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KERKHOVEN — BBE's Ethan Schwinghammer and Evan Wiener both scored 11 points and Ryan Illies scored nine as the Jaguars edged KMS 44-41 in both teams' season-opener on Friday night at KMS High School. The tightly contested matchup was tied 18-18 at halftime. BBE's Ryan Illies finished with nine points and Parker Schwinghammer had six points. KMS' Regan Carlson led the Saints with 14 points, 12 coming on 3-point shots, and he also grabbed five rebounds.
Golf broke me. On one recent late fall day, unlike any other time, golf hacked off my hind quarters, grilled it and served it to me on a plate. With garnish. And relish. I'm on a three-year experiment to see if I can improve my game but this day was a disaster, and I believe golf sadistically enjoyed every agonizing minute. Sliced drives, skulled irons, misread, misguided putts, all were on display in one horror show day on the links.
MINNEAPOLIS - Willmar diver Erica Schramm placed second in the 1-meter diving finals during the Class A Minnesota State Swimming and Diving Meet on Saturday at the University of Minnesota's Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. Schramm, a junior, finished with 362.60 points to earn 17 team points for the Cardinals. Breck's Saylor Hawkins won with 439.60 points. Willmar's Olivia Welsh placed sixth with 342.40 points to earn 13 team points.
MINNEAPOLIS — Willmar divers Erica Schramm and Olivia Welsh both finished in the top four after 1-meter preliminaries and semifinals at the Class A Minnesota State Swimming and Diving Meet on Thursday at the University of Minnesota's Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center. Schramm enters Saturday's finals in second place with 272.90 points. Schramm scored 178.25 points in prelims to rank second behind Breck's Saylor Hawkins (193.15). Hawkins also was first after the semifinals with 308.95 points.
ALEXANDRIA — Having to tweak a starting lineup is a difficult proposition for any volleyball team at any point in the season. Willmar had to do it before its most important match of the season, and it gave Moorhead just enough of an edge to end the Cardinals' season in five sets in the Section 8AAA championship match on Saturday at Alexandria High School. Moorhead prevailed 25-18, 25-10, 20-25, 21-25, 15-6. The Cardinals finished 25-5 and narrowly missed out on the team's first state tournament berth.
ST. CLOUD — Another trip to the NJCAA Division III national tournament wasn't in the cards for the Ridgewater volleyball team as the Warriors fell to St. Cloud Technical in five games in the Region 13A championship match on Saturday at the Whitney Center. The Warriors finished 22-9 and were the No. 3-ranked team in the final Division III regular-season poll. They also shared the MCAC Southern Division title with St. Cloud Technical at 11-3.
ALEXANDRIA -- The Willmar volleyball team rebounded from two bad sets to send the Section 8AAA championship match to a deciding fifth game, but Moorhead prevailed to win the section crown for a second-straight year on Saturday at Alexandria High School. The Spuds won 25-18, 25-10, 20-25, 21-25 and 15-6. Moorhead opens the Class AAA state tournament on Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Seeds and pairings will be announced Sunday. Willmar finished the season 25-5. See this web site and Monday's Tribune print edition for more on the match.
MARSHALL -- Minneota started slowly but got its game together by halftime and the Vikings rolled to a 35-22 win over BOLD in the Section 5A championship game at Southwest Minnesota State on Friday. Minneota, now 11-0, opens Class A state tournament play Nov. 11 at Alexandria High School. BOLD finished the season 10-1 and for a second-straight year suffered its only loss in the section finals. Minneota committed two turnovers and punted on its first three possessions, and two Austin Einerson touchdowns had BOLD up 14-0.
WILLMAR — Winning wasn't going to be the question for the Ridgewater volleyball team on Wednesday in its MCAC matchup with Anoka-Ramsey. How the Warriors played would be, and they answered it to head coach Joe Sussenguth's liking. Ridgewater hit .413 with just six hitting errors in 75 attacks and throttled the winless Rams 25-8, 25-11 and 25-11 to remain atop the Southern Division standings with just two matches to play.
SARTELL — Willmar tennis player Cayle Hovland won two of three matches in the Section 8AA individual tournament on Saturday to advance to the Class AA state tournament on Oct. 24-27. Hovland won her semifinals match, lost in the championship match but rebounded with a win in a True Second match to earn her state tournament berth. The Class AA tournament is at the University of Minnesota's Baseline Club. Litchfield plays The Blake School in the Class A team tournament on Oct. 24 at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.