BY DAVE PEDERSEN
The Rocket volleyball team posted its first Central Minnesota Conference victory in several years when defeating Kimball three games to two.
“It was a huge game for us as a confidence booster to prove to ourselves that we have what it takes to win conference matches,” said coach Jennifer Stoa. “We were 0-3 at Saturday’s Becker tournament, but we were competitive. We just struggled to play consistently.”
Senior Jordan Weeding was named to the All-Tournament team in Becker. Weeding was ranked fourth in the state in kills.
Rockford started the week with a 3-0 triumph over Breck. Weeding led with 11 kills, while Ellen Paatela and Emily Eberspacher both had seven kills and Kaylee Schumacher had 18 set assists.
Against Kimball, the Rockets rallied from a two games to one deficit before winning the last two. Weeding pounded out 24 kills, while Paatela added 12. Schumacher had 23 set assists and Sam Bagaason had 18.
The week started for the Rockford girls soccer team by getting outscored 7-0 by Chaska and finished with two shutouts of their own.
The Rockets rebounded to edge Mayer Lutheran 1-0 in overtime on a goal by Cally Nielsen, with the assist by Julia Trandahl.
Goalie Brianna Calder also earned the 0-0 shutout against Heritage Christian Academy Saturday. Coach Abbey Maus said senior Abby Botten kept the defense together the entire game. Other defenders were Logan Henrich, Carlie Nesenson, Marie Jakubowski and Maddi Bartlett.
Boys soccer lost to Mound-Westonka 4-0 and Heritage Christian Academy 7-2 last week to be 4-6 on the season.
Rockford travels to face Delano Tuesday, Sept. 24. The boys play at 5 p.m. and girls start about 7 p.m.
Rockford’s boys cross country took third at the Delano invite, just four points behind second place Maple Lake. The Rockets placed 10th at the 20-team Norwood-Young America invite compared to 13th last year.
The top four runners of Nick Klonne, Austin Witthuhn, Ty Griffin and Drew Hafften were within a minute of each other.
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