Good start for soccer teams
The high school soccer season kicked off last week with Delano and Rockford teams showing some spunk.
Rockford opened with a 1-1 tie against the Sauk Rapids-Rice boys and then edged PACT Charter 1-0. Meanwhile, the Rocket girls were blasting PACT Charter 7-0.
Delano’s boys crushed Watertown-Mayer 9-0 in what was the largest margin of victory in school history. The Tiger girls rolled to a 6-0
shutout over the same school.
Kelsey Delisle posted the shutout in goal while Gabby Cordes paced the offense with two goals. Other scores were netted by Katelyn Elstad, Maureen Booth, Jessie Gallagher and Amanda Gielau.
The Delano boys had a balanced scoring attack, led by Zach Durbin with two goals. Also scoring was Max Ramstad, Justin Elstad, Austin Stevens, Keaton Bonine, Ray Heikkila and Sean Lohman. Jason Deitweller earned the shutout.
Rockford’s girls also spread out the glory as seven different players found the net, including Julia Trandahl, Abby Botten, Marie Jakubowski, Hope Achtelik, Grace Rootness, Jade Ellis and Cally Nielsen. Brianna Calder was credited with the shut out in goal.
The boys lost starting goalie Cam Meyers to an injury in practice and had to alter the lineup against Sauk Rapids-Rice. Senior Jordan O’Reilly moved to goal and senior Anthony Maiolo moved to defensive sweeper. Senior Nate Ulen scored the lone goal.
Against PACT Charter the next night, O’Reilly and Maiolo shared goal-keeping duties to earn a shutout. Jacob Valladollid scored the winning goal.
Big volleyball win
Delano opened the volleyball season with a 3-0 win over section power Shakopee (25-18, 25-12 and 29-27).
Shelby Seurer and Bria Barfnecht powered the offense with 12 kills each, while Alex Wittinger had nine and Tori Hanson eight. Kristin Kreklow set for 32 kills. Elle Heinonen led with 11 digs and four ace serves.
“This was a great section win for us,” said coach Rebecca Rue. “Overall, our serve receive was consistent and it allowed Kreklow to run our offense. We had a pretty balanced attack, which kept Shakopee guessing on the block.”
Tigers win own tennis tourney
Delano came out on top at its own invitational tournament played last week, edging Forest Lake 34-33.
The top three doubles teams won first place awards. Cassy Finn and Tayler Hedtke won the title at first doubles. Second doubles was won by Alex Schreyer and Jackie Damberg and Hayley Griffiths and Kitty Bonine won at third doubles. Hailey Hunter and Natalie Pupp placed second at fourth doubles.
On the singles side, Delano suffered some injuries and had to default at both second and third singles in the last round.
Ginger Valentine finished second at No. 1 singles. Amy Max defaulted the third place match at No. 2 singles. She is out for the season with a stress fracture to her ankle.
Anna Schleper also defaulted the third place match at No. 3 singles, suffering from tendinitis of the elbow. Steph Almquist placed second at No. 4 singles.
In other action last week Delano lost 4-3 to Chanhassen and 5-2 to Owatonna.