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PREP GIRLS SOCCER: Providence Academy rallies back to stun Tigers

DELANO – After eight minutes of play, it looked like the Delano girls soccer team was well on their way to keep their season alive. The Providence Academy Lions had other plans.

After falling behind 2-0 early, the Lions rallied back with three unanswered goals to stun the Tigers with a 3-2 victory in the Section 6A Tournament Monday night.

The Tigers got a spark early on thanks to a pair of freshmen. Early goals from Marin Johnson and Sydney Schmit gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead just eight minutes into the game.

The slow start for Providence Academy went away at the 32-minute mark. Off a corner kick, Providence Academy’s Avery Lampe found the back of the net off a rebound to cut the deficit in half for the Lions.
Delano still took a 2-1 lead into the half, but the Lions weren’t done there. Just eight minutes into the second half, Providence Academy tied the game on a goal by Lauren Damberg.

The Lions would grab their first lead of the game on a great goal from Sophia Caballero, putting Delano behind 3-2 with just over 26 minutes left to play.

The Tigers had their chances down the stretch to tie the game but couldn’t find the back of the net as their season came to an end.

With the loss, Delano finishes the season with a record of 4-7-1.

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PREP BOYS SOCCER: Delano blanks Big Lake in Section 6A play-in game

DELANO – With the season on the line, the Delano boys soccer team delivered. Taking on the Big Lake Hornets in a Section 6A play-in game, the Tigers cruised to a 4-0 victory Monday night to keep their season alive.

“I think overall we were the aggressor tonight,” Delano coach Tristen Griffin said. “We didn’t finish the way we wanted to. We probably should have a couple more goals, but we’re moving on to play the second seed. That’s all you can ask for.”

The Tigers had four different players score a goal in the win. Jacob Stoudt, Jacob Bergh, William Gould, and William Strandemo all scored for the Tigers as they lived to see another day.

“I think we played pretty well,” Strandemo said. “We could have played better with our passing. It feels pretty good, though. I think it’s a good confidence booster going into the next game.”

With the win, Delano advances in the Section 6A Tournament. They will face No. 2 Holy Family Tuesday night in Victoria. Holy Family beat Delano 7-0 last week in the regular season.

“Defensively, we have to be stronger,” Griffin said. “They got a kid that’s (probably) going to be All-State. They’re a good team. We just have to keep them in front and be sound defensively.”

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PREP GIRLS SOCCER: Royals battle ninth-ranked Waconia to a tie

WATERTOWN – There was a lot on the line Tuesday night as the Watertown-Mayer and Waconia girls soccer teams met. A win for the Royals would clinch their first conference title in school history. A win for Waconia would leave the Royals searching for that elusive conference title.

Neither of those scenarios happened as the Waconia Wildcats scored a late goal in traffic to force a 1-1 tie against the Royals Tuesday night. With the tie, Waconia can secure the conference title with a win over New Prague Thursday night.

“As a coach, I could not ask for more,” W-M coach Joseph Perez said. “It’s emotional because I know how much work they put in. To us, it’s a loss. Anyway you look at it, it’s a loss. We’ll take the tie, though. They know we battled and had the lead. We had plenty of opportunities to put it away and we didn’t. That’s how it goes sometimes. As a coach, I couldn’t be more proud.”

The Royals couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. On a throw-in from Mercedes Burmeister, Hailey Bogema found the back of the net through traffic to give the Royals a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

“It kind of changed the game,” Perez said about scoring early. “They are not used to playing from behind. You can tell that they were pressing. If they’re pressing, more errors will come. They were rattled and a bit nervous, but they’re a good team. They can battle, too. Credit to them for not giving up.

After W-M controlled things throughout the first half, Waconia began to put the pressure on in the second half. After the Wildcats, a team that averages more than four goals per game were held off the scoreboard in the first half, but W-M goalkeeper Hailey Volkart knew things would pick up in the second half.

“Before this game, I was just thinking all positive thoughts,” Volkart said about her mindset coming into the game. “Anything you think will probably come true. Just positive thoughts and hard work.”

