LITCHFIELD — Litchfield's Josh Prahl ran for a fourth-quarter score and threw for another touchdown as the Dragons' broke a deadlock and defeated Holdingford 27-13 in a Section 6AAA game on Tuesday. The Dragons, the section's No. 4 seed, plays top-seed Morris/Chokio-Alberta at 7 p.m. Saturday at Big Cat Stadium in Morris. Prahl scored the game's first score on a one-yard run and Logan Nelson ran two yards for a score as Litchfield took a 13-0 lead into halftime. But Holdingford struck for two third-quarter scores to knot the game.
Volleyballl Playoffs Section 8AAA Wednesday #9 Becker at #8 Detroit Lakes, 7 p.m. #13 St. Cloud Apollo at #4 Monticello, 7 p.m. #12 Brainerd at #5 Sauk Rapids, 7 p.m. #10 Alexandria at #7 Bemidji, 7 p.m. #11 Big Lake at #6 St. Cloud Tech, 7 p.m. Quarterfinals Friday #9 Becker-#8 Detroit Lakes winner at #1 Moorhead, 7 p.m. #13 St. Cloud Apollo-#4 Monticello winner vs. #12 Brainerd-#5 Sauk Rapids winner, 7 p.m., at high seed #10 Alexandria-#7 Bemidji winner at #2 Willmar, 7 p.m.
GRANITE FALLS - The Yellow Medicine East volleyball team opened the Section 3A tournament with a convincing win over Lac qui Parle Valley on Monday. YME prevailed 25-15, 25-19 and 25-11. The Sting's Anna McCosh was strong at the net with three solo blocks. She added three kills before the night was over as well. Meeghen Dahlager did plenty of heavy lifting as well, finishing with a team-high eight kills. The victory sets up a meeting with MACCRAY, the No. 2 seed in the North section. MACCRAY won 3-0 in the only previous matchup between these teams.
Football Playoffs Section 8AAAA Today #5 Thief River Falls at #4 Willmar, 6 p.m. #6 Little Falls at #3 Rocori, 7 p.m. Semifinals Saturday #5 Thief River Falls-#4 Willmar winner at #1 Fergus Falls, time TBA #6 Little Falls-#3 Rocori winner at #2 Detroit Lakes, time TBA Final Nov. 4, at Alexandria Semifinals winners, 7 p.m. Section 6AAA Today #5 Holdingford at #4 Litchfield, 7 p.m. #6 Melrose at #3 New London-Spicer, 7 p.m. #7 Montevideo at #2 Albany, 7 p.m. Semifinals
Tuesday, Oct. 25 Football Section 8AAAA #5 Thief River Falls at #4 Willmar, 6 p.m. #6 Little Falls at #3 Rocori, 7 p.m. Section 6AAA #5 Holdingford at #4 Litchfield, 7 p.m. #6 Melrose at #3 New London-Spicer, 7 p.m. #7 Montevideo at #2 Albany, 7 p.m. Section 3AA #8 Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at #1 Redwood Valley, 7 p.m. #5 Windom at #4 Pipestone, 7 p.m. #7 Martin County West at #2 Yellow Medicine East, 7 p.m. #6 St. James at #3 Lakeview, 7 p.m. Section 5AA #5 ACGC at #4 Sauk Centre, 7 p.m.
The boys spotlight the remaining area sections, most notably a loaded 5A tournament that seemingly has four legitimate state championship contenders. BOLD drew the top seed in a field that includes two-time reigning state champion Minnesota. Wabasso and Dawson-Boyd also figure to be in the mix. Every other sections is also previewed, as an ill-prepared Clay fumbles through an assortment of sloppily hand-written notes.
Section football has arrived, and Willmar appears to have a winnable first-round game. The Cardinals host Thief River Falls, a 2-6 team they beat 42-0 in last year's opening round. Meanwhile, four area teams duke it out in 6AAA play. Morris has the No. 1 seed, NLS the third, Litchfield the fourth and Montevideo the seventh.
MOORHEAD — The Willmar volleyball team overcame an 0-2 start to salvage a .500 finish at the Moorhead Volleyball Invitational over the weekend. Things didn't go the Cardinal's way Friday. After dropping a 21-25, 25-15, 15-13 match to Nevis, they fell 25-15, 25-20 to section foe Moorhead. The Spuds and Cardinals, who are both 21-6, are the No. 1 and 2 seeds in the 8AAA tournament. Both teams get first-round byes. Willmar (21-6) opens against the winner of the Detroit Lakes-Alexandria match at 7 p.m. Friday in Willmar.
Monday, Oct. 24 Cross Country Armstrong Invite (with Willmar), 4 p.m., at Bassett Creek Park, Crystal Volleyball Section 2A #9 Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at #8 Cleveland, 7 p.m. Section 3A #9 Renville County West at #8 Lakeview, 7 p.m. #12 Dawson-Boyd at #5 Canby, 7 p.m. #10 Lac qui Parle Valley at #7 Yellow Medicine East, 7 p.m. Central Minnesota Conference BBE at Paynesville, 7:15 p.m. Swimming & Diving Wright County Conference Meet (with Litchfield), 3:30 p.m., at Waconia Clearwater Middle School
The Ridgewater volleyball team wrapped up a solid weekend with two more victories in the MCAC Crossover Tournament on Friday