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COLOME — Jackson Kinzer has always been a playmaker. So much so that Colome High School made a decision prior to the 2018 football campaign to shake up its offense in an effort to highlight Kinzer's playmaking abilities. Kinzer spent most of his high school career as a running back, leading the Cowboys in rushing as a junior in 2017 and guiding his team to the Class 9B semifinals. Colome went 9-2 and averaged 38 points per game, but head coach Ben Connot wanted more and decided to move the 6-foot, 190-pound Kinzer to quarterback.
SIOUX FALLS—Area volleyball teams had a rough start to the state tournament on Thursday, recording just a 1-5 record in the quarterfinals, with only McCook Central/Montrose avoiding the consolation bracket. Three area teams made the most of the a three-day event at the Premier Center, however, as MCM, Mitchell and Burke finished the tournament with a 2-1 record, while Winner also bounced back after being the lone higher seed to suffer an opening-day loss to advance to the Class A consolation finals before losing in a wild five-set match to Parker.
SIOUX FALLS—If Winner High School proved one thing during its three matches in the Class A state volleyball tournament, it was that it wouldn't go down without a fight. The Warriors managed to regroup after a disappointing defeat to start the tournament and wanted to finish the job in the consolation final against Parker on Saturday.
SIOUX FALLS—Win or lose, Saturday's Class AA state volleyball tournament consolation final was going to be the last game for Mitchell High School's 11 seniors. While any dreams of state championship were dashed in Thursday's loss, the No. 6 Kernels wanted to treat the fifth place match against No. 8 Brookings as their state championship and one last hurrah for the senior class.
SIOUX FALLS—Sometimes it's not how a team starts, it's how they finish. Burke High School started the Class B state volleyball tournament in less than ideal circumstances after No. 2 Warner handed the No. 7 Cougars a resounding defeat. After a win over Ethan in the consolation semifinals on Friday, they had chance to close out the weekend on a high against No. 5 Faulkton Area on Saturday in the consolation finals at the Premier Center.
SIOUX FALLS—McCook Central/Montrose had its eye on winning a Class A state volleyball championship. That dream came to an end with a loss to Sioux Falls Christian on Friday night, but the No. 2 Fighting Cougars had an opportunity to place third with a win on Saturday against No. 5 Elk Point-Jefferson at the Premier Center.
SIOUX FALLS—For the second year in a row, Burke High School squared off with Warner in the quarterfinals of the Class B state volleyball tournament. Last season, which marked Burke's first appearance at state, resulted in the Monarchs picking up a three-set win over the Cougars. With another year of experience under its belt, Burke was hoping for a different story on Thursday at the Premier Center. Unfortunately for No. 7 Burke, it was déjà vu, as No. 2 Warner once again emerged victorious, 25-10, 25-18 and 25-15.
SIOUX FALLS—Ethan High School made its debut in the Class B state volleyball tournament on Thursday at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls, but it was not given a warm welcome in facing third-seeded Chester Area in the quarterfinals. The No. 6 Rustlers did not look out of place, as they pushed the seasoned Flyers and even appeared to be on the verge of stealing a set. Twice, however, Ethan wasn't able to hold off Chester long enough to make a sustained run as the Flyers came away with a three-set sweep, 25-20, 25-15 and 25-23.
SIOUX FALLS—There is little margin for error at the state volleyball tournament. Teams have the ability to capitalize on the slightest of mistakes and Winner High School felt that firsthand against Elk Point-Jefferson in Thursday's Class A quarterfinal at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Warriors' head coach Jaime Keiser felt her fourth-seeded team came out a bit sluggish and the No. 5 Huskies took advantage. EPJ spent most of the match on the offensive and eventually sent Winner to the consolation bracket in a sweep, 25-19, 25-17 and 25-15.
SIOUX FALLS—Kimball/White Lake knew it had a daunting task in the Class B state volleyball tournament on Thursday when it took on two-time defending state champion and top-seeded Northwestern at the Premier Center. The No. 8 WiLdKats were fearless at the beginning of the match, though, jumping out to a 13-8 lead and leading most of the first set.