Hunter Holland, on 4th and two, raced 48 yards for the winning TD with 32 seconds to play. That was the second of two Lion TDs in the final four minutes. Trailing by 12 points (19-7) with a 4th and 9, Tysen Grinde went above two defenders to grab a 29-yard pass from Elijah Solum down to the Knight 10 yard-line. Two plays later, Solum hit Grinde with a 10-yard TD toss to make it 19-14 with 3:56 on the clock. After a Kingsland punt, Holland provided his fourth-down game-winning sprint. SG, saddled with four turnovers, had not scored since the game’s first possession when a 22-yard Holland scamper set up his 4-yard TD run. In between, Kingsland put up 19 unanswered points. James Howard (16-62 rushing) had a 3-yard TD run, and Kale Mensink (6-12, 49 yards, TD, INT passing) passed seven yards to Mason Kolling to put the Knights up 14-7 at halftime. During a mostly defense-dominated second half, a high SG punt snap went into the end zone for a safety. After a 25-yard field goal by Sebastien Jakobson, Kingsland led 19-7 in the third. That score held until the Lion’s two fourth-down deliveries led to two TDs in the final four minutes. Grinde completed five passes and caught three (for 47 yards), Solum completed three passes, caught two tosses and was in on 17 tackles. Holland rushed 11 times for 90 yards. Kingsland’s only big play, a 23-yard Mensink-to-Kaden Rath pass did not come until the final 10 seconds. The Knights (now 2-4, 3-4) outgained the Lions (now 3-3, 3-3), 241 yards to 194 and won the turnover battle 4 to 1. SG is now 3-3, 3-3. Kingsland is 2-4, 3-4.
Warriors Blank Snakes in a Week Six Eye-Raiser
It is a score that’ll make every Section 1AA football team a little nervous. In week seven’s biggest “upset” (by record at least), Caledonia (2-4), the sections typical top squad, beat Southeast-White second place team Triton (5-1). Carl Fruechte’s group didn’t just beat the Cobras, but they shut them out 22-0. The Warriors got a 46-yard TD by run Eric Mauss for the first half’s only score, as team Cal led 7-0 at the half. But a pair of third quarter TD passes, the first a 25-yarder from Lewis Doyle to Jackson Koepke, the second a 50-yarder from Doyle to Logan Banse, made the score 22-0 (with conversion and PAT). That 22-0 score held as the final. Mauss (19-145, TD rushing), Doyle (9-18, 141 yards, 2 TDs passing; 8-32 rushing), Banse (3-69, TD receiving), and Koepke (2-40, TD receiving) led the cause offensively. Linebacker Ayden Goetzinger had a big game defensively, getting credited with 15 total tackles. The Warrior defense, which over the years has been stifling, has returned to that form each of the last two weeks. The shut-out win was their second straight, as they blanked Lourdes 15-0 in week six. The Cobras came in averaging 31.2 PPG with their lowest scoring effort their lone loss, 21-20 to Chatfield. Though entering with a 5-1 record, Triton owns narrow wins of 31-29 (Pine Island), 22-20 (St. Charles), and 43-42 (Lewiston-Altura). The Warriors improved to 2-3, 3-4.
