Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.
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NEW LONDON — Neither coach nor players could summon words to describe what they had just accomplished. The New London-Spicer girls basketball team dispatched the undefeated and No. 10-ranked Class...
Coming off a 33-0 state championship season last year, this season’s Brooten-Belgrade-Elrosa boys basketball team is 7-0 heading into its game against Minnewaska on Friday in Glenwood. That 40-game winning...
MORRIS — Morris/Chokio-Alberta’s Austin Dierks hit a four-footer in the lane with less than a second left in regulation to force overtime, then scored four of his team’s eight points...
BENSON — Emma Peterson’s runner in the lane fell at the buzzer and the Braves came away with a 63-62 non-conference win over Hancock on Thursday. Trailing by one, Benson...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The ACGC Falcons, trailing Mahnomen by 19 points in the fourth quarter, rallied for two scores but couldn't get all the way back and lost 26-20 in the Class A semifinals Saturday at the Metrodome. "We came in and did a good job of treating it like any other game," said Falcons receiver Lee Whitcomb, who scored one of his team's fourth-quarter touchdowns on a 46-yard pass play. "We knew we couldn't come in and treat it like a big game in the dome and we didn't. We left it all out there on the field and we tried our best." The Falcons finished the season 9-3.
MINNEAPOLIS -- In Dawson-Boyd's short history of playing in state football games, the Blackjacks never had known what it was like to walk around the Metrodome with that aching feeling of a loss in their stomachs. Until Saturday. In their fourth state tournament game in the dome, the defending Class A state champions fell victim to too many mistakes and lost to Bethlehem Academy 29-20 in the Class A state semifinals. "It's never easy to lose," said Blackjacks head coach Cory Larson. "Especially when you get this far in the playoffs and you know how good it feels to win games like this.
Two tall, athletic and powerful front row players bound for college teams next fall are the anchors of this year's Tribune All-Area Volleyball Team. Willmar senior Emily Minnick and Litchfield senior Bailey Koch are repeat first-teamers this year, and they are among seven area players who have again earned spots on the 21-player All-Area team. Minnick will play at North Dakota State next year and Augustana will be the lucky recipient of Koch's abundant talents. BBE senior Brittany Roelike, a four-year starter, is the lone three-time All-Area player on this year's team.
MORRIS -- It's not like the Dawson-Boyd football team has anything to prove, it's just that they keep proving things anyway. Earlier this season, the Blackjacks proved that a defending state champion could rebound from a tough loss.
ST. CLOUD -- Nick Kubesh returned to the BOLD football team's sideline, head down, feeling like he might have just cost his team a shot at the Class AA state semifinals. The Warriors' kicker had just missed a conversion kick in overtime after a BOLD touchdown, meaning that if Holdingford was able to score in its possession and add the kick, it would be game over, season over, for the Warriors. "I was really down," Kubesh said. "(BOLD head coach Steve) Solem came up to me and told me to keep my head up and believe in myself because they were going to need me to do it again." And they did.
Dawson-Boyd has a lot going its way as a Class A state quarterfinals football game against Browerville approaches. The Blackjacks have the confidence of the king as the defending state champions, for one. Two, it's going to play a team that runs a veer offense similar to that employed by Mahnomen, the team Dawson-Boyd dispatched in last year's state championship game. Third, the Blackjacks are coming off a decisive 42-21 win over a fierce rival, Minneota, in the Section 5A championship game last weekend.