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Schedule for area football teams in the state quarterfinals: Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.: Pierz (8-3) vs. Proctor (8-2) at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.: Holdingford (11-0) vs. Hawley (9-1) at Concordia College-Moorhead Saturday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m.: Upsala-Swanville Area (10-1) vs. Mahnomen (11-0) at Bemidji State University [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Senior Mac Gruber started the fall as Pierz’ starting quarterback. With the Pioneers in their first season up a class against bigger schools, and given that the offense seldom passes, though, the decision was made to make Gruber solely a one-way player on defense. The coaching staff shifted him [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Upsala-Swanville Area doesn’t need to air out the ball often. Having one of the state’s leading backs in senior Mitch Lange makes sure of that. But when the Patriots do pass, they can be pretty sure it’s going to be a big play. And it’s probably going to be [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Holdingford has kept the blinders on all season, focusing in on each week’s opponent and not looking too far down the road. But now, after 11 straight wins, the moment the undefeated Huskers have been waiting for since last season ended in double overtime in the state quarterfinals is [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor Pierz vs. St. Cloud Cathedral photo gallery Pierz had the lead and the ball late in the Section 5AAA championship game, Friday, but still plenty of reason to be nervous. Facing a 3rd-and-9 from midfield and clinging to a 26-21 lead, going up against a pass-happy opponent in St. Cloud [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com It’s the middle of September. The Pierz football team is struggling, having just lost its first two conference games of the year. A half dozen starters are out of the starting lineup with injuries. And all Tomas Roquemen knows about the sport is that it somewhat resembles soccer, which [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Pelican Rapids kept within striking distance in the early stages of the Section 6AA semifinals, looking as if it may have a chance to spring a huge upset. Then the Holdingford machine clicked on. After holding a slim 12-10 lead early on in the second quarter, the top-seeded host [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Just like the regular season meeting, Browerville and Royalton entered halftime tied, Oct. 26. But in the rematch in the Section 6A semifinals, the sixth-seeded Tigers knocked off second-seeded host Royalton 16-13, earning a trip to the section championship. The Royals got off to a strong start, scoring less [...]

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