Escalating TRC Volleyball Battles Feature Cal, Chat, and FC
The final full week of the regular volleyball season featured a pair of escalating battles with big implications on the TRC title. On Tuesday, third place Chatfield (7-1, 17-6) trekked to essential co-first-place squad, #7 in AA Caledonia (6-0, 15-4). Blocks were key story, as the teams’ hammered shots at each other. Caledonia had four denials in the first game; a set tied 16-16. But the Warriors then scored three straight points to lead 19-16. Chatfield couldn’t recover and fell 25-21. Game two had five ties. The Warriors led by three as late as 19-16, but Chatfield got a four-point service session from Devann Clemens (helped by Jaelyn LaPlante and Kara Goetzinger blocks). The Gophers went ahead 21-19. A Peyton Berg block made it 24-22. Caledonia avoided game-defeat once, but a big Zayda Priebe middle attack ended the set. Chatfield evened the match with a 25-23 win. Game three was the most competitive. Chatfield racked up 29 digs and Caledonia 34. There were ties at 2, 3, 5-11, and 16 before Chatfield built a 20-16 lead amidst another Clemens (five-point) serving session. But the Warriors came back with four straight points for the set’s tenth tie, 20-20. Chatfield then went 3-0 to lead 23-20. Caledonia staved off set points at 24-22, 24-23, and 25-24. The Warriors sandwiched Koepke kills around a Grace Myhre/Sadie Treptow block to come back and win 27-25. In game four, Scott Koepke’s group broke a 14-14 tie with a 13-3 run to post a 25-17 win. They got the 3-1 victory (25-21, 23-25, 27-25, 17-25). The sophomore OH Koepke posted a big 20-20 game (22 kills, 23 digs). Myhre (11 kills) helped. No other Warrior had more than four kills. Four had three or four including Sadie Treptow (3 kills, 5 1⁄2 blks). Setters Jovial King (28 assists, 9 digs) and Emma Rommes (13 assists, 7 digs) ran Cal’s offense. Alexis Schroeder (12 digs) and Brianna Stemper (3 kills, 9 digs) did back line work. Chatfield was led by Berg’s big double-double (13 kills, 27 digs, 15-16 serving, 2 aces). LaPlante (13 kills, 7 digs), Priebe (8 kills), and Goetzinger (7 kills, 3 blks) also did offensive work. Setters Sydney Allen (18 assists, 6 digs) and Clemens (21 assists, 11 digs, 18-18 serving 4 aces) spread it around. Shelby Nolan (18 digs) and Harper Goldsmith (13 digs) did good back-row work. The Gophers are 7-2, 17-8.
On Thursday, Caledonia (7-0, 16-4) trekked to Fillmore Central (8-0, 14-11) for a battle of league unbeatens. An FC win ensured them the TRC title. A Warriors win almost did the same, though Cal still had remaining games versus TRC teams “bottom half teams” PEM and D-E. For all intents and purposes, the match was for the TRC title. Game one saw the visiting Warriors annul an early 4-1 Falcon lead with a 10-2 run to lead 11-6.
FC got to within two a couple times, but fell 25-16. FC maybe had five kills. The Falcons still weren’t too offensive in game two (less than ten kills), but Caledonia wasn’t in sync either. After nine ties to 13, FC ended on a 12-2 run, getting seven points in a serving spurt by 8th grader Kyla Hellickson. They evened the match 1-1 with a 25-15 win. Game three was then the most competitive, with nine ties. FC led 19-17, but Warrior top player Logan Koepke authored a four-point serving run to put the Warriors ahead 22-19. FC was then down one twice (22-21, 23-22), but Cal prevailed 25-22. After some early competitiveness, set four was then controlled by the Warriors. They led 22-11 at one point a cruised to a 25-18 victory, a 3-1 win (25-16, 15-25, 25-22, 25-18) in a match where both teams each got to twenty just once. The 5’10” sophomore Koepke (17 kills, 21 digs, 7 aces) led the way for the Warriors. Grace Myhre (5 kills), Paige Klug (5 kills), and Sadie Treptow (3 kills, 4 1⁄2 blks) added some offense. Jovial King (18 assists, 7 digs) and Emma Rommes (13 assists) split the setting. Brianna Stemper and Emme Kittleson each added 9 digs. Senior setter Lauren Mensink (9 kills, 18 assists, 17 digs) paced FC. Allyssa Britton (11 kills), Kammry Broadwater (6 kills, 16 digs), and Abby Bothun (6 kills, 8 digs) brought some offense. Hellickson (18 digs, 21-22 serving, 3 aces) led the FC defense. Caledonia out-killed and out-aced FC. The Warriors also played in the Lakeville-North Tourney (See Volleyball). They (8-0, 18-8) own their own destiny in the TRC. FC is 9-1, 15-12.
