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.
Playing with great energy the Central Lakes College Raiders, led by sophomore Sam Schlangen, thundered past Vermilion 3-0 Saturday afternoon and moved their Northern Division record to 2-0. After a tough tournament in Willmar last weekend, the Raiders evened their overall record at 3-3 by winning 25-8, 25-12, 25-10. Schlangen showed a strong service game with 10 service aces and also pounded out six kills in the win. In the first and second games, she started with runs of eight and seven points to put Vermilion in a hole to start. "I think it has gone well.
The 2014 version of the Central Lakes College Raiders will take the field for the first time at Minnesota State Fergus Falls at 1:30 p.m.
BARROWS - Tim Johnson has been driving the doors off of his Super Stock car lately. That was the case Saturday in the season championship as he won a close race against Shane Sabraski to take the feature win and claim the Super Stock points crown at North Central Speedway. Johnson also punctuated his evening with a win in the the Street Stock feature. Other points winners were Rod Berg in the Hornet class, Dylan Nelson in Pure Stock, Mark Johnson in Street Stocks and Dean Larson for the Mod 4's.
Building momentum from last year's run to the national tournament, five Central Lakes College sophomores and six newcomers will attempt to go even farther as the Raiders travel to Willmar Friday and Saturday to open the 2014 season. Alyssa Hamilton, Kelly Pearson, Sam Schlangen, Shelby Uphoff, and Cassie Shaver return from a team that finished 29-3 last season. "There are five sophomores who experienced a real team last season," said CLC head coach Jane Peterson. "They are all together in having high expectations of themselves and their teammates.