Zach is the Daily Globe sports reporter. He has previously been a sports editor at both the Waseca County News in Waseca, Minn., and The Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Kansas. He is originally from New Richland, Minn., and now lives in Worthington with his dog; a beagle-corgi mix named Homer. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, pontooning on St. Olaf Lake and watching professional and collegiate sports.
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REDWOOD FALLS — Luverne played well Saturday in its Section 3AA South quarterfinal, but Redwood Valley made use of nearly every possession. While sixth-seeded Luverne committed a respectable 11 turnovers, No. 3 Redwood Valley had only four. The home team also made 39-of-72 shots from the floor, a 54.2-percent clip. That was enough to end the Cardinals’ season with a 93-80 loss.
ST. PETER – Simply put, Luverne is on fire entering the Section 3A title game. The top-seeded Cardinals advanced with a dominant, 10-0 win over arch rival New Ulm in Saturday’s semifinal at Lund Arena. The win puts them in the championship game against No. 2-seed Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato, which beat No. 3 Hutchinson 5-4 Saturday. “I think we’re really clicking at the right time to be honest,” Luverne head coach Kullen Schroht said. “The guys have been working hard in practice and it’s all coming together.”
FERGUS FALLS — A win against M State Saturday coupled with a Western Tech loss could have solidified the fourth and final spot in the regional tournament. Tech did its part, but the Lady Jays were unable to overcome a frosty fourth quarter in a 71-56 loss. They trailed by just one entered the final frame to a team that beat them by 42 in their first meeting.
FERGUS FALLS — There are certain moments in a game when it becomes obvious the fates aren’t on your side. In their season-finale Saturday, Minnesota West had such a moment. The game had reached double-overtime — more on that later — when M State was inbounding the ball underneath the basket. The player who was supposed to receive the pass wasn’t ready and the ball doinked off of his head. It caromed off of his noggin, against the backboard and through the hoop for two points. It was that kind of day for the Bluejays in a 102-94 loss in double OT.
CANBY — Adrian put 10 of its 12 entrants into the semifinals Friday on the first day of the Section 3A Individual Wrestling Tournament. That contingency of Dragons was second-most of all teams in the section with only Minneota gaining more with 13. Pipestone Area and Windom/Mountain Lake enter today’s second day of the tournament with six and seven semifinalists, respectively, while Jackson County Central has four.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Sibley-Ocheyedan will enter the third and final day of the Class 1A State Individual Tournament with three wrestlers trying to climb as high as possible on the medal stand. Dylan Schuck, Trent Kruger and Matt Naig have all guaranteed themselves a place among the top six in their weight classes. To do so, each had to navigate a difficult Day 2 on Friday after winning Thursday’s opening round.
LUVERNE — Luverne started fast Thursday in its Section 3A quarterfinal against Windom Area. Really fast. The top-seeded Cardinals showed why they are the favorites to make their second trip to state in three years by scoring seven goals in the opening period. That eventually turned into a 15-0 triumph over No. 8-seeded Windom Area.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Sibley-Ocheyedan has four wrestlers in the mix for a Class 1A state championship after one day at the Iowa State Individual Wrestling Tournament. The Generals started Day 1 with seven qualifiers, but three were knocked out with losses in both the first round and their opening consolation match. Four, however, picked up a victory in their opening bout to fight another day. Dylan Schuck, Garrett Sayler, Trent Kruger and Matt Naig all begin Day 2 with the Class 1A quarterfinals at 9 a.m. today.
MINNEAPOLIS — Luverne saw its first trip to the Class A state tournament in program history come to an end Thursday. Afterward, the Cardinals heads were still held high. “It’s surreal,” senior forward Madisyn Dingmann said of the experience. “I don’t even know if it’s set in yet. Every team I’ve been on has dreamed of making it to state and I’ve been a part of four or five teams that made it to the section finals. This is the one team that I would have wanted to make it with. We all had the time of our lives. No one even wants to take their jerseys off yet.”