Adrian girls continue cross country dominance PDF Print E-mail
Just before the cross country season began Coach Beth Jessen shook her head when asked who her girls’ team’s biggest competition would be.
“Adrian,” she said, shaking her head. “They won the state  championship the last four years.”
Canby-Minneota-Lincoln Hi (CML) won their opening race at Morris and this time ran head-long into Adrian, which scored 41 points and won the meet Thursday with CML second at 52.
Jessen unvieled a pretty good Canby-Minneota-Lincoln Hi girls’ squad led by her daughter, Leah Jessen. She finished second to Jordan Kopplow of Adrian.
“The entire girls varsity team shows great leadership and they work hard,” said Jessen, who indicated her squad would be working hard to beat Adrian at Marshall on Monday.
Behind Leah Jessen was Dana Kraus in fifth; Erin Kamath 10th and Morgan Merritt in 11th. Chelsea Deslauriers was the 24th finisher and was fifth for the CMI team.”The girls had an excellent race, “ said Jessen.
Leah Jessen is returning after winning her way into the state last year and the entire CML girls’ team also ran in the state.

FOR THE boys squad, which is still waiting for some of their regulars to return to the lineup, it was Jessen’s son Luke who took top CML honnors.
He was 14th overall in 19:39.
The rest of the top five included Levi Citrowske (26th); John Deslauriers (36th) Michael Schmidt (46th) and Jack Anundson (61st).
“Our boys are very young. We have four ninth graders and an eighth grader and they were five of the seven CML runners at the Tracy meet,” said Coach Jessen.
Nick Stoks is the top boy runner and he strained a hamstring in physical education class Wednesday and didn’t run. Ted Berckes is also a top runner and missed the meet because of the LacquiParle County Fair.
“I’m proud with how the younger boys stepped up into the varsity spots,” said Jessen.
The boys finishedsixth overall as Adrian took the bboys meet as well with Worthington in second place.
Worthington’s Mubarik Musa won the race in 16:37.
Vikings dispatch R-T-R, 3-0 PDF Print E-mail

tayaservesMinneota's undefeated (3-0) girls' volleyball team dispatched Russell-Tyler-Ruthon, 3-0 Thursday in a warmup for what may be their toughest matches of the year.

They won 25-12; 25-17 and 25-13 and Friday and Saturday will enter the Marshall Tournament Friday, opening at the Marshall Elementary School at 5 p.m. with another game to follow on Friday.

Nine straight serving points by Taya Kockelman set the Vikings up with an 11-2 lead in the second game after they'd coasted to a 25-12 win in the first game.

Taya Kockelman serves at R-T-R.

R-T-R made a comeback to get within 19-10 but Jenna Hennen's block and a tip over the net and a pounding kill by Sam Hennen earned the Vikings the win.

After Kaitlin Bottelberghe served four straight points in the third game, the Vikings coasted to the win to make it nine straight games enroute to their 3-0 match record this year.

When Coach Steph Hennen saw Kockelman's serving states, 14 of 17 points with seven kills, she said, "Wow, we'll take that."

Kockelman also had 26 assists and just two errors on 57 sets while Jenna Hennen led the team with seven kills with Rachel Cheadle added six and Fadness 5.

Haylee Davis led the team with three blocks and two assists and Kelsey Hennen had 20 digs.

Middle hitter Ashlynn Muhl missed her second straight game with a sore knee. It's hoped she'll be back for the Marshall Tournament.


Vikings off to 2-0 start PDF Print E-mail


By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

Minneota's volleyball team drove their record to 2-0 this seleahason with a 3-0 victory over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sundburg Tuesday night (Sept. 8).

They beat the Fighting Saints 25-7; 25-7 and 25-17 without their premier middle hitter in the game. Ashlyn Muhl sat out the contest with a sore knee and Coach Steph Hennen said, "We thought we could get by without her tonight so we rested her."

Leah Fadness scored on a kill against KMS (right) as she helped lead Minneota at the net without Muhl in the lineup.

The team has a big showdown in the Marshall Tournament this weekend during Boxelder Bug Days in Minneota and Coach Hennen hopes to a healthy Muhl ready to go.

In her place the Vikings got 10 kills from Sam Hennen; nine from Rachel Cheadle; seven from Leah Fadness and five from Jenna Hennen.

In the first game Fadness served nine straight points to drive the Vikings into a 12-3 lead.

The second game found setter Taya Kockelman serving eight straight points to drive Minneota into a 15-4 lead and in both games the Vikings coasted home with easy wins.

It was a bit tougher in the final gbame but good net play by Jenna Hennen brought the Vikings the victory.

Kockelman had 30 assists on 67 of 67 sets. Kelsey Hennen delivered 18 digs to lead the team as Fadness added 13, Kockelman seven.

At the serving line Kockelman was 13 of 14 with five aces; Fadness was 14-14 with an ace; Kelsey Hennen served 11 of 12 with three aces; Sam Hennen was nine of 10 and Kaitlin Bottelberghe served 13 of 14 with three aces.

While Coach Hennen acknowledged the solid game of Kockelman at setter, she also gave kredit to Hennen and Fadness by saying, "You can do it (set) without the pass.)


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