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MINNEAPOLIS—Underwood seniors Coy Thorson and Justin Masloski stared blankly. Thorson said absolutely nothing. Senior Dylan Kalenze said everything in one sentence, after No. 3 Underwood fell to No. 1 Grand Meadow 34-20 Friday in the Minnesota Class 9-man state championship at TCF Bank Stadium. "Best season we could have asked for, just not the best ending," Kalenze said. For the third straight year, Underwood's football season came to an end at the hands of Grand Meadow. Grand Meadow won its 36th straight game and third straight Minnesota Class 9-man state title.
ST. PAUL—No. 5-ranked Waterville-Elysian-Morristown continues to cross things off the volleyball history list. Thursday was its first time ever to the state tournament and the Buccaneers got their first state tournament win via a 25-14, 25-20, 25-9 sweep of Ada-Borup. With the way they played Thursday, it seemed as though the Buccaneers were state tournament professionals.
ST. PAUL—In the first set of Thursday's Minnesota Class 3A volleyball quarterfinals against No. 9 Roseville, No. 10 Moorhead looked completely unfazed by the bright lights of the Xcel Energy Center and the stage of the state tournament. "Game 1 was interesting," Roseville coach Greg Ueland said. "I think we were still over at the Holiday Inn." In the next three sets, the Roseville team that was making it's fourth straight trip to the state tournament showed up and topped Moorhead 16-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-22. "We had seen Roseville earlier in the season," Moorhead coach Char Lien said.
ADA, Minn. – Today, at 3 p.m., Ada-Borup senior Morgan Miller will make it nine straight high school seasons in which she will compete in a state tournament, dating back to her freshman winter basketball season in 2013.
UNDERWOOD, Minn.—It would be easy to say Underwood's No. 3-ranked high school football team is in the Class 9-man state title game because senior quarterback Justin Masloski and senior running backs Coy Thorson and Dylan Kalenze have combined for 3,808 yards rushing and 56 rushing touchdowns on 424 carries.
MOORHEAD—When Moorhead senior Kenna Taylor is struggling during a volleyball game, she looks to her mother, Tiffany, in the crowd. The pain is excruciating for her mom just to be sitting in the stands, but she motions to Kenna just to breathe. "I know that she doesn't go out much," Kenna said. "She's definitely bedridden a lot. When I see her out in the stands and I know that she's there supporting me it just leaves me speechless. She makes motions to me when I'm having a tough time. It's a reminder and it's a motivation. She is my rock and she is definitely my role model.
MAPLE GROVE, Minn.—Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton senior running back and defensive back Eric Watt, teary-eyed, barely able to stand, limped underneath the bleachers of Maple Grove High School on Saturday and was hugged by a Rebels teammate. It symbolized perfectly the 30-14 defeat to Jackson County Central in the Minnesota Class 3A state football semifinals Saturday at Maple Grove. No part of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton had stepped in a state football championship since Glyndon-Felton won it in 1985.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead senior Alexis Odegard looked out into the water of the swimming pool at Moorhead High School, as if the question made no sense. It was an understandable question for someone missing their right arm up to their elbow and parts of the fingers on their left hand. What's something you wish you could do, but can't? Then she smiled, as if she figured out something the rest of the world never will. "I haven't found anything I can't do," Odegard said. Odegard was born missing her right arm up to her elbow and parts of the fingers on her left hand, but that was never goin
MINNETONKA, Minn.—The thick black helmets of the Moorhead football team could not hide the sound. Neither could the chants from the Spuds fans thanking the team. The tears could not be stopped, as the magic for Moorhead ran out Friday in the form of a 17-14 win for St. Thomas Academy in the Minnesota Class 5A state semifinals at Minnetonka High School. Moorhead junior Abdul Younis did not cry because he was being carried off the field with an ice pack around his leg. Moorhead senior lineman Brody Jerome did not cry because of his broken thumb.
WAUBUN, Minn.—Jenni and Jon Syverson couldn't agree on what to name their first-born son. Jon liked the name Peyton. Jenni wasn't a big fan of it and actually prefered the name Ryan, after Jon's brother. They made a deal they would name their son based on whoever was the first pick in the 1998 NFL draft, as it was most likely going to be between quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf. The Indianapolis Colts weren't the only happy ones about going with Peyton Manning. Jon was too.