Prep sports roundup: Sauk Rapids football team upsets No. 2 Rocori

Prep sports roundup: Sauk Rapids football team upsets No. 2 Rocori


Prep sports roundup: Sauk Rapids football team upsets No. 2 Rocori


COLD SPRING – Expression came easy to Clayton Douvier. The Sauk Rapids senior linebacker had just been part of the upset of the season.

The Storm beat Rocori 20-12 on a sunny, warm Saturday before a huge homecoming crowd at Virant Field.

“That’s the best feeling in the world, upsetting the No. 2 team in the state,” Douvier said. “You can’t explain it.”

The victory broke an eight-game losing streak for Sauk Rapids (1-3 Central Lakes, 1-4 overall), dating back to a 31-21 over St. Cloud Apollo on Sept. 30, 2011.

And, it ended a 16-game winning streak for the Spartans (4-1, 4-1), who won 12 straight last year on their way to a Class 4A title.

This one was the definition of an upset.

“We know we have a good team here,” Douvier said. “We have not played our game for four quarters yet this season and today I think we did that.”

Sauk Rapids capitalized on two Rocori turnovers inside the Spartans’ 20. One turned into a 4-yard touchdown run by Chris Keske with 3:44 to play in the first quarter and the other was a 15-yard Jake Lynch TD run with 6:49 to go in the third.

Lynch’s score came on a fake field-goal attempt.

The back-breaker for Rocori was Sam Wateland’s 64-yard interception return to a touchdown with 9:03 to play, followed by Tyler Bjork’s two-point conversion run. That put the Storm up 20-6.

“I’m very, very happy for the kids,” Sauk Rapids head coach Bill Magnuson said. “It’s pretty easy to give up when you’re 0-4 and playing a team like Rocori. Gee, did our defense play well today and our offense was just good enough.”

Both starting quarterbacks were hurt. Mac Mueller, the Spartans’ star, suffered a shoulder injury on a punt return in the first quarter. His status is unknown. Sauk Rapids senior Joel Haller had his foot stepped on and then his neck injured on a facemask penalty.

“We gave them a short field and they did a terrific job executing their game plan today,” Rocori head coach Mike Rowe said of the Storm. “You can’t do that (two turnovers inside the 20) to any team in the Central Lakes Conference because they will punish you.”

Sauk Rapids 6 0 6 8 20
Rocori 0 6 0 6 12

SR – Chris Keske 4 run (run failed)

R – Jake Herges 8 pass from Brad Fabel (run failed)

SR – Jake Lynch 15 run (run failed)

SR – Sam Wateland 64 interception return (Tyler Bjork run)

R – Jake Huber 77 pass from Fabel (pass failed)

Individual statistics

Rushing: SR – Lynch 13-85, Keske 16-32, Logan Smoley 3-11, Brady Lain 1-3, Clayton Douvier 1-1, Eli McCulloch 1-1, Tyler Bjork 2-(-4), Joel Haller 3-(-12). R – Ryan Tong 7-44, Adam Dingmann 4-20, Fabel 11-(-1), Herges 1-(-3), Mac Mueller 5-(-29).

Passing: SR – Haller 1-6-0 11, Bjork 1-4-0 8. R – Fabel 15-33-2 214, Mueller 3-4-0 12.

Receiving: SR – Lynch 1-11, McCulloch 1-8. R – Huber 8-170, Derek Kuechle 5-24, Connor Nelson 2-14, Herges 1-8, Nick Thorpe 1-5, Tong 1-5.

Sartell 1, Sauk Rapids 0

SAUK RAPIDS – Junior forward Katie Stuttgen scored off a pass across the middle from junior forward Sophia VanSurksum in the eighth minute and Sartell held off Sauk Rapids.

Senior Erin Deters had four saves for the Sabres (6-3-2 CLC, 9-3-2 overall). Senior Olivia Stockinger had 10 saves for the Storm, who beat Sartell 1-0 on Sept. 18 in Sartell.

