Sports

Wed
18
Sep

Warriors tame Cougars with last-second TD

 

Warriors tame Cougars with last-second TD 

 

Becky Walz
News Editor

bwalz@fayettepublishing.com

 

Friday’s contest versus Sumner-Fredericksburg was a test of who wanted it more, as South Winn’s final tally was put on the board with one tick remaining on the clock to give the Warriors the 34-28 district win.

“This was a great test for us as we had to battle for four quarters to get the win.  We have a lot of things we will work on correcting as we get prepared to go back on the road at Denver next week,” said coach Jason Ohrt.

From the kickoff, the Cougars did an excellent job of controlling the pace of the game and took just eight plays to reach the end zone from the SW 46-yard line. 

Wed
18
Sep

UIU - Coach’s Corner

 

UIU - Coach’s Corner

UIU (1-1, 1-1) @ Northern State (1-1, 1-1) 

“This is  a big game for us since we really need a victory,” stated UIU head coach Tom Shea.

The Wolves of Northern State own an impressive three-OT win over Wayne State, and took a highly regarded Sioux Falls team to the limit.

“They will present a real challenge,” stated Shea. 

Like UIU, the NSU offense uses the spread and likes to throw. It has an All-NSIC QB to direct the attack; he is also the team’s leading rusher.

“They are very, very aggressive on offense,” noted Shea.

On defense, the Wolves use a base 3-4 but will blitz on every play.

“You know someone is coming; the only question is form where?” Shea explained

Game time in Aberdeen, S.D., will be 1 p.m.

Wed
18
Sep

First TigerHawk XC Invitational in the books

 

Six runners win medals

First TigerHawk XC Invitational in the books
 

By Jerry Wadian
Sports Editor
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The First Annual TigerHawk Cross Country Invitational ran in perfect weather Saturday morning, Sept. 14.

This was the 42nd year for the event, but the first with the new name since the whole-grade sharing agreement.

The TigerHawk girls placed second among the 12 full teams; 17 different schools were represented. Cascade repeated as champion with their top five runners placing 1, 3, 8, and 16, for 61 total points.

Wed
18
Sep

TigerHawk VB can’t sustain runs

 

Huinker All-Tournament
TigerHawk VB can’t sustain runs

By Jerry Wadian
Sports Editor
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

North Fayette Valley had an uncharacteristic week in volleyball  losing three of four matches.

“Our confidence is really up and down,” stated head coach Bruce Ehler. “We know we have the talent, and we put little runs or sets together, but we just are not able to sustain it.”

NFV opened with a UIC loss, 3-0, at Turkey Valley on Thursday, Sept. 12. Saturday at the Kepros Tournament in Cresco, the TigerHawks lost the first two games, before pulling out a 21-18, 17-21, 15-7 match against host Crestwood, who was first in NFV’s pool.

Wed
18
Sep

TigerHawks blow by Cyclones, 38-3

 

TigerHawks blow by Cyclones, 38-3

 

By Jerry Wadian
Sports Editor

jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

If you look at the stats from Friday’s football game at Denver, it seemed close; if you look at the final score, it was a blowout for North Fayette Valley, 38-3.

Denver actually ran more plays, 59-52, and probably was ahead in time of possession.

However, the TigerHawks had the big stats: 410 yards rushing (9.1 yards per rush) and 38 points.

The Little Cyclones kicked up an early breeze, taking the opening kickoff and driving down the field. 

The NFV defense stiffened, forcing a 35-yard field goal, giving the home team a 3-0 lead. It was the first time this season the TigerHawks have trailed in a game.

Wed
18
Sep

NFV - Coach’s Corner

 

NFV - Coach’s Corner 

St. Ansgar (0-0, 3-0) @ NF (1-0, 3-0) 

“It’s a big game,” stated NFV head coach Bob Lape. “The good news is that it’s at our place, and we expect a big crowd.”

Both teams need this game to have a shot at the district title.

“The Saints line up in a wishbone, but not the old Oklahoma option offense; they are a power running team,” Lape explained. 

The Saints feature two quality running backs, including one of the best runners in the state. 

On defense, Denver uses a 4-4, emphasizing gap control and pursuing the ball. Lape said, “I kind of expect them to use the blitz a bit against us.” Game time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and fans can expect the team to sing the new NFV fight song after the game. 

Wed
11
Sep

SW netters push Pirates from plank, 3-0

 

SW netters push Pirates from plank, 3-0

 

The 2013 Lady Warrior volleyball season got off to a great start on Thursday with a 3-0 win over Postville. However, the strength of the SW team was tested on Saturday as the Warriors faced Class 1A third-ranked Tripoli and Class 2A fifth-ranked Sumner-Fredericksburg in the opening rounds of the annual New Hampton Tournament.

A seven-serve string by Becca Franzen in game one against the Pirates gave the Lady Warriors a big advantage before Leah Elsbernd served up the last 12 points to hand Postville a 25-4 loss.

South Winn continued on its merry way to win games two and three, 25-8 and 25-14, to start the season. Megan Bushman collected a string of eight serves in game two to assist in the Lady Warrior win.

Individual Stats vs. Postville

Wed
11
Sep

Warriors defeat Trojans, 50-6

 

Warriors defeat Trojans, 50-6

 

It is what great teams are made of — recovering from fumbles and mental errors that cost a team yardage, exactly what the South Winn football team encountered in Friday’s rivalry matchup with Turkey Valley. The Warriors regained their composure and put together quality plays by the second quarter to leave Jackson Junction with a 50-6 victory over the Trojans.

“Our offensive line did a tremendous job of protecting our quarterbacks all night, and we were able to make some very explosive plays in the passing game,” noted coach Jason Ohrt. “Our first- and second-team defense played sound football most of the night, and our kick coverage was consistent as well.”

Wed
11
Sep

UIU Coach’s Corner

 

UIU Coach’s Corner

Minn.-Duluth (1-0, 1-0) @ UIU (1-0, 1-0) 

“This team is the standard-bearer among DII schools,” stated UIU head coach Tom Shea.

The Bulldogs have won two national titles in the last six years and been part of the DII playoffs for every one of those years.

“They don’t rebuild, they reload,” noted Shea of a team that has a number of D1 transfers on this year’s squad.

The potent UIU offense has a real challenge since the Duluth D held the high-powered Sioux Falls O completely in check.

“They have their entire front seven back from last year,” Shea explained. “They run a 34, move their linemen around and will blitz.”

The Bulldogs use a spread offense with a lot of play action and bootleg.

“Their line is very physical with good athletes,” Shea concluded.

The game will be at Harms-Eischeid Stadium with the kickoff at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Wed
11
Sep

TigerHawk Cross Country Invite Saturday

 

TigerHawk Cross Country Invite Saturday

 

By Jerry Wadian
Sports Editor

jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The First Annual TigerHawk Invitational Cross Country Meet will be held Saturday morning, Sept. 14.

The Invitational has been in existence for 41 years, but with the whole-grade sharing agreement, this will be the inaugural TigerHawk Invitational.

The course will be the same as in the past, with the start and finish lines behind the elementary school.

The JV girls’ varsity will begin at 9 a.m. with the boys’ JV starting at 9:30 a.m.

Varsity runners start at 10 a.m. as the girls run a 4K; the boys take on a 5K course at 10:30 a.m.

Junior high runners also have a race, with the girls starting at 11 a.m. and the boys starting five minutes later.

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