Prep report: Cloquet ousts Esko in 7AA volleyballJunior setter Sami Westendorf had 15 set assists, six kills and seven digs to lead Cloquet to a 25-9, 25-22, 25-18 sweep over Esko in the Section 7AA high school volleyball quarterfinals on Friday night in Proctor.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Junior setter Sami Westendorf had 15 set assists, six kills and seven digs to lead Cloquet to a 25-9, 25-22, 25-18 sweep over Esko in the Section 7AA high school volleyball quarterfinals on Friday night in Proctor.
Classmate Alex Oakes added 11 set assists, six kills, 12 digs and four ace serves for the Lumberjacks (21-7).
Courtney Johnston had 24 set assists and Christaia Houser had nine kills to lead the Eskomos (19-9).
GREENWAY 3, HIBBING 0
Jordan Ranta had 19 set assists to lead the Raiders to a 25-17, 25-14, 25-19 victory over the Bluejackets in the 7AA quarterfinals at Duluth Denfeld.
Ashleigh Troumbly had 18 digs and Seri Geisler added eight kills for Greenway (20-9-1).
Arielle Schaefer and Kailey Wirtanen had 13 digs apiece to lead Hibbing (12-16).
Northwestern advances to state
The Northwestern boys and girls squads each qualified for next week’s Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association state cross country meet after placing in the two team spots at the Division 2 sectional meet at Lake Breeze Golf Club Friday in Winneconne, Wis.
In the 5,000-meter boys race, the Tigers scored 68 points, besting second-place Unity-Luck (107) and third-place Ashland (154). Northwestern’s top runners included Tim Heikkila, third place in 18 minutes, 25 seconds; Bret Little (12th, 19:26), David Rautio (13th, 19:33), Leo Mack (15th, 19:38) and Josiah Vik (25th, 20:00).
In the 4K girls race, Northwestern scored 80 points and placed second to Rice Lake, which scored 47. Emma Nelson was Northwestern’s top finisher, coming in fourth in 16:34. Her statebound teammates include Carmen Ormston (16th, 17:35), Anna Kalin (17th, 17:40), Michaela Ruhman (20th, 17:48) and Caitlin Johnson (23rd, 17:57). Ashland’s Amy Wallis qualified as an individual, taking seventh in 16:55.
Eveleth-Gilbert duo ThirD at State
Senior Alexia Brascugli and junior Katelyn Rice of Eveleth-Gilbert rebounded from a morning semifinal loss to take third place at the Minnesota Class A doubles state tournament.
Brascugli and Rice lost 6-1, 6-2 to eventual champions Patricia Zhao and Sunny Tang of Breck, then downed Park Rapids Area’s senior tandem of Christina Smith and Julia Renner 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to earn third place. Zhao and Tang beat teammates Grace Zumwinkle and Kendall Kozikowski 7-5, 6-2 in the championship match.
The Virginia pair of senior Taylor Gunderson and junior Brylee Seitz won twice in the consolation round to take fifth place.