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Ex-MSUM Dragons standouts coaching

at state volleyball

A pair of former Minnesota State University Moorhead volleyball players have coached their teams to the Minnesota State Tournament starting today at the Xcel Energy Center.

Former Dragon Mary Sussenguth, a 2006 Willmar graduate, is the head coach of Martin County West, which will compete in the Class A quarterfinals, a second straight year, at 3 p.m. today. MCW has compiled a 26-6 record so far will face Southwest Christian in the opening round. Sussenguth was MSUM’s team captain in 2009 and is the all-time leader in block assists. She is a Spanish teacher at MCW in Sherburn.

Another former MSUM standout, Megan (Norling) Chatterton, is the head coach of Dassel-Cokato. The Chargers (27-3) advanced to the Class AA state tournament and will face Hill-Murray at 7 p.m. today in St. Paul. Chatterton, who played at MSUM from 2006-08, is ninth all-time in kills at MSUM with 1,077. She is a fifth grade teacher.

Rochester, Central Lakes football meet for title

Rochester and Central Lakes College will play for the MCAC football championship at 1 p.m. Sunday at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud. Both teams are 9-1. The Yellowjackets won the regular-season meeting.

In the semifinals, Central Lakes whipped Northland 33-6 and Rochester took out Vermilion 33-7.

Willmar hosts Section 4A swimming starting today

The preliminaries of the Section 4A swimming and diving championships starts 5 p.m. today at the Willmar Senior High pool and diving well.

Results will determine the consolation and championship heats for Saturday’s finals. 

Ridgewater opens vs. Fergus Falls in Region 13A NJCAA volleyball

No. 3-seed Ridgewater College (19-9) starts its bid for the national tournament playing M State-Fergus Falls (17-12) at 6 p.m. Friday in the semifinal round of the Region 13A NJCAA volleyball tournament.

No. 1 Rochester (25-5) meets 4-seed St. Cloud Technical College (15-16) at 8 p.m. The championship game is at noon Saturday. Ridgewater is seeking a return to the national stage after a one-year absence.

In 13B No. 1 Central Lakes College, Brainerd, is hosting No. 2 Northland, No. 3 Mesabi Range and No. 4 Itasca College.

Three Falcons

to wrestle in college

Three ACGC wrestlers have committed to college wrestling programs for next year.

State champion Larry Bomstad verbally committed to wrestle at St. Cloud State next year.

Bomstad is a four-time state place-winner. He won the 145 pound Class A state championship as a junior last season. He was runnerup at 145 pounds as a sophomore. Bomstad placed third at 140 pounds as a freshman and fifth at 130 pounds as an eighth grader. He currently has a 182-16 high school record.

Falcons’ state champion Lucas Damm has committed to wrestling for Southwest Minnesota State next season. Damm is a two-time state entrant winning the Class A 220 pound state championship last season as a junior. He is projected to wrestle at heavyweight in college.

Falcon’s Logan Peterson, of Lake Lillian, has signed to wrestle at South Dakota State University next fall.

Peterson is a four-time state entrant and a two-time state place-winner, placing third in 2012 and 2013. He has a 154-30 high school record and was a USA Wrestling Folkstyle All American in 2013 placing fourth.

— Reuters/Staff reports