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PREP BOYS SOCCER: Tigers bounce back from tough loss with a blowout win over Jordan

DELANO – It was a quiet bus ride home for the Delano boys soccer team last Friday night. After letting a scoreless game at half get away from them, the Tigers found themselves right back on the field just two days later needing to bounce back. Thanks to a team effort and hot start, Delano did just that as they cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Jordan Hubmen Monday night.

“I think it’s important to know that soccer is all about your head game,” senior Hunter Elwood said. “As a team, the bus ride home from Watertown was really mellow. We had Saturday and Sunday to think about it and we came back tonight strong as a team. We forgot about it and moved on and we played better. We just needed to find that team chemistry like we did against Rockford. On Friday, we played well, but kind of fell apart that second half. It’s hard to bounce back immediately. We took our time to recover and just jumped right back on it.”

A quick start was key for Delano to turn things around. Less than four minutes into the game, freshman William Strandemo got the Tigers on the board early.

“I told them right away we needed to jump on them and get that early goal,” Delano coach Tristen Griffin said. “If you let a talented team like Jordan stay with you, it’s going to be a long game. The first goal was an important one and, we kind of let lose after that.”

An early goal wasn’t enough for the Tigers in the first half. After taking a 1-0 lead, Delano kept the pressure up. Goals from William Gould and Zach Slypen made it 3-0 Tigers with just over 14 minutes left in the first half.

“We’re so young,” Griffin said about his team. “To see them bounce back like that was encouraging. I think the leadership stepped up over the weekend. They kind of talked. They have the skill. We just haven’t been playing well together right now. It was nice to see them come out tonight and do that.”

Just when it looked like Delano would settle for a 3-0 lead heading into halftime, Reid Kangas added another. Off a rebound, Kangas delivered the fourth goal of the game for the Tigers, giving them a commanding lead heading into the break.

“It’s really nice to find a cushion,” Elwood said. “Once we found that rhythm of how we wanted to play, it was really as a team to build off that momentum.”

A balanced attack offensively for the Tigers was a big key in the win. Delano had five different players score a goal as they improved to 2-5-1 on the season.

“We have a couple of strong guys who can score,” Griffin said. “Today, it was an all-around team effort. It was beautiful.”

Delano will look to string together wins for the first time this season when they return to action Friday night at home against Orono. With just three regular-season games left, Griffin wants his team to continue playing together to get ready for the postseason.

“We want to improve and build our chemistry,” Griffin said. “We’re learning a lot with a lot of young guys. Just keep building our culture. We have three games left and then it’s a new season.”
The win for the Tigers came on Senior Night. With five seniors on the roster this season, Delano will be looking to carry that momentum into the rest of the season.

“It’s always nice to win on Senior Night,” Elwood said. “It’s good to play with these boys. I love them. I can’t wait to see where we go from here.”

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MSHSL reverses course, football and volleyball coming back this fall

The Minnesota State High School League has reversed course on their decision about high school sports this fall. At a special meeting Monday morning, the MSHSL passed a pair of motions to bring the volleyball and football seasons back this fall.

In early August, the MSHSL Board of Directors voted to move volleyball and football to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After holding a special workshop meeting Sept. 15, the MSHSL called for a special meeting to reconsider their decision.

At Monday’s meeting, the decision was made to bring football and volleyball back this fall under a new schedule and format. Below is a look at how a volleyball and football season will look like this fall.

FOOTBALL

Practice Begins: Monday, Sept. 28

First Games: Friday, Oct. 9 or Saturday, Oct. 10

Season Length: A six-game regular season, follow by a two-week postseason (Format for posteason TBD)

 

VOLLEYBALL

Practice Begins: Monday, Sept. 28

First Games: Thursday, Oct. 8

Season Length: 11 weeks, 14 games (No tournaments in regular season, Postseason TBD)

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Delano A’s fall to Carver

MILROY – The Delano A’s fell to Carver 4-2 in the second round of the Class C State Tournament, ending their season.

The Black Sox outhit the A’s 10-6 in the game. Litchfield draftee Owen Boerema took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks through five innings, while striking out eight. DC Saints draftee Jordan Flick threw four innings, giving up no earned runs on three hits and no walks, while striking out three.

Tanner Kroells and Jeff Althoff each had two hits for Delano. David Dolan had three hits, and scored two runs for Carver.

Andrew Weber picked up the win, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks, while striking out six for Carver. Jacob Booden picked up the save, giving up just one hit in 2 1/3 innings.

Check out Friday’s Herald Journal for a full recap.

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Region 12C Baseball: Loretto takes on Hutchinson tonight

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

MAPLE LAKE — Loretto takes to the the field at Irish Stadium in Maple Lake tonight to take on Hutchinson in the first round of the Region 12C playoffs. Game time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

The Loretto/Hutchinson game is the second this evening. Maple Lake and Howard Lake lead off the night at 6 p.m.

Two games are already in the books. Buffalo defeated Dassel-Cokato 8-0 Wednesday night, and, Thursday, Delano edged Maple Plain 2-1.

It is a double-elimination tournament.

The tournament continues Saturday and Sunday of this weekend.