Both area volleyball teams that played in last year's state tournament are on the court tonight in the first full-scale night of prep action. Central Minnesota Christian, which finished third in Class A, has their season- and home-opener in Prinsburg against McLeod West at 7:30 p.m. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, which lost both matches in Class AA, opens its season on the road at Ortonville at 7:30 p.m.
OLIVIA -- Fueled by 10 kills from senior middle hitter Leah Miller, BOLD swept Sleepy Eye 25-9, 25-11, 25-11 in the season opener for both teams Monday. The Warriors got into a rhythm early as Miller and senior outside hitter Laura Wallenta guided the offense against a young Sleepy Eye squad that features eight underclassmen. Wallenta finished with six kills, as did senior outside hitter Bre Keltgen, for the Warriors.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd's 3-doubles team of Meghan Henrich and Brook Dahle posted a 3-0 record, including a pivotal match against Redwood Valley to lead their team to a 3-0 record in the Redwood Valley Quadrangular Monday. Matches started at 9 a.m. Monday morning, but consistent rain moved the matches inside. Following the delay, the final match -- LQPV/DB vs. host Redwood Valley -- didn't finish until approximately 8:45 p.m. Henrich and Dahle came back from a 4-6 deficit to win 6-2, 10-4, which put LQPV/DB ahead.
MORRIS -- Nikki Swenson of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd started the 2006 cross country season with a 45-second win at the Morris Invitational Monday. Swenson, runner-up in the girls Class A race last season, ran the course in 14:31.40. Brooke Wyffels of Marshall was second in 15:17.54. LQPV/DB finished second to Marshall 25-81. The Tigers took the next four spots after Swenson, whose sister, Kelly, finished seventh.
OLIVIA -- Steve Altmann won his seventh Jerry Kircher Club Tournament title at Olivia Golf Club Sunday, edging defending champion Jon Schmoll by one stroke. Altmann posted a 27-holes total of 111. David Altmann, Steve's brother, was third at 114.
Result Saturday DuPage (Ill.) Invite DuPage 2, Ridgewater 1 Ashley Hennen pounded down nine kills and Jackie Noyes and Hilary Groothuis had seven each for the Lady Warriors, who finished 1-2 in pool play at the College of Dupage Invitational in Illinois and did not advance to the semifinals. "We made a big improvement from day one to day two," said Ridgewater coach Joe Sussenguth. "But we need to get better defensively. That's what we'll be working on to see if we can get some improvement in that area.
Prep Volleyball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Yellow Medicine East vs. BOLD at Olivia, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Orton-ville, 7:30 p.m. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Benson, 7:30 p.m. MACCRAY at Buffalo Lake-Hector, 7:30 p.m. McLeod West vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 7:30 p.m. Dawson-Boyd at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. Morris at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. Canby at Montevideo, 7:30 p.m. Lakeview at Redwood Valley, 7:30 p.m. Renville County West vs.
Prep Volleyball BOLD def.
ST. CLOUD -- David McKee ran for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Northland routed Ridgewater 32-6 in junior college football Saturday at St. Cloud State. The loss spoiled the coaching debut of Rob Baumgarn. "It was disappointing because we were missing assignments and not playing like we should have been," said Baumgarn. "We didn't tackle well at all.
Eddie Massee, a pitcher/third baseman for Lac qui Parle Valley and Paynesville catcher/pitcher John Hemingson, both in Class AA; and Jared Johnson, a pitcher/third baseman from Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg; and Mitch Schwindt, a pitcher/-shortstop for Renville County West, both in Class A, were selected to Minnesota Baseball Coaches Association All-State teams. Massee batted .367 with 22 RBI, and was 8-1 with a 1.51 ERA. Hemingson went 9-1 with a 0.25 ERA and batted .500 with five home runs and 25 RBI. Johnson batted .333 with 15 RBI and 15 stolen bases, and was 3-1 with a 3.25 ERA. Schwind