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Springfield rolls to big win over RTR

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield finished the 2020 season with a 44-7 win in the third place game of the Section 3A football tournament on Friday night.

Springfield quarterback Brendan Buerkle threw for five touchdowns and 208 yards as the Tigers finished the season 6-2. Kadin Johnson rushed for 160 yards and scored a couple of touchdowns and Tori Helget caught a pair of touchdown passes in the third quarter and he had 97 yards receiving. Johnson also surpassed 1,000 yards rushing on the season.

Mason Leonard led off the scoring for the Tigers with a 21-yard touchdown reception with 8:50 left in the first quarter and Mark Peschges put the Tigers ahead 12-0 with a 63-yard touchdown reception with 11:50 to go in the second quarter.

A 10-yard screen pass to Johnson put the Tigers up 18-0 and they went up 24-0 after a rushing touchdown by Johnson with 2:02 left in the first half.

Tori Helget’s 17-yard touchdown reception put the Tigers up 30-0 in the third quarter and a 50-yard touchdown reception by Helget made it 36-0.

After a touchdown by RTR late in the game, the Tigers scored again on a 1-yard run by Caleb Hauger for the final 44-7 margin.

Defensively, Hauger had 10 tackles. Ashton Toll, Jason Berberich and Johnson each had seven tackles. Sam Pidde and Johnson each had an interception and Johnson and Shane Clennon added a fumble recovery.

Prep football

New Ulm Cathedral 22, Faribault BA 15

FARIBAULT — New Ulm Cathedral defeated Faribault Bethlehem Academy on Friday for third place in Section 2A football.

Noah Wilmes had 14 carries for 72-yards while Sam Knowles had eight carries for 49-yards. Knowles also had a 55-yard touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion to Jacob Berg.

Defensively, Knowles led the Greyhounds with 29 tackles. Cole Schwartz had 15 tackles and a blocked punt for a touchdown. Jon Adema added an interception.

Cathedral finishes its season 4-3.

Nicollet 32, CM 12

MORGAN — Nicollet defeated Cedar Mountain in the Section 2, 9-man third place game on Friday.

Caden Kleinschmidt had a 3-yard run for CM in the first quarter and Nicollet’s Nathan Duis threw a touchdown pass to Shane Stevensen and then ran in a touchdown to put Nicollet ahead 14-6.

Duis then hit Riley Mans for a 44-yard touchdown and he later hit Colton Thomsen for a 16-yard strike to make it 26-6.

Duis then connected with Thomsen again for a 6-yard pass and CM’s Cooper Freitag threw a pass to Jackson Guggisberg for the final 32-12 margin.

Duis had 127 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Raiders and he threw for 143 yards and four touchdowns. Mans had 71 yards receiving and Freitag had 42 yards receiving for the Cougars.

Austin Gieseke had 14 tackles and two sacks and Tucker had nine tackles for the Raiders.

The win also was big for the Raiders as it sent longtime head coach Tom Murphy out with a victory. The Raiders finished the year 3-5.

Wabasso 28, MCC 15

SLAYTON — Wabasso defeated Murray County Central in the Section 3A title game on Friday. The win caps Wabasso’s season at 7-1. It was also the final game as head coach for Wabasso’s Joe Kemp.

No stats were provided to The Journal for Friday’s game.

Prep volleyball

St. Mary’s 3, Sleepy Eye 0

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s swept Sleepy Eye 25-10, 25-13, 25-20 in a Tomahawk Conference volleyball game on Friday.

The win wrapped up the conference championship for the Knights (11-1, 6-0).

“We made it through a volleyball season during a pandemic so that alone would be an accomplishment but winning the conference title and taking away something from a season like this makes it a little more special,” coach Jen Walter said. “I had a great group of girls that worked hard day in and day out and for that, I am very thankful as their coach. The seniors will be missed and will be hard to replace but I am excited for what next year has for Knights volleyball.”

Madison Mathiowetz had 15 kills and nine digs and JacI Domier had eight kills and six digs. Sydney Windschitl finished with five kills and Emily Weiss had six kills. Allie Labat had 10 digs and Reagan Severson finished with 14 digs.

Cathedral 3, GFW 1

WINTHROP — New Ulm Cathedral dropped the first set but came back to defeat Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 15-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 on Friday in Tomahawk Conference volleyball action.

For Cathedral, Emily Schommer had 40 set assists and 14 digs for Cathedral and Lily Brennan had 19 digs and Lily Franta had seven kills and 11 digs. Megan Haal finished with 16 digs and Sarah Mohr had 14 kills and 14 digs. Sydnee Helget finished with 16 kills and three blocks.

GFW was led by Julia Schweiss, who had 14 kills. Brynn Busse, Hannah Thorsen and Hannah Schroeder each had four kills and Thorsen had 17 set assists. Busse had 12 set assists and 15 digs and Schroeder had 15 digs. Jaedan Nachreiner finished with 11 digs and three aces.

Cathedral finished the regular season 8-2 overall and GFW finished 8-4 overall.

Madelia 3, JWP 0

MADELIA — Madelia swept Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 25-19, 25-22, 25-18 on Friday in a Valley Conference volleyball game.

Naomie Haedt had six digs and 24 set assists and Brooke Lensing had eight kills. Danikia Eisenmenger had 10 kills and Dora Facudo had six digs for Madelia. The Blackhawks finished the season 5-7.

Alden-Conger 3, Nicollet 0

ALDEN — Alden-Conger swept Nicollet 25-17, 25-8, 25-10 in a Valley Conference volleyball match on Friday. Marah Hulke had eight kills and Hayley Selby had 16 digs. Hulke had eight set assists. Nicollet finished the season 7-4.

TCU 3, Sibley East 2

ARLINGTON — Tri City United defeated Sibley East 25-22, 25-16, 18-25, 19-25, 15-11 on Friday night.

For Sibley East, Jennifer Wolter had 11 kills, three blocks, three service aces and Claudia Gronholz had 23 set assists and six digs. Molly Krentz had 12 kills and nine digs and Jessica Wolter had 10 kills. Shanise Bates had 13 kills and Ellie Harens had 27 set assists and five digs. Gabbi Bates had 17 digs.

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