Star News » Sports http://erstarnews.com The Star News covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for Elk River, Otsego, Rogers and Zimmerman, Minnesota and their surrounding areas. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:16:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Volleyball: Rogers falls to Spring Lake Park in section opener http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/23/volleyball-rogers-falls-to-spring-lake-park-in-section-opener/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/23/volleyball-rogers-falls-to-spring-lake-park-in-section-opener/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:16:30 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=778000 The Rogers volleyball season ended with a five-game loss to Spring Lake Park in their Section 5AAA opener Tuesday evening.

Spring Lake Park (15-9) prevailed 25-21, 18-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-12.

Rogers finished 13-16.

Erica Folk made 18 kills and 22 digs for Rogers. Hannah Sjerven notched 15 kills and five solo blocks. Baylee Waldhoff delivered 43 assists, three aces and 21 digs. Victoria Taylor served 24-for-27 with eight aces. Lauren LeClaire made 22 digs and Addy Sachs 36 serve receives.

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Volleyball: Elks beat Princeton 3-0 in playoff opener, face North Branch http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/23/volleyball-elks-beat-princeton-3-0-in-playoff-opener-face-north-branch/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/23/volleyball-elks-beat-princeton-3-0-in-playoff-opener-face-north-branch/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:13:24 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=777998 by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The second season has arrived for Elk River volleyball, and the Elks launched it nicely with a 25-13, 25-19, 25-20 win over Princeton at home Wednesday evening.

“It’s the start of a new season. I’m so excited,” said Geneva Kachinske, senior outside hitter who led with 10 kills and two aces and was second with 15 digs. “We had a great match tonight.”

“We started our season slow but we have been getting better, and each game was preparing us for now,” said senior Kennedy Stain, senior middle hitter who made five kills and three blocks, and sparked a come-from-behind win in game three.

The regular season was a bit of a struggle as the Elks went 3-9 in the Northwest Suburban Conference and 9-15 overall. They play a different set of teams in the section, however.

“I think we have performed solidly, but we have played a lot of good teams, and volleyball is a game of errors,” said coach Theresa Brummer. “We had 20 more kills than Spring Lake Park (in the conference finale) and lost. It comes down to things like mistakes and momentum swings and not attacking when you have a chance. We’ve been working on all those things.”

The Elks, seeded seventh among 12 teams in Section 7AAA, had little trouble with No. 10 Princeton (9-11), and now face a team they’ve beaten, North Branch, there Friday evening, 7 p.m.

Elk River topped North Branch 25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 25-10 at home Aug. 28 but the Vikings went 24-6 in the regular season and got seeded No. 2 behind Cambridge-Isanti.

“They have an outside hitter (Courtney Selbitschka) who’s one of the top players in the state,” said Brummer. “After her, they get smaller, but they have a formidable middle hitter (Katy Trunk), too. I think we beat them by outworking them. We’ll have to play great defense to beat them again.”

Abi Scheid, Sidney Wentland and Gina Honek notched seven kills each against Princeton. Kaitlyn Pearson made 18 digs, and Ellie Engstrom 17 assists. Honek, Wentland and Scheid made two blocks each.

Princeton led 15-9 in game three before Strain made a stuff block for the Elks’ 10th point, then served for six straight points, including an ace, for a 16-15 lead. Back in control after that, the Elks closed out the match.

“We got down a bit in the third game but we got right back up,” said Strain, who served 17-for-18 with one ace.

The Elk River-North Branch winner will face either No. 3 Andover or No. 6 Grand Rapids on Tuesday at high seed.

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Swimming: Centennial too much for Elks in NWSC title match http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/22/swimming-centennial-too-much-for-elks-in-nwsc-title-match/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/22/swimming-centennial-too-much-for-elks-in-nwsc-title-match/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:06:17 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=777977 Reghan Boldt (top) of Centennial backstroked against Elizabeth Kelzer of the Elks in the 200 medley relay. The Cougars won a close race. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Reghan Boldt (top) of Centennial backstroked against Elizabeth Kelzer of the Elks in the 200 medley relay. The Cougars won a close race. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

The Elk swimmers did not expect to beat Centennial in the conference championship meet Tuesday evening, but the final margin was probably much wider than anticipated.

The Cougars swamped the Elks 122.5 to 63.5, winning 11 of 12 events, a very impressive showing against a team that was 6-1-1 in dual meets coming in.

“We had a very tough challenge tonight. Not only were the Cougars favorites, they were celebrating senior night,” said Elk coach Luke Johnson.

