In just one weekend, the West Central Tribune area got itself down to four playoff football teams.
Applause to Paynesville, BOLD, Renville County West and Hancock.
Each came through Saturday’s section playoff games victorious. Each is one victory away from the state playoffs.
A look at the West Central Tribune area’s big four:
Paynesville, the top seed in Section 5AA, plays second-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Clemens Stadium in Collegeville on the St. John’s University campus.
Paynesville (8-1) pounded Holdingford 38-6 in Saturday’s semifinals. EVW (6-3) rolled past Morris/Chokio-Alberta, 40-21.
BOLD, the top seed in Section 5A with the top QRF powering ranking in the state, improved to 10-0 with a 23-6 win over Dawson-Boyd.
The Warriors play Canby at 2 p.m. Friday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Third-seeded Canby (8-2) beat second-seeded Minneota (8-2), 13-0.
Top-seeded Renville County West (10-0) plays third-seeded Nicollet (9-1) at 7 p.m. for the Section 2 9-Man title Thursday at Waconia High School. RCW beat Red Rock Central 40-14. Nicollet knocked off second-seeded Ogilvie 34-8.
In Section 4 9-Man, No. 1 Hancock (10-0) plays No. 2 Brandon-Evansville at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Fargodome.
Hancock beat Bertha-Hewitt 47-32 Saturday. Brandon-Evansville (9-1) beat Verndale, 34-8.
The state quarterfinals are Nov. 8-9 at various sites around the state. The state semifinals are Nov. 14-15 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which is the home of the Minnesota Vikings.
There is then a bye week before the Prep Bowl, which is Nov. 29-30.
are in full swing
Football’s not the only thing going on, of course. There are five playoff volleyball matches taking place Tuesday night. A look:
In Section 3AA-North, top-seeded New London-Spicer (26-2) is host to No. 4 Litchfield (19-9) at 7 p.m. and No. 2 Redwood Valley (24-5) is the home team against No. 6 Minnewaska Area (14-10), also at 7 p.m.
NLS posted a 3-0 win over Montevideo to get to this match. Litchfield was a 3-2 winner over Morris/CA. Redwood Valley advanced with a 3-0 victory over Paynesville. Minnewaska swept Eden Valley-Watkins, 3-0.
In Section 2A-North, third-seeded BOLD (16-9) plays second-seeded Minnesota Valley Lutheran (24-4) at 7:45 p.m. at New Ulm High School. It’s the second match of a doubleheader. No. 1 Mayer Lutheran (25-3) plays No. 5 Cleveland (21-11) at 6 p.m.
BOLD beat Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop, 3-0 Thursday to advance. Minnesota Valley Lutheran swept New Ulm Cathedral, 3-0 to move on.
In Section 5A-South, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (20-8) plays Osakis (11-16) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (16-11) plays Browerville/Eagle Valley (14-10) at 7:30 p.m., also at LPGE.
BBE beat ACGC 3-0 Thursday. Osakis advanced by edging Upsala, 3-2. KMS beat Benson, 3-1. Browerville/EV beat LPGE, 3-0.
Play continues Thursday for all these sections, with championship finals set for Saturday. The state volleyball tournament is Nov. 7-9 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Ridgewater is in
The Ridgewater College volleyball team earned a playoff berth. The Warriors play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Century College in White Bear Lake in a play-in contest. The winner advances to the NJCAA Region 13 Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Rochester.
Ridgewater’s roster has six West Central Tribune area athletes, including: sophomore outside hitter Morgan Gronli, freshman setter/middle blocker Emily Knight and freshman defensive specialist Nicole Thonvold, all of BBE; freshman middle blocker Lexy Swanson and freshman outside hitter Lydia Wagner, each of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg; and freshman defensive specialist/setter Maranda Wieber of Benson.
The Warriors are 13-8.They beat Century 3-1 on Sept. 7. Ridgewater is coached by Erica Smith, a former Melrose High School star who played at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. She has a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State-Moorhead.
The Willmar Golden Gloves Boxing team begins practice for the 2019-20 season at 7 p.m. Monday at the Willmar City Auditorium. The team competes through April.
Ages 8 and up are welcome. Athletes are required to have athletic shoes, a mouth-piece and workout clothes. A parental consent form must be signed. There is an $80 registration fee that must be paid before you can participate.
Contact coach Kirk Davis at 320-979-2639 or 320-235-9540.