Top 3 Sports Moments in 2016
We love bringing you some of the best high school sports action here on KFIL and KVGO. We had the opportunity to attend some great games, rivalries and continued our tradition of bringing champions to you!
With the help of Ben, we thought we would bring you the our top three moments of the 2016 sports season! This list is completely our opinions, and we love covering every game possible. We covered a lot of great games and teams and just wanted to share some of our top moments of the 2016 sports year!
3. Lewiston-Altura's State Tournament Appearance
The Cardinals made a great run through the section tournament, their second in a row. They finished the 2016 season with a record of 14-13, while winning five straight in the section tournament to reach the state tournament.
As the three seed in the East Subsection of the Section 1 Class A section tournament, the Cardinals defeated Rushford-Peterson 5-0, Randolph 6-1, Wabasha-Kellogg 7-0, United South Central 10-2, and Randolph again 7-0 en route to the State Tournament berth!
The Cardinals went 1-2 at the State Tournament. They drew eventual State-Champion Springfield in round one, and got their lone victory over Ely 5-0. The Cardinals finished sixth, falling in the constellation as they fell to Legacy Christian 6-2.
It was still a great experience and atmosphere at the state tournament!
2. Caledonia Volleyball's Runner-Up Finish at the State Tournament
The Warriors were phenomenal through the section tournament and into the state tournament. They finished the season 30-6, and dominated in the section tournament.
In the section tournament, they defeated Lewiston-Altura 3-0, Wabasha-Kellogg 3-1, Mabel-Canton 3-0, and beat Hayfield 3-1 in the section final to get the state tournament berth.
Their dominance continued into the State Tournament, winning their quarterfinal match over Cook County 3-0, and then they won their semi-final match 3-2 in thrilling fashion over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton. They won the fifth and final set 16-14 to advance to the state championship game.
In the finals, they just ran into a Mayer Lutheran team that had everything going their way. The Warriors played great, but it just wasm't enough as they fell 3-1.
Broadcasting games is always fun at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, and congrats to Warriors on a great season!
1. State Football Championship Weekend
This is hard to beat. We brought two champions to you and a runner up at the 2016 Prep Bowl.
It was the first time the Prep Bowl was held at U.S Bank Stadium, and Section 1 showed its dominance throughout.
The Grand Meadow Superlarks
won their fourth-straight 9-man state title after defeating Cleveland 41-21 in the championship game at U.S Bank Stadium. The Superlarks finished with a record of 14-0.
The Superlarks flew their way to the state championship game and never looked back. They also are the first team to win a state championship in the Metrodome, TCF Bank Stadium and U.S Bank Stadium.
The Caledonia Warriors beat Eden Valley-Watkins 61-12 en route to their second-straight state championship. The Warriors held a 40-0 halftime lead as they forced plenty of turnovers to build an early lead to bring home the Class AA State Title. The Warriors finished the season with a record of 14-0.
The Rushford-Peterson Trojans won a thrilling section final game over Fillmore Central 22-21 to reach the state tournament. After cruising to the finals, the fell to a talented Minneapolis North team 30-14. It was a great season for the Trojans and the finished runner up in the Class A State Tournament. The Trojans finished with a record of 12-2 and played arguably in the toughest section in the state.
It was a great 2016 for sports here at KFIL and we can't wait to continue our great, local, high-school sports coverage in 2017!