Nine area volleyball teams look to continue their postseason hopes in their respective subsection semifinals tonight. Two matches pit area teams head-to-head and both are in Section 6AA-19 at Morris High School: Montevideo, the No. 1 seed, will face Lac qui Parle Valley at 6 p.m. MACCRAY and Benson will meet in the second match.
Ryan Stoick, a junior wide receiver from Morris, caught three touchdown passes Friday at the Metrodome as Minnesota-Morris overcame a 13-point Rockford (Ill.) lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Regents 27-20 in overtime for the Cougars (7-0, 7-2) first football title in the 10-team Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Stoick, the Cougars' leading receiver with 39 catches and 12 TDs, caught scoring passes covering 14, 6 and 15 yards.
Late results Saturday Section 4A Lester Prairie 40, Buffalo Lake-Hector 27 The Mustangs ran more than twice as many plays -- 71 to 39 -- and totaled 318 yards offensively, but a Lester Prairie punt return for a touchdown and an interception return for another TD made the difference. Deron Buboltz led the Mustangs (4-6) with 23 carries for 145 yards and Bryce Rippentrop caught a 25-yard TD pass from Eric Schultz and ran for another. BL-Hector (4-6) 7 7 0 13 -- 27 Lester Prairie (9-1) 12 14 7 7 -- 40 BLH - Mike Wolff 1 run (Max Schmidt kick) LP - Zakama 45 run (2-pt.
Prep Volleyball Section 3AA-North Semifinals At Redwood Falls GFW vs. Redwood Valley, 6 p.m. Springfield vs. Renville County West, 7:30 p.m. Section 6AA-17 Semifinals At Paynesville Sauk Centre vs. Eden Valley-Watkins, 6:30 p.m. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa vs. Albany, 30 minutes after completion of first match Section 6AA-19 Semifinals At Morris High School Montevideo vs. Lac qui Parle Valley, 6 p.m. MACCRAY vs. Benson, 30 minutes after completion of first match Section 2A-North Semifinals At Fairfax Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg vs.
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Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Community Education is taking a fan bus to the Section 5AA championship football game against Eden Valley-Watkins at St. Cloud State University on Thursday. Students in K-9 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost of the ride is $8. The bus will depart from the high school in Grove City at 5 p.m. You must pre-register by noon on Wednesday by calling the ACGC Community Education office at 320-857-2651 or by signing up at the high school office.
BARRETT -- Scoring under 30 points for the first time in eight games, MACCRAY picked a good time to post a shutout, upending top-seeded West Central Area 25-0 in the Section 6AA semifinals on Saturday. The Wolverines, who lead the area in scoring at over 40 points-per-game, have come alive defensively as well, limiting their last three opponents to 12 total points. "Out defense played very well," said MACCRAY coach Mike Dammann. "(Defensive coordinator) Rick Meyer had a good plan of attack." Not that the Wolverines played poor on offense.
HOWARD LAKE -- Playing a nearly mistake-free football game, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City plowed through Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 17-7 on Saturday night to gain the Section 5AA title game. The Falcons ran 60 plays without a turnover and had only four penalties. They outgained the Lakers 206-171 in total yards. A 7½-minute drive in the game's last 11 minutes led to a 24-yard Kyle Johnson field goal to ice the win. "That was a key," said coach Terry Karlsgodt of the 70-yard march to the HLWW seven. The Falcons will meet Eden Valley-Watkins, defending section and state champion at St.
WILLMAR -- Central Lakes won its fourth straight MCCC volleyball title on Sunday winning a hard-fought match with Ridgewater. The Raiders (30-3) prevailed in the final match of the three-day, eight-team state community college tournament 25-30, 30-27, 33-31 and 30-22. Ridgewater coach Joe Sussenguth said he couldn't be disappointed given the caliber of his team's play against the No. 1-rated team in NJCAA Division III. "I've never seen teams battle so hard," he said. "The games were physical and extremely well played.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sam Boushek and Alissa Mattison of Redwood Valley took second place in doubles at the state Class A girls tennis tournament Saturday. Benson duo Abby Fragodt and Mackenzie Weber took fourth in the tournament held at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center. Boushek and Mattison, both seniors, won their semifinal match against Betsy Wehseler and Farrah Steinke of Crosby-Ironton, 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5.