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.
HAWLEY -- Hawley didn't hide the fact that it would run the ball with religious fervor, but MACCRAY's defense wasn't up to the challenge Friday in the quarterfinal round of the state Class AA football tournament. The Nuggets ran without limits, racking up 496 yards in beating the Wolverines in a 58-43 shootout. Hawley will face Triton in the state semifinals Thursday at the Metrodome. MACCRAY, which had held its last four opponents to a total of 25 points, had no answer for bruising fullback Nick Paur and the outside speed of Nate Mattson. Paur, who rushed for almost 1,500 yards this seaso
Danielle Dahl, a Concordia senior outside hitter from Willmar, and Carly Freiborg, a Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior setter from Sacred Heart, were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association all-region team Thursday. Dahl was named in the Central Region and Freiborg in the Midwest Region. UW-Eau Claire (30-3) beat Concordia (24-3) in five games Friday in the NCAA Regionals.