Coaches Luke and Liz Johnson looked over their charges during pre-meet warmups. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Coaches Luke and Liz Johnson looked over their charges during pre-meet warmups. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

He added: “Tonight was a rehearsal for our final swims. Centennial has as strong a group of swimmers as any we will see at our section meet.”

The Elks will now prepare for the Section 8AA meet which they will host on Nov. 7-8 with separate Elk River and Rogers teams.

After the Elks won their half of the Northwest Suburban Conference (via a tiebreaker after tying Maple Grove 93-93) for the right to meet Centennial, the champ of the other half, Johnson noted that the Cougars have “about five swimmers as fast as Taylor (Odegard),” referring to the Elks top sprinter.

Jessica Young picked up the Elks’ only first place, in the butterfly.

The Cougar depth showed in winning all three relays even though the Elks beefed up all their quartets. Most exciting was the opening event when Odegard almost caught the Cougar anchor, finishing .15 behind.

 
Centennial 122.5, Elks 63.5

200 medley relay — (1) Centennial: Reghan Boldt, Tara Chapman, Sarah Grow, Shelbe Carlson, 1:54.14 (2) Elks: Elizabeth Kelzer, Alaina Sylvester, Samantha Hendricks, Taylor Odegard, 1:54.29

200 freestyle — (1) Tara Chapman, Cen, 1:55.49 (2) Jessica Young, Elks, 2:02.33

200 individual medley — (1) Julianne Seppela, Cen, 2:18.52 (2) Sylvester 2:19.01

50 freestyle — (1) Abigail Schwartz, Cen, 25.05 (2) T. Odegard 25.25

Diving — (1) Cassie Lehman, Cen, 203.10 (2) Katie Harneck, Elks, 199.50

100 butterfly — (1) Young 1:01.80 (2) Carlson 1:02.15 (3) Anya Larson, Elks, 1:05.01

xxxx of Centennial pulls away from the Elks' Jessica Young in the 200 freestyle. Young placed second in that event and won butterfly.

Tara Chapman of Centennial pulls away from the Elks’ Jessica Young in the 200 freestyle. Young placed second in that event and won butterfly.

100 freestyle — (1) Schwartz 54.66 (2) Grow 55.78 (3) T. Odegard 55.78

500 freestyle — (1) Mira Schroeder, Cen, 5:27.53 (2) Molly Vancil, Cen, 5:28.68

200 freestyle relay — (1) Centennial: Schwartz, Schroeder, Chapman, Carlson, 1:41.51 (2) Elks: Hendricks, T. Odegard, Hannah Johnson, Young, 1:42.56

100 backstroke — (1) Boldt 1:01.04 (2) Solvieg Stensland, Cen, 1:05.95 (3) Kelzer 1:06.00

100 breaststroke — (1) Sarah Laman, Cen, 1:11.71 (2) SYLVESTER 1:12.06

400 freestyle relay — (1) Centennial: Schwartz, Grow, Schroeder, Chapman, 3:43.59 (2) Elks: Johnson, Hendricks, Sylvester, Kelzer, 3:55.30

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Football: Thunder stave off Mound-Westonka upset bid 14-7 in playoff opener http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/22/football-thunder-stave-off-mound-westonka-upset-bid-14-7-in-playoff-opener/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/22/football-thunder-stave-off-mound-westonka-upset-bid-14-7-in-playoff-opener/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:01:54 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=777970 A host of Zimmerman defenders including Haydon Miller (11) and Cameron Norenberg (99) had Mound-Westonka's Isaiah Cherrier wrapped up. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

A host of Zimmerman defenders including Haydon Miller (11) and Cameron Norenberg (99) had Mound-Westonka’s Isaiah Cherrier wrapped up. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

A rugged defensive effort, a fourth-down gamble that paid off, and a boost from a quarterback returning from an injury, were the keys as Zimmerman survived its playoff opener Mound-Westonka 14-7 at home Tuesday evening.

“Mound is a much improved team and their defensive line really gave us problems,” said Thunder coach Tom Kish after the third-seeded Thunder (7-2) ousted the White Hawks (2-7). “Mound really made us earn the win. We now move on to playing Orono.”

Haydon Miller snagged a swing pass from Matt Dorso for a first down. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Haydon Miller snagged a swing pass from Matt Dorso for a first down. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

The Thunder will play at No. 2 Orono on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Section 5AAAA semifinals.

