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LUVERNE -- Southwest Star Concept and Fulda advanced to the finals of the Section 3A South volleyball tournament with semifinal victories at the Luverne Elementary Gymnasium Tuesday night. Top-seeded SSC defeated No. 4 Southwest Christian (15-10-2) in a five-game classic to open the night, while No. 3 Fulda topped second-seeded Edgerton (20-7-1) in a three-game sweep in the nightcap. The Quasars (23-5) and Raiders (19-8-1) will meet Thursday at 7 p.m.
LUVERNE -- After an evenly-played first quarter Saturday afternoon, the No. 1-seeded Luverne Cardinals took control and dominated the second quarter, scoring 35 points on their way to a convincing 60-0 victory over fourth-seeded Southwestern United in the second round of the Section 3AA football playoffs. "Our seniors really stepped it up today," Luverne head coach Todd Oye said following the game.
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LUVERNE -- Southwest Star Concept and Southwest Christian will meet again in the Section 3A South volleyball tournament. This time it will be in the semifinals, as both the Quasars and Eagles -- who have met in the South finals each of the last two years -- won their quarterfinal contests Friday night in the Luverne Elementary Gymnasium. Top-seeded SSC swept No. 8 Hills-Beaver Creek in the first match, while No. 4 SWC followed up with a sweep of fifth-seeded Round Lake-Brewster. SSC and SWC play Tuesday at 6 p.m., at the Elementary Gym in Luverne.
HERON LAKE -- Effectively controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball Tuesday night, the fourth-seeded Southwestern United Wildcats won an overtime thriller over No. 5 Martin County West, 23-22, in the opening round of the Section 3AA football playoffs. "We played extremely well on both sides of the ball," SWU co-head coach Jason Fisher said following the game.
WORTHINGTON -- In a match featuring two surging volleyball clubs Thursday night, Southwest Star Concept finished the regular season with a four-game victory over the Worthington Trojans, 25-18, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18. "We knew that Worthington has been playing very well the last two weeks," SSC head coach Rick Haberman said following the match.
WORTHINGTON -- Showcasing good depth in both the boys' and girls' races on a cold and windy Tuesday afternoon, the Marshall Tigers swept the Southwest Conference cross country meet at Prairie View Golf Links. Placing five runners in the top eight, the Tiger girls won with a low score of 24 points. Luverne placed second with 62 points, followed by Windom (94), Redwood Valley (106), Jackson County Central (142) and Worthington (161).
HERON LAKE -- Sticking with their smash-mouth mentality Friday night, the Southwestern United Wildcats clinched a share of the Southwest Ridge Conference football title with a 34-13 victory over Westbrook-Walnut Grove. SWU is now 7-0 and can win the title outright with a victory over Lincoln HI/Lake Benton Wednesday in Brewster. W-WG (5-2) hosts Cedar Mountain/Comfrey in its regular-season finale. "This is a huge accomplishment for these guys," SWU co-head coach Jeff Drent said following the game.
FULDA -- Pulling out nail-biting victories in Games 3 and 4 Tuesday night, the Murray County Central Rebels defeated the Fulda Raiders, 20-25, 25-19, 26-24, 26-24, in Red Rock Conference volleyball action. The victory keeps the Rebels in second place in the conference, as they are now 8-2 in league play (a half-game in front of Edgerton) and 14-4-3 overall. Fulda is now 6-3 in the conference and 13-6-1 overall. "I told the girls that they needed to dominate at the net," MCC co-head coach Donna Johansen said following the match.
WORTHINGTON -- Jumping out to big leads in Games 1 and 2 Thursday night, the Pipestone Area Arrows swept the Worthington Trojans, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20, in Southwest Conference volleyball action. "Our blocking was a key tonight," PA head coach Todd Texley said following the match.