Thursday’s first set was a marathon.
After coming in second in that race, Brodhead then won three sprints to pull out a WIAA Division 2 state spring girls volleyball semifinal match over Royall at Beaver Dam High School.
The final tally was 31-33, 25-16, 25-20, 25-18.
The victory placed Brodhead (12-3) in Saturday’s 1 p.m. state final against unbeaten Washburn at Kaukauna High School.
Brodhead, ranked second by state coaches and seeded first in the state field, got 23 kills and 6½ blocks from Abbie Dix. Alexis Kammerer added 41 assists and Kiarra Moe had 15 digs.
Royall got 22 kills from Marah Gruen, 18 kills and 17 digs from Emma Gruen, and 48 assists from Molly Crneckiy.
Washburn 3, St. Mary’s Springs 2
The unbeaten and second-seeded Castle Guards (17-0) put together a massive comeback, winning the fourth and fifth sets to pull out a 14-25, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21, 16-14 victory over the third-seeded Ledgers (12-2).
Lily Wheeler and Caitlin Wheeler had 15 kills each and Riley Johnson had 45 assists.
Middleton 164, Sheboygan North 166
The Cardinals took a trip to Whistling Straits in Kohler and earned a victory over the Golden Raiders in a non-conference dual meet at the Irish Course. Junior Ellie Frisch shot 40 and sophomore Amanda Beckman and freshman Vivian Cressman shot 41s. Three North players shot 40.
Oregon 195, Monona Grove 224
Alyssa Schmidt shot a 10-over-par 45 at Foxboro Golf Club in Oregon to lead the host Panthers to a decisive victory over the Silver Eagles. Teammate Drew Hoffer was only one stroke behind, shooting an 11-over 46. Alex Hayes shot a 16-over 51 to lead Monona Grove.
DeForest 2, Oregon 0
The Norskies (5-0-1) scored a pair of first-half goals to beat the host Panthers (3-2-1). Sophomores Casey Walton and Keaton Coopman got their goals less than five minutes apart. Junior goalie Philip McCloskey earned a five-save shutout.
Monona Grove 3, Stoughton 0
Muhammed Kambi and Exander Rains both scored as the Silver Eagles took a shutout victory over the Vikings in a battle of Badger South Conference teams. In between, Monona Grove scored on an own goal. Lawson Ruesch assisted on both Kambi and Rains’ goals.
Mount Horeb 2, Milton 0
The Vikings (2-2-1) pulled away from the Red Hawks (2-4-1) with a pair of second-half goals. Junior Peter Cullen scored in the 65th minute, and then senior Sam Severson scored 11 minutes later for Mount Horeb. Junior goalie Seth Aiken saved two shots in the shutout.
Waunakee 5, Beaver Dam 0
The host Warriors (4-1-1) shut out the Golden Beavers (2-3-1), paced by Isaiah Jakel’s two goals. Lane Miller, Calvin Rahn and Drew Lavold also scored for Waunakee.
Fort Atkinson 5, Monroe 2
The Blackhawks scored three second-half goals to pull away against the host Cheesemakers.
Sun Prairie 3, Middleton 1
Jonathan Trilling scored the first goal of the game to give visiting Sun Prairie the momentum they needed to take down Middleton. Riley Stevens and Garrett Franks each contributed a goal for Sun Prairie. Ezra Joseph scored the only goal for Middleton.
Verona 10, Beloit Memorial 0
Alex Klimm and Jonathan Gamez scored three goals each to help the Wildcats shut out the visiting Purple Knights. Brian Vazquez helped Verona with two assists, on goals by Christian Floris-Lopez and Gamez.
Wisconsin Heights 3, Cambridge/Deerfield 2
The visiting Vanguards edged the United as Sam King and Gavin Childs scored in the first half and Caeben Schomber scored on a penalty kick in the second half. Eric Staszak and Ezra Stein both scored for Cambridge/Deerfield in the second half.
Belleville/New Glarus 5, Columbus/Poynette 1
The host Cardinals scored first, but the Sugar River Raiders quickly took charge behind a goal and an assist from Ryan Downing.
Evansville 6, Jefferson 3
Jackson Stencel became the first player in Blue Devils program history to reach 100 career goals, scoring three times to lead his team past the host Eagles.
McFarland 4, Walworth Big Foot 0
Zack Nichols scored twice and Jake Sampson and Bubba Blair each had a goal and an assist to lead the visiting Spartans (4-0, 3-0 Rock Valley Conference) to a shutout victory over the Chiefs.