The Central Lakes College Raiders got off on the wrong foot but rebounded to defeat Fond Du Lac by a 3-1 score in the Northern Division opener for the Raiders Wednesday in Cloquet. Alanna Hansen finished with 12 kills and Lindsay Monson knocked down 10 to lead the Raiders attack. Tiffany Hartung tallied 32 set assists. Defensively Hayley Hornick and Sarah Miller each scooped 11 digs and Carlie Sweet knocked back four blocks.
Scotty Thiel returned to the winners podium Sunday night on the second night of the Mighty Axe Nationals and actually got to keep his Axe. On Saturday, Thiel was disqualified in tech for being too light after a first-place finish. On Sunday night, he finished ahead of Leigh Thomas and Jerry Richert Jr., and made it through tech with no issues. The field was shortened quite a bit for the feature event as four cars were involved in a collision in the third heat race. Jennifer Eriksen was sent flying up over he wall in turn three but she was able to walk away.
UMSS driver Chris Graf made it two wins in a row Saturday in his appearances at North Central Speedway this season in the opening round of the Mighty Axe Nationals. He was awarded first place after original winner Scotty Thiel was disqualified for his car being too light. Graf led the first three quarters of the race and was leading by a quarter of track length when the caution flag flew on lap 18 of the 25-lap feature.
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.