MARSHALL — The Morris/Chokio-Alberta volleyball team repeated as Section 3AA champion with a 3-1 victory over Jackson County Central in Saturday's section final at Southwest Minnesota State. The Tigers, now 25-3, defeated JCC 25-17, 7-25, 25-23 and 25-19. The Class AA state tournament opens Nov. 10 at Xcel Energy Center. Morris/CA, the No. 5 seed in the eight-team field, plays No. 4 seed Concordia Academy, of Roseville at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Tigers won the 3AA championship last season and went 1-2 in the state tournament, placing sixth.
JORDAN—MACCRAY's season came to an end against one of the state's top passers on Saturday afternoon. Cleveland quarterback Carter Kopet was impressive in the Section 2 9-man final, throwing for five touchdowns and 185 yards in a 44-6 win over the Wolverines. The undefeated Clippers were in control from the early going, scoring 24 points in the opening frame. MACCRAY didn't get on the board until the fourth quarter on Brady Madsen's 10-yard touchdown pass to Ben Burner. It was Burner's 10th score of the postseason.
The Ridgewater volleyball team took a convincing victory from M State-Fergus Falls in the Region 13A championship match on Saturday to earn a spot in the NJCAA Division III National Championships. The Warriors open the national tournament at noon Friday. The tournament is Nov. 11-12 at the UCR Regional Sports Center in Rochester, Minn. Ridgewater's MCAC rival Central Lakes also earned a spot in the eight-team field with a victory in the Region 13B title match on Saturday.
NORTHFIELD -- The Willmar girls cross country team placed second at the Class AA State Meet on Saturday, with three Cardinals runners also earning All-State honors at the St. Olaf...
Football Playoffs Section 8AAAA Tuesday Willmar 42, Thief River Falls 0 Rocori 33, Little Falls 7 Semifinals Saturday Willmar 35, Fergus Falls 34 Rocori 17, Detroit Lakes 0 Final Nov. 4 At Alexandria Rocori 14, Willmar 6 Section 6AAA Tuesday Litchfield 27, Holdingford 13 New London-Spicer 35, Melrose 12 Albany 25, Montevideo 0 Semifinals Saturday Morris/Chokio-Alberta 33, Litchfield 6 Albany 32, New London-Spicer 7 Final Nov. 4
ST. CLOUD — The Morris/Chokio-Alberta football team makes no bones about the fact that the length of its postseason run will continue depends heavily on the legs of star back Jacob Zosel. But Zosel got plenty of help in the Tigers' 36-16 win over Albany in the Section 6AAA championship game on Friday at St. Cloud State University. Quarterback Toby Sayles attempted just three passes but he completed them all, two of which went for touchdowns to Camden Arndt.
WILLMAR — The Ridgewater volleyball team lived up to its billing as Region 13A's top seed with a solid, three-set victory over St. Cloud Technical on Friday. The Warriors prevailed 25-8, 25-14 and 25-19. Ridgewater takes on M State-Fergus Falls, the No. 2 seed, at noon today at Ridgewater College for the region championship and a spot in the NJCAA Division III national tournament. M State defeated Rochester 25-22, 14-25, 25-15 and 25-20 in Friday's other semifinal at Ridgewater.
Volleyball Playoffs Section 8AAA Wednesday Detroit Lakes 3, Becker 1 Monticello 3, St. Cloud Apollo 0 Sauk Rapids 3, Brainerd 0 Bemidji 3, Alexandria 1 St. Cloud Tech 3, Big Lake 2 Quarterfinals Friday Moorhead 3, Detroit Lakes 0 Monticello 3, Sauk Rapids 0 Willmar 3, Bemidji 1 Sartell 3, St. Cloud Tech 2 Semifinals Nov. 1 Moorhead 3, Monticello 0 Willmar 3, Sartell 0 Final Nov. 5 At Fergus Falls #2 Willmar vs. #1 Moorhead, 7 p.m.
Clay and Jake highlight the four remaining volleyball teams and look at their chances of advancing. Willmar will have a tough match up agianst Moorhead on Saturday for their Section 8AAA final. In a battle of locals Morris/Chokio-Alberta took on Litchfield for a spot in the 3AA finals and KMS continues its late-season resurgence thanks to setter Sam Gjerde.
Morris/Chokio-Alberta and MACCRAY kept their playoff lives going with a pair of commanding victories over their opponents last week. The Tigers handled Litchfield with ease, setting up a 6AAA finals match against Albany. The Wolverines defeated 1-8 West Lutheran Academy last week, clinching a spot in the finals against Cleveland.