T he Central Lakes College Raiders are clearing a path to a Southern Division title, and moved another step in that direction Saturday with a 39-6 win over Minnesota State-Fergus Falls. Andrew Johnson scored on three touchdown runs as the Raiders rolled up 336 total yards. The CLC defense, led by two interceptions from Jared Hoemberg, came up with another strong performance, allowing just 132 total yards. “I can’t say enough about Jared Hoemberg. He is just a tremendous kid and a great leader for us,” CLC head coach Greg Medeck said.
Central Lakes College head coach Greg Medeck’s comment summed up an eventful and exhausting day for the Raiders as they toppled Rochester 31-23 at Findorf Athletic Complex Saturday. “That was a really good college football game,” Medeck said. “I think a lot of times people are too critical about junior college football. “It is raw and sometimes it can be undisciplined from an execution stand point as we don’t have the whole year to groom kids. But I thought that was an exciting game today, and I am really proud of our guys.”
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.