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Vikings survive overtime thriller with Blackjacks

Everett VanHecke leaped onto the back of Brendan Reiss after a touchdown pass Reiss caught against Dawson-Boyd. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Nobody was using it, but the word “escape” did enter into a few folks minds after Minneota squeezed past determined Dawson-Boyd, 34-28 in overtime on Friday.
“It was nerve racking, intense,” said middle linebacker Alec Bueltel, who had 11 tackles.
“It was very intense. They were a good test for our team,” said senior linebacker Brock Fox.
“It was a good one to keep us on our toes,” added Coach Chad Johnston.
They seemed to be feeling they were in survival mode after Alex Pohlen knocked down the final pass from Alex Swenson in overtime to seal the deal for Minneota and thrust them into a 31-game winning streak.  read entire story. . . .

Coach directs 31st straight win

Coach Chad Johnston had all he could do to contain his players during the final minute of the 34-28 overtime win over Dawson-Boyd. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Hennen rans 43 times for 251 yards, 4 TD's

Minneota's Isaac Hennen ran for 251 yards on 43 carries and scored four touchdowns in the Vikings 34-28 overtime win over Dawson-Boyd Friday night. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Girls seventh; boys 17th at Milaca Mega Meet

Emily Gillingham and Natalie Dinius ran with the pack from a recent file photo by Byron Higgin.

Take 5,900 runners from 150 schools and pour them onto one golf course and you’ve got the makings of a Mega Meet.
The Canby-Minneota runners may have been small fish in a big pond at the Stones Throw Golf Course in Milaca on Saturday, but the girls finished seventh out of 23 teams and the boys team’s Anthony Wollum took eighth overall, among 150 runners.
Not bad for little fish in a big pond.  read entire story. . . .

Volleyball goes 3-0 against KMS

The Vikings made easy work of the injury-plagued Kerkhoven-M-S Saints, 25-12; 25-7, 25-7 Tuesday night in Kerkhoven.
The victory completed a 6-2 week for the Vikings.
Engels again set the pace for the Vikings both from the serving line and in the back row. She and Herigon each had 11 digs and Engels served 29 of 29 with three aces.  read entire story. . . .

Back court patrol on duty

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The ball was slammed from the other side of the net and headed straight for Minneota’s back court. Nobody was there to stop it from hitting the floor for a point.
Suddenly, a form appears wearing a different colored uniform than her teammates. She leaps, slides, extends her arm and pops the ball back up in the air.
Setter Charlie Josephson retrieves it and sets it up to one of her hitters — and bang, a point for Minneota.
The credit, of-course, goes to the hitter — she gets a kill. And Josephson records a set assist.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings thump Jaguars

Vikings Lydia Sussner and Lizzy Gillingham went to the net to block a hit by Renville County West's Reanna Flom. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.

Lydia Sussner has been struggling with a sore shoulder all season.
But it didn’t look it Thursday when she banged down 12 kills to lead a 25-13; 25-6 and 25-12 win over the Jaguars of Renville Co. West.
“It’s not better,” Sussner shrugs. But she’s determined, “It’s something I have to live with.”

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Viking volleyball team 4-2 at Burnsville

Natalie Herigon hit the ball for a point. File Photo by Byron Higgin.

Natalie Herigon had a great weekend and in the end was rewarded by being named to the All-Tournament team at the Burnsville Class A Showcase.
“She had a great tournament,” said Coach Hennen.
The Vikings finished in fourth place, narrowly losing the third place match to Heritage Christian, 25-23; 25-20 and 13-15.
They were undefeated Friday, sweeping three opponents and Saturday beat Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, 25-17 and 25-20 but lost to eventual champion Mayer Lutheran, 25-17 and 25-20.
Mayer Lutheran went on to beat Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 2-0 to capture the Class A title.  read entire story. . . .

On the Bench with Byron Higgin: Little things you probably didn't know

Did you know:
•Both kickers in the Minneota vs. Dawson-Boyd football game Friday night were foreign exchange students.
Minneota’s Wouter Janus is from Holland and Dawson-Boyd’s Joseph Furter is from Switzerland.
Janus kicked four of four extra points and had one blocked by Furter’s teamamte Alex Swenson.
Furter kicked all four extra points he attempted for the Blackjacks.
•There was nearly a capacity crowd at Friday’s game. “And they were loud,” said Minneota running back Isaac Hennen.  read entire story. . . .