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Garrett Hennen, who already has over 1,000 yards rushing this year, ran for 153 yards Friday and helped lead Minneota to a Section 3A Championship over Adrian, 44-6.
The Vikings will play New Ulm Cathedral at 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8 at SMSU in Marshall in the first round of the state tournament.
Cathedral beat Sleepy Eye St. Mary's, 20-14 Friday night to enter the state tournament.  read entire story. . . .

Sack Man! Nathan Bueltel

Senior Nathan Bueltel came up big against Adrian.
He had two sacks and two tackles for loss.
There were big plays with Daniel Harrison sitting out the game with a sore knee. Bueltel, a defensive end like Harrison, kept the pressure on quarterback Logan Rogers all day.
"My adrenaline is still going now," Bueltel said.
"I looked over at my coach and he said, 'Make some moves,' and I did, especially on that fumble," Bueltel said.
The game was his best career defensive game so far. "I've never had a game like this," Bueltel said.
"I was happy to step up for the team. Especially since we've got Dan (Harrison) out right now but he'll be back next week."
"We just relaxed and played football," Bueltel said.  read entire story. . . .

The dynasty is over!

A five year dominance, a dynasty no less, ended Thursday night at SMSU in Marshall.
Minneota's five-year trek to state ended when Central MN Christian won the North Section 3A title from the Vikings, 3-2, by scores of 25-23; 25-27; 20-25l 20-25l 25-15 and 15-12.  read entire story. . . .

Boys run into state

Kurt TeBeest of Montevideo ran the Section 3A course at the Madison Golf Course in 17:02.41 and his first place finish was enough to lead Montevideo to second place and a spot in the Minnesota Class A State Tournament next Saturday in St. Olaf.
But it wasn't enough to be Canby-Minneota, the reigning champion who repeated with 61 points and a section crown.
The Lancers beat Montevideo, 61-75 amongst 16 teams and 300 boys and girls running the race.  read entire story. . . .

'Not focused' Vikings still get 48-7 win

Captain Alec Engler didn’t spare his emotions at halftime. They all bubbled out as he bemoaned a 21-0 lead over United South Central (USC).
“It was kinda hard because we expect so much from ourselves. This was a team with two wins and we were ranked No. 1. We were not doing our jobs,” said Engler.
“We’re going to come out and run it down their throats,” he said.
Minneota did — taking the Rebels, 48-7 to advance to the Section 3A finals at 2:30 p.m. Friday against Adrian at SMSU in Marshall.
“Alec said alot. If he hadn’t said it, I would have,” said Coach Chad Johnston.  read entire story. . . .

McKinley's head band saga

McKinley Johansen always wears an orange headband.
It's become his identification mark.
Since he and twin brother Mitchel both run for Canby-Minneota, it's also been a way to tell them apart.
"McKinley has the bandana on his head," someone will say.
During the race — there he was, bandana in place for all to see.
But when the race ended and he'd finished third at the Section 3A meet to lead his team back into the state, the bandana was gone.
"I usually wear my headband but I took it off because it was so hot," McKinley said.  read entire story. . . .

Three compete at pre-nationals

Avery VanOverbeke, Henry Pesch, and Eric Hauswedell traveled to Cedar Falls, IA to wrestle in the USA Wrestling Pre-Season Nationals.  
This event is in its seventh year and attracted over 2800 wrestlers representing 38 states.  Minnesota had the 3rd most participants with 329 behind Iowa and Illinois. This is a Folkstyle (High school rules) wrestling tournament.  read entire story. . . .



Saturday, Nov 1 at St. Olaf College, Northfield
10 a.m. — Class A Boys; 11 a.m. Class A Girls

Football playoffs against United South Central

Minneota will host United South Central (Bricelyn, Easton, Freeborn, Kiester, Walters and Wells) at 3 p.m. Saturday in a Section 3A Playoff game.
United South Central beat Murray County Central, 14-13 on Tuesday.
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Leos back in state

Minneota's Josue Leos and his teammates from Canby earned their way back into the state meet by winning the Section 3A boys' cross country meet at Madison on Thursday.
"They have worked extremely hard. They ran all summer," said Coach Beth Jessen.
Canby-Minneota won the boys' meet with 61 points and Montevideo finished second with 75. Both will compete in the state meet at St.Olaf College in Northfield next weekend.  read entire story. . . .

