MINNEAPOLIS – Annandale senior Kaytlin Kuefler won a pair of matches Thursday to advance to today’s Class A singles semifinals during competition at the state individual tennis tournament at the Read-Sweatt Family Tennis Center.
Kuefler — whose team fell 7-0 to Blake in the Class A team championship match Wednesday — defeated St. James senior Aryn Eckstrom 6-4, 6-4 in the first round. Then she beat St. Peter senior Calleigh Carlson 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
She will face top-seed Patricia Zhao, a junior from Breck, in the semifinals at a 8 a.m. today. St. Paul Academy and Summit School junior Sonya Das faces Rochester Lourdes junior Sofia Terzic in the other semifinal. The championship match is set for 11:30 a.m.
“Her last opponent was very athletic and tough opponent, but Kaytlin played smart and wore the girl down,” Cardinals coach Scott Orvik said. “Right now, she’s going into every match thinking she can win.”
Foley junior Abby Kantor beat Providence Academy junior Eva Sullivan 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round, but fell 6-3, 6-4 to Terzic in the quarterfinals.
In the doubles competition, St. Cloud Cathedral seniors Erin Stocker and Greta Egerman fell 6-2, 6-1 to Blake seniors Abby Rickeman and Maddy Hall in the first round. But the duo rebounded to beat Eveleth-Gilbert seniors Amy Terrio and Kayla Young 6-0, 4-6 (10-8) in the first round of consolation play. They will face St. James senior Michaela Norby and junior Acacia Foss at 8 a.m. today.
“They won 6-0 in the first game and were up 4-1 in the second, then the other team won five games in a row and the tiebreaker came right down to the end,” said Crusaders coach Ellis Scheevel of Stocker and Egerman, who are now 15-1 as a team. “But they played really well in that match.”
In Class 2A tournament at the Baseline Tennis Center, St. Cloud Tech eighth-grader Taylor Tarrolly defeated Prior Lake sophomore Dani Keller 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of singles competition. But she fell 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 to Stillwater senior Natalie Phippen in the quarterfinals.
In the doubles competition, St. Cloud Tech junior Leah Wurm and sophomore Sam Eisenreich fell 6-1, 6-4 to Forest Lake junior Taylor Shortly and sophomore Chase Shortly in the first round. They then fell 6-1, 6-0 to Delano senior Laura Finn and junior Casey Finn in the first round of consolation play.
Section 6A meet
SPICER – Both Albany and Holdingford advanced runners to the Class A state meet after totaling a combined eight top 10 finishers at the Section 6A meet at Little Crow Golf Course.
In the boy’s competition, Albany senior Seth Hare earned top honors after finishing in a time of 16:43 while teammate sophomore Kevin Lamb placed seventh with a time of 17:28. Holdingford runners Abe Skwira and Andrew Zachman both placed in the top 10 to move on to state competition. Skwira placed sixth after finishing in 17:27 while Zachman finished ninth in a time of 17:30.
Holdingford had three girls finish in the top ten in the race while Albany had one. Freshman Alli Ruprecht placed third for Holdingford with a time of 15:23 while eighth grader Jo Merten ran 15:40 to place eighth and sophomore Emily Wolter finished ninth after running 15:48. Albany senior Madi Sachs finished fourth in a time of 15:23.
Albany’s boys team placed first with a score of 73 and the Huskies’ girls team placed second with a score of 69 points. The Holdingford girls team placed first with 52 points while the boys just missed the cut tying for third place with 100 points.
Team scores – 1. Albany 73; 2. Pelican Rapids 77; 3. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 100; 4. Holdingford 100; 5. Ottertail Central 154; 6. Royalton 180; 7. West Central Area 195; 8. Litchfield 213; 9. Morris Area/Chokio-Albert Lee 225; 10. New London-Spicer 238; 11. Sauk Centre 295; 12. St. John’s Prep 315; 13. Benson/K-M-S 322; 14. Community Christian 349; 15. Ortonville 459; 16. Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball 481.
Team scores – 1. Holdingford 52; 2. Albany 69; 3. Pelican Rapids 89; 4. Benson/K-M-S 127 5. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 128; 6. Morris/Chokio-Albert Lee 149; 7. Litchfield 160; 8. Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball 164; 9. Breckenridge/Campbell-Tintah 261; 10. Royalton 291; 11. St. John’s Prep 293; 12. Ortonville 325.
Section 8-2A meet
BEMIDJI – Bemidji and Moorhead grabbed the top spots in the boys and girls competition but Rocori, Sartell and St. Cloud Tech all advanced runners to state at the Section 8-2A cross country meet.
