ROCHESTER, Minn. — Ridgewater's quest for a fifth national championship came to an end on Saturday as the Warriors fell short against Harper College (Illinois) in a three-set championship match. Harper finished the season 43-1 and as the No. 1 seed its ability was apparent from the start against the second-seeded Warriors. Harper grabbed the first set with a 25-21 win and followed that up with a close 25-22 second set victory. The Hawks completed the sweep in the third, winning 25-19.
Volleyball Minnesota State Tournament Class A Quarterfinals At Xcel Energy Center Thursday Mayer Lutheran 3, Stephen-Argyle 0 Heritage Christian Academy 3, Underwood 2 Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 3, Kimball 0 Caledonia 3, Cook County 0 Semifinals Friday Mayer Lutheran 3, Heritage Christian Academy 2 Caledonia 3, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 2 Consolation Friday Underwood 3, Stephen-Argyle 1 Kimball 3, Cook County 0 Final Saturday
Minnesota State Tournament 9-man Quarterfinals Friday Grand Meadow 36, Edgerton/Ellsworth 0 Waubun 41, Stephen-Argyle Central 18 Cleveland 39, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 22 Cromwell 35, Ely 7 Semifinals U.S. Bank Stadium Nov. 17 Cleveland (12-0) vs. Cromwell (12-0), 11:30 p.m. Grand Meadow (12-0) vs. Waubun (12-0), 9 a.m. Final U.S. Bank Stadium Nov. 25 Semifinals winners, 10 a.m. Class A Quarterfinals Friday Rushford-Peterson 44, Murray County Central 21
ST. PAUL — The Morris/Chokio-Alberta volleyball team shook off a loss in the opening round of the Class AA state tournament to down Holy Angels in five sets on Friday in the consolation bracket a the Xcel Energy Center. The Tigers dropped the first set, battled back to win two, saw Holy Angels tie the match in an epic fourth set, then settled down to win the deciding fifth set. Morris/CA, making its second state tournament appearance, will play for the fifth-place trophy against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at 11 a.m. today at Xcel.
Clay and Jake discuss the end of the football and volleyball seasons for Willmar, after both teams lost in section championship games. The duo also looks ahead to how both teams will look next season. The segment ends with a mention of the section championship losses for both MACCRAY and BOLD football.
Four runners earned All-State honors and Willmar took second at Saturday's Class AA Cross Country race. The Cardinals will now compete in the NXR Heartland Regional this weekend, where the top two teams from every state qualify for the national race in December. One team already punching its ticket to nationals was the Ridgewater volleyball team, which opens tournament play Friday in Rochester.
It was a banner week for the athletic department at Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta High School. The football team punched its ticket to state with a 36-16 win over Albany in the Section 6AAA final. The Tigers face 10-1 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in Alexandria Friday. Meanwhile, the volleyball team will take on 24-7 Concorida Academy at the Xcel Energy Center Friday. The Tigers topped Jackson County Central 3-1 in the 3AA championship round.
Volleyball Minnesota State Tournament Class A Quarterfinals At Xcel Energy Center Thursday Mayer Lutheran vs. Stephen-Argyle, 1 p.m. Heritage Christian Academy vs. Underwood, 1 p.m. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton vs. Kimball, 3 p.m. Caledonia vs. Cook County, 3 p.m. Semifinals Friday Mayer Lutheran-Stephen-Argyle winner vs. Heritage Christian Academy-Underwood winner, 1 p.m. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton-Kimball winner vs. Caledonia-Cook County winner, 3 p.m. Final Saturday Semifinals winners, 1 p.m.
9-man Quarterfinals Friday Edgerton/Ellsworth (10-1) vs. Grand Meadow (11-0), 7 p.m., at Rochester Community and Technical College Stephen-Argyle Central (10-1) vs. Waubun (11-0), 7 p.m., at Bemidji State Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (10-1) vs. Cleveland (11-0), 5 p.m., at St. Cloud State Ely (10-0) vs. Cromwell (11-0), 7 p.m., at Public School Stadium, Duluth Semifinals U.S. Bank Stadium Nov. 17 Hillcrest Lutheran Academy-Cleveland winner, 11:30 p.m. Edgerton/Ellsworth-Grand Meadow winner vs. Stephen-Argyle Central-Waubun winner, 9 a.m.
WILLMAR - Kaitlynn Kienholz had 27 points and 10 rebounds while Abby Oberg added 18 points and five assists to lead the Ridgewater girls basketball team to a 70-56 exhibition win over the Presentation JV team on Monday. Up by just three at the half, the Warriors used an 18-11 run in the third quarter to pull away. Lexi Orlowski added nine points and pulled down eight rebounds. The Warriors have two more exhibitions before beginning the regular season. They travel to Concordia Moorhead on Nov. 16, then host Gustavus on Nov. 17. Both games tip off at 5:45 p.m.