Peyton Suess, a Kasson-Mantoville grad, is just a freshman but she is already making a big impact with the Division I Wake Forest volleyball team.
The 6-foot-1 Suess has been a starter for the Demon Deacons since the beginning of the season. She is leading the team with 74 kills, one more than the No. 2 player on the team, and is averaging 3.36 kills per set. She also leads the team with eight ace serves and is second on the team in both blocks (17) and digs (62).
Suess' strong start to her college career has helped Wake Forest get off to a perfect 6-0 start in non-conference play. The Demon Deacons, who play in the Atlantic Coast Conference, have dropped just one set so far this season and have won six of their matches 3-0.
Suess earned five letters in volleyball during her career at Kasson-Mantorville. She holds the school record for most career kills and blocks and is the single-season kills leader. She was named All-State three times and All-Conference in the Hiawatha Valley League five times. As a senior she was also a Miss Volleyball Finalist in Minnesota.
Rochester's Marcus Sherels is not currently on an NFL roster, but he has had a couple of tryouts recently.
The John Marshall grad spent nine years with the Minnesota Vikings from 2010-18 and holds most of the team's major records for punt returns. He signed with the New Orleans Saints in the offseason but suffered a hamstring injury during training camp and left the Saints with an injury settlement.
Sherels has recovered from the injury, but did not sign after having tryouts with Buffalo and Detroit. He is currently living in his home in the Twin Cities and contemplating whether to continue to try and earn a shot with another NFL team or not. He will turn 32 on Sept. 30.
Five area players are members of the Luther College football team.
Rochester's Jonathon Gangl and Zach Olson are members of the team along with Chatfield's Lincoln Salisbury and Ben Brogan and Lake City's Josh Matanich.
Gangl, a Lourdes grad, is a junior who is starting on the offensive line for the second straight season. Olson, a Century grad, is a sophomore linebacker.
Salisbury (linebacker), Matanich (defensive lineman) and Brogan (wide receiver) are all freshmen. Matanich has appeared in one of the team's two games and has one tackle.
Luther is off to an 0-2 start.
Kenyon-Wanamingo grads Kairlyn Vold and Kasandra Keller and Grace Hall of Cannon Falls are members of the Luther College volleyball team. Hall is a sophomore outside hitter while Keller and and Vold are both freshman defensive specialists. All three are reserves.
Keller has appeared in five of the team's 10 matches and has three digs. Vold and Hall have both appeared in one match and have no key stats.
Rochester Community and Technical College football coach Derrick Hintz would like to see as many area football players as possible attend Yellowjackets games the rest of the season. Hintz said that all area football players who wear their jerseys will be admitted to games free of charge.
"We're going to let them know about it and hopefully they will come to our games," Hintz said.
The Yellowjackets have won three straight games and are 3-1 heading into play this week. The Yellowjackets host rival Central Lakes at 7 p.m. Saturday in RCTC's homecoming game. RCTC also has home games on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. against Fond du Lac and on Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m. against Itasca.
Guy N. Limbeck is a sports writer for the Post Bulletin. His Local Notebook appears each Tuesday. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org