Winhawk roundup: Football rolls past Northfield; volleyball takes 2nd in Apple Valley

WSHS Volleyball

The Winona Senior High School volleyball team placed second at the Apple Valley Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 5.

It was a great weekend for the Winhawks in the Twin Cities. 

The Winona Senior High School volleyball team went 4-1 on the weekend to place second out of 10 teams at the Apple Valley Tournament. 

Grace Rohde led the way with 39 kills, 50 digs and five aces in the five matches. Emma Zeller had 55 total assists. Phoenix Matthees tallied 25 kills and four blocks, while Sierra Lenhardt had 38 digs. 

On Friday, Winona beat Coon Rapids 25-15, 25-19 and Legacy 24-26, 25-19, 15-2.

On Saturday, Winona beat Apple Valley 25-12, 25-11; Kingsland 25-13, 25-19 and lost to Benilde-St. Margaret’s 25-17, 25-20. 

Football

Winona 31, Northfield 7: Another undefeated season marches on. 

Jackson Nibbelink and Colton Beier each rushed for a pair of touchdowns as the No. 4 Winhawks (6-0) rolled past Northfield on Pink Out night Friday at Paul Giel Field. 

It was the fourth time this season Winona held an opponent to just one score, and the second week in a row the touchdown came in the fourth quarter. 

Winona, which already clinched the Big Southeast-Blue championship, has now won 22 straight regular season games and 20 straight at Paul Giel Field. It has won 27 of its last 29 overall and is 46-6 since the beginning of the 2015-16 season. 

Nibbelink scored both of his rushing TDs in the first half, while Beier scored in the second half. Both finished with 67 rushing yards. 

The Winhawks played for the second week in a row without all-time leading rusher Trevor Pomeroy, who is working his way back from a knee injury. He could return this week against Rochester Mayo. 

Freshman Dominic Davis had seven carries for 43 yards. 

Nibbelink completed 6 of 14 passes for 69 yards, with four of those completions going to Austin Mlynczak for 55 yards. The

Winhawks lost one of their top receivers in Dayne Gamoke to injury in the game as well. 

Winona faces what will likely be its stiffest challenge of the regular season on Friday at Rochester Mayo (4-2). The Spartans bounced back from back-to-back losses to state powers Owatonna and Mankato West to beat Rochester John Marshall 24-12 on Friday. 

Winona wraps up the regular season by hosting Byron (3-3) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. 

Boys soccer

Winona 2, Rochester John Marshall 0: The Winhawks ended the regular season on a winning note at Paul Giel Field. 

Winona earned the sixth seed in the MSHSL Section 1A tournament and will host either Lake City or Stewartville on Thursday night at Paul Giel Field.

Girls soccer

St. Charles 1, Winona 1: The Winhawks drew with the Saints in the regular season finale. 

Grace Quinn scored for Winona, while Mikayla Corcoran made six saves.

Winona hosts Caledonia in the first round of the section playoffs on Tuesday night at Paul Giel Field.