Volkart finished with 12 saves in the tie. The biggest save of the night came on a penalty kick with just over four minutes to go.

“I was thinking no way we just did that,” Volkart said about the save. “It could have possibly saved the game, Of course, they scored right after, but it was a great feeling.”

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PREP BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: Veith, Chargers make it five wins in a row at Watertown-Mayer

WATERTOWN – Glencoe-Silver Lake’s Connor Hallaway has been on Dassel-Cokato’s Haydn Veith’s radar all season long. With the new COVID-19 restrictions limiting the number of teams per race this fall, Veith and Hallaway have had plenty of races against each other this season.

Hallaway had the edge early on this season, but it was a different story this time at Watertown-Mayer.

At just over the halfway mark, Veith made his move and picked up the win for the Dassel-Cokato boys cross country team with a first-place finish Oct. 1. Veith’s win helped the Chargers finish in first place as a team overall with a score of 28.

“I felt like I ran really well,” Veith said. “My competitor Connor, I’ve been gunning for him all season.”

“Last time we raced, Connor from G-SL won the individual meet,” Chargers coach Brian Bessingpas said. “He beat Haydn by 11 seconds. Connor had the early lead in this race as well. He traded some shots with Haydn, but Haydn was able to cover Connor’s moves this week. Haydn changed up his strategy a bit which allowed him to not only beat Connor, but do so by 16 seconds.”

Knowing your competition has been a strength for Veith all season long. With him and Hallaway in a lot of races together this season, the two have pushed each other all season long.

“It was great having someone to catch up with,” Veith said. “I followed my coach’s game plan. Then I got him there at the end. That’s what we wanted.”

Helping the Chargers hold off the Panthers were Soren Bortnem and Dylan Seaberg. Bortnedm took third place with a time of 17 minutes and 56 seconds, while Seaberg finished in fifth place with a time of 18 minutes and 19 seconds. Despite G-SL having the early edge, D-C’s runners finished strong to come out with another win.

“The boys have now won five consecutive meets,” Bessingpas said. “G-SL came out to avenge their loss to us a couple of weeks ago. (They were) beating us through the first two miles of the race, but the boys really responded over the last mile.”

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PREP GIRLS SOCCER: Thonn, Royals shine on Senior Night

WATERTOWN – Senior Night is always a special moment for high school athletes. It can mean many different things to them. For Watertown-Mayer senior Alaina Thonn, it meant getting the chance to play in front of family which hasn’t happened at all this year.

Thonn’s parents made the move to Wisconsin before the season began, leaving her to play soccer on her own. On Senior Night, Thonn’s father was in attendance to see her score two early goals in W-M’s 5-0 win over Mound Westonka Thursday night.

“It meant a lot because it was Senior Night,” Thonn said about having her dad at the game. “I’ve never had any of my parents here to watch the games, so it kind of meant a lot.”

Thonn wasted no time in putting on a show for her dad. Her first goals of the game came less than 10 minutes into the game. After that, she followed it up with another goal giving W-M a 2-0 lead less than 12 minutes into the game.

“Her parents moved to Wisconsin and tonight her dad was here to see her,” W-M coach Joseph Perez said. “They haven’t seen her all season. For her to have a great night, I’m sure she’s excited that he was here to see that.”

After two quick goals from Thonn, she gained the attention of the Mound Westonka defense. That opened things up for players like Maris Heun and Eleanor Rundell. Goals from Heun and Rundell gave the Royals a commanding 4-0 lead at the half.

“I think that’s the model for the season,” Perez said. “We can come to you from every direction. That’s what you want. To have a balanced attack. All the teams tell us that they can’t prepare for us one way or the other because of all the things we do. It’s kudos to the team.”

The win for the Royals makes it back-to-back wins after a disappointing loss to Holy Family last week. With things back on track, W-M will turn their attention to the Waconia Wildcats.

“You have amnesia,” Perez said. “You have to be able to forget the wins as much as the losses. You got to learn your lesson. It’s a young group. They’re still learning, but to bounce back from an emotional letdown like that, it shows a lot about their maturity, as well.”

