CLARA CITY — The MACCRAY Wolverines emerged victorious from a classic hard-nosed game with ACGC Monday night, defeating the Falcons 63-48 at MACCRAY High School. Piper Asche scored 19 points and hauled in eight rebounds, hitting three 3-pointers, while teammates Sage Mecker and Kate Hultgren helped break ACGC's relentless press with skilled dribbling and outlet passes. Mecker also scored 15 points to guide the Wolverines.
WILLMAR — Ridgewater was on its game from outside and inside the 3-point line and the Warriors rolled to a 103-75 win over Sisseton-Wahpeton on Wednesday at Ridgewater College. The Warriors hit 13 of 27 3-point shots and shot almost 54 percent overall. Daviante Ostrander was a scoring machine, hitting 13 of 16 field goals, including all eight of his 3-point attempts, and led the Warriors with 36 points. He also had four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
MINNEAPOLIS—Willmar's Erica Schramm just wanted to nail her last three dives of her high school career. Sitting in seventh place heading into Friday's Class A State Swimming and Diving Championships, she wanted to have fun on the big stage. She hit all three dives to near perfection, raising her score to 364.70 to capture third place at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota.
ACGC Lindsey Minnick, 5-9, Senior, Outside Hitter Strong player with a team-high 103 kills and 111 digs, in addition to eight blocks. Jeana Denton, 5-6, Junior, Libero Quick defender with 221 digs in 2018. BBE Brittany Berge, 5-10, Junior, Middle Hitter Strong middle attacker with 255 kills and 17 solo blocks in 2018 for a state tournament team. She excelled from the service line with 25 aces and provided 66 digs from the back row. Benson Abbie Mitteness, 5-4, Junior, Libero
Some all-star teams simply feature the best players based on statistics but the actual team construction makes no sense. That's why the NBA All-Star Game can look more like the Harlem Globetrotters taking on the Tribune Sports Department instead of the NBA Finals. That's not the Tribune's Volleyball All-Area First Team. Not even close.
From the moment Paynesville's football season ended last year at U.S. Bank Stadium, it was understood by everyone that a rematch with Caledonia in 2018 was the mission. A year later, here we are. The Paynesville Bulldogs (9-2) are set to take on Caledonia and the Warriors' 52-game winning streak at 2 p.m. Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis and are looking for a different take on last year's finale. Caledonia won that edition 49-16 on the way to their third-straight Class AA state title.
ALEXANDRIA — It didn't take long for Paynesville to put points on the board Friday night. And once they did it once, they made it a trend. Paynesville rolled to a 52-14 victory over Pillager to open the Class AA state tournament at VIking Bank Stadium in Alexandria, dominating the ground game in a frigid state quarterfinal. The Bulldogs will advance to the semifinal round for a rematch against Caledonia Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The Gruber sisters are five-for-five. BBE's Section 5A championship victory over Pine River-Backus last Saturday punched the Jaguars' first ticket to the state tournament since 2010 and created a number of memories for every member of the team. For Ally Gruber, though, it was a rite of passage.
COLLEGEVILLE — Paynesville is heading back to the Class AA state tournament for the second year in a row and it could not have come in more emphatic fashion. The Bulldogs overcame a slow start and rolled past Minnewaska 56-0 in the Section 5AA championship at St. John's University. Paynesville's first state tournament game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Alexandria High School against the champions of Section 6AA.
By nearly every metric, the BOLD Warriors are the best Class A football team in the state of Minnesota. But is it possible they won't even make it to the state tournament?