The Prep Bowl will be split into two days from the current one for the 2007 football tournament, the Minnesota State High School League board voted Thursday. The board unanimously approved the change and, shortly afterward, approved a reshuffling of this year's state tournament games. Instead of the Class 4A and 5A championships being played back-to-back, the Class 2A and 4A games will be switched for better crowd control. The order for both the Prep Bowl on Nov. 24 and the semifinals Nov. 16-17 at the Metrodome will be: Nine Man, Class 1A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 5A.
GROVE CITY -- Yellow Medicine East kept pace with Montevideo in the West Central South Conference after posting a 25-22, 25-13, 25-22 sweep over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Thursday. The win puts YME (6-3, 9-6) two matches behind the idle front-running Thunder Hawks (8-1, 18-2) with three matches left for both teams. Kristina Kietzmann and Lizi Jeseritz both had six kills to pace a balanced attack for YME.
LITCHFIELD -- Three Litchfield players had at least six kills to lead the Dragons to a 25-15, 25-15, 25-17 win over Glencoe-Silver Lake in Wright County Conference play Thursday. Dani Heuer led the way with nine kills on 17-of-17 attacks. Brittany Euerle followed with eight kills in 27-of-27 attempts and Megan Lambertson added seven kills and led the team with five ace blocks. Kirsten Rosenow served five aces, Euerle had 23 digs and Ali Kraft had 12 assist for Litchfield.
Prep Volleyball Kerhoven-Murdock-Sunburg def. Lincoln HI 25-14, 25-11, 25-14 Minneota def. Renville County West 25-8, 25-16, 25-12 Sauk Centre def. Paynesville 25-7, 25-11, 25-8 St. Cloud Cathedral def. New London-Spicer 25-11, 25-19, 25-19 Albany def. Minnewaska 25-23, 25-19, 25-21 Yellow Medicine East def. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 25-22, 25-13, 25-22 Morris def. Lac qui Parle Valley 22-25, 16-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-13 Lakeview def. MACCRAY 29-31, 25-15, 25-23, 25-18 BOLD def. Benson 25-23, 25-13, 26-28, 25-18 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa def.
Prep Football CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at St. Cloud Tech, 7 p.m. Alexandria at Little Falls Brainerd at Fergus Falls Rocori at Sauk Rapids (Non-conference) Bemidji at St. Cloud Apollo Sartell at Moorhead WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Yellow Medicine East at Morris, 7 p.m. BOLD at Paynesville, 7 p.m. Lac qui Parle Valley vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7 p.m. Montevideo at Benson, 7 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Staples-Motley at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at New London-Spicer, 7 p.m. Albany at Melrose Sauk Centre at St.
OLIVIA -- The Paynesville girls were unstoppable and the Murray County Central/Fulda boys shaded Renville County West by one point at the BOLD Invitational cross-country meet on Thursday. Linda Keller led five Bulldogs in the top 10 for a 27 point total. Austin Hinrichs of MACCRAY took first in the boys race, the senior's third win of the season.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar divers each posted a personal best as the Wilmar Cardinals dumped Little Falls 108-73 Thursday to go to 5-2 in the Central Lakes Conference. Brooke Feichtinger and Alicia Alvarado finished in a near dead heat at 177.60 and 177.35, respectively, and Beth Pollock in third scored 159.95. Willmar 108, Little Falls 73 200 MEDLEY RELAY - (1) Willmar: A. Tinklenberg, Pakola, S. Frank, S. Tinklenberg; 2:04.25 (2) Willmar: Stevens, Zondervan, Alvardo, Kelly; 2:12.86 200 FREESTYLE - (1) Mary Morris, Wil, 2:07.33* ...
LITCHFIELD -- Top-seeded Litchfield advanced to the semifinals of Section 3A Thursday with a 7-0 win over Pipestone. Litchfield will take on Yellow Medicine East at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gustavus Asolphus College in St. Peter. Benson, seeded No. 2, beat Montevideo 6-1 and will face New London-Spicer, a 4-3 winn over Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The final is slated for 1 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Junior Sarah Paterson won her third straight match Thursday for Willmar, but Alexandria upended the Cardinals for the second time this season, this time collecting a 6-1 Central Lakes Conference win. Alexandria (4-4, 10-10) blanked Willmar (2-6, 2-10) 7-0 on Sept. 25 in Alexandria. "We did play better than the last time we met them," said Willmar coach Erika Kath. Paterson downed Laura Johnson 6-1, 6-2. Willmar did manage to win a set at 1-singles and 3-singles after being swept by Alexandria in the earlier meeting. Willmar hosts St. Cloud Apollo today at 4 p.m.
COTTONWOOD -- Lakeview handed MACCRAY its first loss in the Camden North Conference Thursday night with a hard-played 29-31, 25-15, 25-23, 25-18 win over the Wolverines. "Lakeview was so scrappy. They never gave up on a ball," said Wolverines' coach Terese Bourne. The loss dropped MACCRAY into a first-place tie with Renville County West. MACCRAY trailed early in every game. In the first game they were able to come from behind on the serving of Brandi Bodin. But the next three games the Lakers lead was waterproof. Kari Caspers, a 6-1 senior hitter, had a huge game in the defeat.