Sunday morning, Amanda left home before dawn to bow hunt the buck we have seen on occasion on the south place. My son and grandsons were having a guy's day of sleeping in, eating a big breakfast and doing guy things while mommy went after the winter supply of meat. I planned to be in the timber, not too far from where she planned to be, but the bed was warm and there is more than a week before the rut gets into full swing. I could get an extra hour or two of sleep and still go out in the afternoon. I was wondering if Amanda had stuck with her plan to go out early when the phone rang.
WILLMAR -- After Day 1 of 3 of the MCCC volleyball tournament, it would appear that Central Lakes College and host Ridgewater College are on a collision course. The Raiders posted a 6-0 game record on Friday at the college while the Lady Warriors went 5-1. Those two have accounted for the past six championships -- four by Central Lakes, including the last three, and Ridgewater in both 2001 and 2002. Joe Sussenguth, the first-year Ridgewater coach, points to Central Lakes as the favorite. "They've been rated No.
The Willmar Cardinals girls swimming and diving team competes today at the Central Lakes Conference championships hosted by Alexandria. The meet is scheduled to start at noon. As a result of preliminary competition Thursday at Alexandria, Willmar advanced three divers to the finals today: Alicia Alvarado, Brooke Feichtinger and Bethany Pollock. Fergus Falls is the defending champion. Montevideo and Minnewaska/Morris compete in the West Central Conference meet at St. John's University today, and Litchfield is at the Wright County Conference meet in Orono.
The high school football section playoffs resume today with eight semifinal games involving 10 area teams. Litchfield hosts Albany and New London-Spicer hosts Staples-Motley in Section 6AAA, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg hosts Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Dawson-Boyd is at Wabasso in Section 5A, MACCRAY is at West Central Area and Morris hosts Yellow Medicine East in Section 6AA, Buffalo Lake-Hector is at Lester Prairie in Section 4A and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City is at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in Section 5AA.
BROOTEN -- Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa made quick work of Holdingford in their quarterfinal match of the Section 6AA-17 volleyball tournament Friday. The Jaguars, the subsection's No. 1 seed, won the match 25-13, 25-17, 25-10. BBE will face Albany, which beat New London-Spicer 3-1, at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Paynesville. Heidi Lensing was perfect in attacks, converting 17-of-17 attempts into 11 kills. April Hansen added nine and served a team-high seven aces.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Benson pair of Abby Fragodt and Mackenzie Weber won twice Friday to reach today's semifinal round of the Class A girls state doubles tournament. The Braves' duo topped Katie and Kristin Sczublewski of Pierz 6-2, 6-4, in Friday's first round. In the quarterfinal they dropped Krista and Amy Mueller of Melrose 6-1, 7-6 (7-5). Fragodt and Weber will meet Beth Larson and Amber Washington, the No. 1 pair for state team runner-up Mounds Park Academy at 8 a.m.
Late results Thursday Section 3A (At Adrian) -- Anthony Bogard and teammate Justin Peters finished 1-2 to lead Redwood Valley to second place behind defending boys champion Adrian. The order of finish of the top two places in both team and individual was exactly that of a year ago. Casey Lippert of Renville County West took fifth and will return to state. The Jaguars placed third, an all-time school best, with 115 points. In the girls race, Adrian scored 24 points, clearing the way for the Dragons to defend their state title on Nov.
Prep Volleyball Section 6AA-17 BBE def. Holdingford 25-13, 25-17, 25-10 Albany def. NL-Spicer 25-9, 25-14, 25-27, 25-18 Section 3AA-North Redwood Valley def. YME 25-22, 25-22, 17-25, 25-22 RCW def. BOLD19-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-9 College Volleyball MCCC State Tournament Pool A Ridgewater def. Itasca 22-30, 30-20, 30-20 Rochester def. Mesabi Range 30-28, 18-30, 30-28 Ridgewater def. Rochester 30-27, 30-22, 30-15 Pool B Central Lakes def. Anoka-Ramsey 30-24, 30-13, 30-24 Hibbing def. MSCTC-Fergus Falls 30-26, 31-33, 32-30 Central Lakes def. Hibbing 30-13, 30-15, 30-23
Saturday Girls Tennis INDIVIDUAL STATE TOURNAMENT Singles and doubles Semifinals, Consolation semifinals, 8 a.m. Championship, Third Place, Consolation championship, 10:30 a.m. Prep Football Section 6AAA Semifinals Albany at Litchfield, 7 p.m. Staples-Motley at New London-Spicer, 7 p.m. Section 5AA Maple Lake at Eden Valley-Watkins, 7 p.m. ACGC at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, 7 p.m. Section 6AA MACCRAY at West Central Area, 7 p.m. YME at Morris, 7 p.m. Section 4A McLeod West at Goodhue, 7 p.m. Buffalo Lake-Hector at Lester Prairie, 7 p.m. Section 5A BBE
LITCHFIELD -- After losing the opening game to Worthington in the first round of the Section 2AAA playoffs, Litchfield wasn't about to lose another. Pinned in a big hole in the fourth game, the Dragons fought back to thwart off the Trojans' upset bid and post a 23-25, 25-22, 25-18, 28-26 win Thursday. The No. 3-seeded Dragons (24-5) will host No. 6 Delano Saturday at 2 p.m.