Escalating SEC Volleyball Battles Feature SG, Lanesboro, and M-C
Just like the TRC, there was an escalating set of important SEC volleyball matches. On Monday, Lanesboro (15-8) and Spring Grove (13-6) played for the second time this year, a match-up of top SEC teams. Kelsey Morken’s Lions started game one up 14-3, as Rachel Halverson had an early 8-point serving session. The Burros closed to down 24-22, but fell 25-22. Game two saw Lanesboro lead most of the way, including 20-16. But SG ended on a 9-1 long run (including scoring the final seven points in a Maggie Lile serving session) to post the 25-21 win. Team Lion then led game three most of the way. The lead was 21-20 late before SG scored four of the final five points for the 25-21 win, the 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-21, 25-21). Offensively, the Addyson McHugh (15 kills, 10 digs, 19-20 serving, 3 aces) and Kenadee Gerard (14 kills) duo scored 29 of SG’s 35 kills. Rachel Normann (30 assists, 10 digs) did the setting while Lile (14 digs, 8-8 serving, 3 aces) led the pass-effort. Halverson (9 digs, 16-17 serving) helped. Lanesboro was led by Jessie Schreiber (14 kills, 15 digs), Ella Cambern (25 assists, 12 digs), Malia Tessum (21 digs), and Kaci Ruen (8 kills, 6 digs). Ellie Anderson (6 kills), Lynsey Ruen (11 digs), and Jensyn Storhoff (4 kills) helped. SG won the first match by narrow sweep also.
Spring Grove (15-6) then hosted #6 in A Mabel-Canton (26-3) in the biggest SEC match of the year. The Lions came in playing strong, and the Cougars playing typical M-C volleyball. A tense battle ensued. Game one saw M-C lead 4-1, 9-5, and 18-14, only for SG to come back to tie at 5-5, 9-9, and 18-18. The Cougars then led 23-19 only for SG to close to 23-22. In the end, M-C never trailed in the set, and won 25-23 despite the Lions constant retorts. Game two had the SG in front and the Cougars rallying. After building leads of 5-2 and 13-9, SG never trailed, though the Cougars tied it once and were within one eight times. The last was down 21-20, but SG scored four of the last six for the 25-22 win, tying the match 1-1. Game three was the only game controlled by either team. M-C overcame an early 7-3 hole with a 7-0 run. After building that 9-7 lead, the Cougars led the duration for a 25-19 win. Game four was then the most competitive. It featured 13 ties, the last at 24-24. SG staved off set-point down 24-23. Lion Lydia Solum then served an ace and Kenadee Gerard followed with a kill. Lion-nation went into euphoria. Winning 26-24, they were taking the Cougars to five sets, threatening a more than 10-year SEC league-match winning streak. Gerard and Addyson McHugh combined for 13 kills in the game. The final set was a microcosm of the match. A team jumped ahead; M-C up 9-5. The other then fought back; SG went 4-0 for a 9-9 tie. Four ties later, the set was even at 13-13. But the Cougars then got a bump-return-kill from Molly Lee and a tip-kill from Emily Carolan (which was nearly pancake-saved). They persevered to the tight 3-2 win, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 24-26, 15-13. With the win, M-C (13-0, 27-3) clinched the SEC-East title. The Cougars were led by their young middles offensively, 8th grader Kinley Soiney (16 kills) and freshman Saijal Slafter (15 kills). Lee (11 kills, 23 digs), Sophie Morken (9 kills, 33 digs, 21-24 serving, 3 aces), and Carolan (9 kills, 8 digs, 23-24 serving) gave the Cougars five gals with 9-plus kills. Sahara Morken (55 assists, 15 digs) posted a huge assist-total. McKenzie Kelly (29 digs, 22-23 serving) combined with Sophie M. to post 60-plus digs. Kelly had 10 digs in the fifth set. SG’s offense was keyed by big hitters McHugh (26 kills, 21 digs, 3 aces) and Gerard (26 kills, 10 digs, 5 aces). All other Lion attackers combined for 15 kills (Lydia Solum had 5, Brielle Neeley 4). Setter Rachel Normann (51 assists, 20 digs) also topped 50 assists. Julia Halverson (34 digs, 19-19 serving) and Maggie Lile (32 digs) gave the Lions two players with a combined 60-plus digs. SG had more kills (67 to 62) and more aces (12 to 5) but more hitting errors (29 to 17). SG out-errored M-C 7-3 (all miscues) in game five. SG had 130 digs, M-C 116. SG is 11-2, 17-9. They also played in the Goodhue Tourney (See Volleyball).
