Section volleyball tourneys begin this week
Most of the area volleyball teams begin section tournament games Thursday while Bemidji will wait until Friday before it opens its postseason.
The Lumberjacks were ranked third in the North 8-3A and will open their tournament 7 p.m. Friday at No. 2 Alexandria. If the Lumberjacks (14-14) can defeat the Cardinals they will return to the court 8 p.m. Tuesday, most likely at St. Michael-Albertville. SMA is the top seed from the South sub-section and will play either No. 4 Sauk Rapids or No. 5 Apollo Friday. If SMA and Bemidji both win the Jacks would head to St. Michael. If the Lumberjacks win and SMA is upset, Bemidji would be at home on Tuesday.
The 8-3A title match will be Nov. 5 at a neutral site.
In 8A, Fosston is ranked No. 1 in the East while Kelliher-Northome is rated fourth.
Both teams have byes for Thursday's opening round and will enjoy the home-court advantage in Friday's second round.
On Thursday No. 9 Laporte will invade No. 8 Indus while No. 12 Red Lake will visit No. 5 Cass Lake-Bena.
Also on Thursday No. 11 Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig will head to No. 6 Mahnomen while No. 10 Bagley will travel to No. 7 Clearbrook-Gonvick.
Fosston will take on either Laporte or Indus on Friday while K-N will host the CL-B/Red Lake winner and Blackduck will entertain either Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig or Mahnomen.
The winner between C-G and Bagley will head to No. 2 Lake of the Woods on Friday.
The 8A quarterfinals will be played Monday at Bemidji High School and NCTC while the semifinals (Nov. 4) and final (Nov. 6) will be held at UM-Crookston.
Nevis, which advanced to the state tournament last year, will try to defend its 5A title starting on Friday.
The Tigers earned the top seed in the East sub-section and will entertain either No. 4 Onamia or No. 5 Ogilvie at 7 p.m.
Pillager earned the second seed while Pine River-Backus was third.
The 5A tournament continues Tuesday with the quarterfinals while the semifinals will be Nov. 4 and the championship Nov. 6.
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley was ranked second in 8AA North and will entertain No. 7 Roseau 7 p.m. Thursday.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton was the top seed from the North and Thief River Falls was ranked third.
In the South 8AA, unbeaten Wadena-DC was the top seed and Fergus Falls was second.