Bentson: Minnesota looks for two more wins, football teams look for state wins

By: 
Bill Bentson

Last week I started my article with, “Wasn’t that an awesome win, referring to the Gopher’s win over Penn State?”

How do I convince myself that losing to IOWA is OK? And that we’re going to win the next two games over Northwestern and Wisconsin, and still be in the same position (as before the loss to Iowa); facing Ohio State in the Big 10 championship, losing to the Buckeyes and still going to the Rose Bowl, because Ohio State will be in the top four of the College Playoffs, and we’ll be the next best Big 10 team. Whew!

And while I’m talking about "big time" football, I want to send my condolences to Jessica McKone Powell (and Lane).

Jessica’s father, Jack, passed away a couple weeks ago, and was a super Alabama fan, and became a friend over the past few years. "Roll Tide" Jack, we’ll miss you.

Football

The championship match-ups are determined. Here are the semi-final scores and who’s playing who in the big game. I’ve also included the championship team’s records.

Nine-man. Hancock 65 Mt. Iron-Buhl 32, Mt. Lake Area 45 Win-E-Mac 6. Hancock (No. 4, 13-0) vs. Mt. Lake Area (No. 1, 13-0).

Class A. BOLD 56 Browerville/Eagle Valley 7, Blooming Prairie 41 Ada-Borup West 0. BOLD (No. 1, 13-0) vs. Blooming Prairie (No. 2, 12-0).

Class AA. Mpls. North 55 Paynesville Area 32, Caledonia 43 Barnesville 12. Mpls. North (No. 3, 12-0) vs. Caledonia (No. 1, 13-0).

Pat Ruff, Rochester Post Bulletin wrote a couple nice articles on the Caledonia team and coach Carl Fruechte. I believe they were in Tuesday’s paper. A very good read.

Caledonia has now won 68 games in a row, longest winning streak in the entire country. If they win this year’s championship, they will have won five championships in a row, and will have completed five straight undefeated seasons.

Their last loss was their last game in 2014, against BOLD (then a AA school).

Class AAA. Dassel-Cokato 24 Annandale 14, Pierz 20 Jackson County Central 14. Dassel-Cokato (not ranked, 10-3) vs. Pierz (No. 1, 13-0). Dassel-Cokato was the No. 3 seed in their Section (2AAA).

Class AAAA. SMB (St. Paul Academy/Minnehaha Academy/Blake) 22 Hutchinson 16, Rocori 48 Winona 24. SMB (No. 2, 12-0) vs. Rocori (No. 11, 10-2).

Class AAAAA. Chaska 34 Coon Rapids 14, St. Thomas Academy 53 Elk River 16. Chaska (11-1, No. 3) vs. St. Thomas Academy (No. 6, 11-1. St. Thomas beat No. 1 ranked Owatonna in the state 1/4 -finals.

Class AAAAAA. Wayzata 28 Lakeville South 14, Champlin Park 31 Lakeville North 21. Wayzata (No. 1, 13-0) vs. Champlin Park (No. 3, 11-1).

The state championships will be played Friday, Nov. 29 (A, 10 a.m.; AA, 1 p.m.; AAAA, 4 p.m.; AAAAAA, 7 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 30 (9-man, 10 a.m.; AAA, 1 p.m.; AAAAA, 4 p.m.).

Volleyball

Just when you think volleyball is all done for the season, someone (namely me) comes up with some more stats/stat leaders.

These are stats for the 12 Three Rivers Conference schools. Here are the team leaders, all matches, in the different categories.

Serving

St. Charles (94.00%), Chatfield (93.28%), Wabasha-Kellogg (92.52%).

Ace serves (total); Caledonia (213), Chatfield (206), Lewiston-Altura (196).

Ace serving (%): Chatfield (11.34%), Caledonia (9.82%), Rushford-Peterson (9.79%).

Kills (total/per set): Lewiston-Altura (1066/11.714), Caledonia (1055/11.223), Fillmore Central (949/11.165).

Hitting average: Caledonia (.2005), Lewiston-Altura (.1708), Cotter (.1539).

Set assists (total): Lewiston-Altura (1007), Caledonia (980), Wabasha-Kellogg (842).

Set assists (per set): Lewiston-Altura (11.066), Caledonia (10.426), Fillmore Central (9.835).

Ace blocks (total/per set): Chatfield (225/2.557), Dover-Eyota (160/2.462), Cotter (156/1.880).

Digs (total/per set): St. Charles (2023/24.083), Cotter (1928/23.229), Rushford-Peterson (1786/20.667).

Serve receive: Lewiston-Altura (91.85%), Caledonia (91.15%), Plainview-Elgin-Millville (91.01).

Individual stat leaders, top five in each category

Serving, minimum of 150 attempts, top 10

Teagan Allen, Chatfield, 1297.64, 331/339;

Devann Clemens, Chat., 10; 96.76, 328/339

Lydia Lange, Caledonia, 12; 96.57,225/233

Mikayla Stellpflug, Dover-Eyota, 12; 96.35, 211/219

Sophie Graner, Wabasha-Kellogg, 10; 96.34, 395/410

Triniti Gbala, St. Charles, 11; 96.20, 304/316

Ashley Paul, St. C., 11; 95.94, 331/345

Sage Snitker, St. C., 12; 95.72, 179/187

Kylee Kriedermacher, Lewiston-Altura, 12; 95.64, 307/321

Abree Dieterman, Cotter, 11; 95.56, 258/270

Most serving attempts

Sophie Grander, 410; Haley Jennings, 407; Alexis Simpson, 371; Vanessa Rojas, 368; Abby Hinrichs, 357.