Gophers Trounce Eagles, Clinch White Title
Chatfield (#7 in AA, 5-1) took care of Dover-Eyota (2-4) in Southeast-White action, allowing Jeff Johnson’s Gophers to grab the White sub-district title (helped by Caledonia). Junior utility player Sam Backer threw for two scores and rushed for two more (3-4, 83 yards, 2 TDs passing; 13-126, 2 TDs rushing) in leading the Gophers to victory. He’s now ran for at least 125 yards in Chatfield’s last six games, their six-game win streak. Backer has 17 rushing TDs and 25 total TDs. Junior wide receiver Cole Johnson (6-131, 2 TDs receiving) also had a big night. Jackson Schild (14-124, 2 TDs rushing) joined Backer in topping the century mark and scoring twice. The Gophers scored 27 second quarter points to lead 35-0 at half and they coasted to a 41-6 win. Triton fell to Caledonia 22-0. And thus, the Gophers (5-0, 6-1) can’t be caught in the White standings by Triton (3-2, 5-2) or Goodhue (3-2, 4-3). They are the 2021 sub-district champions and have also most likely secured Section 1AA’s #1-seed.
Burros Trounce Cougars, Guarantee South-East Shared Title
Lanesboro (#2 in 9-Man, 6-0) brought out its powerful running game. They ran past Mabel-Canton (3-3) in a week seven South-East contest. James Semmen’s Burros rolled up 368 yards rushing. They scored the first six TDs of the game all on the ground and posted a 48-16 win. J.T. Rein (11-154, 3 TDs rushing) led the way, topping 1,000 yards for the season. He’s rushed for at least one TD every game and has 13 total rushing scores. Senior teammate Seth Semmen (9-117, 3 TDs rushing) also topped 100 yards rushing. The duo accounted for Lanesboro’s first six scores. Kaden Stettler also hit Peyton Olson for a 15-yard TD pass. Mabel-Canton used its ground game. Sophomore Cayden Tollefsrud (32-137, 2 TDs rushing; 3-32 receiving) topped 100-yards on the ground while tallying both Cougars scores. Brothers Jordan Larson (9-12, 93 yards passing) and Tyler Larson (10-34 rushing; 3-42 receiving) chipped in stats for M-C. The Burros have now run for at least 300 yards in all seven of their games (44.3 PPG). They could conceivably rush for 3,000 yards by the end of the regular season. Linemen Cooper Ferrie, Trevor Ruen, Clay Schwictenberg, and Stephan Schultz, tight ends Jacob Peterson and Carter Clarke, fullback Hayden Lawstuen, are the large, pretty athletic, rugged group that’s paved the road. The Burros (6-0, 7-0) will at least share the South-East title. GM (5-1, 6-1) is in second. M-C fell to 2-4, 3-4.
#4 Trojans Trounce Hayfield, Guaranteed MSE-East Shared Title
The Mid-Southeast-East has some cupcake games to it. Every game since week two’s 26-15 win over Fillmore Central has been cupcake-esque for #4 in Class A Rushford-Peterson. Davin Thompson’s Trojans rolled Hayfield 67-7 in week seven to ensure at least a share of the MSE-East sub-district title. The Trojan defense has been stingy at times this year, holding four opponents under 100 yards total offense. Versus the Vikings, they out-scored Hayfield’s offense. R-P had three defensive TDs, getting two pick-sixes (90 yards, 65 yards) from senior Dalton Hoel. Titan Tekautz added a 41-yard fumble return TD. Alex Ronnenberg authored a 75-yard kickoff-return TD, as the special teams also hit pay-dirt. Malachi Bunke (7-12, 199 yards, 3 TDs) threw TDs to Ronnenberg (2-84, TD receiving), Aaron Prinsen (2-72, TD receiving), and Justin Ruberg (2-37, TD receiving). It was Bunke’s fifth straight game with at least two TD passes. Hadyn Kahoun (9-64 rushing) led the rushing attack. Ronnenberg added a rushing TD (1-yard run), as did Jonah Bunke (12-yard run) and Tekautz (5-yard run). The Trojans improved to 6-0, 7-0. They lead Fillmore Central (5-1, 6-1) in the MSE-East and will look to lock up an out-right title with a win over Faribault B.A. The Trojans have out-scored their foes 250-41 since week three.
