East ends C-I boys soccer season

C-I defender Caen Skogerson (17) shadowed a Greyhound during the second half of action on East’s slick new field, with Lake Superior as an eastern backdrop. Photos by Greg Hunt

THURSDAY NIGHT SPORTS: In an evenly-played first half of the Section 7AA boys soccer quarterfinals, No. 3 seed Duluth East led 2-0 over Cambridge-Isanti. ┬áC-I’s Josh Rouse ripped a penalty kick home 4:20 into the second half to cut the deficit in half. But the quick and physical Greyhounds reasserted themselves with a goal off a Jacket turnover three minutes later, then played solid ball-control soccer to advance in the playoffs.

The Bluejackets end the season with a 10-6 overall record. Rouse was among the metro scoring leaders this autumn with 19 goals and 19 assists.

Bluejacket midfielder Micah Gertz does some fancy footwork to corral the ball against the Greyhounds Oct. 11.

Duluth East (13-2-2) next plays at No. 2 Coon Rapids (10-4-3) in the 7AA semifinals on Saturday. No. 5 Forest Lake (6-9-2) tipped No. 4 Andover 3-2 in overtime in their quarters match, and the Rangers travel to No. 1 seed Blaine (12-3-1) on Saturday.

The 7AA finals will be Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the surviving high seed.

7AA Girls Soccer: Blaine 2, Cambridge-Isanti 0

No. 2 seed Blaine shut out the visiting No. 7 seed Bluejackets when the 7AA girls soccer tourney began Oct. 11. The Bengals (12-4-1) will host No. 3 St. Francis in Saturday’s semifinals; the Saints (12-5) slipped past No. 6 Forest Lake 1-0 in the shootout Thursday night.

No. 4 Duluth East (6-9-2) defeated No. 5 Coon Rapids 1-0 and will travel to top-seed Andover (13-2-1) in the other semifinals.

Braham Volleyball escapes from Gobblers

In a crucial Great River Volleyball match Oct. 11, visiting Aitkin took the first two games 25-23, 25-22, but the Bombers reversed the momentum by sweeping the next three: 25-16, 25-14, 16-14. The victory kept Braham perfect at 10-0 in GRC matches.

Onamia (9-1 GRC) kept pace with the Bombers by taking Rush City 3-1 Oct. 11. Braham travels to Onamia Oct. 15 for the next big showdown for the conference championship.

M-8 Volleyball: St. Michael-Alb. 3, Cambridge-Isanti 0

The host Knights stayed near Buffalo at the top of the Mississippi 8 Volleyball standings by sweeping the Bluejackets Oct. 11: 25-11, 25-23, 25-18. Cambridge-Isanti heads to the two-day Apple Valley Invite on Friday.

Jacket Girls Swim/Dive 103, Milaca 78

Cambridge-Isanti won an Oct. 11 non-conference meet with the visiting Wolves. Bluejacket individuals taking 1st place in their events Thursday night: Katie Beauto (200 IM & Backstroke), Brooke Olson (200 Free), Hannah Thiry (Diving), Ashley Hiljus (100 Butterfly) and Allesia Zenatti (500 Free).