PLAYOFF UPDATES: Top-seed Hermantown rode several break-away scoring plays to a 41-14 victory over No. 3 seed Princeton in the Oct. 23 Section 7AAAAA championship held in rainy Duluth. The Hawks (10-0) next will play in the Class 4A State quarterfinals against Cold Spring Rocori (8-3) Oct. 30 in Brainerd.
The section finals began in decent weather, and long runs by Hermantown’s Thomas Madison led to a 21-7 lead in the second quarter. The Hawks added a touchdown reception to go up 27-7 at the half, but a Drew Walquist scoring catch had the Tigers within 27-14 in the third quarter. A big dagger for the Hawks came when James Lindberg broke outside for a 34-yard TD run just into the fourth quarter which created a 35-14 advantage.
The Tigers closed the 2015 season with a 5-6 overall record.
PRINCETON GIRLS SOCCER OPENS STATE OCT. 29
Princeton (18-2) was seeded No. 5 for the Class A State girls soccer tournament. The Tigers will take on No. 4 Academy of Holy Angels on Thursday, Oct. 29 at Husky Stadium on the St. Cloud State campus. Match time is 7:30 p.m.
The winner between the Tigers and Stars will face either top-seed Benilde-St. Margaret’s or Sartell in the Nov. 4 semifinals back at SCSU.
PRINCETON GIRLS TENNIS OPENS STATE TOURNEY OCT. 27
The Class AA State Team girls tennis tournament begins Tuesday, Oct. 27 with the 8 a.m. match between Princeton and No. 1 seed Prior Lake at the U of M’s Baseline Tennis Center. The winner will play in the Oct. 28 semifinals (8 a.m.) while the loser will play in the Oct. 27 consolation semis (4 p.m.).
Bri and Kelsey Dorr will next play in the Class AA Doubles tourney, opening at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 against Arcalqud & Varma of Eagan.
PRINCETON VOLLEYBALL BEGINS PLAYOFFS OCT. 28
The Princeton volleyball team was seeded in the No. 9 slot for the Section 7AAA tournament which begins this week. The Tigers (13-13) will travel to No. 8 St. Francis (13-13) for the opener on Wednesday, Oct.28 (7 p.m.) in a rematch of the Sept. 29 Mississippi 8 contest.
The winner will travel to top-seed North Branch (21-5) for the section quarterfinals on Friday, Oct. 30 (7 p.m.). In the other bracket half, Grand Rapids (24-3) is the No. 2 seed and Elk River (14-10) is the No 3.