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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Knocked down early, Streeters come back swinging and fight to the end

The Sauk Centre Mainstreeter volleyball team's season ended Thursday night in Sauk rapids. But they didn't go down without putting up one heckuva fight. After losing the first two games, the Streeters rallied to win games three and four. Game four was one of the ages as both teams battled back and forth, volley after volley, until Sauk squeezed out a 32-30 win. Just how close was it? The score was tied 16 times throughout the game. The Streeters had match point six times to Melrose's one, so it was fitting the Streeters won it 32-30. And it was only fitting that the match went five games. Both teams have had parallel seasons, with almost identical records and splitting their season match ups. While Sauk stayed alive after losing the first two, game five would determine the rubber match for the co-conference champions. Sauk carried the momentum from the game four win into game five by jumping out to a 3-1 lead. They led 4-2 but Melrose tied it at 4-4 and then it was the same back and forth game with volleys lasting long enough for fans to grab a bag of popcorn and take a restroom break. Sauk didn't match up with Melrose's hitting attack, but their defense was phenomenal. They also had some key blocks at the net. Melrose was equally impressive. It was just two really good teams fighting to the death for every point. The fifth game had ties at 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10, 12-12, 13-13, and 14-14. That's how close it was. Fans on both sides of the gym were either biting their nails or raising their fists. The student sections were almost as entertaining as the game itself. But in the end, Melrose was able to drop the last two points in Sauk Centre's court, giving them the sub-section title. They will face the winner of St. Cloud Cathedral and Rocori, who played immediately after the game. The Streeters will graduate four seniors — Katelyn Ahrens, Taylor Ilgen, Madison Moritz and Taylor Triebenbach. All played important roles on this year's squad, and despite not earning the sub-section title, or a chance at the section title, they, along with the rest of the team, ought to be pretty proud. Thursday night's battle was proof that the final score might determine the winner of the match, but it doesn't measure the heart of a team. For those who made the hour drive to Sauk Rapids, they were treated to a great match between two rival schools who have been battling against each other for decades. When it was all said and done, some girls were wearing smiles and others were shedding tears. That's the spirit of competition. Be sure to read next week's Herald with player and coach reaction. Also look for the Mid-Minnesota All-Star Volleyball team in the coming weeks.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cross country postseason

The Sauk Centre Mainstreeters cross country teams competed at the Section 6A meet today at New London-Spicer's Little Crow Golf Course.

Video of Jamie Jennissen wrapping up her 4K race today:

As a team, the boys' squad finished 20th out of 25 teams with 548 points; they were led by Riley Primus's finish of 78th place (19:02.7). The girls' squad finished 12th out of 23 teams and was led by a 23rd-place finish by Kelli Lewis (16:46.17).

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Playoff opener

At Minnewaska Area, the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters football team lost 38-22 to the third-seeded Lakers in the Section 5-2A quarterfinals tonight. The Mainstreeters led 22-8 at halftime but faded in the second half.

The Lakers (5-4) tied the game up before the third quarter ended at 22-22 and then poured it on in the fourth quarter to advance to face second-seeded BOLD on Saturday in the semifinal round.

The Mainstreeters finish the season 1-8 overall. Read more about the game in this week's Sauk Centre Herald.

(Photo gallery) Conference cross country meet

Photos from Greystone Golf Course on Oct. 14 at the West Central Conference cross country championships.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spirited effort fades, playoffs next

Against a state-ranked BOLD Warriors team to end the regular season, the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters football team had a tall order and gave all they had in Olivia in a 28-7 loss. The Warriors had a 14-7 lead until scoring with 10:18 left in the game on a 52-yard touchdown run. That play was good for almost one-fourth of their total offense in the game (218 yards).

Unofficial statistics: Austin Nelson was the leading rusher for Sauk Centre with 21 carries for 60 yards; he scored the team's lone touchdown in the second quarter. They were three-of-13 on third-down conversions and one-for-five on fourth-down conversions. Sauk Centre had 176 total yards of offense with time-of-possession at 20 minutes, 34 seconds. They had nine first downs on the night.

BOLD was looking to lock up the number two seed in Section 5AA. The Mainstreeters likely will get the number six seed for Section 5AA and open up on the road at third-seeded Minnewaska Area. The Lakers drubbed Yellow Medicine East in Granite Falls tonight to improve to 4-4 overall.

Other scores in week eight involving Section 5AA teams:
Paynesville Area 52, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 34 (Bulldogs will be the top seed in 5AA)
Melrose Area 29, Benson 15 (Braves finish 0-8 and will be the bottom seed, seven, in 5AA)
Eden Valley-Watkins had a 34-0 lead against Kimball Area late in the third quarter and will likely draw the number-four seed in 5AA

Cross Country championships

At Greystone Golf Club, the Mainstreeters girls' cross country team ran to third place in the West Central Conference championships on a sun-filled and mild evening. Read more about the WCC meet in this week's Sauk Centre Herald.

At Holdingford, the Mainstreeters girls' swimming and diving team completed the dual meet season with a 65-37 win over the Huskers. They finish the West Central Conference schedule with a 3-1 record, good for second place.

Monday, October 13, 2014

(Photo gallery) Section 6A True Team swimming and diving

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The Mainstreeters girls' swimming and diving team placed fourth at the section true team meet in Morris on Saturday. Read more in this week's Sauk Centre Herald.