Zimmerman’s defense yielded just 54 yards rushing and just over 100 passing. On offense, the Thunder managed 145 yards rushing and 55 passing, with Ben Schnellman gaining 75 in 14 rushes. Schnellman, a sophomore, also led with eight tackles on defense.

The Thunder offense did little in the first quarter while keeping to a conservative ground game with sophomore backup quarterback Alex Riley at the helm.

Kish turned to Matthew Dorso, who had missed two and 3/4 games with a minor knee injury, to take over in the second quarter. Dorso would hit six of 11 passes for 55 yards, enough to loosen up the Red Hawk defense a bit.

Taylor Snow of the Thunder broke up a pass to MW-'s Wilson Prieffer late in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Taylor Snow of the Thunder broke up a pass to MW-‘s Wilson Prieffer late in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

“Their defensive line gave our offensive line a lot of problems,” said Kish, “and we knew we’ve got to throw the ball. In practice this week, Matt still can’t run, but his drop-backs were fine, his throws were fine, and his handing off was fine.”

The Thunder marched 97 yards in the second quarter, with Schnellman’s 47-yard run the big play, from the Thunder eight to the Red Hawks 45. Schnellman capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown with 2:45 left in the half.

But Mound-Westonka struck back right with a long pass to the Thunder 12 yard line. Out of time-outs, they tied the score on Charlie Sir’s four-yard slant pass to Isaiah Cherrier with 13 seconds left.

The 7-7 tie stood until Austin May plunged one yard for the go-ahead touchdown with 8:55 left.

Mound-Westonka tried a deep pass from midfield but Damie Vangstad intercepted at the 14-yard line. The Thunder had fourth-and-one at the 23 and Kish elected to go for it. The gamble paid off, with May, bottled up much of the game, busting five yards.

Ben Schnellman rounded the corner on the way to a 47-yard run. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Ben Schnellman rounded the corner on the way to a 47-yard run. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

“That was a big play,” said Kish. “It was a calculated risk, but we got it.”

The Thunder picked up two more first downs and forced Mound-Westonka to use up their time-outs before forcing a punt. The Thunder defense stopped four plays by the White Hawks, then ran out the clock.

 

Zimmerman 14, Mound-Westonka 7

Mound-Westonka ….. 0  7 0  0  — 7
Zimmerman ………… 0  7 0  7  —14

Isaiah Cherrier of the Red Hawks pulls down a touchdown pass with five seconds left in the first half.

Isaiah Cherrier of the Red Hawks pulls down a touchdown pass with five seconds left in the first half.

Zim — Ben Schnellman 5 run (Joe Loija kick)
MW — Isaiah Cherrier 8 pass from Charlie Sir (Szocsa kick)
Zim — Austin May 2 run (Loija on PAT)

Zimmerman statistics

Rushing — Ben Schnellman 13-75, Mack Riley 2-11, Andrew Nixon 11-19, Austin May 10-40
Passing — Matt Dorso 6-11-55-0
Receiving — Haydon Miller 4-36, Nixon 1-11, Taylor McEachern 1-8
Tackles (solo-assist-total) — Schnellman 2-6-8, Taylor Snow 3-4-7, May 2-4-6, Cameron Norenberg 1-4-5, James Hiatt 2-2-4, Damie Vangstad 3-0-3, Alex Riley 2-1-3, Nate Wiley 1-1-2, Miller 1-0-1, Trent Milless 1-1-2, Chase Rosby 0-1-1
Interception — Vangstad

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Football: Rogers routs Willmar 63-0, sets up duel with Elks http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/21/football-rogers-routs-willmar-63-0-sets-up-duel-with-elks/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/21/football-rogers-routs-willmar-63-0-sets-up-duel-with-elks/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:31:31 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=777968 by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The third straight playoff matchup between Rogers and Elk River was set up Tuesday night when the Royals crushed the Willmar Cardinals 63-0 in their Section 6AAAAA opener at home.

The Royals are ranked No. 3 in Class 5A but, after losing their conference finale to St. Michael-Albertville 22-21, had to settle for the No. 3 seed in their own section which includes No. 2 ranked STMA and No. 5 Elk River. In section seedings, STMA is first and the Elks second.

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Last year, Rogers whipped the Elks 52-14 in the section semifinals before losing to STMA in the finals. The year before, the Elks beat Rogers 53-42 in the semifinals, then beat STMA for the section crown.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun, with a rivalry like this,” said Adam Heyer, Royal senior. “Elk River is a great team and we are going to give them our best shot.”