Larks Complete “West” Sweep, Grab West Title
Grand Meadow volleyball breezed to two wins versus West foes to clinch the SEC West division title. Sue Wilson’s Superlarks first beat Glenville-Emmons 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-14). Anna Oehlke (11 kills, 19 digs) notched a double-double. River Landers (11 kills, 4 blks), Kendyl Queensland (6 kills, 16 digs), Emma Grafe (4 kills, 10 digs, 17 assists), Isabelle Fretty (12 assists), and Sydney Cotton (11 digs) made it a team effort. GM also swept Southland 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-14). Grafe (8 kills, 17 assists), Lauren Queensland (8 kills, 6 digs), Oehlke (7 kills, 20 digs, 5 aces), K-Queensland (5 kills, 12 digs), Landers (5 kills, 3 aces, 3 total blks), Fretty (17 assists), and Lexy Foster (4 kills) did work. The Larks (11-2, 14-8) can’t be caught by second place L-O (9-4, 12-10). They went 10-0 versus other West foes, dropping just one set (L-O). It is their sixth straight SEC-West division title (shared or out-right). GM also took on the Apple Valley Tourney (See Volleyball).
State Contender C-C Teams Win at PEM Invite
The cross-country season is winding down. That last meet prior to the “post-season” TRC and 1A Meets, took place at Piper Hills Golf Course in Plainview. Two Journal 11 teams with state hopes took to the course and authored first place team finishes. On the guys side, Matt Kingsbury’s LARP group easily topped Stewartville (105) and Pine Island (121) for first. It is their fifth team-race win in seven tries, and they took second in the other two events. Kingsland (148) took fifth, Chatfield sixth (151), and LFC eighth (156) of 11 complete teams. Senior Tyler Rislov won his third race of the season in a season best-time (16:39). He bested nearest foe, often foe, Kingsland’s Garrison Hubka (16:53.6), who took second. Rislov’s teammate Andrew Hoiness (17:11.5) took fifth, marking the sixth time Rislov and Hoiness each finished top five. Ryan Prinsen (12th > 17:37.5), Tyler Betthauser (14th > 17:54.6), Sam Adamcyk (21st > 18:38.1), and Matthew Sprague (24th > 18:51.2) gave team LARP six in the top 24. Other Journal 11 runners also finished high. Cole Kruegel (17:01.8) took fourth to join with Hubka in giving Kingsland two in the top five. That duo has each finished top 10 in seven of nine races. LFC’s Carson Ruen took seventh (17:18.6) to lead his squad. Burros Isaac Snyder (20th > 18:22.6) and Riley Serfling (23rd > 18:46.1) also finished top 25. Chatfield was led by Logan Thompson (13th > 17:49.7) and Treyton Lanning (19th > 18:21.6). On the girls side, Jayna Harstad’s Chatfield Gophers are state hopefuls. They showed their running strength by taking first (53) over PEM (68) and Pine Island (75). It was their third team first place finish of the year. LFC (106) took fifth while Kingsland and LARP were incomplete. Sonja Semling (19:41.1) of Cotter was the girls individual champ. The top Journal 11 runner was LFC 8th grader Lillyan Kiehne (20:17.2), who took second. Chatfield cross country introduced a new runner to its varsity team in 7th grader Lexi Kivimagi (20:54.1). She led all Gopher runners by taking fifth overall. Teammates Tessa McMahon (7th > 21:02.1), Aletta Strande (10th > 21:13.1), Belle Carr (14th > 21:33), Ella Bakken (22nd > 22:06.8), and Katelyn Dornack (23rd > 22:08) gave the Gophers six in the top 25. Brielle Ruen (15th > 21:35.1) and Morgan Pickett (24th > 22:08.3) joined with Kiehne to give LFC three in the top 25. LARP was paced by Lauren Honken (21:39.8), who took 18th. Kingsland didn’t have anyone in the top 25.
