The former Willmar Card ups the ante on her college resume

Nov. 22 – BROOKINGS, SD – Former Cardinal Willmar Leah Hansen continues to collect awards as a member of the South Dakota State women’s cross-country team.

Hansen won her third consecutive Summit League conference singles championship, setting a personal record in the process.

The Willmar junior clocked a time of 20 minutes and 1.9 seconds on Oct. 29 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to win the Summit League title. She also helped the Jackrabbits to a second place finish on the team.

She became the fourth South Dakota state runner to win a conference title three years in a row, along with Kristin Asp, Kiri Johnson and Sheena Dauer. Hansen was also the first woman to win the Summit individual championship and owned the fastest 6K time in league history.

Hansen helped the Jackrabbits to a 10th place finish in the NCAA Midwest Regional on November 10 in Columbia, Missouri. Hansen finished 19th out of 230 runners, finishing in 20:40.

Illinois’ Olivia Howell won in 20:02.9 and Oklahoma State won the teams title by 58 points. Oklahoma State hosted the NCAA national championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma last Saturday and finished fourth with 201 points behind national champions North Carolina State (114 points), New Mexico (140) and Alabama (166).

Hansen also competes in athletics.

Two members of Yellow Medicine East’s volleyball team have committed to college programs.

Ruby Bones, a senior middle hitter for YME, signed for Minnesota State-Moorhead, a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference NCAA Division II program. Bones was a team MVP for the Sting and received All-State Academic Honors.

Hannah Stark goes to Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa to continue her volleyball career. Stark is a 5-foot-10 outside hitter for YME, who have been 7-17 this season. Briar Cliff is a NAIA school.

Ex-Willmar Cardinal Cameron Murphy has collected several awards as he wraps up his senior season on the St. John’s University football team.

Murphy, a starting offensive lineman, was one of 15 Johnnies named to the All-MIAC football team. The 6-5, 310-pounder is a Global Business Leadership Major for the Johnnies, who are in the NCAA Division III national playoffs.

Murphy was also named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team. Murphy will be a four-time Academic All-MIAC honoree starting in left tackle. He has a grade point average of 3.76.

The Johnnies are 10-1 and play Wartburg in the second round of the national tournament in Collegeville on Saturday afternoon.

Gralcial Ridge Curling opens for the 2022-23 season.

Open curling is available to all interested parties at Blue Line, 2707 Arena Drive in Willmar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the following dates: November 26th, December 3rd, December 17th, January 7th, January 28th, February 11th. February 18 and February 25. The cost is $3 per person.

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Here’s a list of known area college commitments from the West Central Tribune. If anyone is not listed, please email Tom Elliott at

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Sports: Volleyball

College: State of Minnesota-Moorhead

Affiliation: NCAA Division II

Sport: wrestling

College: State of South Dakota

Affiliation: NCAA Division I

Sport: baseball

College: State of St. Cloud

Affiliation: NCAA Division II

Sport: women’s basketball

College: State of North Dakota

Affiliation: NCAA Division I

Sports: Volleyball

College: Jamestown College

Affiliation: NAIA

Sports: soccer

College: Sioux Falls

Affiliation: NCAA Division II

Sports: Volleyball

College: Minnesota

Affiliation: NCAA Division I

Sports: Volleyball

College: Briar Cliff

Affiliation: NAIA

Sports: Volleyball

College: Sioux Falls

Affiliation: NCAA Division II

Sports: Volleyball

College: Southwest State of Minnesota

Affiliation: NCAA Division II

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