Girls miss state by two points; Dinius qualifies

The girls’ missed going to state by two points. Lac qui Parle Valley easily won the meet with Redwood Valley second at 121 and Canby-Minneota third at 123.
“It was just a few points. We knew it was going to be close, but it was not in our favor,” said Coach Jessen.
“It was probably one of their better races so that was good to see. You can’t ask more than that,” said Coach Jessen.
Top finisher for Canby-Minneota was Natalie Dinius. She placed 10th and qualified individually for the state tournament.
"When you try your best and you barely fall short you can't ask for more from a group of kids."  read entire story. . . .

Vikings statistics very one-sided over Adrian

Minneota 68, Adrian 0
Adrian 0   0    0   0  — 0
Minneota 21 21 20 6  — 68
Minn-Andrew Behnke 80 kickoff return. PAT-Diego Mesa Palmer kick.
Minn-Alec Engler 11 run. PAT-Mesa-Palmer kick.
Minn-Engler 2 run. PAT-Mesa-Palmer kick.
Minn-Garrett Hennen 2 run. PAT-Mesa-Palmer kick.
Minn-Garrett Hennen 12 run. PAT-Mesa-Palmer kick.
Minn-Nicholas Esping 34 pass from Alex Pohlen. PAT-Mesa-Palmer kick.
Minn-Cole Hennen 50 run. PAT-Mesa-Palmer kick.
Minn-Brock Fox 11 run. PAT-Kick failed.,
Minn-Bryce Bruner 64 run. PAT-Mesa-Palmer kick.
Minn.-Isaac Hennen 17 run. PAT-Kick failed.  read entire story. . . .

Esping snatches touchdown pass

Minneota receiver Nicholas Esping reached for a pass, caught it and beat his defender to the end zone for a touchdown Wednesday night against Adrian.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings scoring nearly 59 points a game

Minneota's football team has reached new heights during a perfect 8-0 season.
One of those heights may well be, and it appears IS, a regular season state record of 469 points in eight games, for an average of 58.6 points per game.  read entire story. . . .

Saved the best for playoffs

“It was great. We all played well,” said sophomore setter Charlie Josephson.
She set up 46 points with her setting — many of them the 29 kills of Taylor Reiss and another 11 to Natalie Herigon and Minneota defeated Dawson-Boyd, 3-0.  read entire story. . . .

Small but mighty in the back court

Amber Engels may be the smallest Viking on the floor, but her 19 saves and many diving to the floor touches that were popped back up for points, have proven her worth to the team.
She helped lead Minneota to a 3-0 win over Dawson-Boyd Tuesday night in the Section 3A North semifinals.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings advance in volleyball playoffs

Minneota's 3-09 win over Canby Friday night has vaulted them into the Section 3A North Semifinals at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at SMSU in Marshall against Dawson-Boyd.
The Blackjacks were a 3-1 winner over MACCRAY. They won by scores of 24-36; 25-20; 25-20 and 25-20.
Minneota beat Canby 25-17; 25-18 and 25-17.  read entire story. . . .


Little Sioux Conference
Team                                                   W-L   ALL
Minneota Vikings                8-0   9-0
Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks                7-1   9-1
Adrian Dragons                6-2   8-2
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers           5-3   6-4
Canby Lancers               3-5   5-5
Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles                3-5   4-6
MACCRAY Wolverines               3-5   3-6
Murray-County Central Rebels           3-5   3-6
Lakeview Lakers                                 2-6   2-7
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights            0-8  0-9
Games Last Week
Minneota 48, United South Central 7
Adrian 21, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 14
Friday, November 1, 2:30 p.m.
Minneota vs. Adrian
Dawson-Boyd 48, Lac qui Parle Valley 0
Canby 46, Wabasso 6
Championship, 5 p.m.
Dawson-Boyd vs. Canby
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