Chase Johnson ran for 184 yards and 4 TDs as LeRoy-Ostrander (4-2, 5-2) downed Houston 57-6. Johnson eclipsed 1,000 yards passing in the game. He now has 1,045 passing yards and 1,344 rushing yards (34 total TDs). Grand Meadow football (5-1, 6-1), ranked #8 in 9-Man, ran its win streak to six by downing L/P 40-18. Dustin Copley notched his third straight game of over 150 combined rushing/receiving yards. Fillmore Central (5-1, 6-1) breezed past W-K 45-6 for their fifth straight win. Gracie O’Byrne had 35 digs versus Kingsland, and 31 digs versus Glenville-Emmons, as L-O volleyball posted two 3-1 wins. Lindsay Milk’s group improved to 9-4, 12-10 on the year. They are the ninth Journal 11 volleyball team above five hundred. Anika Reiland had 27 digs in the loss to L-O. Lanesboro’s Kaci Ruen had 20 kills without one hitting error as the Burros (9-4, 17-9) beat Houston 3-0. Rushford-Peterson volleyball played two five set matches. They fell to Cotter 3-2 but beat La Crescent/Hokah 3-2. Junior Kaylee Ruberg neared the Trojan single-game kill record (33) by scoring with 32 kills versus the Lancers. She had 31 digs versus the Ramblers. R-P is 5-4, 17-10. Zayda Priebe had 20 kills in a Chatfield 3-1 loss to Pine Island. Six-seed Caledonia/SG/Hou lost to 3-seed La Crescent 2-1 in overtime of the 1A boys soccer play-offs.
Houston 6, LeRoy-Ostrander 57 (L-O: C. Johnson 21-184, 4 TDs rushing, 5-8, 70 yards, INT passing; Layne Bird 6-111, TD rushing; Gavin Sweeney 2-59 receiving; Tristan Lewison 22-yard fumble recovery TD; Morgan Jasper 5-40 rushing; Ryder Stern 5-34, TD rushing; Dane Schumann 1-yard TD run. H: Morgan Rohweder 8-14, 84 yards, INT passing; Isaac Heyer 3-39 receiving, 6-21, TD rushing. Houston led 6-0 after one quarter, but L-O exploded for 57 unanswered total points. Houston > 2-5, 2-5)
Lyle/Pacelli 14, #8 in 9-Man Grand Meadow 40 (GM: Taylor Glynn 9-12, 195 yards, TD passing, 3-64, TD rushing; D. Copley 8-85, 2 TDs rushing, 3-77 receiving; Jacob Kerrins 2-57 receiving, 1-yard TD run; Wesley Soltau 10-yard TD reception; Alex Stevens 1-yard TD run. Larks built a 40-0 lead after three)
Wabasha-Kellogg 6, Fillmore Central 45 (FC: Chase Christianson 5-7, 94 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT passing; Jayce Kiehne 3-54, 2 TDs receiving; Bryce Corson 5-54, TD rushing; Alec Sikkink 5-51, TD rushing; Luke Hellickson 25-yard TD reception. W-K twice fumbled ball through end zone for safeties on punts. Corson and Gunner Benson combined for an 80-yard punt return TD/ Corson covered 74 yards before lateraling to Benson for the TD. Ten different Falcons recorded a carry)
(10/11 – 10/16)
Lyle/Pacelli 0, Kingsland 3 > 25-13, 25-10, 25-21 (K: A. Reiland 9 kills, 11 digs, 4 aces; Alyssa Link 4 kills, 12 assists, 4 digs; Shelby Beck 4 kills; Audrey Webster 9 digs; Shayla Aarsvold 6 aces)
Houston 0, Spring Grove 3 > 25-13, 25-10, 25-15 (SG: A. McHugh 12 kills, 7 digs, 6 aces; K. Gerard 10 kills; L. Solum 7 kills; M. Lile 5 kills, 4 assists, 16 digs; R. Normann 31 assists, 3 aces. H: Sydney Torgerson 6 kills; Jaden Woodard 4 kills, 6 digs; Priya Kingsley 6 digs)
