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Chargers volleyball receives #14 seed in Section 5AA, will travel to Maranatha Christian

The DC Chargers volleyball team received the #14 seed in Section 5AA, and will travel to Maranatha Christian Academy Wednesday, Oct. 26 for the first round of the playoffs.

Maranatha Christian, the #11 seed in the section, finished with a record of 7-18. The school is located in Brooklyn Park, and game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

If DC wins, they will travel to Providence Academy Friday, Oct. 28. The Lions are the #6 seed in the section, and finished with a 9-8 record. That game would be at the Providence Academy gymnasium in Plymouth.

Chargers defeat Wildcats 33-29 in thriller

NEW LONDON — Tate Link scored his fifth touchdown of the game with 12.5 seconds left to complete a last-minute comeback in DC’s 33-29 victory at New London-Spicer Wednesday.

The Chargers  held a 26-14 lead midway through the third quarter, but the Wildcats scored two straight touchdowns to take a 29-26 lead with 5:37 left.

Things looked bleak for DC as they fumbled in their ensuing possession. However, the defense secured a huge stop with just over two minutes left on 4th-and-1 near midfield, and the Chargers were able to drive for the game-winning touchdown, getting a huge 4th-and-8 first down on a pass from Caleb Thinesen to Jackson Schrupp.

Link finished with 38 carries for 247 yards, and all five DC touchdowns. Thinesen had 50 yards rushing, and was 3-for-3 through the air.

NLS’ Mason Delzer had 152 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns, while Bryce Christensen added two rushing TDs as well.

Check out next week’s Enterprise Dispatch for a full recap.

Chargers hold off second-half Dragons rally, improve to 6-1

COKATO — Trailing 14-7 at half, the visiting Litchfield Dragons put a scare into the Chargers faithful with a 10 minute, 32-second touchdown drive to start the second half, tying the game at 14-14.

However, both the DC offense and defense rallied from that point, and DC escaped with a 28-14 victory.

Tate Link continued his torrid pace in 2022, rushing 34 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns.

DC quarterback Caleb Thinesen ran for a score, and hit a wide-open Markus Ailie for another.

The Chargers outgained Litchfield 316-229 for the game.

Litchfield’s Lukas Kuehl had 30 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown. Garrison Jackman went 13-18 for 79 yards, and a touchdown to Tait Christensen.

The Chargers improved to 6-1, while Litchfield fell to 3-4.

Check out Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch for a full recap.

DC Cross Country competes at Litchfield; Trocke sets new school record

The DC cross country teams competed at the Litchfield Invitational, held at the Litchfield Golf Course Thursday.

The boys placed 4th out of 20 teams, while the girls placed 8th.

The big highlight of the meet was Emily Trocke, who obliterated the DC 5K school record with a time of 19:27. She finished 28 seconds faster than the previous record-holder Lydia Niemela.

Kate Jenkins finished in the top-20, taking 15th. The girls were without top-3 runner Amanda Ashwill.

The boys, meanwhile, were without top runner Soren Bortnem. Charlie Bortnem finished in 9th place, while Dylan Seaberg finished just outside the top-20.

Check out Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch for a full recap.

Chargers breeze past Panthers on homecoming

COKATO — The DC Chargers football team had little trouble with the visiting Glencoe-Silver Lake Panthers on homecoming Friday, scoring touchdowns on 7 of their 8 possessions in a 48-6 victory.

Tate Link scored five touchdowns, all in the first half, as DC held a 34-0 lead at the break.

Link had 26 carries for 195 yards (7.5 yards per carry). He did not play in the second half.

The Chargers second and third-stringers did not miss a beat, as they scored touchdowns on their only two drives of the second half. Jason Haataja had a five-yard touchdown run, and Justice Borg had a two-yard TD.

GSL scored a consolation touchdown with four seconds left in the game.

DC outgained GSL 413-136.

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Chargers roll past Holy Family 49-14

VICTORIA — The DC Chargers spoiled Holy Family’s homecoming Friday, rolling to a 49-14 victory over the winless Fire.

DC improved to 4-1 on the season, while Holy Family dropped to 0-5.

Tate Link continued his phenomenal season, rushing 18 times for 246 yards (a 13.7 ypc average) and five touchdowns.

Monte Gillman and Jason Haataja both added touchdown runs as well.

DC led 35-7 at halftime, and scored on their first drive of the second half to go up 42-7. At that point, the DC coaches started subbing in second, third, and fourth-string players on both sides of the ball.

Holy Family scored a late touchdown with one minute left, with the Fire first string going up against third- and fourth-stringers for DC.

Check out Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch for a full recap.