Added senior Gunnar Bloom: “It will be a fun game and we can focus on them now. We’ve been watching them all year, and I’m sure they’ve been watching us.”

Heyer scored on a 60-yard interception return that made the score 35-0, leaping and fully extending his arms to pick off the pass from Zach Radermacher, then galloping to the end zone untouched. That was the first of 21 straight points off turnovers that blew the game open.

“(Coaches) have been stressing that slant (pass) in practice all week,” he said. “So I got back, and when I came down with it, I saw my entire team out on front of me. They did some great blocking.”

Shortly after, Christian Kolleh recovered a Willmar fumble after a quarterback sack and ran 20 yards to the Cardinal seven, with Heyer scoring on the next play. Then Caleb Reese’s interception and runback gave the Royals another short field and Nick Camarote scored from the two.

The quick 21 points gave the Royals a 49-0 lead with six minutes left in the half. They used the second- and then third-stringers after that.

Before the defense took over the game, Blayne Kasper scored on runs of 31 and 34 yards and Gunnar Bloom scored on runs of five and two yards in the first half. In the second half, the Royals broke off two long TD runs, a 51-yarder by Cole Hyde and an 86-yarder by Austin Greiner.

“Our kids just wanted to get out and play again,” said coach Marc Franz, referring to the sting of the defeat against STMA six nights earlier.

About the superb first half, he reflected, “In the first quarter, we had real good defense and field position after a good punt return (by Bloom). In the second quarter, we had some really nice turnovers — that pick six, then a fumble where we ended up on about the five, and another interception. We had really short fields to work with.”

The Royals rushed for 363 yards and held Willmar to eight net yards rushing, counting several quarterback sacks. The Cardinals completed just eight of 31 passes for 79 yards.

Willmar finished 3-7 with five straight losses.

In the other section opener on Tuesday, Buffalo defeated Monticello 30-7. The Bison (4-5) will play at STMA (7-1) on Saturday, 3 p.m. The two winners Saturday will duel for the section crown the following Friday at high seed.

 
Rogers 63, Willmar 0

Willmar ……….. 0   0   0    0 — 0
Rogers ………… 28  21    7   7 — 63

Rog—Gunnar Bloom 5 run (Justin Bohnsack kick)
Rog—Blayne Kasper 31 run (Bohnsack kick)
Rog—Bloom 2 run (Bohnsack kick)
Rog—Kasper 34 run (Bohnsack kick)
Rog—Adam Heyer 60 interception return (Bohnsack kick)
Rog—Heyer 7 run (Bohnsack kick)
Rog—Nick Camarote 2 run (Bohnsack kick)
Rog—Cole Hyde 51 run (Bohnsack kick)
Rog—Austin Greiner 86 run (Matt Becker kick)

Team statistics

Rushing — Willmar 29-8, Rogers 44-363
Passing — Willmar 8-31-79-2, Rogers 2-6-43-0
Penalties — Willmar 5-30, Rogers 3-25
Turnovers — Willmar 3, Rogers 2

Willmar statistics

Rushing — Michael Heitzman 10-11, Augustine Hahn 2-5, Vaughn Johnson 3-4, Levi Sankey 1-1, Colten Carlson 1-0, Tyler Johnson 2-(-1), Zach Radermacher 10-(-12)
Passing — Radermacher 5-24-44-2, Hahn 2-6-28-0, T. Johnson 1-1-7-0
Receiving —Austin Grove 4-58, Carlson 1-11, Grant Duininck 1-7, V. Johnson 2-3

Rogers statistics

Rushing — Greiner 1-86, Kasper 5-77, Hyde 6-69, Bloom 10-47, Matt Mabin 6-36, Camarote 4-11, Kyle Kornovich 1-9, Heyer 1-7, Andrew Korton 3-7, Travis Limoseth 2-5, Jake Abrahamson 2-5, Jake Owens 1-3, Jordan Bond 1-1, Jake Moss 1-0

Passing — Andy Borchardt 2-6-43-0

Receiving — Bloom 1-26, Heyer 1-17
Interceptions — Heyer, Caleb Reese

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Soccer: Rogers trio gets all-state recognition; girls team coaches honored http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/21/soccer-rogers-trio-gets-all-state-recognition-girls-team-coaches-honored/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/21/soccer-rogers-trio-gets-all-state-recognition-girls-team-coaches-honored/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:33:01 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=777950 From left, Aaron Lindquist, Trevor Klink, Courtney Henderson, Abbie Gearou, Todd Dososky.