LeRoy-Ostrander 3, Kingsland 1 > 25-20, 25-27, 25-23, 25-22 (L-O: Jordan Runde 14 kills, 14 digs; G. O’Byrne 35 digs, 3 aces; Sidney Lewison 8 digs, 8 kills; Sam Volkart 4 kills, 15 digs; Anna Welsh 18 assists, 8 digs; Benita Nolt 6 kills; Kylie Welsh 7 digs; Jenna Olson 7 assists. K: S. Beck 10 kills, 9 digs; A. Reiland 6 kills, 27 digs; A. Link 4 kills, 14 assists, 17 digs, 3 aces; A. Webster 3 kills, 19 digs, 3 aces; Ashley McNamara 9 digs; S. Aarsvold 6 aces)
Schaeffer Academy 0, Lanesboro 3 > 25-16, 25-16, 25-18 (L: J. Schreiber 4 kills, 6 digs; E. Cambern 18 assists, 9 digs, 24-24 serving, 4 aces; K. Ruen 10 kills; M. Tessum 16 digs; E. Anderson 4 kills)
Kingsland 3, Lyle/Pacelli 0 > 25-15, 25-12, 25-18 (K: Alexys Harwood 9 kills; S. Beck 8 kills; A. Reiland 14 digs, 3 aces; A. Link 18 assists, 3 aces; A. Webster 9 digs, 4 aces; S. Aarsvold 4 kills. Knights > 5-8, 12-13)
Lanesboro 3, Houston 0 > 25-22, 25-14, 25-20 (L: K. Ruen 20 kills (0 errors – .385 hitting), 10 digs; E. Cambern 3 kills, 35 assists, 6 digs; J. Schreiber 10 kills, 5 digs; M. Tessum 24 digs; L. Ruen 7 digs. H: Lilly Carr 12 assists, 7 digs; S. Torgerson 4 kills, 3 total blks; P. Kingsley 6 digs; Emily Botcher 5 digs, 3 total blks. Hurricanes > 4-9, 4-14)
LeRoy-Ostrander 3, Glenville-Emmons 1 > 23-25, 25-8, 25-23, 25-12 (L-O: G. O’Byrne 33 digs; J. Runde 14 kills, 10 digs; S. Volkart 7 kills, 14 digs; S. Lewison 6 kills, 5 digs, 6 aces, 3 blks; A. Welsh 14 assists, 16 digs; K. Welsh 13 digs; B. Nolt 5 kills; J. Olson 10 assists, 3 blks)
Three Rivers Conference
Fillmore Central 3, Wabasha-Kellogg 0 > 25-16, 25-23, 25-8 (FC: A. Bothun 13 kills, 12 digs, 14-15 serving; L. Mensink 28 assists, 6 digs, 3 aces; K. Broadwater 11 kills, 6 digs; K. Hellickson 15 digs; Madison Simon 5 kills; Regan Hanson 3 kills, 17-18 serving, 4 aces)
Cotter 3, Rushford-Peterson 2 > 20-25, 11-25, 25-20, 25-19, 13-15 (R-P: K. Ruberg 12 kills, 31 digs, 20-21 serving, 2 aces; Isabelle Kahoun 27 assists, 12 digs, 15-15 serving; Hannah Ronnenberg 10 kills, 21 digs; Elly Malone 5 kills, 26 digs; Emarie Jacobson 4 kills, 7 digs; Kallie Eide 10 digs. Trojans had three with 20-plus digs but Cotter’s Allison French had 64)
Rushford-Peterson 3, La Crescent/Hokah 2 > 26-28, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20, 15-12 (R-P: K. Ruberg 32 kills, 23 digs, 20-21 serving, 3 aces; I. Kahoun 5 kills, 36 assists, 18 digs, 31-33 serving, 2 aces; H. Ronnenberg 8 kills, 7 assists, 15 digs; E. Malone 7 kills, 17 digs; Aviana Anderson-Ingram 7 digs)
Chatfield 1, Pine Island 3 > 17-25, 12-25, 25-23, 30-32 (C: Z. Priebe 20 kills (.500 hitting); P. Berg 9 kills, 14 digs; K. Goetzinger 10 kills (.438 hitting), 3 blks; J. LaPlante 6 kills, 3 aces; D. Clemens 14 assists, 6 digs; S. Allen 19 assists; Alexis Hinckley 9 digs)
