Local teams, individuals getting state recognition

We have reached the winter break of the high school sports season with several southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa teams finding their way into the state rankings.
In Minnesota boys basketball, Southwest Conference member Marshall, which defeated Mankato West 70-50 at home Saturday, is 4-1 overall and rated No. 10 in Class 3A.
Three Class 1A teams — Southwest Christian (5-1), Dawson-Boyd (5-1) and Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (7-0) — are among the top 10. The Eagles are ranked fifth, while the Blackjacks and Knights are rated ninth and 10th, respectively.
In Iowa boys basketball, a trio of teams from area conferences are listed in the rankings.
MOC-Floyd Valley is 8-1 overall and rated No. 8 in Class 3A. Sheldon, which is an undefeated 10-0 overall, is ranked sixth in Class 2A. Harris-Lake Park, which is rated seventh in Class 1A, has won nine of its first 10 games.
In Minnesota girls basketball, Marshall is 7-1 overall and ranked eighth in Class 3A.
The only other team from an area conference to appear in the state polls is Minneota (9-0), which is No. 5 in Class 1A.
In Iowa girls basketball, Central Lyon is the only team from the Daily Globe area to be rated. The Lyons are 9-1 overall and check in at No. 5 in Class 1A.
Just outside the DG area, Spirit Lake (5-2) slipped from fourth to sixth in the latest Class 2A poll.
Siouxland Conference leader MOC-Floyd Valley, 11-0 overall, is ranked second in Class 3A.
In Minnesota wrestling, Adrian Area, a cooperative agreement with Ellsworth, has won its first eight duals this season to grab the No. 12 spot in Class 2A, according to The Guillotine.
Six Dragons — Jayden Bullerman (No. 3 at 120), Tony Lynn (No. 9 at 126), Nate Loosbrock (No. 9 at 132), Ben Mulder (No. 10 at 138), Jesse Slater (No. 8 at 152), Adam Garms (No. 8 at 195) —appear in the individual polls.
Other ranked wrestlers in Class 2A include Worthington’s Anthony Luft (No. 5 at 113) and Fulda/Murray County Central’s Ben Loosbrock (No. 7 at 170).
Jackson County is the No. 1-ranked team in Class 1A, while Wabasso/Red Rock Central has the No. 4 spot. Windom/Mountain Lake has also received honorable mention.
The Huskies, Bobcats and Cobras have a combined total of 17 rated wrestlers.
Half of the JCC lineup is ranked. They include Jordan Biehn (No. 7 at 120), Cameron Henning (No. 10 at 126), Eliot Jurries (No. 1 at 132), Paden Moore (No. 2 at 145), Luke Norland (No. 1 at 152), Keegan Moore (No. 5 at 160) and Darick Vancura (No. 1 at 170).
Six Bobcats have made their way into the polls. They are Spencer Jenniges (No. 5 at 120), Derek Christians (No. 7 at 132), T.J. Fulton (No. 4 at 138), Tanner Rohlik (No. 2 at 152), Blake Altermatt (No. 6 at 170) and Alex Schroepfer (No. 2 at 285).
Four Cobras —Wyatt Stevens (No. 3 at 106), Jared Wilaby (No. 3 at 132), Vince Johnson (No. 4 at 195) and Neil Liftin (No. 8 at 285) are rated wrestlers.
Pipestone Area’s Brady Boss has secured the No. 12 spot at 145.
In Iowa wrestling, Spirit Lake Park, which is ranked 10th in Class 2A, has three wrestlers among the state polls.
Doug Miner is top-rated grappler at 120, while Zach Skopec (No. 4 at 138) and David Trucksess (No. 6 at 152) also hold down spots.
Colby McIntire, a Central Lyon wrestler, is ranked seventh at 126.
In Minnesota girls hockey, Luverne has received votes in the latest statewide Class A poll.

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