Minnewaska kicks off the Class A State Tennis Tournament today at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. The Section 6A champion will face Section 2A champion St. James at 8 a.m. Following the match, Benson, representing Section 3A, will take on state power Rochester Lourdes at 10 a.m.
Sam Broderius, a senior setter for Buffalo Lake-Hector, notched the 2,000th set assist of her career last weekend in the Moorhead Invitational. Broderius, an All-Area selection as a junior, has 513 assists to date this season. She is only the 14th player all-time in the area to record over 2,000 sets assists in a career.
The Willmar Traveling Basketball mandatory parent meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Willmar Senior High School gymnasium. Registration packets are available at Roosevelt Elementary, Willmar Community Christian, Willmar Junior High and Play it Again Sports. Registrations will be handled by mail only.
LITCHFIELD -- The Litchfield Dragons, the No. 1 seed in Section 6AAA, attempted only two passes on the way to rolling over No. 8 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 54-27 in their quarterfinal game Tuesday. The Dragons (8-1) ranked No. 6 in the last Class AAA Associated Press poll, churned out 513 yards on 52 carries. Dustin Celander led the way with 202 yards on just 12 carries for a 16.9-yard average. He scored four touchdowns, finding the end zone three straight times between the second and third quarters. The Dragons will face Albany at 7 p.m.
MACCRAY continued to pile up the points on the ground, Morris outslugged Benson and Yellow Medicine East topped Otter Tail Central in the Section 6AA football quarterfinals Tuesday night. Top-seeded West Central Area ousted Lac qui Parle Valley, 15-8, and will host MACCRAY at 7 p.m. Saturday in Barrett in the semifinals. Yellow Medicine East topped Otter Tail Central 27-7 and will travel to Morris, a 35-26 winner over Benson, in the semifinals.
Top-seeded Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg had a much more difficult time the second time around with No. 8 Upsala-Swanville Area, holding off the Patriots 19-6 in the quarterfinals of Section 5A Tuesday night in Murdock. The Fighting Saints (7-2) routed USA 64-20 during a Prairie South Conference clash Sept. 29. KMS will host Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, a 53-19 winner over Ortonville, at 3 p.m. Saturday in Murdock in the semifinals. Dawson-Boyd, which blanked Royalton 22-0, wil play at Wabasso in the other semifinal.
Girls Tennis STATE TOURNAMENT Class A Quarterfinals Wednesday At Reed-Sweatt Center, Minneapolis Minnewaska vs. St. James, 8 a.m. Rochester Lourdes vs. Benson, 10 a.m. Delano vs. Pine City, noon Mounds Park Academy vs. Staples-Motley, 2 p.m.
Prep Football Section Playoffs SECTION 2AAAA Hutchinson 31, Willmar 3 Mankato East 26, New Ulm 7 SECTION 3AAA Jackson County Central 54, Montevideo 22 Fairmont 20, Minnewaska 14 Maple River 24, Redwood Valley 13 Blue Earth 35, Worthington 20 SECTION 6AAA Litchfield 54, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 27 Albany 26, Sauk Centre 20 Staples-Motley 42, Wadena-Deer Creek 8 New London-Spicer 26, Melrose 6 SECTION 3AA Luverne 34, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 6 SVRLB/Southwest Star Concept 23, Martin County West 22, OT Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 28, BOLD 7 Minnesota Valley Lutheran 36, Pipestone
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Benson girls tennis team will play in its first-ever state tournament Wednesday morning while Minnewaska Area returns for a third year in a row. The Braves play Rochester Lourdes, ranked No. 2 in the final State Coaches Association poll and which has won the last nine Class A team titles, at 10 a.m. at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. The Lakers meet No. 3 St. James a match earlier at 8 a.m. St.
The Willmar City Auditorium is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4 p.m. The gym will not be open Nov. 11-12 or Nov. 25. For more information call Willmar Community Education & Recreation at 231-8490.