Whether it is the weekend timing, the popularity of the sport nationwide, or the aura of the game itself, the lights seem to shine brightest on Friday nights in the fall when it comes to high school athletics.
But there are lights on, and athletes competing, all throughout the week at your local gymnasiums, fields and courts all around Central Minnesota. This week we highlight the successes of some of the other sports at your Metro Sports Commission schools.
Starting indoors, the St. Cloud Cathedral High School girls volleyball squad has made some noise this year currently sitting at 6-2, 4th place in a strong Granite Ridge Conference. Seniors like Sophie Harris and Jenna Januschka have helped the Crusaders to 12 total victories on the season. Cathedral brings a two-match winning streak into the final stretch of the schedule that will feature three conference match-ups and a tournament appearance at Sartell.
To the hard-court now where the orange and black of St. Cloud Tech have colored the entire post-season land-scape in girls tennis. The Tigers mauled the competition in the Central Lakes Conference with an undefeated 11-0 mark in regular season play. At 14-2 overall to finish the year the Tigers entered sectional play as the #1 seed. Youth has helped the Tigers dominate with eighth grader Taylor Tarrolly turning in great performances in the #1 singles spot. On the doubles side, the duo of Lexi Portz and Jill Kedrowski more than held their own this season. Tech beat Becker in round one of the sectionals to keep their state tournament hopes alive.
Perhaps nowhere else in the prep sports landscape has the St. Cloud area been as dominant as in the area of girls soccer. The top three teams in the Central Lakes Conference at the end of the regular season all hailed from the metro area.
Sartell-St. Stephen took the title with an 8-3-2 mark, Sauk Rapids-Rice checked in second at 6-4-2 and St. Cloud Apollo finished in third at 5-3-1. All three teams will open up sectional play this week.
Names for the Sartell Sabres, a pair of junior attackers, Sophia VanSurksum and Katie Stuttgen helped the blue and white to the title this year. Meanwhile the senior goalkeeper Erin Deters put together a stingy season in net as the Sabres allowed only 10 goals in their 15 total games recording eight shutouts.
Those are just a few of the other teams finding their success this fall. We will keep our eye on those teams and more all year. So keep your eye right here on metrosportscomission.com