MINNEAPOLIS -- The New London-Spicer senior duo of Alyssa Wachter and Paula Beckermann won their first two matches at the Class A Individual State Tournament Friday in three sets each to move into the semifinals at the Nicollet Tennis Club in Minneapolis. The Section 3A champions beat Amy Luther-Lindsey Czeczok of Park Rapids 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the opening round before edging Beth Larson-Meghan Kindler of Mounds Park Academy 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. Wachter and Beckermann face Lauren Luebbe-Julia Scanlon of Rochester Lourdes in the semifinals this morning at 8 a.m.
Ridgewater, the MCCC Southern Division champions and winners of its last 11 matches, begins play in the MCCC State Tournament today at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. The Lady Warriors (25-5) open against Mesabi Range at 11:30 a.m. before taking on Itasca at 1 p.m. and MSCTC-Fergus Falls at 4 p.m. The tournament concludes Sunday.
Top-seeded Benson cruised past Ortonville and MACCRAY, Morris Area and Montevideo all advanced after winning quarterfinal matches in Section 6AA-South. MACCRAY 3, Minnewaska 1 Tory Brouwer with 15 kills and Hilary Groothuis with 10 paced the Wolverines' attack. Ashley Beseman made six kills and three ace blocks, Danielle Loomis 32 assists and Danielle Goeman 13 digs. Laura Tvrdik was the focus of the Minnewaska attack. The six-foot junior had 13 kills from 51 attacks. Ashley Chan added seven kills. Andrea Kuseske made 12 digs and delivered two ace serves.
The Tribune All-Area football and volleyball nomination forms are due today.
Central Minnesota Christian, Buffalo Lake-Hector and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg all advanced to the semifinals of Section 2A-North after sweeping opponents Thursday. Central Minnesota Christian, the top-seed, defeated Cleveland. Buffalo Lake-Hector, the No. 2 seed, downed McLeod West and No. 4 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg topped No. 5 Holy Trinity. See semifinals pairings on this page. CMCS 3, Cleveland 0 Kresson Vreeman made eight ace serves in 18 attempts and Missy Mulder and Hillary Slagter had seven ace hits apiece as Central Minnesota Christian cruised by Cleveland at Prinsburg.
New London native Aaron Barber, who hasn't played a full round on the Nationwide Tour since Sept. 25, shot a 71 and is tied for 13th at the Tour's Championship Thursday at Prattville, Ala. Barber pulled out of the Oregon Classic Oct. 2 reportedly because of tendinitis and did not compete in the next three events. He's currently 42nd on the money list with $111,219.
ADRIAN -- Anthony Bongard and Justin Peters finished 1-2, respectively, for the Redwood Valley boys cross country team, which finished second behind Adrian in the Section 3A meet Thursday. The top two teams advance to the Class A State Tournament. Casey Lippert of Renville County West crossed the finish line behind Bongard and Peters to also advance to the state tournament, which is Nov. 5 at St.
BURNSVILLE -- Redwood Valley advanced to the consolation finals of the state Class A girls tennis tournament Thursday, but lost to St. James 6-1. The Cardinals beat Greenway 4-3 in the consolation semifinals and Minnewaska Area lost to St. James 6-1. Rochester Lourdes won the Class A title for the ninth consecutive in a 7-0 win over Mounds Park Academy. Edina also won its ninth-straight Class AA title, 6-1 over Mounds View. Consolation final St. James 6, Red.
Late result Tuesday Section 5AA Holdingford 46, Paynesville 0 Paynesville (1-8) managed only 172 yards of offense against Holdingford (8-1).
ST. BONIFACIUS -- Can anyone stop the Willmar Express? The Cardinals' cross-country team, rated No. 1 all season in the boys' rankings, won its seventh meet of the fall on Thursday, capturing the Section 2AA championship in impressive fashion. It was Willmar's first section title ever in the sport. Abdi Awale led a Willmar freight train across the finish at Crown College.