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No team in Class 3A has been as explosive offensively as Lake City. Heading into Friday's Section 1AAA championship game, the Tigers led the state in points per game (45.1) and point differential (27.2). But facing top-ranked Rochester Lourdes in the section final, Lake City head coach Trevor Narum is prepared for a long, grueling game with a trip to state on the line. "We have to be really patient. We're not going to put 40 points on them in a half," Narum said. "It's going to be a punch-counter punch type of game." Lourdes and Lake City are set for a 7 p.m.
ROCHESTER - Leading for just three points in Saturday's Section 1A-East sub-section semifinal against No.
ROCHESTER - In so many ways, taking on No. 3-ranked Stewartville is a tall task for any team. There's a starting lineup that stands at an average of 5-foot-10. There is Hall of Fame head coach John Dzubay. There are twin sisters Hannah and Paige Tapp, who are both headed to the University of Minnesota to play volleyball. After playing tough with the Tigers earlier this year, the Cannon Falls Bombers believed that they could go toe-to-toe with Stewartville in the Section 1AA-West semifinals.
LAKE CITY - Those with heart conditions should not ride roller coasters or watch the Lake City football team in the Section 1AAA playoffs. In the quarterfinals against No. 7-seeded La Crescent, the No. 2-seeded and No. 7-ranked Tigers saw their 24-0 lead evaporate before coming away with a 24-21 victory. Then in Saturday's section semifinals against sixth-seeded Winona Cotter, Lake City looked like it was in cruise control with a 20-0 lead in the first quarter.
MINNEAPOLIS - In her time as a Lake City tennis player, the coaches wanted to change several things about Amy Orthaus' tennis game. "The lob game, the swinging volleys, my serve, I kind of scrunch my body," Orthaus said.
MINNEAPOLIS - For Lake City senior tennis players Allison Harvey and Katie Wallerich, their Class 1A state tournament got out of hand in a hurry. After losing 6-0, 6-1 in the first round to Park Rapids Area's Christina Smith and Julia Renner, the Tigers duo took on St. James' Michaela Nordby and Acacia Foss in the consolation playoffs. Harvey and Wallerich won the first set 6-4, but in the second set, Nordby and Foss got hot quickly. And before Harvey and Wallerich knew it, the St.
CANNON FALLS - Although it came in as a favorite against Triton on Thursday, No. 3-seeded Cannon Falls had a chip on its shoulder. A year ago in the Section 1A-West playoffs, the Bombers fell in four sets to the Cobras. "Last year, we lost to them in the first round of the playoffs and we really wanted to avenge that this year," said Cannon Falls freshman Hailey Huseth. "We've never gotten the third seed ever before in campus history. We had to keep our momentum up because we were going to win.
It didn't take Cannon Falls long to punch its ticket to the Section 4AAA semifinals. The Bombers scored seven first-half touchdowns to take a 50-0 lead into halftime on the way to a 57-8 victory over No. 6-seeded Minneapolis Edison Tuesday in Cannon Falls. "We are very excited about the playoff win," said Cannon Falls head coach Josh Hofstedt. "The boys came out right away. We were lucky enough to get some second-string guys in the second half and they did a great job." With the win, Cannon Falls will head to Concordia Academy-Roseville for the section semifinals on Saturday. The No.
LAKE CITY - After losing 7-6 (3) in the first set of the Section 1A semifinals match with Trinity School's Jenny Mulvey, some panic set in for Lake City senior Amy Orthaus. The Tigers' No. 1 singles player all season and a top-15 singles player in Class A, Orthaus all of a sudden saw her shot at a second-straight state tournament berth in jeopardy. And facing Mulvey, Orthaus said, was like playing against herself. "It was really scary," Orthaus said. "I remember sitting down after losing the first set and thinking, 'Wow, if I don't win the next one, it's just going to end here.
GOODHUE - For the second straight week, Goodhue was the victim of a big-play passing game, as Winona Cotter jumped out to a 28-8 halftime lead thanks to three 50-plus yard touchdown passes. With another half of football to go, the Wildcats agreed to put the first half behind them and start fresh in their regular season finale. "The only reason they had so many points is because they got us on a couple big plays," said Goodhue senior defensive back/running back Kyle Drehmel. "We made some switches at halftime, and we just had to change our mindset.