The Northwestern High School volleyball team ended its season Tuesday night in a thrilling five-game match with St. Croix Falls. The Tigers won the opening two games before eventually falling 3-2 in the first round playoff game.
St.Croix Falls now faces Hayward at 7 p.m. Friday. The No. 1-seeded Hurricanes defeated Amery 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-12) Tuesday night to advance.
“It was a really close, really exciting game,” said NHS coach Jamie Stendahl.
Of the five games the Tigers played in Tuesday’s match, three were won by a two-point margin. NHS won the opening game 26-24 and then took the second 25-19 to go up 2-0.
The third game was a long back and forth battle, but St. Croix Falls eventually won 33-31 to stay alive. St. Croix Falls then won 27-17 to force the tiebreaker, which it also won 21-19 to take the match.
Northwestern finishes the season with a 10-18 record.
The Northwestern junior varsity football team finished its season Monday night with a 36-0 win at home over the Hayward Hurricanes.
The Tigers scored four touchdowns in the first half and added one more in the second for the shutout victory.
Grant Pearson ran in Northwestern’s first two touchdowns, and a two-point conversion pass from Peter Lindsay to Gabe Dinkel gave the Tigers a fast 14-0 lead. An interception by NHS’s Mike Naumann helped set up the second TD.
Justin Miesbauer then added six more points for the Tigers on a 40-yard run, and Lindsay found Andrew Perry in the end zone to give Northwestern a 28-0 lead at halftime.
Gabe Dinkel cushioned the Tigers’ lead at the start of the second half, returning the kickoff about 60 yards for the score. Mike Naumann ran in the two-point conversion, and Pearson picked off a Hayward pass as the Tigers held for the shutout.
Northwestern 36, Hayward 0
N — Grant Pearson, 35-yard run (conversion failed).
N — Pearson, 30-yard run (pass from Peter Lindsay to Gabe Dinkel)
N — Justin Miesbauer, 40-yard run (conversion failed).
N — Andrew Perry pass from Lindsay (Lindsay pass to Dinkel.
N — Dinkel, 60-yard kickoff return (Mike Naumann run).