GLENWOOD — Morris/Chokio-Alberta overcame a second-set loss and defeated Paynesville in four sets in a Section 3AA semifinals match on Thursday at Minnewaska High School. Jenna Howden finished with 20 kills and three blocks, Jenna Larsen had 10 kills and three blocks and Karly Fehr had 42 set assists, three kills, a block and 12 digs. Paynesville finished 18-8 and got 12 kills each from Abby Schaefer and Skylar Bayer, and Jacquelyn Hoeft had 11 kills. Molly Stang had 25 set assists and Jenna Lundquist had 19 assists.
The West Central Conference bowling teams will be in action in the conference playoffs on Saturday at the Garden Center Lanes in Alexandria. After last weekend's matches in New London, Alexandria wrapped up the regular-season in first with a 12-6 record. Willmar and New London-Spicer both finished with 9-6 marks but NLS won the tiebreaker based on games won. Willmar needed to win both its matches to place second but went 1-1. Alexandria and NLS will have first-round byes. Willmar will face No. 6 Ortonville (0-15) and No. 4 Benson will play No. 5 Yellow Medicine East.
WILLMAR — Willmar's boys and girls cross country teams are ranked in among the Class AA top 10 heading into Saturday's State Cross Country Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The Willmar girls team is ranked No. 5 and Heidi Schmitz is the lone Card ranked individually, finishing at No. 10. In the boys rankings, Wayzata is No. 1, Edina is No. 2 and St. Michael-Albertville is No. 3. The Willmar boys team is ranked No. 9. Wayzata is ranked No. 1, Edina is No. 2 and White Bear Lake is No. 3.
BOTTINEAU, N.D — Ridgewater's Mashawn Gordon returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and the Warriors added a second-quarter safety, but it was all Dakota State after that as the Jacks downed the Warriors 20-9 in an MCAC quarterfinals game Sunday. Dakota State's Elijah Todd and DeRante Sanders ran for touchdowns and quarterback Jackson Argoe threw a TD pass to Quay Harvey. Ridgewater finished the season 3-6. College Volleyball Rochester 3, Ridgewater 0
ALBANY — Blake Peterson ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns and Brandon Adelman threw for two scores as New London-Spicer exacted some revenge on a district rival with a 28-20 victory over Albany in the Section 6AAA semifinals on Saturday. Ten days earlier, Albany squeezed by the Wildcats 38-36 in the teams' final East Central North regular-season game and captured the section's No. 2 seed over the No. 3-seed Wildcats to get the semifinals home game.
MINNETRISTA — The Willmar girls won the Section 2AA championship and the Cardinals boys placed second on Thursday to also earn a spot in the Class AA State Cross Country Meet. Willmar junior Heidi Schmitz also won a section championship, finishing in 18:40.10 to outdistance Waconia's Kaleesa Houston by 23 seconds. The Cards' Leah Hansen finished in 19:09.8 to place fifth. The Willmar girls finished with 50 points to edge second-place Marshall, which finished with 53. The Cardinal boys team finished with 65 points, second to Buffalo with 54.
Volleyball playoffs are in full force and the guys from the WCT Sports Show are here to help break down the situations. Morris/CA and Willmar are early favorites to reach respective section finals and perhaps even a chance at the state tournament. MACCRAY is saddled with one of the tougher sections in Class A but that doesn't mean they don't have a shot.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Litchfield tennis team won the consolation championship with a 6-1 victory over Virginia at the Class A state tournament on Wednesday at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center. Shanna Kinny, Natalie Nelson, Elise Bierbaum and Alanis Thesenvitz won singles matches, and the Dragons' doubles teams of Laney Huhner and Avery Stilwell and Neriah Lara and Vaida Behnke also earned points. The Blake School defeated Holy Family 7-0 to win its third-straight championship, and Rochester Lourdes defeated Osakis 6-1 in the third-place match.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Litchfield tennis team's solid season came to an end in a 7-0 loss to two-time defending Class A champion The Blake School on Tuesday at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center. The Dragons defeated Roseau 7-0 in the consolation semifinals Tuesday night and will play Virginia for the fifth-place trophy at noon today at Reed-Sweatt. Blake dropped just nine games in four singles matches in the opener.
MOORHEAD — The Willmar volleyball team won four matches and the Moorhead Invitational over the weekend. The Cardinals defeated Spring Lake Park and Win-E-Mac in pool play, then downed Moorhead in three sets before taking out Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in two sets in the championship match. Willmar, now 23-4, opens Section 8AAA play on Friday. Section play-in games are Wednesday. In the four matches, Carly Wedel had 28 kills, Grace Marti had 25 and Abby Volk had 24 kills. Caitlin Ogdahl had 22 kills and Sydney Olson had 19 kills.