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DC volleyball continues hot run with win over Holy Family

VICTORIA –  The Chargers returned to Wright County Conference action Tuesday, and continued their momentum from the Minnewaska weekend tournament to take a 3-0 victory on the road at Holy Family.

DC eked out a victory in the first set, 28-26, and used that momentum to dominate sets two and three, 25-17, 25-13.

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

DC cross country races at ‘Run the Lakes’

ST. BONIFACIUS – The Dassel-Cokato cross country teams participated in the “Run  the Lakes Invitational” held at Crown College Tuesday.

The girls placed 11th out of 13 teams, while the boys placed 12th out of 13 teams.

On the girls side, Lydia Niemela had the top finish, taking 34th with a time of 21.57.

On the boys side, Juan Severson was the top finisher, finishing in 43rd place with a time of 18:41.

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

DC swim & dive falls to Monticello

COKATO – In the words of coach Youngs, it would have taken a “perfect night” for the Chargers to upset the visiting Magic Tuesday.

Unfortunately, the team faltered early and could not recover, as Monticello defeated DC 99-85.

However, DC had two first-time section qualifiers, and four new section qualifiers for the meet.

Qualifying for the section meet for the first time was Madeline Hurley in diving, and Lily Borg in the 100 Freestyle.

New section qualifiers included:

• Amy Kivisto, 100 breaststroke

• Audrey Weckwerth, 200 freestyle

• Olivia Haataja, 200 freestyle

• Kezia Lee, 100 backstroke

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

Delano sports schedule: Wednesday, Sept. 19

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
4:00pm Tennis: Girls JV Match(Date changed from 09-10-18) vs. Armstrong

4:00pm Tennis: Girls Var Match

(Date changed from 09-10-18)

vs. Armstrong

Soccer Rankings: Tuesday, Sept. 18

Soccer rankings from the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association.

1 Totino-Grace
2 Holy Angels
3 Breck
4 Worthington
5 Blake
6 Mahtomedi
7 Bemidji
8 Austin
9 Waconia
10 Orono
Others: Duluth Denfeld, Rochester Lourdes,St. Paul Humboldt

1 Visitation
2 Holy Angels
3 Blake
4 Mahtomedi
5 Hill-Murray
6 Benilde-St. Margaret’s
7 Orono
8 Waconia
9 Mankato West
10 Cloquet-Carlton
Others: Bemidji, Heritage Christian, Monticello

1 Minneapolis Washburn
2 Stillwater
3 Duluth East
4 Minnetonka
5 St Paul Central
6 Eastview
7 Prior Lake
8 East Ridge
9 St Louis Park
10 Centennial
Others: Maple Grove, Eagan

1 Edina
2 Eagan
3 Wayzata
4 Minnetonka
5 White Bear Lake
6 Stillwater
7 Andover
8 Champlin Park
9 Maple Grove
10 Lakeville North
Others: East Ridge, Blaine, Eden Prairie, Anoka, Woodbury, Centennial, Rogers

KOVAR: HLWW football team full of fight and heart

The game of football is a tough one, especially at the high school level. You can’t hand pick certain players you want. You can’t even guarantee that every kid will even go out for football.

While numbers are on the low side for the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted football team, there’s a few things that aren’t. Despite a 0-3 start to the season, in which the Lakers average margin of loss is 24 points, the Lakers never stop fighting and competing.

I got my second look at the Lakers Friday night, and even though they lost by 28 points to the Melrose Dutchmen, I thoroughly enjoyed watching those kids compete. Sure, it wasn’t the most competitive or exciting game, but I saw a lot of things that you just don’t see too often when it comes to high school sports.

The Lakers gave up multiple big plays in the loss to the Dutchmen. After playing well on first and second down, it just seemed liked they could never finish off a drive and get off the field as the Dutchmen would find a way to make a big play. Part of that is lack of experience on the field, and some of it is just execution.

The Dutchmen had four touchdowns of 25 yards or longer in the game. Since several younger players on defense are getting their first taste of varsity football, mistakes and breakdowns are bound to happen. That’s no surprise at all.

The biggest surprise I saw throughout the game and this season thus far, is the leadership from the seniors and upperclassmen.

After giving up bigs plays, there was no yelling at the younger player  who messed up and making him feel bad. There wasn’t any bullying or mean comments. It was a simple pat on the back, a keep your head up, and make the next play.

I love standing on the sidelines at football games to hear things like that. You can hear these kids who will grow into young men soon deal with success and failure in a matter of seconds. To put it simply, I was blown away by the character and poise of the seniors on the HLWW football team. Players like Nick McAlpline, Nate Heuer, and Brandon Karels were just a few that I heard, and I’m sure there are many more I missed. I have no doubt that Brock Bangasser, Devon Decker, Logan Iverson, A.J. Fie, Daniel Hoffman, and Dylan Renken were saying and preaching the same things.

I was very impressed by those seniors and how they handled themselves. It could be a long year for Lakers as they play in one of the toughest districts in the area. They could go 0-8. They could win a game or two down the stretch. They could get hot in the section playoffs and make a run. Who knows what will happen with the Lakers.

What I do know is this. The seniors and other leaders on the HLWW football team will be fine young men when they graduate high school.

Losing is tough. It’s not fun, and it’s not fun to lose by 20+ points each game. Even with that, the Lakers have fought and battled for all four quarters and haven’t blamed each other. That can be very hard to do, especially for a senior.

This is the last year of high school football that those seniors will play. They are only guaranteed two more home games to play on their home field in front of their family and friends. It’s tough to keep the attitude they have now, when they’re losing games, and younger players are having to step in and take on key roles.

Allowing those younger players to step in and learn the game of varsity football will only help the HLWW football program going forward. The seniors might not leave with a district title or state championship this season, but if they leave with attitude they’ve had this season thus far, they’ll be leaving the program in a much better place.

“It was kind of a wake-up call when Watertown came looking for a co-op,” HLWW football coach Ben Anderson said following the Melrose game. “We were short numbers, and we needed everybody. This is important. We needed to change the way they think. We needed to change the way we act. They’ve done a fantastic job of that. They’re the reason we have 30-some kids out. They went out and recruited and got some players. It’s awesome. We love the atmosphere and the fans notice it, too. The kids play hard for four quarters, regardless of the score. We want to clean up mistakes, but they’re playing hard.”

The seniors have been accepting of the younger players stepping in, and they know just how important it is to do that.

“It’s super important,” Anderson said. “Looking ahead toward the end of the season, they know they need these kids to step up and play. If they bury them and they’re hard on them, it’s just going to make their senior season, or the whole team’s season worse. They’ve been very understanding.”

Hats off to the seniors and leaders of the HLWW football team this season. They’ve shown that they’re not only talented athletes that are fun to watch, but even better people with a bright future ahead of them in the game of life.


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