From left, Aaron Lindquist, Trevor Klink, Courtney Henderson, Abbie Gearou, Todd Dososky.

 

Three Rogers juniors were named to the Coaches Association All-State Class AA teams at the pre-state tournament soccer banquet on Saturday.

Abbie Gearou, junior center defender who anchored a defense with 10 shutouts, was named to the girls first team all-state.

Courtney Henderson, junior center midfielder who had nine goals and 10 assists, was named to the girls second team all-state.

Trevor Klink, junior forward, who scored 17 goals and made eight assists, was named to the boys first team all-state.

The coaches association names 22 players to the first team and 22 to the second team, for both Class AA and A.

 

Coaches get section honors

Aaron Lindquist, Rogers girls coach, was named Section 8AA coach of the year, and his assistant, Todd Dososky, was named section assistant coach of the year.

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Athlete of the week: Tanner Beckerleg, Elk River, soccer: Fortitude http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/20/athlete-of-the-week-tanner-beckerleg-elk-river-soccer-fortitude/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/20/athlete-of-the-week-tanner-beckerleg-elk-river-soccer-fortitude/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:03:31 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=777924 by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor

Every step Tanner Beckerleg takes on the soccer field sends throbs of pain through his afflicted hips, but somehow that doesn’t stop the Elk River senior defender from excelling.

“Tanner holds down the back line for us. He’s the last rung of defense and he makes a big difference in close games,” coach Ryan Sorenson said. “He also has a big leg to get the ball downfield.  And despite the pain, he plays all 80 minutes.”

Beckerleg, the only junior starter on last year’s state tournament team, has a genetic flaw affecting the sockets of both hips that cause the aching when he moves. An MRI showed there are overhanging bones that rub into other bones.

Tanner Beckerleg gave the Elks 80 strong minutes on defense each game despite chronic hip pain. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Tanner Beckerleg gave the Elks 80 strong minutes on defense each game despite chronic hip pain. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

With his prep career done, he’ll soon have surgery to shave off those bones, which he’s been putting off because there’s a six-month recovery time.

“They say the pain should go away. That will be awesome,” Beckerleg said.

Starting in seventh grade, he’s had stops and starts in soccer due to injury, pain and/or doctor’s orders. However, he got a go-ahead, sort of, two summers ago.

“A doctor told me that if I can handle the pain, it’s not going to get any worse,” Beckerleg said. “So I decided right then I’d keep playing.”

Toughing it out, he turned in a strong junior year with the Elks.

“Tanner was an outstanding defender and kept us in a lot of games,” said Aaron Lindquist, Elk coach that year. “He covers tons of space and would sacrifice his body to block shots.”

Beckerleg patrols the center back, where his job is hold the line, wait for help to arrive, pick off passes and steal the ball. “There’s a lot of bumping and banging back there,” he said. “I like when the refs let it be physical.”

Even though he’s slight of build at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, he thrives on contact and has proven to be a strong tackler.

“I’ve been playing a year or two up for a long time,” he said, “so I am used to that.”

This year, with only two other senior starters and a big sophomore class breaking in, the Elks went 4-11-2. “It was a learning experience for them, and I love to play soccer win or lose.”

Soccer is Beckerleg’s lone prep sport but he’s active with hunting, fishing, wake boarding, and water skiing and took up snocross at ERX last winter with some success: one win, one second place and a couple of thirds. “I had a blast,” said Beckerleg. “I didn’t have much pain because that’s mainly when you’re moving.”

He’s hoping college soccer, somewhere, will be the same, after his long-awaited surgery.

 

THE BECKERLEG SCORECARD

Personal file — Age: 17 … Family: parents Debby and Ron; sister Cierra, 15 … Sport: soccer … Other activities: National Honor Society, Spanish Club … Academics: 3.74 GPA … College plans: undecided where, maybe soccer, physical therapy
Favorite stuff — Class: Wildlife Biology … TV show: “Ridiculousness” … Movie: “Coach Carter” … Music: country, hip-hop … Food: spaghetti at Olive Garden … Drink: Gatorade blue … Teams: Broncos, Barcelona soccer … Athlete: Peyton Manning …. Hobbies: hunting, fishing, wake

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Football: Royals host Willmar on Tuesday, winner faces Elks http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/20/football-royals-host-willmar-on-tuesday-winner-faces-elks/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/20/football-royals-host-willmar-on-tuesday-winner-faces-elks/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:40:53 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=777922 The Rogers Royals, one of three state-ranked teams in the Section 6AAAAA tournament, were seeded third after a 7-1 regular season.