A matchup with the Waconia Wildcats awaits the Royals next week. Not only will it be a big game down the stretch of the regular season, but it will also be for the Wright County Conference title.

“I think we all just need to get over Holy Family and New Prague,” Thonn said. “We beat New Prague, but we were not proud of how we played. We need to connect again and pay our top game against Waconia.”

Waconia and Watertown-Mayer will face off Tuesday, Oct. 6 in Watertown at 7 p.m. The winner will be the Wright County Conference champions.

“No nerves,” Perez said about what he wants to see from his team. “I want them to be excited, but calm at the same time. They need to enjoy the moment. This doesn’t come along very often. Our school has never played for a conference title. I couldn’t ask for anything better. I’ve been coaching this group for four years now. It’s been a work in progress, but here we are.”

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REMEMBERING DEAN SCHERMANN: The man in overalls and a smile

WINSTED – He was a friend. He was family. He was one of the biggest supporters of Holy Trinity athletics and activities.

He was the man in overalls with a smile, and he will be missed.

Winsted and Lester Prairie residents heard the terrible news late last Wednesday night that Dean Schermann had passed away. Schermann was a huge presence in the communities of both towns, especially in athletics and activities for students at Lester Prairie and Holy Trinity.

“Uncle Dean wasn’t just at every sporting game, he was also a huge benefactor of Holy Trinity,” HT student John Mendiola said. “He would bring oranges and candy after every band concert. He would occasionally bake apple crisp for the entire school. Everybody knew his name. He will forever be missed.”

Whether it was a Holy Trinity or Lester Prairie event, you can bet Dean was there. Even on the frigid cold Friday nights under the lights, Dean would be sporting his signature purple cutoff and white overalls.

“There are not enough words to describe the love and generosity of ‘Uncle Dean’,” HT graduate Lauren Kahle said. “He was everyone’s biggest fan and was at any event you could think of. At Holy Trinity, there would always be a cake waiting for us at lunch after our band concerts or balloons sitting on the concession stand at the end of our sports season. Uncle Dean was known by everyone in Winsted and even the surrounding area and was truly considered a family member. It will be impossible to replace such a generous and supportive man in our Winsted community.”

Being at nearly every school event, Schermann developed special relationships with students and athletes.

“Dean was a very good family friend of my family,” Lester Prairie’s Marissa Radtke said. “He was never afraid to reach out to us for a ride to an away game so he could come support. He made sure to stay the extra 30 minutes to talk to all of us players. After every win or loss, he would give us each a hug and say how proud he was of us. Dean made sure that his support was known.”

Often called “Uncle Dean,” Schermann went above and beyond to show his support for area athletes even after games or seasons ended.

“After every playoff loss or just end of the season in general, the next day there was always a balloon with flowers or candy and a card attached to it,” Radtke said. “He truly loved each one of us.”

The name “Uncle Dean” goes way back. In Holy Trinity’s 1990 yearbook, “Uncle Dean” was thanked by the Class of 1990 for his support and dedication to them all. Alongside a photo of him in the yearbook was the caption “Genetically, he is only Michelle’s uncle, but in thought, word, and deed, he is our Uncle Dean. A blessing to the whole school family.”

Uncle Dean’s actions and words never went unnoticed. In 2019, Schermann was awarded the Winsted Aquatennial Commodore’s Award, an award given out by The Aquatennial Ambassador Organization (AAO) that recognizes an outstanding volunteer from each community.

Schermann, a 1971 graduate of Holy Trinity, will always be remembered for his service, his smile, and his willingness to go out of the way for anyone.

“He attended just about every event the school had, be it sports, plays, and concerts,” Holy Trinity School posted on social media. “If he could make it, he was there cheering on the kids. He would always acknowledge their success at the end of each season. Dean would send a couple of balloons with candy or fruit basket congratulating them on a job well done. He would drop off apple crisp and sheet cakes for the students on Marathon and Catholic Schools week. Dean was just as generous in our community as well, helping out wherever needed and always thinking of others. Dean was a good, kind-hearted, gentle, humble man. Dean never wanted any recognition for his good works, but we want to recognize Dean for all he did.”