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JCC in state football semis; Lions in Iowa title game

The undefeated Jackson County Central High School football team will play in the Minnesota State Class AA semifinals following a dominating 41-0 victory over previously unbeaten Caledonia.

Quarterback Roman Voss ran for three touchdowns and a total of 136 yards on the ground while also throwing a TD pass to Ben Dahlin. Seth Stai also ran for a pair of scores as the Huskies led 21-0 at the half and 35-0 after three quarters. Stai finished with 158 yards rushing for the game.

Next up for Jackson County Central is a semifinal matchup at 9 a.m. Friday against Barnesville at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Both teams sport records of 12-0

The football season for Hills-Beaver Creek, meanwhile, has come to an end, as the Patriots were defeated in their Nine-Player State Quarterfinal clash against Kingsland 26-14. Jamin Metzger scored on a five-yard run for H-BC in the first quarter to give the Patriots a 6-0 edge, but Kingsland then tallied the game’s next 26 points. Beau Bakken ran for three yards for the other H-BC score in the fourth quarter. The Patriots lost for the first this season and finished their year at 10-1.


In Iowa High School football, Central Lyon/George-Little Rock rallied from a 14-0 deficit and defeated Spirit Lake 28-14 to advance to the state Class 2A championship game.

The Lions are now 12-0 and will seek their second straight state title. They will play second-ranked Van Meter, which beat Monticello 35-21 in the other semifinal on Saturday, in the championship game. Reece Vander Zee carried 26 times for 170 yards and three TDs while also completing 9-of-12 passed for 84 yards.

The Class 2A title game will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the UNI Dome in Cedar Rapids.


The Minnesota West women’s and men’s basketball team both went 0-2 during the past weekend’s Sanford Classic in Worthington.

On Saturday afternoon, the Lady Jays were outscored by the Dordt College JV 36-19 in the third quarter on the way to an 85-69 defeat. For Minnesota West, sophomore point guard Audrey Drapeau led the way with 13 points, five assists and four rebounds. Freshman forward Skylla Petersen contributed 12 points and seven rebounds while sophomore guard Olvia Hayenga added 10 points, nine rebounds, four assists and seven blocked shots. Sophomore forward Hattie DeVries had 10 points and four steals.

The Saturday defeat followed a 77-63 loss to the Northwestern JV on Friday night. The Lady Jays are now 2-2.

The Bluejay men, meanwhile, were beaten 76-69 Saturday night by the Dordt JV, as a 52-35 rebounding edge for the Defenders was one key in the game. Dordt also shot 47% from the field for the game compared to 33% for Minnesota West, which did force 24 Dordt turnovers while committing just 14.

Four Bluejay players scored in double figures on Saturday. Freshman forward Henry Counsel was tops offensively with 14 points and sophomore guard Jeremiah Guevarra had 13. Freshman guard Rashawn Williams chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds and sophomore guard Kennth Logan had 10 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Jordan Sinclair led the team in assists with six.

On Friday, the Minnesota West men were beaten by the Northwestern JV 92-73. The Bluejays are 1-3 this season.

The Minnesota West women and men play a home doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night against the Mt. Marty junior varsity.

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