A dominant defense and Beau Bellmore’s running propelled the Central Lakes College Raiders to a 28-14 victory Saturday over Mesabi Range in the Raiders’ home opener. Bellmore rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries, while the Raiders’ defense didn’t allow a point and held the Norse to 70 yards of offense. The pressure from CLC’s defensive line forced quarterback DeMarco Billups into an 8-of-21 passing day for just 43 yards. The defense also limited Mesabi to 27 yards on 28 carries.
Last weekend the Central Lakes College Raiders went up against the North Dakota State College of Science and were humbled with a loss in four games. It was pay back time on Wednesday night as the Raiders mounted a strong attack at the net, and showed a solid service game in coming back from an 0-2 deficit to send NDSCS home with a loss in a non-conference match. Lindsay Monson and Alanna Hansen led the attack with 15 and 11 kills, and Tiffany Hartung was the leading setter with 16 set assists.
BARROWS — The final night of the regular season went off as planned in between rain drops and eight champions emerged on season points championship night Saturday at North Central Speedway. Tim Johnson was a two-time winner in the Super Stock and A-Modified class, while Josh Abrahamson took home the trophy in the inaugural season for Mod 4s. Aaron Johnson became one of the youngest drivers ever to win a championship in the Pure Stock class, and veteran drivers Danny Vang and Jack Peterson won in the Midwest Modified and Street Stock classes.
Volleyball fans have been treated to great action on the court and in the sand with the gold medal-winning USA women’s team, and the sand volleyball gold-medal duo of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. It comes at the perfect time as the opening of the college volleyball season is Friday night (Aug. 24) for head coach Jane Peterson and the Central Lakes College Raiders at the Ridgewater Classic in Willmar.
The 2011 football season was a successful one in many ways for the Central Lakes College Raiders. They finished with a 7-2 record and earned a spot in the Valley of the Sun Bowl. With a stifling defense, led by Frank Mays, and an offense that saw quarterback Carson Wessinger lead the league in completion percentage (54.8 percent), the pieces were in place.
Erica Enders completed a magical weekend with a win in the Pro Stock final in the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Enders ran to the finish line with an elapsed time of 6.569 and speed of 210.05 mph to defeat Allen Johnson, who had to shut down with engine problems. Enders moved into fifth place in the Countdown Chase with one qualifying event left at Indianapolis.
Lucas, who won for the third time in 2012, said that there was no extra pressure to win the race that his sponsored by his parents Forest and Charlotte. “Anytime you can win here for my family, as much as my father is involved with this track and this race in general, it is a dream come to true. Hopefully it is a sign of better things to come.” Lucas had a run of 3.818 seconds at a speed of 316.90 miles per hour, which was better than runner up Antron Brown who finished with a time of 3.831 at a speed of 313.80 miles per hour.
Tony Schumacher ran a track record speed of 323.97 mph with an elapsed time of 3.791 to edge past Antron Brown in Top Fuel after the first two rounds of qualifying Friday at the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Brown just missed getting the top spot as he had the same ET, but lost out on speed with a 323.74. He was the top qualifier with an ET of 3.829 and a speed of 320.81 after the first round, with Spencer Massey close behind in second place with an ET of 3.837 and top speed of 319.14.
NHRA Pro Stock driver Erica Enders is on her way to a second win in a row as she notched the top spot in qualifying after the first two rounds Friday in the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Enders ran a speed of 210.50 mph to set the track record in round one of qualifying. She then followed that up with a track record elapsed time of 6.550 seconds in taking the number one spot from Allen Johnson.
BARROWS — Shane Sabraski made it another clean sweep at North Central Speedway Saturday, and earned a spot in the “Race of Champions” in the qualifying night of racing. He also tightened up the points race in the Modified class as he moved to four points of leader Tim Johnson.