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Prep volleyball: Mainstreeters' coach nearly lost a toe before big match

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Sauk Centre volleyball coach Jim Klaphake nearly severed his right pinky toe in a farm auger accident the day before the undefeated Mainstreeters played Dassel-Cokato for the Section 6AA title on Saturday, the St. Cloud Times reported.

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Doctors operated Saturday morning at the St. Cloud Hospital and saved the toe in time for Klaphake to rush to St. Joseph for the 2 p.m. final.

Klaphake, who farms soybeans west of Sauk Centre, coached his team to a 3-1 win to earn a spot in the state tournament. The West Central Conference champs (31-0) play St. Croix Lutheran (29-2) at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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