Tigers reach volleyball tourney final — Delano roundup

Elle Heinonen is the libero or defensive specialist for Delano’s volleyball team. (Photo by Bill Nord)
Elle Heinonen is the libero or defensive specialist for Delano’s volleyball team. (Photo by Bill Nord)


Delano finished a close second to Osseo in the title match at the Farmington Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday. It was the school’s highest placing ever at the event.

After splitting two close matches, Osseo won the tie-breaker 15-7. The Tigers also defeated New Prague 2-0, Winona 2-1 and Brainerd 2-0.

Against Winona, Alex Wittinger led with 13 kills, followed by Tori Hanson 11 and Bria Barfnecht eight. Senior Shelby Seurer led with nine kills against Brainerd.

Prior to the tourney the Tigers defeated New London-Spicer in a league match. Kill leaders were Seurer (15), Wittinger (11), Hanson (8) and Barfnecht and Kristin Kreklow both with six. Kreklow also had 33 set assists and Elle Heinonen led with 19 digs.

Delano, 6-2 on the season, is home to Annandale Sept. 19 and St. Michael-Albertville Sept. 24.

Tennis wins 8 straight

Delano has won eight straight tennis matches following two defeats to start the season.

The Tigers defeated Andover 5-2, SPA 6-1, Glencoe-Silver Lake 6-1, Eden Prairie 4-3, Annandale 7-0 and Orono 5-2 in recent matches.

The win streak is impressive considering Delano graduated eight of the top players from the team that went 15-1 last year.

Some Tigers have switched between singles and doubles by coach Kim Finn depending on the opponent. For most of the matches, singles players have been Ginger Valentine, Kitty Bonine, Anna Schleper, Steph Almquist and Katie Schleif.

Primary doubles players are Cassy Finn, Tayler Hedtke, Alex Schreyer, Jackie Damberg, Hayley Griffiths, Hailey Hunter and Natalie Pupp.

The next home match is 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Boys win CC invite

Following the team win at the Rockford cross country invitational, Delano’s boys dominated the Tiger invite last Thursday at Lake Rebecca Park.

Delano placed four in the top five to score 27 points, followed by Maple Lake (71), Rockford (75), Waconia (80) and Southwest Christian (85).

Adam Armbruster captured his second invitational title. He was trailed by Sam Thomas (3), Tucker Sjomeling (4) and Dan Clark (5).  Next came Logan Rieder (15) and Matt Ditty (16).

At the Norwood-Young America invite earlier in the week, Delano had the four leaders at the mile marker, all ending in the top 10 in a bigger 20-team event.

The Tiger girls placed third at the Delano invite behind Waconia and Maple Lake, led by Emily Hartman and Linsey Tolkinnen.

Contact David Pedersen at david.pedersen@ecm-inc.com