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Prep report: South Ridge tops MIB on late TD

Joe Janke's 5-yard rushing touchdown with 25 seconds remaining lifted South Ridge over Mountain Iron-Buhl 23-20 in a Nine-Man high school football game Thursday night in Culver.

Janke, one of the state's leaders in rushing yardage, finished with 33 carries for 171 of the Panthers' 331 yards. Janke has gained 664 yards on the ground this season.

South Ridge (3-0) took its first lead late in the third quarter on a 16-yard run from Matt Clark. But the Rangers responded (2-1) when Joe Buffetta scored from 2 yards out early in the fourth to push MIB in front 20-15.

Jericho Peterson had 137 rushing yards and two TDs for the Rangers.

Thursday's game originally was scheduled for tonight, but a lack of available officials forced the schools to bump it up a night.

MIB 0-14-0-6—20

South Ridge 0-8-7-8—23

MIB — Jericho Peterson 70 run (Joe Buffetta pass from Asher Zubich)

SR — Joe Janke 3 run (Janke run)

MIB — Peterson 2 run (pass failed)

SR — Matt Clark 16 run (Janke kick)

MIB — Buffetta 2 run (run failed)

SR — Janke 5 run (Connor Bushbaum run)


Duluth Denfeld 3, Superior 1

Jordyn Maas tallied 38 set assists and Caitlin Schneeweis had 16 kills as the Hunters went on the road to claim a key Lake Superior Conference victory (23-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-23) in a match featuring the top teams in the News Tribune's large-school rankings.

Caleigh Jensen paced the Spartans with 16 kills and 18 digs.

Grand Rapids 3, Duluth East 0

A 25-22, 25-18, 25-18 sweep signaled the host Thunderhawks' eighth win in nine matches.

Emma Markovich's 29 assists and Lizzy Bowman's 13 kills led the way for Grand Rapids.

Proctor 3, Duluth Marshall 1

Sam Pogatchnik totaled 21 kills, 16 assists and seven blocks as the visiting Rails won the LSC match 25-22, 24-26, 25-17, 25-21.

Proctor's Payton Rodberg, a freshman, contributed 19 kills and 10 blocks, and fellow freshman Gabby Jauhola finished with 20 assists. Katelyn Marunich also had 10 blocks.


Cloquet-Carlton 2, Two Harbors 1

Despite 13 saves from Agates goalkeeper Callie Bergerson, the Lumberjacks rallied behind a pair of second-half goals from Kiana Bender in Two Harbors.

Esko 3, Hermantown 2

Alicia Maki's timely tally in the 78th minute snapped a 2-2 tie and sent the visiting Eskomos to their fifth straight win.