The Bemijdi boys grabbed the top spot after scoring notching 59 points while the girls were led by Moorhead’s 80 points. Bemidji junior Sam Carlson earned top individual honors of the boys side with a time of 16:32.3 while Alexandria’s Megan Hasz earned first for the girls with a time of 14:10.1.
St. Cloud Tech’s Wade Krueger placed third with a time of 16:47.1 while Sartell’s Blake Anderson placed fifth with a time of 16:50. Rocori’s Eric Janssen placed seventh in 16:52.3 to earn a state berth.
In the girls’ race, the area’s top finisher was Sauk Rapids’ Sam Sunstron who placed 15th with a time of 15:31.1.
Team scores – 1. Bemidji 59; 2. Moorhead 73; 3. Willmar 99; 4. Monticello 123; 5. Sartell 146; 6. Rocori 159; 7. Alexandria 209; 8. Little Falls 231; 9. Brainered 252; 10. Detroit Lakes 270; 11. Thief River Falls 312; Fergus Falls 323.
Team scores – 1. Moorhead 80; 2. Willmar 83; 3. Monticello 94; 4. Alexandria 104; 5. Brainerd 125; 6. Sartell 152; 7. Bemidji 205; 8. Little Falls 225; 9. Rocori 262; 10. Detroit Lakes 263; 11. Fergus Falls 323; 12. St. Cloud Tech 334; 13. Becker 359; 14. Sauk Rapids 383; 15. Theif River Falls 16. St. Cloud Apollo 442.
Section 5A meet postponed
PIERZ – The Section 5A meet was postponed Thursday due to snow.
It was determined that the running surface was not fit for competition, and now that the snow has already melted, the meet has been rescheduled for this afternoon at Pierz Golf Course.
The girls race begins at 4 p.m., and the boys run at 4:30.
Christian seeded 4th
The St. Cloud Christian School earned the fourth seed in its first Christian Athletic League post-season tournament. The Warriors will face fifth-seeded Faith Christian School at 6 p.m. today in the St. Croix Falls, Wis., Middle School gym. This is the Warriors’ first year of varsity volleyball and its first season in the CAL.
All eight school of the Christian Athletic League schools are participating with Christian Life Academy of Farmington receiving the top seed, Cambridge Christian School the second and Rochester Area Home School the third seed.
On Saturday, the semifinals are at 10:15 a.m. with the championship and third-place matches set for 1 p.m. The first-round losers will play in the consolation semifinals at 9 a.m. Saturday with the consolation finals and 7th-place matches set for 11:30 a.m.
All matches are being played in the St. Croix Falls High and Middle schools gyms.
OSAKIS 3, KIMBALL 1
OSAKIS – Breane Meierhofer had 10 kills and eight digs but the fifth-seeded Cubs couldn’t hang on after winning the first set against No. 4 seed Osakis in the first round of the West Sub-Section 5A playoffs.
Laura Frank added 11 kills and three aces for Kimball who lost 25-9, 18-25, 23-25, 17-25. The Cubs finished the season a shade under .500 at 13-14.
EDEN VALLEY-WATKINS 3, SWANVILLE 0
EDEN VALLEY – The third-seeded Eagles swept the sixth-seeded Bulldogs with Clarissa Roy leading the way with eight kills and seven ace serves in the first round of the West Sub-Section 5A playoffs.
Eden Valley-Watkins also had a strong performance from Courtney Dilley who had 12 kills. Kaylee Forcier was 10-for-10 serving, and Holly Schumacher tallied 27 set assists. The Eagles had 13 ace serves as a team. EV-W will play at 7 p.m. tonight in Upsala.
ROYALTON 3, PILLAGER 1
PILLAGER – The fifth-seeded Royals moved on in the East Sub-Section 5A playoffs with a win over No. 4 seed Pillager.
Game scores were 25-8, 25-17, 17-25, 26-24. Royalton’s next game will be against Nevis, a team that is 18-5 on the year.
The game will take place at 7 p.m. today in Nevis.
PROVIDENCE ACADEMY 0
ROCKFORD – Juniors Jordan Weeding and Ellen Patella both had eight kills for Rockford as the Rockets moved on to the Section 5-2A semifinals.
Set scores were 25-16, 25-10 and 25-18.
Kaylee Shumacher also chipped in for Rockford with 11 set assists and five service aces. Up next for the Rockets will be Zimmerman, the No. 1 seed in the section.