Successful basketball teams generally have a good inside-outside game and the Central Lakes College Raiders look like they are on a path toward success. In defeating the Ridgewater Warriors 90-79 in a non-division game Saturday, Dec. 8, the Raiders received great play from point guard Chris Buckley and from forward JaQuavius Hays.
For the past 10 years, the Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team has fielded lineups with as few as six players which makes one statistic remarkable from a 93-44 win over Ridgewater in a non-division game Saturday, Dec. 8. Led by Paige Wallevand's 16 points, the Raiders outscored the Warriors by a 50-2 margin in bench scoring as they improved their overall record to 4-3. Naomi Lane added 15 points and Kelsie Weite 10 as the Raiders shot 46 percent from the field.
ROCHESTER—In a battle of two Minnesota teams, Central Lakes College built leads in each game but lost them each time as Rochester defeated the Raiders 3-0 in the third-place game in the NJCAA Division III National Tournament at the UCR Regional Sports Center Saturday, Nov 10. The No. 4-seeded Yellowjackets defeated the No. 2. Raiders 26-24, 25-19, 25-23, and avenged a 3-2 loss to the Raiders earlier in the season. CLC entered the weekend ranked second in the final Division III poll, but the Raiders finished 1-2 in the tournament.
ROCHESTER—The Central Lakes College Raiders put together a spirited rally in the second set but it fell short as they lost to defending champion Eastfield 3-0 in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division III National Tournament at the UCT Regional Sports Center Friday, Nov. 9. Paige Wallevand's nine kills and 15 set assists led the Raiders' attack but none of the Raiders hit double figures in kills for the match. Eastfield's Keishia Reyes was too much for the Raiders as she finished with 10 kills and seven ace serves.
ROCHESTER—The Central Lakes College Raiders moved one step closer to a national championship as they overpowered Jamestown of New York 3-0 Thursday, Nov. 8, in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division III National Tournament at the UCR Regional Sports Center. The No. 2-seeded Raiders were pushed in the first game by No. 7-seeded Jamestown, who got their shot to face the Raiders by defeating No. 10 Nassau 3-0 in the first round of the tournament earlier in the day.
The National Division III NJCAA Volleyball tournament has existed since 1996, and with the growth of volleyball at the Division III level, the decision was made to increase the number of teams competing at the National Tournament from eight to 12, and that could very well help the Raiders in their quest for a championship. Seeded in the No. 2 spot, CLC will take on the winner of the No. 10 Nassau/No. 7 Jameston in the Quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon.
A successful 2018 season came to an end for the Central Lakes College Raiders football team as NDSCS turned a 21-point third quarter into a 35-15 win over CLC in a state semifinal matchup Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Findorff Athletic Complex. The loss ends the Raiders' season with a 7-3 overall record. Back on Sept. 8, the two teams played into overtime with the Wildcats winning 20-14 and dropping CLC's record to 0-2. The Raiders then ran off seven straight victories prior to Sunday's game and the progression over the season was very satisfying for head coach Greg Medeck.
On the campus of Central Lakes College this weekend, the Raiders' volleyball team will host the Region 13B Tournament with a trip to the national tournament in Rochester on the line. The Raiders, seeded No.1 spot and No. 2 in NJCAA Division III, earned the right to host the tournament by completing an undefeated Northern Division season at 12-0. "Our overall focus will be sticking together, putting "we before me", and continuing to grow and improve," said CLC coach Jane Peterson.
The conditions were tough and so was the play on the field, but the Central Lakes College Raiders made the plays and played big defense when called upon to defeat Fond du Lac 42-22 in the MCAC state quarterfinals Sunday, Oct. 28. The East No. 1-seeded Raiders put up 379 total yards of offense, and the defense, led by Eli Winegarner and Anthony King, held the East Division No. 4 Thunder to just two first-quarter scores and negative-13 yards rushing for the day.
The Central Lakes College Raiders begin play in the MCAC state tournament Sunday, Oct. 28, and they are peaking at the right time. The East Division No. 4-seeded Fond Du Lac Thunder visit the Findorff Athletic Complex to face the East No. 1 Raiders in the MCAC state quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m. The winner will face the winner of No.3 Dakota College Bottineau/No. 2 North Dakota State College of Science.