Goodhue Tourney (Rushford-Peterson beat Alden Conger (25-9, 25-21) and Randolph (26-24, 25-21) while losing to Goodhue (16-25, 25-19, 7-15) and Lake City (25-20, 16-25, 13-15). Trojan tourney leaders: K. Ruberg (32 kills, 22 digs), I. Kahoun (6 kills, 53 assists, 25 digs), H. Ronnenberg (9 kills, 25 digs, 34-35 serving, 6 aces), E. Malone (16 kills, 25 digs, 28-29 serving), Taylor Helgemoe (9 blks); A. Anderson Ingram (21 digs). Trojans > 5-4, 17-10. Spring Grove took fifth place at the eight-team tourney. The Lions opened with a pair of 2-0 losses to two larger Class AA opponents – eventual tourney champion Medford (20-25, 19-25) and then Lake City (18-25, 21-25). The Lions came back against Class A clubs to win a pair of matches that went to a third set, defeating Hayfield (25-21, 19-25, 15-4) and Alden Conger (22-25, 25-20, 15-12))
Apple Valley Tourney (Grand Meadow beat Avail Academy (25-23, 25-13) and Albert Lea (25-15, 25-13) while losing to Minneapolis-Southwest (14-25, 19-25) and Burnsville (19-25, 19-25). Lark tourney leaders: A. Oehlke (12 kills, 21 digs), K. Queensland (9 kills, 25 digs, 6 aces), R. Landers (14 kills), E. Grafe (9 kills, 18 digs, 23 assists, 7 aces), L. Queensland (9 kills, 18 digs), I. Fretty (23 assists, 12 digs), S. Cotton (12 digs))
Lakeville North Tourney (Caledonia lost to #2 in AA Jackson County Central (21-25, 17-25), #3 in AAAA Eden Prairie (18-25, 16-25), Prior Lake (25-16, 16-25, 12-15) and #3 in AAA Stewartville (25-22, 16-25, 11-15) while beating Hill-Murray (26-24, 25-16))
Cross Country (10/12)
Austin Invite (GMLOS’ boys (140) took fifth of seven complete teams. Lake City (46) beat Winona (53) for the guy’s title. Lake City’s Reese Anderson (16:22.11) bested Gavin Hanke (16:28.71) of Albert Lea for the individual title. Tate Goergen (20th > 18:31.84) and Cohen Wiste (22nd > 18:34.34) finished top 25 for GMLOS. GMLOS’ girls took fifth of seven complete teams. Lake City (62) nipped Austin (64) for the team title. Austin’s Marissa Shute (19:35.43) bested teammate Nadia Vaughn (19:44.39) for the individual title. GMLOS’ McKenna Hendrickson (19:56.33) took fourth. Bulldogs Naomi Warmka (15th > 21:56.32) and Katy Ottman (24th > 22:32.53) finished top 25)
Soccer/1A Playoffs (10/13)
(B) 6-seed Caledonia/SG/Houston 1, 3-seed La Crescent/Hokah 2 in OT (Cal/SG/Hou almost upset La Crescent-Hokah. The Warriors’ first-half goal by Austin Meyer was the only score until the Lancers’ Wyatt Farrell tied it with just three minutes to play, sending the match into overtime. Liam Farrell scored the winner in the second overtime period. Warrior goalkeeper August Allen made 15 saves. Cal/SG/Hou finishes at 5-9-2 overall)
(G) 7-seed Caledonia/SG/Houston 1, 2-seed Dover-Eyota 5 (Cal/SG/Hou girls trailed 4-0 at halftime against Dover-Eyota before Mikaela Konkel scored for the Warriors on a corner kick sequence. The Eagles tacked on the final goal with only five seconds to play. Cal/SG/Hou finishes at 4-10-2. Complete coverage and quotes on our website)
*The Fillmore County Journal Sports page is a written collaboration of Paul Trende and Lee Epps.