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Friday, August 29, 2014

A tough season-opening loss

The Sauk Centre Mainstreeters had a tough outing in their football season opener against Minnewaska Area on the home turf. The Lakers left town with a 28-12 win that avenged their 40-7 playoff-opening loss last year to Sauk Centre.

Starting the game with the ball, the Mainstreeters suffered a lost fumble on their second play from scrimmage. The Lakers proceeded to drive 49 yards on seven plays to post the first touchdown of the game. With about nine minutes left, Greg Helander ran 20 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead.

On Sauk Centre's second drive of the game, they managed just seven yards of offense and punted.

As the first quarter was coming to a close, Minnewaska converted third down with an 18-yard reception. Then with 11:13 left in the second quarter, Helander ran in another touchdown for the Lakers, this time from three yards out. Austin VerSteeg hauled in the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead to cap a 14-play, 63-yard drive.

On Sauk Centre's third drive of the game, they started from their own 40 with great field position after the kickoff. Austin Nelson plowed his way for seven yards on a fourth-and-inches play at midfield. Later on third-and-nine on the Minnewaska Area 29-yard line, an incomplete pass brought fourth down. The Lakers then earned a quarterback sack with a 12-yard loss.

The Lakers ended up punting on their next possession to the Sauk Centre 19. Cole Neubert then converted his team's first third down of the game at their own 31-yard line. A few plays later Sauk Centre attempted to convert a fourth-and-two play near midfield but got stuffed on the play.

Minnewaska Area capitalized on the miscue when quarterback Michael Gruber hit VerSteeg with a 37-yard touchdown catch with 18.8 seconds left. VerSteeg ran in the two-point conversion and gave the visitors a 22-0 lead going into halftime.

With about one minute left in the third quarter, Minnewaska Area got a four-yard touchdown run for a 28-0 lead.

With about 9:30 left, Nelson busted up the shut out with a one-yard touchdown run. The failed PAT kick made it 28-6.

In the final minutes, Sauk Centre drove 99 yards and scored on a seven-yard reception by Will Funk from relief quarterback Jay Friedrichs with just eight-tenths of a second on the clock.

Unofficial statistics:
Sauk Centre ball carriers totaled 220 yards of rushing on 38 rushes. Leading rusher was Austin Nelson with 155 yards on the ground.

Sauk Centre's quarterbacks combined for 75 yards of passing on 20 attempts. Starter Matthew Moritz had seven pass completions on 14 attempts for 36 yards, while Jay Friedrichs had two pass completions on six attempts for 39 yards. Leading Sauk Centre receiver Cole Neubert caught four receptions for 51 yards.

Up next for the Mainstreeters football team: a road trip to Benson next Friday, Sept. 6 to face an 0-1 Braves team that lost 38-7 at Montevideo in their season opener held tonight.

Update from Morris: at Big Cat Stadium, the Melrose Area Dutchmen have a slim 6-0 lead at halftime against the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers.
Austin Nelson scored one of two touchdowns in Sauk Centre's 28-12 loss to Minnewaska.

Ben Barhorst had a long run that was called back due to a holding penalty. At the time the Streeters were down 6-0 and driving.

Jay Friedrichs gets the punt off before a Minnewaska player can get his hands on the way.
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Senior Cole Neubert zeroes in on a Minnewaska receiver.

Austin Nelson gets dragged down by a Minnewaska player.

Matthew Moritz hands off to Austin Nelson.

Tennis, swimming and diving, volleyball all win

Three varsity teams all picked up wins today for the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters.

In the morning, the girls' tennis team beat Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 7-0 in a non-conference match. Their next action is on Tuesday at Granite Falls against Yellow Medicine East in the West Central Conference opener.

The girls' swimming and diving team won 11 of 12 events in their non-conference dual that was also their home opener against Albany Area. The final score was 123-63. Their next action is on Thursday, Sept. 4 with a home dual meet against St. Cloud Cathedral/St. John's Prep.

The volleyball team was also victorious in their home opener with a 3-1 win over Montevideo in the first match of the West Central Conference schedule. Game scores were 25-11, 25-10, 28-30, 25-11. Sauk Centre's next match is a big one, as they travel to state-rated Melrose Area on Tuesday in a key conference and sub-section match up.

Don't miss out on Friday night's big football game, when the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters open up their season against neighboring rival Minnewaska Area. Kickoff at O'Gara Stadium is at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

(Video) Cross country runs at Morris

Here's the finish line of the varsity girls' race last night in Morris:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tennis wins twice

In a nutshell...today was a great day for Sauk Centre Mainstreeter varsity teams.

In a home triangular, the Mainstreeters girls' tennis team beat Parkers Prairie 7-0 and Wadena-Deer Creek 5-2. They take a 5-1 record into next week's lone match, when they host Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 9 a.m. on Thursday. The Jaguars are 1-3 going into Saturday's trip to Milbank for a non-conference match.

At the Willmar Invitational, the Mainstreeter girls' swimming and diving team finished fourth out of seven teams in a loaded field. Up next for the squad is a home dual meet next Thursday against Albany. At Willmar, Alyssa Kohorst took first in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle. Danielle Banal, the other returning state swimmer on the team, took second in the 100 butterfly and third in the 50 freestyle.

Coach Schreiner said about the team's season-opening action, "I thought we looked great today. I'm very happy with our finish. We have one event next week with the home opener, and I hope we get a nice crowd to cheer us on against a very solid Albany squad."

At the Albany Invitational, the Mainstreeters volleyball team swept Watertown-Mayer, Albany and New London-Spicer in pool play and then faced state-ranked Maple Lake in the championship match. Coach Klaphake reported that his Mainstreeters jumped all over the Irish in game one in a 25-13 win. Maple Lake turned the tide in game two and won 25-22 and then 16-14 in a wild game three.

Klaphake added, "Game three was a battle the whole way. Our girls hung tough. I was pretty happy about how well we looked today, especially in the championship. Maple Lake brings back a good load of athletes from a state tournament team. At any given time I had three sophomores out there. For bringing back just two starters, we held our own and had a great day."

Up next for the volleyball team (3-1) is the home opener next Thursday with Montevideo coming to town. It will also mark the start of the West Central Conference schedule.

Read more coverage in the Aug. 28 issue of the Sauk Centre Herald.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tennis team splits

The Mainstreeters tennis team went 1-1 today in a home triangular. Park Rapids Area defeated Sauk Centre 6-1, while Yellow Medicine East lost 6-1 to Sauk Centre.

Up next is a home quadrangular on Friday starting at 8 a.m.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Girls' tennis gets first win

The Mainstreeters girls' tennis team built a 5-0 lead in their first match of today's triangular at MACCRAY. Final results haven't been released yet. The third team at the triangular is Redwood Valley.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014