Harrison Speltz sacks Cougar quarterback Collin O’Bieglo.
Harrison Speltz sacks Cougar quarterback Collin O’Bieglo.
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The Spring Grove boys, for the second straight year, entered this week's section football tournament with the top seed while the Lion girls opened sub-section volleyball play with the No. 8 seed.

On Oct. 21, the Lion ladies hosted and defeated No. 9 seed Hope Lutheran 3-0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-15). The Patriots finished the season with an 11-13 record.

SG improved to 19-10 and advance to an Oct. 24 sub-section 7 p.m. quarterfinal at Harmony against not only the top tournament seed but also the top-ranked Class A team in the state, Fillmore Central (29-2).

The Falcons had a first-round bye as did No, 2 Mabel-Canton, No. 3 Goodhue and No. 4 Wabasha-Kellogg

There were no upsets in the first round with higher seeds taking all four matches.

Sub-section 1A East Volleyball

#8 Spring Grove def. #9 Hope Lutheran 3-0

#5 Lewiston-Altura def. #12 Lanesboro 3-0

#6 Rushford-Peterson def. #11 Schaeffer Academy 3-0

#7 Houston def, #10 Kingsland 3-0

quarterfinals Oct. 24

#8 Spring Grove at #1 Fillmore Central

#5 Lewiston-Altura at #4 Wabasha-Kellogg

#6 Rushford-Peterson at #3 Goodhue

#7 Houston at #2 Mabel-Canton

Semi-finals at Rochester Oct. 26 (10 & 11:30 p.m.)

Finals at Rochester Oct. 31 (7:30 p.m.)

The football seeding was determined by computer. SG (7-1) ranked above the other two SEC co-champions (Lanesboro and Grand Meadow) by virtue of Mabel-Canton's win over Houston.

All section playoff games are rematches as the section is the same as the conference. The winners of the Oct. 22 quarterfinal games advance to the semi-finals on Saturday, Oct. 26 with the higher seed hosting at 7 p.m.

For the first time, the state high school league requires section championship games be played on artificial turf. This year's final is on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. with the site yet to be announced

9-man Section 1 football

quarterfinals played Oct. 22

#8 Glenville-Emmons at #1 Spring Grove

#5 Houston at #4 Mabel-Canton

#6 LeRoy-Ostrander at #3 Grand Meadow

#7 Lyle/Pacellii at #2 Lanesboro

semi-finals, Sat. Oct. 26 (7 p.m.)

hosted by higher seed

G-E or SG vs Houston or M-C

L-O or GM vs. L/P or Lanesboro

Finals, Friday, Nov. 1 Site to be determined

The Sub-section 1A East Volleyball Tournament opened earlier this week when No. 8 seed Spring Grove (18-10) hosted a rematch with No. 9 Hope Lutheran (11-12).

The winner advances to the Thursday, Oct. 24 quarterfinal at Harmony versus top seed Fillmore Central. The Falcons (29-2) received a first-round bye and are ranked No. 1 in the state in the Class A coaches poll.

The ensuing semi-finals are at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Mabel-Canton (31-2) is also state ranked at No. 7 and received the No. 2 sub-section seed and a first-round bye as did No. 3 Goodhue and No. 4 Wabasha-Kellogg.