Jake Schultz is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune, working his first job out of college. He graduated from St. John's University (CSB/SJU) in 2016 and is a baseball fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @StJake29.
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ALEXANDRIA — BOLD's first game in the state football tournament since 2014 proved to be one to remember. The Warriors made up for lost time, scoring 50 unanswered points on the way to a 50-6 win against Ottertail Central Saturday afternoon in the Class A state quarterfinal match at Viking Bank Field in Alexandria. BOLD will head to the state semifinals against Blooming Prairie at 9 a.m. Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Awesome Blossoms won their quarterfinal game against United South Central 42-0.
Paynesville's second-straight trip to the Class AA state tournament is no surprise. Especially after their Section 5AA tournament. The Bulldogs outscored Eden Valley-Watkins and Minnewaska 102-0 in their two section tournament games to clinch a state berth. They look as good as ever and Pillager is the team trying to slow down the machine that is the Bulldogs. The Class AA quarterfinal game is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday in Alexandria.
Saturday was an emotional, rough and tumble day for the Willmar Cardinals at the Class AA state cross country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The girls team, featuring four seniors in their top five runners, took seventh place in a highly competitive race that saw St. Michael-Albertville top the race. The Knights finished with a meet-best 70 points, edging Wayzata's 75 and Edina's 87. Minneapolis Washburn's Emily Covert repeated as the Class AA champion, crossing the finish line in just 17:03.4, more than 25 seconds ahead of second-place Lauren Peterson of Farmington.
ST. CLOUD—New London-Spicer charged down the field in the opening drive of Friday's Section 6AAA championship against Pierz, cutting through to the red zone with relative ease. But as quickly as the drive started, it ended with equal pace. The Pioneers held the line and kept the Wildcats off the board, only to go the distance in their own opening drive. This proved to be a theme as Pierz rolled to a 44-6 win over New London-Spicer to clinch their 23rd win in a row and a spot in the Class AAA state tournament for the sixth year in a row.
At this exact moment last year, the Paynesville Bulldogs were 7-2 with their sights set on their first state tournament berth since 2011. That team cruised to a 32-7 victory over Holdingford and rolled to a semifinal at U.S. Bank Stadium. Now, the Bulldogs are 7-2 with a high-powered offense and free-wheeling team. Sound familiar? If Paynesville wants to make it back-to-back state tournaments, the Bulldogs will have to top Minnewaska, an 8-2 team and the No. 2 team in Section 5AA. That game kicks off at 8 p.m. at St. John's University in Collegeville.
NEW LONDON — With 11 minutes, 11 seconds to go in the fourth quarter Saturday night, New London-Spicer's offense didn't just stay on the field to attempt a fourth-down conversion from two yards out, they demanded it. A five-yard rush later, the offense remained on the field with a 20-0 lead.
WILLMAR—The Granite City Lumberjacks had a response for every Willmar WarHawk effort Friday night as the WarHawks fell to the visiting Lumberjacks 5-2. Willmar netminder Lucas Ehrlich stood on his head for the majority of the first period, making 16 saves in the period, but the Lumberjacks' persistence paid off with three goals. Sam Ohmes kickstarted the effort and Zack DeBoom doubled the Lumberjacks' effort less than a minute later. Hunter Schwehr made it 3-0 with 1:03 to play in the period. Ehrlich finished the game with 49 saves on the 54 shots he faced.
Litchfield's Shanna Kinny and Avery Stilwell capped their remarkable season with yet another silver medal Friday at the Class A state tennis tournament at the Reed Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Rochester Lourdes' top-ranked team of Clare Palen and Natalie Allison defended their title, topping Kinny and Stilwell in the title match 6-2, 6-1.
MINNEAPOLIS—A trio of Litchfield tennis players extended their season with a chance for hardware Thursday at the Minnesota State Girls Tennis Tournament individual competition at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center. Shanna Kinny and Avery Stilwell, the No. 2 seed in the doubles tournament, advanced to the semifinals with a pair of straight-set victories and Elise Bierbaum, Litchfield's representative in the singles portion of the tournament, won convincingly in her opening two rounds, setting up a semifinal matchup with tournament-favorite Arlina Shen, of the Blake School.
NEW LONDON — Payton Madison says his favorite part about playing football is blocking. "Um, touchdowns?" New London-Spicer quarterback and teammate Brandon Adelman said incredulously. OK, so maybe blocking is the senior running back's second favorite part of football. But one glance at the towering Madison and it's clear the worst part of football for most of his opponents is trying to wrap him up. In a world where athletes and coaches fudge heights and weights for competitive advantage and deception, Madison fills out every bit of his listed 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame.