Archive for Sports

Rosters announced for Tim Orth Memorial Foundation All-Star game

The rosters for the 2017 Tim Orth Memorial Foundation All-Star game at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School Saturday, April 1 have been announced. Doors open at 4 p.m. with events beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The girls game will be played first with the boys game following. There will be other events mixed in throughout the night as well. For more information, check out the Tim Orth Memorial Foundation website.



Erin Norling (Delano)

Madeline Bersie (Delano)

Brooke Bowlin (Holy Family)

Shyann Wickenhauser (NYA)

Morgan Kurth (Hutchinson)

Tori Wortz (Hutchinson)

MacKenzie Dettman (Hutchinson)


Tim Ellefson (Hutchinson)



Maddie Monahan (Glencoe-Silver Lake)

Molli Cacka (Glencoe-Silver Lake)

Kendra Ziebarth (Glencoe-Silver Lake)

Kyndra Beavers (Litchfield)

Macy Huhner (Litchfield)

Hallie Euerle (Litchfield)

Alyana Johnson (Dassel-Cokato)


Jeff Monahan (Glencoe-Silver Lake)



Jarod Wilken (Annandale)

Cameron Howard (Annandale)

Connor Magrum (Annandale)

Ethan McCleary (Watertown-Mayer)

McKinley Gehlhausen (Watertown-Mayer)

Ben Theisen (Watertown-Mayer)

Noah Kreger (Litchfield)

Jon Madsen (Litchfield)

Luke Frahm (Glencoe-Silver Lake)

Tyler Ehrke (Glencoe-Silver Lake)

Carter Nelson (Dassel-Cokato)

Michael Howell (Dassel-Cokato)

Jake Hall (Rockford)


Skip Dolan (Annandale)



Mitchell Max (Hutchinson)

Fletcher Vilt (Hutchinson)

Derek Feltmann (Waconia)

Carter Clemensen (NYA)

Zach Stockman (NYA)

Mitchell Kurtz (Delano)

Nick Caylor (Delano)

Jonah Bettin (Delano)


Corey Rude (Hutchinson)

Markus Okeson (Hutchinson)


Follow Kip Kovar on Twitter to stay updated on local sports news throughout the year.

Twitter: @Kovar_HJSports

Royals can’t overcome cold shooting night in semifinal loss

MINNEAPOLIS – The Watertown-Mayer Royals girls basketball team will not end their magical season with a state championship. That doesn’t mean their names won’t go down in school history.

Despite a hard fought effort, the Royals fell in a tough 58-41 loss to No. 2 Sauk Centre Friday night in the Class AA semifinals at Williams Arena.

The Royals came out ready to play, grabbing the early lead. That’s when the Mainstreeters poise and experience took over.

The MainStreeters were making their seventh straight state tournament appearance, and their experienced proved to be too much for the Royals to overcome.

With the Royals desperately needing to get their offense going in the second half, the Mainstreeters were able to hold them in check. The Royals were just 3-for-20 from 3-point range in the loss, and the defensive pressure made it tough for the Royals to get the ball inside to Monika Czinano.

The season is not over yet for the Royals. They take on Wright County Conference foe New London-Spicer at 1 p.m. at Concordia-St. Paul Saturday afternoon.


No. 2 Sauk Centre 58, No. 3 Watertown-Mayer 41


SAUK CENTRE: 30;28;–58

WATERTOWN-MAYER: Kirstin Klitzke 8, Emma Ragner 5, Claire Killian 13, Sarah Zuelzke 2, Monika Czinano 6, Grace Knutson 4, Maggie Czinano 3,

SAUK CENTRE: Kelsey Peschel 9, Jill Klaphake 14, Tori Peschel 20, Maesyn Theisen 11, Alyssa Kohorst 4.

Monday, 3-20 ED Sports Preview

The Monday, March 20 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch will feature photos and information from a number of local winter youth teams, including the PeeWee A boys and U15 girls teams that reached the state tournament.

Also look for season reviews for the DC (and LDC and DCL) winter sports teams.

LDC girls 15U team reaches state in dramatic fashion

The Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato girls 15U team reached the state tournament fashion last weekend.

The team lost their first Region game Friday night, which meant if they lost a second time their season would be over. In the second game, Saturday morning, they beat Albert Lea in double overtime and extended their season to another game Saturday evening.

On Saturday evening, the girls played Minnetonka and found a way to win the game in the sixth overtime in a game that was over three hours long!

This win guaranteed the team a place in the State Tournament which is taking place March this weekend in St. Cloud. The team is currently ranked 6th in the state according to Let’s Play Hockey.

LDC PeeWee A team makes state tournament

The Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato PeeWee “A” team made the state tournament by defeating a tough Dodge County team in the Regions last weekend.

It was the first time an LDC PeeWee A team has ever made it to the state tournament.

The state tourney will be held this weekend at Fogarty Arena in Blaine.

The team finished with a 35-11-2 record.

MAKING HISTORY: Royals advance to Class AA semifinals with win over Rochester Lourdes

MINNEAPOLIS – Watertown-Mayer’s Senior Kirstin Klitzke knew she was only 15 points away from her 2,000th career point coming into the Royals’ matchup with Rochester Lourdes. Although she knew that milestone was in reach, she was too busy focused on winning the game that she didn’t realize she already reached it with 10 minutes and 53 seconds left to go in the game.

“I knew it coming in,” Klitzke said. “I kind of forgot about it, and then the crowd got really loud. That’s when I knew.”

Not only did Klitzke record her 2,000th career point, she also helped lead the Royals to their first state tournament semifinals appearance with a game-high 23 points and six assists in their 71-58 win over the Eagles in the Class AA state quarterfinals Wednesday night.

It wasn’t easy for the Royals  though, as they struggled shooting the ball in the early going. The Royals missed their first three shots of the game and had two turnovers on their first five possessions.

“It was definitely weird,” Monika Czinano said about the atmosphere and getting used to the court at Mariucci Arena. “Coming from Watertown, which is a tiny school, our stands are always full, but they’re not nearly filled to this capacity. It was definitely a change, but I think we adapted really well to it.”

After shaking off the slow start, Czinano began to get things going for the Royals inside. With the game tied at nine, Claire Killian picked up her second foul and was forced to sit for the rest of the half.

“I knew that one of our better players is off the court,” Klitzke said about the team playing most of the first half without Killian. “So, that means everyone has to step up their game, and we all have to play as a team and work together, and we did that. We rebounded, we pushed the ball, we reversed it, and we got those wide-open looks, and that’s what kept us in this game.”

With Killian’s absence, the Royals got big minutes off the bench from Maggie Czinano, Emma Maas, Olyvia Schroeder, and Grace Knutson.

“Good minutes by the bench all night,” Royals coach John Rosholt said. “The whole bench did a spectacular job. Kirstin and Monika did a good job scoring for us, but it was a good contribution from everybody.”

It was Knutson who made the most of her playing time with Killian on the bench. In 23 minutes on the court, Knutson was everywhere, making plays for the Royals. She finished with eight rebounds, four of which were on the offensive end, that gave the Royals extra chances.

“I know my part, and I know that I’m not a huge scorer,” Knutson said about her mindset. “I just help out my team as much as I can by getting in there and getting rebounds, so that we have more opportunities to get up and beat the other teams.”

Knutson, at just 5-foot-6, scored just two points, but came down with several offensive rebounds that resulted in easy second-chance points for the Royals.

“I have to use all of my body, and I don’t get away with anything,” Knutson said. “So, I just have to make sure that I’m in there nice and strong, and get good position in there.”

With the Royals leading by just two at the break thanks to Klitzke knocking down a big 3-pointer shortly before the buzzer to end the first half, the Royals entered the locker room with a little momentum.

Klitzke stayed hot in the second half, knocking down another one of her five 3-pointers, which also gave her 2,000 for her career.

“The feeling is unreal,” Klitzke said about reaching 2,000 career points at the state tournament. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and us getting this far. To be able to experience my 2,000th career point at the state tournament, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I couldn’t be happier.”

The Eagles didn’t go away easy though. A hot start for the Eagles had them ahead 41-34 with 14:36 to go. That’s when Killian put aside a frustrating first half, and played the game she knew she could play.

“It really hits when you get that second foul and you realize that you might be sitting for a while,” Killian said about the difficulties of her having to sit for most of the first half. But I also have a lot of faith in the rest of my team. I knew that without me, they still would be strong. Coming out in the second half, I was just ready to go.”

With the game tied at 46, that’s when Killian and the Royals took over. Killian, who scored 19 of her 22 points in the second half, led the Royals on an 11-0 run to distance themselves from the Eagles.

Like in the section title game, the Royals were clutch from the free throw down the stretch, sealing the win, and advancing to the state semifinals for the first time in school history.

“It’s crazy. Just to think that no Watertown girls’ team has ever made it this far,” Killian said. “We’re making history right now. It’s an incredible feeling right now to be a part of this team.”

Future Hawkeye Czinano recorded her straight double-double with a 20-point, 16-rebound performance.

The Royals will face No. 2 Sauk Centre in the Class AA semifinals Friday night at 8 p.m. at the Williams Arena.

“That’s going to be so cool,” Czinano said about playing at The Barn. “Like, watching the Gophers as a little girl, and then going and playing on their court, it’s going to be amazing. I just have to let it sink in right now.”

“That’s crazy,” Killian said about reaching the semifinals and having their game being on live television. “It’s a little bit surreal right now. I still got to let it sink in. I think once we get there and get on the court, I’ll be like, oh my gosh, it’s actually happening. Right now, I’m just going to let this win sink in a little bit.”

Saul Centre defeated Minnehaha Academy in the Class AA quarterfinals. The Mainstreeters found themselves trailing big early, but rallied back to advance to the Class AA semifinals where they will face the Royals.

“They’re a good team,” Rosholt said. “They got a lot of experience. They can dribble drive to the rim, and they can shoot the ball extremely well. They got down big early tonight against Minnehaha, but they’re so poised and so experienced. That’s going to be big for us if we can match their poise.”



No. 3 Watertown-Mayer 71, Rochester Lourdes 58



ROCHESTER LOURDES: Madison Berg  5, Alyssa Ustby 15, Eleanor Plager 6, Wynter Bergner 17, Megan Hobday 9, Grace Rogers 3, Josie Hansen 3.

WATERTOWN-MAYER: Kirstin Klitzke 23, Emma Ragner 2, Claire Killian 22, Monika Czinano 20, Sarah Zuelkzke 2, Grace Knutson 2.

Class AA State Quarterfinals Scores:

No. 1 Roseau 82, NRHEG 64

No. 2 Sauk Centre 74, Minnehaha Academy 65

No. 3 Watertown-Mayer 71, Rochester Lourdes 58

No. 4 NL-S 48, Esko 43


Class AA State Semifinal Matchups:

No. 1 Roseau vs. No. 4 New London-Spicer, 6 p.m. at Williams Arena

No. Sauk Centre vs. No. 3 Watertown-Mayer, 8 pm. at Williams Arena


 Follow Kip Kovar on Twitter @Kovar_HJSports