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Speed vs. speed in semifinals

In some ways, Friday’s Class Nine-Man semifinal matchup will be like looking in the mirror for Mt. Lake Area. Mt. Iron-Buhl, the Section 7 champions, are a team that relies on speed to move the ball on the ground and bottles teams up with an athletic defense. “They’re really quite similar to us,” Wolverine Coach Tim Kirk said. “They have pretty good speed. They have a lot of good athletes and they have a little bit of size. They run a lot of the same things we do, so the challenge for us is to try to stop a lot of our own offense.”

For more on this story, see the November 14, 2018 Observer/Advocate and Observer/Advocate e-Edition.

Take it to the Bank: MLA advances

In Friday’s Class Nine- Man state quarterfinal game, Mt. Lake Area did something it hadn’t done all season — fall behind. But then, the Wolverines did what they had done all season — run the ball and dominate on defense. MLA held Verndale to 158 yards of total offense, with 100 coming on the final two drives of the game.

For more on this story, see the November 14, 2018 Observer/Advocate and Observer/Advocate e-Edition.

Stoesz, Naas named to All-RRC team

The Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey volleyball team capped a successful season with two players being named to the All-Red Rock Conference team, which was announced last week. Earning all-conference honors for the Wolverines were senior libero Taylor Naas and junior outside hitter Margo Stoesz. Junior setter Destiny Sybounheuan received honorable mention.

For more on this story, see the November 14, 2018 Observer/Advocate and Observer/Advocate e-Edition.