Ace serves, total

Alexis Simpson, Cal., 12; 56

Abby Hinrichs, P-E-M, 11; 47

Kaleah Davis, Rushford-Peterson, 12; 46

Paige Erickson, Chat., 11; 44

Ali French, Cot., 10; 41

Ace serves %

Kaleah Davis, R-P, 12; 17.83

Paige Erickson, Chat., 11; 15.71

Alexis Simpson, Cal., 12; 15.09

Kaylee Ruberg, R-P, 9; 15.07

Julia Schmoker, W-K, 11; 13.36

Kills – total per set

Lydia Lange, Cal., 12; 408, 4.340 (1)

Ciarra McNally, L-A, 12; 351, 3.944 (2)

Morgan LaVigne, W-K, 12; 315, 3.351 (3)

Alexis Simpson, Cal., 12; 280, 3.043 (4)

Lindsey Root, St. C., 11; 243, 2.893 (5)

Hitting efficiency (average), minimum of 200 attacks, top 10

Myia Ruzek, L-A, 12; .3296 (218-72-443)

Lydia Lange, Cal., 12; .3145 (408-107-957)

Triniti Gbala, St. C., 11; .2915 (174-37-470)

Anna Hennessy, L-A, 10; .2525 (165-64-400)

Ciarra McNally, L-A, 12; .2503 (351-130-883)

Maddie Krage, Fillmore Central, 11; .2475 (186-61-505)

Morgan LaVigne, W-K, 12; .2474 (315-97-881)

Kelli Hadaway, Cot., 11; .2379 (64-15-206)

Zayda Priebe, Chat., 10; .2225 (152-65-391)

Madison Beck, Cot., 9; .1938 (92-36-289)

Analgesic please! Most attacks

957; Lydia Lange, Cal., 12

883; Ciarra McNally, L-A, 12

881; Morgan LaVigne, W-K, 12

876; Ellie Macal, Cot., 11

864; Alexis Simpson, Cal., 12

853; Lindsey Root, St. C, 11

831; Kaleah Davis, R-P, 12

819; Lauren Mensink, FC, 10

780; Kandace Sikkink, FC, 12

617; Lauryn Delger, St. C, 9

607; Teagan Hansen, PEM,

Set assists – total per set (rank)

Haley Jennings, Cal., 12; 839, 8.926 (1)

Sophie Graner, W-K, 10            ; 812, 8.638 (2)

Kelli Hadaway, Cot., 11; 684, 8.241 (3)

Ashley Paul, St. C, 11; 650, 7.738 (4)

Abby Hinrichs, PEM, 11; 514, 6.590 (5)

Ace blocks total

Paige Erickson, Chat., 11; 75.5

Zayda Priebe, Chat., 10; 58

Trinity Gbala, St. C, 11; 56

Madison Beck, Cot., 9; 51

Myia Ruzek, L-A, 12; 46

Ace blocks per set

Madison Beck, Cot., 9; .895

Paige Erickson, Chat., 11; .858

Emili Tebay, D-E, 11; .671

Sadie Treptow, La Crescent-Hokah, 10; .671

Triniti Gbala, St. C, 11; .667

Digs total

Ali French, Cot., 10; 596

Savannah LaRocque, W-K, 12; 540

Alyvia Eide, R-P, 11; 510

KJ Corson, FC, 11; 500           

Lauryn Delger, St. C, 9; 420

Digs per set

Ali French, Cot., 10; 7.268

Piper Walton, La C.-H, 11; 6.902

Savannah LaRocque, W-K, 12; 6.136

Elyvia Eide, R-P, 11; 6.000

KJ Corson, FC, 11; 5.882

Serve receive, minimum of 200 attempts %

Lydia Lange, Cal., 12; 302/315, 95.87

Amanda Kauten, L-A, 12; 247/258, 95.74

Teagan Hansen, PEM, 10; 481/512, 93.95

Alexis Simpson, Cal., 12; 306/326, 93.87

Ali French, Cot., 10; 483/517, 93.42

Dana Augedahl, Cal., 11; 286/307, 93.16

Abree Dieterman, Cot. , 11; 298/320, 93.13

Ciarra McNally, L-A, 12; 389/418, 93.06

Georgia Blair, L-A, 11; 425/463, 91.79

Rylee Nelson, PEM, 11; 436/488, 89.34

Even though the football season is still going (just the finals left), the winter sports have started. The gals will have had basketball games this past week, and the boys basketball and wrestling will be starting their games and matches in a week, or so.

Thanks to all for staying with me this past fall.

Oh, I should mention. Last week’s road trip netted 1,299 miles, by the time I got home. Had a great time, at the football games, at the coffee shop, at the barbershop, at the pedicure shop and at the dentist.

This week we’re having our Bentson Thanksgiving in Kandiyohi. Daughter Roberta has moved here, so we’ll break in the new place. Christmas is going to be in Rochester at Cal’s place.

Hey to the Great 8, my Fab 4, my lovely wife Carol, all the Readers at the Silver Grille, even the ‘dice’ guys/gal, and to you, the GREATEST weekly Readers in the world (well, maybe just the southeast part of the state). Thanks to Jordan. Keep up the good work. The harder you work, the better I "look."

Hasta luego, my friends. See you in a gym someplace; and you never know where! WEB