Tribune Notebook: Three Cards earn conference honors

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Sep. 23—WILLMAR — Willmar football player Mattix Swanson, boys soccer player Miguel Altamirano Toruno and volleyball player Sydney Schnichels were all honored by the Central Lakes Conference as Performers of the Week.

Swanson, a senior linebacker, had seven tackles, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble for the Cardinals in a 50-16 victory at Big Lake.

Altamirano Toruno, a sophomore, had a goal and an assist in a victory over Rocori.

Schnichels, a senior outside hitter, had 31 kills in a key CLC victory over Alexandria.

Auto racer Brandon Beckendorf of Danube captured a division title at Arlington Speedway recently.

Beckendorf won the Ottomotive Tire and Repair IMCA Modified feature race, winning $1,000. He won $1,300 total, taking the hard-charger as well.

Beckendorf, racing the No. 10 car, edged Trent Lovenrude and Clint Hatlestad for the A Feature victory after taking second in the second of two heats leading up the final.

There were 165 drivers in multiple divisions.

The BOLD volleyball team is off to a 14-1 start. But the Warriors might be remembered for something else as well at West Central Area High School.

The Warriors beat the Knights 16-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-15 on Sept. 15 in Barrett.

Before the match during the announcing of the starting lineups, BOLD players presented West Central Area players with roses in honor of Tyler Stone.,

Stone, an integral part of West Central Area's second-place state football team in 2021, was killed in a car accident on Sept. 11.

BOLD's also coming off a first-place finish at the Wabasso Tournament, getting victories over Pipestone, MACCRAY and Springfield last weekend.

Jon Habben, a 1975 Willmar graduate, is being inducted into the 2002 J-Club Hall of Honor Class on Saturday, Oct. 1 at St. John's University.

Habben recently was featured on the St. John's website. The former Johnnie All-American swimmer was considered head coach Pat Haws' first blue chip recruit, according to the story by Frank Rajkowski.

Habben became the first SJU swimmer to win an MIAC title as a freshman. He eventually became a first-team All-American.

Habben will be among the honorees during halftime of the Johhnies' football game against Concordia-Moorhead at Clemens Stadium. Kick-off is 1 p.m. St. John's is ranked second in the nation in Division III.