamus Jones scored 11 points in 26 minutes of play, including a 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left in the second overtime gave the Raiders a 94-90 lead. DeShun Patterson scored 21 points and also slammed down three highlight-reel dunks, and N'Gai Dixon accumulated 13 points for the Raiders, who entered the game ranked sixth in the nation.
A possible letdown Saturday could have been expected after the Central Lakes College Raiders' thrilling victory over Rochester late Friday. Instead, the Raiders outscored Western Tech 42-15 from behind the arc in a 92-60 win Saturday. Early foul trouble limited Radamus Jones minutes Friday but he came out strong Saturday leading the Raiders in scoring with 29 points, including 9-for-13 shooting from behind the arc. CLC, ranked eighth in NJCAA Division III, received scoring from 12 different players and outscored the Cavaliers 33-20 in bench points.
Valley of the Sun Bowl Who: No. 11 Central Lakes College vs. Scottsdale Community College Where: Scottsdale Community College Stadium, Scottsdale, Arizona When: 3 p.m. CST Saturday, Dec.
ROCHESTER - A group of seven sophomores, led by Ashton Kapphahn and Jenny Skoog, played their final match for the Central Lakes College Raiders in the consolation championship Saturday in the NJCAA Division III tournament at the Rochester Regional Sports Center. In a hard-fought match that went five sets, the Raiders came up just short as they lost 3-2 to Lorain County Community College of Elyria, Ohio. Kapphahn finished her career with six kills, 44 set assists, four ace serves, eight digs, and five blocks. Skoog contributed nine kills, two set assists, one ace serve, and 15 digs and Ashle
ROCHESTER - Rachel Mathias had an impressive afternoon and teammates Kaitlynn Christen and Jenny Skoog were key parts of a victory over Northampton Friday afternoon at the NJCAA Division III Tournament at the UCR Regional Sports Center. Unfortunately the game against Northampton was the second of the day for the Raiders after they dropped their quarterfinal match to Monroe. It means that CLC will end its season with a matchup against Lorain for the consolation championship at 12:30 p.m.
For sophomores like Ashton Kapphahn and Ashley Abear, who are both 2015 All-MCAC first-team players, it will be their second trip to the big stage when the Central Lakes College Raiders compete in the NJCAA Division III event Friday through Saturday at Rochester. Last year's trip was bittersweet for the Raiders who are seeded third and will play No. 6 seed Monroe (N.Y.) College at 12:30 p.m. Friday. The bitter was CLC suffered a first-round loss to Lorain (Ohio) County Community College in five sets and Abear went out with a knee injury in the deciding set.
Radamus Jones scored 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting to lead the Central Lakes College Raiders to a 96-83 win over the Ridgewater Warriors in their season opener on Wednesday night. N'Gai Dixon and Nic Wiesmann each added 18 points and Darsean Woodson accumulated 14 points as CLC shot 52 percent from the field. The Raiders led the Warriors by just four points at halftime by a score of 39-35, but they got the offense going in the second half with 57 points on their way to the win. The two teams combined to score 56 points from the free throw line.
Kelly Pearson collected 28 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished six assists to lead the Central Lakes College Raiders to a 77-70 win over Ridgewater in their season opener on Wednesday night. Mackenzie Holst and Marka Baker also hit double figures with 17 and 13 points while Kaitlyn Spar finished with nine and Cheyanne Johnson tallied eight in the Raiders win. "Kelly was nine-for-nine from the free throw line. She is becoming a verbal leader and she is becoming empowered that this is my role," said head coach Cassie Carey of Pearson's play.