Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director
The fall sports season for high school teams in the Morris Area and surrounding communities has hit the home stretch as we approach November. Here is a quick recap and update to teams covered by KMRS/KKOK.
In girls tennis the Minnewaska Area Lakers claimed the West Central Conference title with a 5-2 defeat of Montevideo.
The Lakers had a runner-up finish to Osakis for the section 6A title.
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta/West Central Area finished third in the conference tournament defeating Benson/KMS 4-3.
The Braves returned the favor with a 4-3 victory over the Tigers in the third place match of the section tournament.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
The West Central Area Knights proved to be one of the best programs in the state with a runner-up finish at the section 6A meet, one of the toughest sections in the state for cross country.
The Knights had three boys place in the top 10 while Staples-Motley took the section title.
Other area teams competing included Ashby/Brandon-Evansville who took sixth, Minnewaska was ninth, Benson/KMS was 15th, Border West took 19th and Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta finished in 21st place.
About a week prior the Knights took down cross country juggernaut Perham for the Heart O’ Lakes Conference championship, ending an 18-year reign by the Yellowjackets.
The Knights did so by placing three of the top five runners, four in the top ten.
Benson/KMS took the West Central Conference Meet championship with three top ten finishers individually. Minnewaska finished third while Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta took 12th place.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
The boys weren’t the only team that found big success at West Central Area high school as Lexi Bright returned to Barrett with two championships to her name, winning the Heart O’ Lakes Conference and Section 6A titles.
As a team the Lady Knights took third at the conference meet, and runner-up to Staples-Motley at sections.
Minnewaska girls were fourth at the section meet, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta was 10th and Border West finished 20th.
Minnewaska is the West Central Conference champions led by Kierra Wilmes who took first individually for the Lakers. Benson/KMS was third and Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta took fifth.
GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING
The Minnewaska/Morris Area Gators swam their way to a third place finish at the West Central Conference Meet by posting a new team record score of 345.5.
Jaida Hess earned All-Conference for the Gators and they had two relay teams and two individuals earn honorable mention.
The Gators would take eighth at the section 6A meet led by Bailey Schoen and three relay teams who medaled by finishing in the top eight.
Schoen took seventh in the 100 Backstroke, the Gator 200 Medley was seventh, 200 Free and 400 Free each finished eighth.
The volleyball season has had a tough time gaining any momentum with the combination of teams cancelling matches due to quarantine or bad weather.
In the West Central Conference, the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers are 1-3 with two tough five-set losses. Minnewaska is also 1-3 with their lone win against Benson who is 2-1.
The Pheasant Conference and Little Eight have combined this year to help with scheduling, with early indication that Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley and Brandon-Evansville are once again the teams to beat.
The Wolverines are the three-time reigning Pheasant Conference champs and haven’t dropped a set through three matches at 3-0.
Hancock and Wheaton/Herman-Norcross are each 2-1, West Central Area sits at 2-3.
Brandon-Evansville has won the last two Little Eight titles and have opened the season 4-0, having dropped just one set along the way.
In football two area teams are all the talk at the midway point, with Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta and Hancock dominating the competition through three games.
The Tigers are 3-0 having outscored opponents 131-27 with a combination passing, rushing and defense.
Hancock is coming off a year in which they made it to the Prep Bowl, and might be even more lethal this year with a seemingly unstoppable passing attack complimented by a defense full of playmakers.
The Owls are 3-0 having outscored opponents 132-40.
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley and Brandon-Evansville are each 2-1 behind an old school approach of rushing, defense and physicality.
West Central Area/Ashby is 2-1 with a dominant run game, Minnewaska and Wheaton/Herman-Norcross were slower out of the gate, but two talented teams that each got their first win on Oct. 23rd and are 1-2.