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It will be a rematch of last year's state semifinals when the Pierz Pioneers take on the Minnehaha Academy Redhawks for the Class 2A championship at 1 p.m. Monday at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Redhawks won that game 4-2 overcoming numerous weather delays at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. Minnehaha scored four runs in the third inning made them stand up for the victory.
CHASKA—Pillager's Joe Anderson went 2-for-3 as the Huskies were nipped 4-3 in eight innings by fifth-seeded Fosston in the consolation semifinals of the Class 1A state tournament Friday at Chaska Athletic Park. Fosston won with two out in the bottom of the eighth. With the score tied 3-3, a throwing error put a Greyhound runner at third. Jess Sather, the Greyhounds' No. 3 hitter, singled up the middle, giving Fosston the victory. Three Fosston runs were unearned as a result of six Pillager errors.
Josh Archibald Team: Pittsburgh Penguins Number: 45 Position: Right wing Height: 5-foot-10 Weight: 176 pounds Age: 24 (Oct. 6, 1992) Draft: 2011 Pittsburgh, sixth round, 23rd pick (174th overall) High school: Brainerd (2011 graduate) College: Nebraska-Omaha According to www.pensburgh.com , 24 Pittsburgh players are scheduled to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup after the Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators four games to two in the Final series last weekend.
Pierz 6, NLS 2 The key: The Pioneers scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to expand upon a 3-2 lead Overall: P 25-2, NLS 18-6 Next: Pierz vs. Duluth Marshall in Class 2A championship semifinals, Putz Field, St. Cloud, 2:30 p.m. Friday; Pierz/Duluth loser vs. Minnehaha Academy/Maple Lake loser in 2A consolation semifinals 5 p.m. Friday. ST. CLOUD—Prior to the quarterfinals of the Class 2A state tournament, Pierz Pioneers coach considered Preston Rocheleau and Matt Tautges No. 1 and No. 1A in his pitching rotation.
It's been a spring for the ages for the Pillager Huskies. Coach Greg Bennett's softball team kicked off a memorable spring sports season for Pillager, playing in the first state tournament in program history and finishing sixth. The day the softball tournament ended, the Huskies' Julia Johnson and Dylan Loftis competed in the Class 1A state track and field meet. Next, senior golfer Brady Enneking qualified for the Class 1A tournament where he tied for 32nd place.
In the last four years, the Pierz Pioneers have made about as many state tournament appearances as any school in Minnesota. During that stretch, the Pioneers played in four state football tournaments, four state wrestling tournaments and a state baseball tournament. State tournament appearance No. 10 occurs Thursday in the Class 2A baseball tournament when the third-seeded Pioneers play New London-Spicer in the quarterfinals at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Putz Field in St. Cloud.
ST. PAUL—Millie Klefsaas suffered a severe ankle injury and missed about a month of her senior season for the Staples-Motley Cardinals. Based on her postseason performance, you would never have known. Klefsaas won the pole vault and 100 hurdles at the Subsection 23 and Section 6-1A meets and went out as a state champion in pole vault during Saturday's Class 1A meet at Hamline University. The Cardinals' standout set a 1A meet record Saturday clearing the bar at 12 feet, 3 inches. She set the meet record a year ago at 12 feet.
ST. PAUL—Reid Pierzinski completed a nearly flawless season Saturday at the Class 1A state meet at Hamline University. The Pequot Lakes junior, who helped the Patriots to second place in the team standings, lost only one hurdles race all season. His only hiccup was at the Hamline Elite Meet in April when he fell and placed ninth in the 300 hurdles. Saturday, his first of three victories was in the 110 high hurdles with a clocking of 14.67.
ST. PAUL—In the last seven years, the Pequot Lakes Patriots have established themselves as one of the powerhouse programs in Class 1A girls track. From 2011-16, the Patriots won six state championships in individual events or relays and twice finished third in the team standings. Saturday, the Patriots continued to add to their medals cache as they won two relay titles and finished 6.5 points behind champion Minneapolis Edison.
ST. PAUL—With the wind swirling around 20 mph, and gusting to 39 mph, pole vault became a more challenging event than usual during the Class 2A state meet Saturday at Hamline University. And, as Brainerd's Cami Harmer watched the competition continue to go beyond 10 feet, she saw her chance of placing in the top nine dissipate along with all-state recognition.