Lion netters open summer with win over Byron, loss to Winona

ABOVE: Addyson McHugh battles above the net against Class AAA Winona during the opening night of summer league volleyball at St. Mary's University. BELOW: Ty Cleven stretches for a throw from right fielder Jacob Olerud as La Crosse White runner Brett Ziolkowski reaches first base. The 14 & Under Lions won one and dropped two to finish fourth during tournament play at La Crosse last Saturday.
S. Lee Epps

Some summer league play has begun, but the high school music trip is delaying the start of some older teams.


The four-week summer league at St. Mary's in Winona began last Wednesday with matches against Class AA Byron and Class AAA Winona. The Bears had a major height advantage with a very tall middle hitter.  

The Lion lineup included senior Amelia Solum plus juniors Paige Jahnke, VaNessa Peterson, Piper Thompson and Kelsey Bratland along with sophomores Brielle Neeley, Julia Halvorson and Rachel Normann as well as freshmen Maggie Lyle, Lydia Solum, Addyson McHugh and Kenadee Gerard.

SG 2, Byron 1(25-27, 25-15, 16-14)

Two of the three sets went to extra points. The first set was tied 10 times with six lead changes. The Lions led 24-22 before the Bears scored five of the final six points.

Byron scored the first point of the second set, but Spring Grove would lead the rest of the way. The Lions led 14-12 and then scored the next 10 points.

In the third and deciding set, the Grove girls trailed early by as many as three points but edged ahead at 11-10. It was tied twice before the Lions faced match point at 13-14. But Spring Grove scored the final three points to salvage the win.

Winona 3, SG 0 (26-24, 25-19, 15-11)

In set one, the Lions led 23-16 before the Winhawks closed with a 10-to-1 run. Spring Grove trailed all of set two, by as many as 10 points before falling by six. 

The Lions never led in set three, but the score was tied three times. Winona broke an 8-all tie with three straight points and would go on to win by four.


The June 10 opener was canceled with too few players available due to other group and team commitments. The season opener is slated at Dover-Eyota on Thursday, June 13 with first pitch at 6 p.m. The Lions will host Caledonia at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 17.


Spring Grove finished fourth among eight teams at the Robert Steele Hot Dog Classic last Saturday at La Crosse. The Lions won one and dropped two.

SG 5, La Crosse White 0

Logan Brumm and Nathan Solberg combined to pitch the shutout.

Onalaska 8, SG 2

The Lions trailed all the way in the championship semi-final.

West Salem 5, SG 3

The Grove guys again fell behind early and could not quite pull even.

In addition to Solberg and Brumm, the lineup consisted of Lawrence Skauge, Caleb Ranzenberger, Ty Cleven, Jacob Olerud, Jaxon Strinmoen, Dane Edgington, Caleb Griffin and Zachary Brumm.


League play began on Thursday with a 15-5 loss to West Salem.

 In non-league action on Friday, the boys split with Hokah, winning 11-4 and falling 8-3.

BASEBALL - 7th Grade & Under(Little League)

An all-sixth-grade lineup fell to Hokah 13-0 in non-league play.


The high school boys will play in a 7-on-7 tournament this Saturday at Elgin. League action at UW-L begins on Sunday, June 23.