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Weekend roundup: Luverne, MLA football teams prevail


WINDOM —It took two days for Luverne to beat Windom Area in a Southwest Conference football matchup.

Threatening autumn skies caused the suspension of Friday night’s contest with the Cardinals leading 20-6 at halftime. Luverne head coach Todd Oye said that when officials, coaches and players began to exit the field at halftime, they noticed lightning. So the game was delayed for a little more than an hour before it was agreed that the second half would be played at 2 p.m. Saturday.

On Saturday, the Cardinals controlled the second half as well as they controlled the first — scoring on their first two possessions.

The final score was 43-6.

With the victory, Luverne evens its overall record to 3-3, going 2-3 in the conference. Windom Area drops to 2-4 and 1-3.

LHS rushed for 283 yards compared to Windom Area’s 50 en route to the victory. The Cardinals completed four of eight passes for 28 net passing yards compared to the Eagles’ seven of 18 for a net 27.

Senior quarterback Kendall Meyer had a big day (make that two days) for Luverne, throwing for one touchdown and running for three. His first score was the third touchdown of the game, and it came on a five-yard carry. He had all three of Luverne’s second half touchdowns, the first coming on a 13-yard run, the second on a 42-yard run and the last one on a 16-yard pass to Jackson Frankenhoff.

Meyer finished with 135 yards rushing on 11 attempts. Teammates Josh Slieter rushed 13 times for 50 yards and Andrew Verhey 11 times for 78.

Slieter scored the game’s first touchdown on a nine-yard first quarter run. Verhey scored next, in the second quarter, on a 17-yard carry.

Windom Area’s lone tally occurred when a Meyer pass was intercepted by Andrew Larson and returned 44 yards to the end zone.

Cody Rofshus led Luverne defensively with 5.5 tackles, and teammate Connor Crabtree had five.

The Cardinals have shown some inconsistency this season, and their low point may have occurred last week in a 22-21 loss to arch-rival Pipestone Area. But Oye said the Friday-Saturday game with Windom Area was an improvement.

“We haven’t played that well an entire game yet. This is the first game where we thought we played well in the entire game,” Oye said.

Luverne 6 14 16 7 — 43

Windom 0 6 0 0 — 6

MLA 79, Randolph 6

MOUNTAIN LAKE — The undefeated Mountain Lake Area Wolverines had dominated five 9-man opponents heading into their game Saturday with Randolph. But head coach Tim Kirk told his players to be wary of the Rockets’ offense, which had put up a lot of points in their previous game — a 78-58 loss to Nicollet.

He needn’t have worried. Mountain Lake Area scored 30 first quarter points and 21 second quarter points to rack up a 51-6 halftime lead on RHS, and the entire second half was played with a running clock.

“We got up on ’em early. And our defense gave us great field position,” Kirk said.

Demar Rodney rushed 10 times for 183 yards and scored one touchdown. Andrew Hempeck carried four times for 50 yards with two touchdowns and two conversion runs, and he also caught two passes for 50 yards and a score. Carter Kirk carried 11 times for 135 yards and three touchdowns, also completing seven of 11 passes for 123 yards and three more scores. Alex Gerdes made three catches for 58 yards and a TD.

Mountain Lake Area totaled 611 yards altogether, with 492 coming on the ground. Randolph had just 146 yards of total offense.

One thing was certain about the game with Randolph: MLA was not caught looking ahead to Oct. 11 when it will get its showdown with the other unbeaten team in the Southern Confederacy Conference West — Edgerton/Ellsworth. The E/E Flying Dutchmen, too, have dominated every opponent they have played this year.

Kirk said Sunday that E/E uses double wing formations with lots of motion on offense, ensuring that his Wolverines will need to be very focused.

“We have to be disciplined. We’ve gotten away all year by being athletic,” explained Kirk, who added that the upcoming showdown will be good for both teams after a season, so far, of early substitutions due to blowouts.

“Both teams need it,” Kirk said. “And I think both teams, whatever happens, will be a better team for it.”

Randolph 0 6 0 0 — 6

MLA 30 21 22 6 — 79


Estherville Tournament

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa — Harris-Lake Park won the Estherville Tournament Saturday, going 4-1 on the day to improve to 23-8 on the season.

The Wolves won two straight matches against Humboldt, Laurens-Marathon, Storm Lake and Emmetsburg, and also lost 0-2 to Humboldt. Their victory over Humboldt came on scores of 25-19, 25-20. Their setback against Humboldt came on scores of 16-21 and 16-21.

Along the way H-LP beat Laurens-Marathon 25-15, 25-15, Storm Lake 21-3, 21-14 and Emmetsburg 21-16, 21-16.

As a team, Harris-Lake Park served at 89 percent. Megan Harms was 55-for-59, Grace Winters was 37-for-40, Grace Heikens was 21-for-23, Macy Gunderson was 20-for-21 and Noreen Morrow was 34-for-39. Harms had 42 points on serve, Winters had 21 and Morrow 20.

Morrow led the way in kills with 104. Kathrine Ihnen contributed 54 and Miranda Brueggeman 51. Morrow and Garms each had two blocks and Brueggeman had 33 digs.

Gunderson was credited with

JCC at Lakeview

North Tournament

LAKEVIEW — Jackson County Central won two matches and lost three in the Friday-Saturday Lakeview North Tournament.

Huskies head coach Teresa Van Epps said her players showed tiredness, but she praised Kathryn Nasby for a strong serve receive game in the first match, a 2-1 victory over Visitation. Freshman Abby Benson performed admirably in serving and hitting throughout the tournament.

In pool play, JCC defeated Visitation 23-25, 25-16, 15-7. Then came a 2-1 loss to Edina on scores of 25-21, 17-25, 5-15. The Huskies also lost to Sioux Falls Roosevelt 2-1, on scores of 19-25, 25-21, 12-15.

Competing in the bronze division on the basis of their pool play results, the Huskies beat Tri-City United 2-1, losing the first game 12-25 but winning the next two 25-15 and 15-7. They followed that up with a 2-0 loss to Hill-Murray, 17-25, 21-25.

JCC placed 10th in the tournament.

69 set assists.