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BRAINERD – Snow started to fall sideways just before Two Harbors and Perham squared off in a Class AAA state tournament quarterfinal this afternoon, and there was a sense that the fluffy white stuff would favor the Agates.
BRAINERD — The Barnesville football roster shows Adam Tonsfeldt as 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, hardly prototypical size for a quarterback. But the diminutive sophomore uses it to his advantage. If defenses can't see him, they can't tackle him. Moose Lake-Willow River certainly had a tough time keeping tabs on Tonsfeldt in the Class AA quarterfinals of the state tournament Friday night at frosty and snow-swept Don Adamson Field, where his running and deception with the football keyed Barnesville's 40-0 win that ended the Rebels' season.
TWO HARBORS (8-2) VS. PERHAM (8-2) What: Class AAA state tournament quarterfinal When: 3 p.m. Where: Brainerd
Trailing Cloquet 14-12 at halftime of the Nov. 2 Section 7AAAA final at Public Schools Stadium, Hermantown's defense went out and did something few teams have been able to do this fall — stifle the Lumberjacks. The Hawks held Cloquet to minus-8 yards of offense in the third quarter and kept the two-time defending section champs off the scoreboard the rest of the way to steal a 20-14 victory and secure a berth in the Class AAAA state tournament.
ST. PAUL — Northland volleyball teams haven't experienced much success at the state tournament. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 2009 to find the last local club to win its first-round match (Hibbing). And not since Carlton in 2014 has the region won so much as a single game in the opener.
When circumstances allow, Dave Louzek likes to end Moose Lake-Willow River football games by giving Bo Moffett a carry. Not wanting to pile on points if the score is already lopsided, the Rebels coach instructs Moffett to get the handoff and break for the sideline, where Louzek will be waiting with a hug. That directive deviated in last week's Section 7AA championship game vs. Royalton. Louzek entered the offensive huddle with 16 seconds remaining and MLWR leading 16-6 with the ball on its own 38-yard line.
HERMANTOWN (9-1) VS. WILLMAR (9-1) What: Class AAAA state tournament quarterfinal When: 7 p.m. Where: Monticello
CARLTON (28-2) VS. ADA-BORUP (30-1) What: Class A state tournament quarterfinal When: 1 p.m. Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
Whoever entered player heights for the Carlton volleyball team onto the Minnesota State High School League website certainly stretched the truth — no pun intended. And no Bulldog benefited from the generosity more than junior outside hitter Taylor Nelson, who's listed as 5-foot-8. "I am not anywhere near 5-8," Nelson laughed.
HIBBING – Rather than set their clocks back an hour in the middle of the night, Deer River volleyball players would have preferred to recognize the end of Daylight Saving Time at about 5 p.m. Saturday.