The boys spotlight the remaining area sections, most notably a loaded 5A tournament that seemingly has four legitimate state championship contenders. BOLD drew the top seed in a field that includes two-time reigning state champion Minnesota. Wabasso and Dawson-Boyd also figure to be in the mix. Every other sections is also previewed, as an ill-prepared Clay fumbles through an assortment of sloppily hand-written notes.
Section football has arrived, and Willmar appears to have a winnable first-round game. The Cardinals host Thief River Falls, a 2-6 team they beat 42-0 in last year's opening round. Meanwhile, four area teams duke it out in 6AAA play. Morris has the No. 1 seed, NLS the third, Litchfield the fourth and Montevideo the seventh.
MOORHEAD — The Willmar volleyball team overcame an 0-2 start to salvage a .500 finish at the Moorhead Volleyball Invitational over the weekend. Things didn't go the Cardinal's way Friday. After dropping a 21-25, 25-15, 15-13 match to Nevis, they fell 25-15, 25-20 to section foe Moorhead. The Spuds and Cardinals, who are both 21-6, are the No. 1 and 2 seeds in the 8AAA tournament. Both teams get first-round byes. Willmar (21-6) opens against the winner of the Detroit Lakes-Alexandria match at 7 p.m. Friday in Willmar.
Monday, Oct. 24 Cross Country Armstrong Invite (with Willmar), 4 p.m., at Bassett Creek Park, Crystal Volleyball Section 2A #9 Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at #8 Cleveland, 7 p.m. Section 3A #9 Renville County West at #8 Lakeview, 7 p.m. #12 Dawson-Boyd at #5 Canby, 7 p.m. #10 Lac qui Parle Valley at #7 Yellow Medicine East, 7 p.m. Central Minnesota Conference BBE at Paynesville, 7:15 p.m. Swimming & Diving Wright County Conference Meet (with Litchfield), 3:30 p.m., at Waconia Clearwater Middle School
The Ridgewater volleyball team wrapped up a solid weekend with two more victories in the MCAC Crossover Tournament on Friday
Friday, Oct. 21 College Volleyball MCAC Crossover (with Ridgewater), time TBA, in Coon Rapids Volleyball Moorhead Invitational (with Willmar), 2 p.m. Junior Hockey New Ulm Steel at Willmar WarHawks, 7:10 p.m., at Willmar Civic Center Saturday, Oct. 22 Swimming & Diving True Team (with Willmar) 1 p.m., at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center Volleyball Moorhead Invitational (with Willmar), time TBA
WORTHINGTON — The Ridgewater volleyball team prepped for the MCAC Crossover Tournament as if it were something bigger and the Warriors played that way. Ridgewater thumped Rainy River in three games and won a tough match against Central Lakes in five games on Thursday during the tournament's first day.
Clay breaks down Willmar's 4-3 win in Tuesday's Section 6A championship game against Orono. The win moves the Cardinals to the state tournament for just the second time in program history. The matchup was a rematch of last year's title game, which Orono won in overtime en route to a state title. In the final segment, Jake discusses the Willmar WarHawks' 5-2 win over New Ulm in their first ever home game Saturday.
BROWERVILLE — Brandin Dahl ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns and Caleb Collins and Josh Peterson also ran for scores as KMS soundly defeated Browerville 27-6 on the road on Wednesday. The 4-4 Saints open the Section 4A playoffs against Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Lester Prairie. KMS opened a 21-0 lead in the first half, with Dahl scoring on runs of 1 and 3 yards. Collins punched in a score from a yard out and he also added a 2-point conversion run after Dahl's second TD. Peterson scored from 5 yards out in the fourth quarter.
Jake was in Olivia Friday, where BOLD topped Morris/CA 29-21 to improve to 7-0. Clay and Jake analyze the action and discuss how the play of Austin Einerson, on both...