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NORTHFIELD -- After two years of not having the best experience at the state cross country meet, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton's Ryan Tholen more than made for it Saturday. Running his usual progressive race, the Panther junior moved up from about 50th place (in the 162-runner field) at the half-way mark of the 5,000-meter race until he was positioned in sixth coming out of the woods at the St. Olaf College course. "I passed a lot of runners in that stretch through the woods," said Tholen after the post-race award's ceremony, with his fourth-place medal draped over his neck.
WORTHINGTON -- Ryan Tholen, a junior at Tracy-Milroy-Balaton High School, leads the list of 11 area individual qualifiers to this year's state cross country meet, which takes place today at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The area will be represented by a total of 20 girls, as both Adrian and Luverne will each run full seven-member squads in the team competition, and six other individuals -- four from Section 3A and two out of Section 2A -- also earned qualification by claiming a top 10 finish at their respective section meets last week. The Class A girls' 4,000 meter race begins at 1p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Having gained more confidence as her successful sophomore season progressed, Worthington's Kaitlin Gerber ran her best race of the fall at Adrian Oct. 25 and qualified for today's Class A girls' state country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Gerber, who finished sixth -- out of 101 runners -- at the Section 3A meet, will compete in a projected field of a 150 competitors at the big event, which begins at 1 p.m. "Kaitlin has been very focused in practices, as well as meets," praised her coach Mike Traphagen.
LUVERNE -- Scoring twice in the game's first six minutes and later answering Jackson County Central's only touchdown with a scoring drive of their own Friday night, the Luverne Cardinals earned a 27-6 victory over the Huskies in the Section 3AA championship football game. Luverne (10-1) advances to the Class AA quarterfinals, where it will play Section 2 champion Triton at 7 p.m. Friday at Mankato in a rematch of last year's state title game.
WORTHINGTON -- This weekend is the opener of the firearms deer season in Minnesota. There will be 475,000 Minnesotans statewide that will take to the field to participate in this Minnesota tradition. I, too, will be sitting in a deer stand Saturday morning in with the hopes of harvesting a white tail deer. I will give you all the details of my adventure next week. I have been busy chasing pheasants as much as time allows and have had a moderately difficult first few weeks. I believe that the bird numbers are good, but I have not been seeing an over abundance of birds on my outings.
ADRIAN -- Back for a third straight year, with both of its teams, Adrian High School has become a recent fixture at the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) cross country meet. Both the Dragon girls and boys three-peated as Section 3A champions last Thursday and will again make the trip to St. Olaf College in Northfield for the state meet. The Class A girls' 4,000 meter race is Saturday at 1 p.m.
LAKEFIELD -- Starting from scratch in the fall of 1991, the boys' cross country program at Heron Lake-Okabena-Lakefield (HLOL) made a quick and remarkable climb to success, winning its first Section 3A championship 15 years ago today -- October 30, 1992. Only in 1992, Oct.
WESTBROOK -- Playing for the ninth time in four years and third time this season, the co-Southwest Ridge Conference champions Edgerton Flying Dutchmen and Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers hooked up in another classic football game Saturday afternoon in the Section 3 9-Man semifinals, with the Flying Dutchmen prevailing 14-6. Edgerton (8-2) advances to the section championship game, where it will take on the undefeated Wheaton Warriors (10-0) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night at FargoDome in Fargo, North Dakota.
JACKSON -- Utilizing a bruising rushing attack that produced touchdowns on its first three possessions Saturday afternoon, Jackson County Central overpowered undefeated Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in the Section 3AA semifinals, as the Huskies earned a hard-fought, 37-29 victory. "It was kind like of like beauty versus the beast," exclaimed JCC head coach Tom Schuller.
LUVERNE -- Smacking a total of 32 spike kills and delivering 14 ace serves, the top-seeded Windom Eagles showed why they have a 26-2 won-loss record this season, as the well-balanced squad defeated Westbrook-Walnut Grove, 3-0, in the Sub-Section 3A South volleyball tournament quarterfinals Friday night at the Luverne Elementary Gym. Game scores were 25-9, 25-18, 25-19. With the victory, the Eagles advance to the tournament semifinals and will tangle with fourth-seeded Murray County Central at 6 p.m.