Girls Hockey NON-CONFERENCE Willmar vs. Morris/Benson Area at Benson, 7:15 p.m. Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato at Breck, 7:30 p.m.
ST. PAUL -- For the third straight season, Central Minnesota Christian ended its volleyball season with a victory, beating Climax/Fisher 21-25, 25-18, 25-12, 22-25, 15-9 for third place at the state Class A tournament Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. The Bluejays (23-10) took third last season and finished fifth in 2004. A consistent attack and steady serve helped CMCS weather a couple of close games and put the Knights (26-7) away in the fifth game. Offensively, the Bluejays approached each game the same way, posting a kill percentage of at least .229 in each game.
MORRIS -- It was a big afternoon Saturday for both the swimming and diving teams from Willmar and Montevideo/Yellow Medicine East. When the times were all in for the Section 2A meet in the University of Minnesota-Morris pool, both teams will each advance six to the state meet Nov. 20-22 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. "It was a good day," said Willmar coach Carl Shuldes, trying to conceal his glee. "All week the girls seemed to be relaxed and confident.
Monica and Leah Ashburn, sisters from Hector, helped Southwest Minnesota State post a 27-9 record this season in volleyball. SMSU finished third in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a 14-4 record. The Mustangs lost in the first round of the NCAA Division II tournament. Monica, a junior setter, had 1,263 set assists, 25 ace serves and 38 kills. Leah, a freshman middle hitter, notched 180 kills and 16 ace serves.
ST. PAUL -- Kresson Vreeman of Central Minnesota Christian, April Hansen of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Samantha Broderius of Buffalo Lake-Hector were all selected to the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association All-State team recently. Vreeman, a senior setter/hitter, was also named last season. She was also selected to the Class A All-Tournament team, as was teammate Cassandra Ulferts, a junior setter/hitter. Vreeman, who will be attending the University of Denver on a full-ride Division I scholarship, led the Bluejays in nearly every offensive and defensive category this season.
FARGO -- The Ridgewater Warriors sent 13 wrestlers to the Bison Open on Saturday and they came away with 20 wins. Jarret Hall, a sophomore at 165 pounds, went 4-1 before Ridgewater coach Jesse Nelson pulled him out for precautionary reasons. "He's been banged up a little and I wanted to be careful with him," explained Nelson. Greg Skerik went 3-2 at 141 pounds and placed fourth. Jimmy Marx was sixth at 125 pounds. Justin Turek (149), Scott Thompson (174) and Brad Salveson (2-2) all went 2-2. Ridgewater will send 20 wrestlers to the Augsburg Open in Minneapolis next Saturday.
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Prep Volleyball State Tournament Third place Central Minnesota Christian def. Climax/Fisher 21-25, 25-18, 25-12, 22-25, 15-9
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THIEF RIVER FALLS -- After making a five-hour trek up north, Litchfield might think it will playing in its backyard next week. That's because the Dragons thrashed Thief River Falls 36-18 in the quarterfinals of the Class AAA State Tournament Friday to earn the right to play at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Litchfield (11-1) will meet a familiar foe in the semifinals next Thursday at 3:15 p.m.