Cathedral 3, Alexandria 0

ALEXANDRIA – Senior Cia Strong scored in the first half and junior Caitlin McMorrow and senior Katrina Nelson scored in the second half to lead the Crusaders (10-2-1). It was the first varsity goal for both McMorrow and Nelson. Cathedral goalie Mo Schroeder had six saves.

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SARTELL – Jared Forst had a first half goal for Sartell. Making six saves for the Sabres (8-5-1) and earning the shutout was Skylar Gardner.

Cathedral 1, Alexandria 0

Junior Phil Ruegemer scored with an assist from senior Hayden Speaks and senior Alan Flores made fives saves to lead the Crusaders (9-0-2) to the win at Whitney Park. Zack Lamb had seven saves for the Cardinals.


PIERZ – Long Prairie-Grey Eagle went 5-1 to win the tournament. Emily Jansen had 85 assists, 27 digs and 10 ace serves for the Thunder (17-6). In addition, Jenna Langer tallied 47 kills, six blocks and 45 digs while Maggie Chapin swatted eight ace serves for LP-GE.

The Huskers placed first in the Bronz division going 3-3 and finished sixth overall. Summer Storm had 24 kills, 25 digs, five blocks and three aces to lead Holdingford. Samantha Maciej boasted 79 set assists to lead the Huskers in that category.

Tournament area results:

Round 1:

Pierz 2, Buffalo Lake-Hector 0

Pierz 2, Floodwood 0

Mabel-Canton 2, St. Cloud Cathedral 0

Swanville 2, St. Cloud Cathedral 0

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 2, Holdingford 0

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 2, Mounds View 1

Mounds View 2, Holdingford 0

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 2, Pierz 0

Round 2:

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 2, Pierz 0

Mabel-Canton 2, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0

Mabel-Canton 2, Pierz 0

St. Cloud Cathedral 2, Holdingford 0

St. Cloud Cathedral 2, Floodwood 0

Holdingford 2, Floodwood 0

Gold Division:

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 2, Mounds View 1

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 2, Mabel-Canton 0

Silver Division:

St. Cloud Cathedral 2, Pierz 1

St. Cloud Cathedral 2, Buffalo Lake-Hector 0

Pierz 2, Buffalo Lake-Hector 1

Bronze Division:

Holdingford 2, Floodwood 0

Holdingford 2, Swanville 0


COKATO – Kelsey Berg led St. Cloud Tech to a second-place finish with 28 kills and 14 digs. Kylie Loesch had 27 kills and Cierra Washington had eight ace serves for Tech (5-10).

Tech results:

Tech 2, Eden Valley-Watkins 0

Tech 2, Watertown-Mayer 1

Tech 2, Rockford 1

Dassel-Cokato 2, Tech 0

Roy Griak Invitational

FALCON HEIGHTS – St. Cloud Cathedral junior Nick Golebiowski took 20th place in the boys race with a time of 16:28 to lead St. Cloud Cathedral to an 11th-place finish out of 44 teams in the boys gold division race. There were 429 runners in the race.

Sophomore Rachel Eickhoff took 34th with a time of 19:58 to lead Cathedral to a 33rd-place finish out of 44 teams. There were 408 runners in the girls gold division race.

In the boys maroon division, senior Seth Hare took 13th with a time of 17:28 to lead the Albany to an 11th-place finish out of 49 teams. There were 455 runners in the race.

In the girls maroon division, senior Madi Sachs took 41st with a time of 21:09 to lead Albany to a 19th-place finish out of 50 teams. There 416 runners in the race.

Willmar Invitational

WILLMAR – Sauk Rapids senior Sam Sunstrom took second in a time of 15:23 in the 4K girls race and the Storm took ninth out of 12 teams.

Lauren Steinke took 10th (15:50) for St. Cloud Tech, which took seventh. Junior Wade Krueger took third in the 5K boys race (16:59) for Tech, which took seventh out of 11 teams.


Katie Williams’ win at No. 4 singles decided the match in the Tigers’ favor at South Junior High. Williams won (6-3, 6-7, 6-1) for Tech. Sam Eisenreich and Sabrina Sturm teamed up at No. 2 doubles to win 6-0, 6-2 for Tech (13-1).


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