Nikki O’Keefe, three-time all-conference outside hitter at Zimmerman, has signed with Iowa Lakes Community College. O’Keefe is the Thunder career leader in digs and ace serves and ranks second in kills. Iowa Lakes is a Division II level team located in Esterville.
by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Rita Belka has resigned as Zimmerman’s volleyball coach, after a five-year tenure in which she energized the program. Cassandra Olson, her assistant, a former athletic star in high school and college, has been named the new head coach, announced Jaime Hilyar, activities director. Belka took over a sagging program [...]
by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Zimmerman’s volleyball season ended one win short of the state tournament with a 3-1 loss to Maple Lake on Saturday evening, with nine seniors who made the Thunder relevant bowing out. The top-seeded Irish repeated as Section 5AA champion by prevailing 25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16 over the No. 2 [...]
by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Zimmerman Thunder are one win from the state tournament, farther than they’ve ever gone, after repelling St. Anthony Village 3-1 in the Section 5AA semifinals at home Thursday evening. “Words can’t explain it,” gushed four-year veteran Nikki O’Keefe, misty-eyed, about the thrill of having a shot at state. [...]
The Zimmerman Thunder are two wins from a state tournament trip in volleyball after beating the Rockford Rockets 3-0 Tuesday night. After a slow start, the Thunder found their groove and rolled to a 25-20, 25-21, 25-12 victory at home in the Section 5AA quarterfinals. The sweep was punctuated by four straight aces by [...]
The Zimmerman Thunder, seeded No. 2 in their section, rolled past Blake 25-14, 25-11, 25-13 in their playoff opener on Tuesday evening at home. The Thunder (19-7) will host No. 7 Rockford (7-18) Tuesday in the second round of the 15-team Section 5AA tournament. Top seed is Maple Lake (16-11), which beat the Thunder [...]
Zimmerman closed its best-ever regular season with a 25-17, 25-21, 25-22 conquest of Milaca at home on Tuesday evening. The Thunder will take an 18-7 record into the playoffs. They finished 9-3 in the Granite Ridge Conference for third place among nine teams. Milaca dropped to 2-10 in conference and 6-17 overall. Brooke Borchardt, 6-foot-1 [...]
The Zimmerman Thunder scuttled the Princeton Tigers 25-10, 27-25, 26-24 at home on Thursday evening, a three-game sweep with two very close games. “Great team win. Everyone played, and played well. Princeton fought hard,” assessed coach Rita Belka. Amanda Meleen provided 29 assists, 6 digs, and 3 aces for the Thunder. Brooke Borchardt made 12 [...]