The Jackson County Central Huskies settled for second in the state Class 2A volleyball tournament, as they fell to Sauk Centre 3-1 on Saturday in the championship match at the Xcel Center in St. Paul. Game scores were 13-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19.
JCC’s Sadie Voss led all players in the match with 22 kills, while teammates Emma Haren and Georgianna Wenzel contributed 10 kills apiece. Voss also had a match-best 26 digs for the Huskies, with Alexis O’Reilly adding 18 digs and Wenzel 15 more. Peyton Hanson topped JCC in blocking with one solo block and four block assists. In serving, Wenzel had three aces and Maci Farmer two; Farmer also passed for 50 set assists in the match.
Jackson County Central was seeded fourth in the state tourney, while Sauk Centre was the No. 3 seed. The Huskies concluded the season with a record of 29-7.
Meanwhile, the Marshall Tigers – no strangers to capturing state volleyball titles – won their seventh such championship on Saturday, capturing the Class 3A crown by blanking Kasson Manorville 3-0. Game scores were 27-25. 25-22, 25-16.
The Tigers got 15 kills from Tessa Gannott and eight kills each from Leah Jones and Taylor Ariasola in the match. Ariasola led the way in blocking with two solo blocks and two block assists. Caitlyn Christenson had 17 digs for Marshall, and Cassie Hoover contributed 14. Ariasola served for a team-high three aces, and Maysa Gillingham passed for 31 set assists.
Marshall earned its latest state title by completing its season with an overall record of 32 wins and two losses.
In quarterfinal action in the Minnesota state 9-man football tournament on Friday night, third-seeded Hills-Beaver Creek took care of Renville County West 30-8 at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. The Patriots advance to a semifinal matchup this Friday against Fertile-Beltrami at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Kickoff is set for 9 a.m.
In the Class A quarterfinals, top-ranked and unbeaten Murray County Central entered the state tourney as a No. 3 seed and was defeated 34-8 by second-seeded Mayer Lutheran in Jordan. Rebels quarterback Abe Paulzine ran for a touchdown and a subsequent two-point conversion by Carter Benda gave MCC an 8-7 edge late in the first quarter, but Mayer Lutheran controlled things from there. Murray County Central ends the year with an 11-1 record.
In Class 2A quarterfinal action, Pipestone Area was ousted from the playoffs as the Arrows suffered their first loss of the season, falling 39-20 to Maple River in Hastings. Pipestone Area led 14-0 in the early stages, but four Maple River interceptions were a key for the victors. The Arrows finished the year at 11-1.
On Saturday in Class 3A quarterfinal play, No. 2-seeded Dassel-Cokato knocked out Fairmont, 41-13, in a game at Prior Lake.