The Royals will host No. 6 Willmar (3-5) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Willmar has lost four straight games in which they’ve led after three quarters each game but have been outscored 63-7 in the fourth quarters. The Cardinals have two capable quarterbacks in Augustine Hahn (1,006 yards passing) and Zach Radermacher (588 yards) and a good receiving corps including Max Doerning and 6-foot-5 Austin Grove. Top rusher is Michael Heitzman (704 yards, seven touchdowns).

Rogers offensive leaders are Gunnar Bloom with 969 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns (17 rushing, four receiving, one punt return), Andy Borchard with 970 yard passing, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions, and Adam Heyer with 289 yards and six touchdowns receiving.

In the final Max Preps rankings for Class 5A, St. Michael-Albertville was No. 2, Rogers No. 3 and Elk River No. 5. In the section, STMA was seeded first and the Elks second.

No. 5 Buffalo will play at No. 4 Monticello in the other game Tuesday. On Saturday, Elk River will host the Willmar-Rogers winner and STMA will host the Monticello-Buffalo winner, both 3 p.m., with finals Friday, Oct. 31, at high seed, 7 p.m.

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Football: Thunder hosting Mound-Westonka in playoff opener Tuesday http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/20/football-thunder-hosting-mound-westonka-in-playoff-opener-tuesday/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/20/football-thunder-hosting-mound-westonka-in-playoff-opener-tuesday/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:39:44 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=777920 The Zimmerman Thunder were seeded third in the Section 5AAAA football tournament after posting a 6-2 regular season record.

The Thunder will host No. 6 Mound-Westonka (2-6) on Tuesday, 7 p.m., with the winner facing No. 2 Orono on Saturday, 3 p.m. in Orono.

Thunder leaders include Austin May with 686 yards rushing and three touchdowns, Taylor Snow with 69 tackles and Trent Milless with four interceptions.

Starting quarterback Matt Dorso, who had a minor knee injury three games ago, has a 50-50 chance of playing, said coach Tom Kish.

About Mound-Westonka, Kish said, “Mound has a very good QB and some weapons on offense. Defensively, they have an excellent D-line. They are a much improved team from what we saw when we played them several years ago. We will have to play well to win.”

Becker (7-1) is top-seeded among six teams and will host the winner of No. 5 Delano at No. 4 Big Lake on Saturday. Finals are the following Friday.

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Volleyball: Elks, Thunder, Sting, Royals enter sectionals this week http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/20/volleyball-elks-thunder-sting-royals-enter-sectionals-this-week/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/20/volleyball-elks-thunder-sting-royals-enter-sectionals-this-week/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:36:07 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=777915 Elk River was seeded No. 7 among 12 teams in Section 7AAA volleyball after a 9-15 regular season.

The Elks will host No. 10 Princeton (11-15) in the first round Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Cambridge-Isanti (24-4) is the No. 1 seed. North Branch (17-5), a team the Elks beat 3-1 early in the season, is No. 2. Also having first-round byes are No. 3 Andover and No. 4 Anoka.

If the Elks beat Princeton, they would play Friday at North Branch. All game times are 7 p.m. The semifinals will be Wednesday, Oct, 29, and finals Saturday, Nov. 1.

Elk leaders after the regular season include Sidney Wentland with 187 kills, Kennedy Strain with 140 kills and 37 aces, Geneva Kachinski with 97 kills, 233 digs and 33 aces, and Kaitlyn Pearson with 261 digs.

 
SECTION 5AA

The Spectrum Sting, after an 18-7 regular season, are seeded No. 4 in the north half of Section 5AA, and will host No. 5 Zimmerman (5-21) Thursday, 7 p.m. The two schools also met in the first round last year with Zimmerman winning.

The Spectrum-Zimmerman winner will play the following Tuesday, most likely at No. 1 Park Center, unless No. 8 Minneapolis Henry upsets the Pirates.

Top-seeded in the other half is Maple Lake.

 
SECTION 5AAA

The Rogers Royals (13-15) were seeded eighth among 12 teams in Section 5AAA and will host No. 9 Spring Lake Park on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The winner will play at No. 1 Champlin Park on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Totino-Grace, Osseo and St. Michael-Albertville are seeded 2-3-4.

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