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LOCKED IN — Fairmont/Martin County West wrestler Jordan Wolter (top) locks in a cradle on MAHACA opponent Dalton Rose during 132-pound quarterfinal action at Friday night’s Section 3AA individual competition in Dawson. Wolter went on to pin Rose in 3:39 to reach today’s semifinals. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

11 Red Bulls gain Section 3AA semifinals

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DAWSON — Although there are no points in the Section 3AA individual wrestling tournament, the Class AA, No. 4-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls had 10 wrestlers post pins during Day 1 of the tournament on Friday. With the wins, the Red Bulls will wrestle in the semifinals of ...

PUTBACK BASKET — Fairmont power forward Taylor Crissinger converts an offensive rebound into a putback basket around Tri-City United defenders Maggie Trnka (20), Keeley Oak (third from left), Caitlin Jindra (13) and Mattie Hellerud (far left) during non-league action Friday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

TCU ‘flexes’ to defeat Fairmont hoopsters

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FAIRMONT — Undersized Tri-City United did not flex its collective muscle, but the visiting Titans’ flex offense packed a lethal scoring punch against the Fairmont Cardinals on Friday night. The quick-handed and fleet-footed backcourt tandem of 5-foot-5 Gabby Robinson and 5-4 Keeley Oak ...

Four B.E. Area grapplers qualify for Section 2A finals

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BLUE EARTH — The Section 2A wrestling representatives added an extra round to Friday’s individual competition due to a forecast for 10 inches of snow today, but it didn’t slow down the host Blue Earth Area Buc grapplers. Hometown canvas heroes Max Ehrich (126), Joe Schavey (132), Zach ...

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Segar to vie at state meet MINNEAPOLIS — Martin County Area Magic freshman Sabrina Segar will compete in the floor exercise portion of today’s 11 a.m. Class A individual state meet at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion. Segar and her fellow Section 3 floor qualifiers will ...

STAMPEDING TO STATE — Members of the Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls wrestling team squaring off against South St. Paul at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul include, front row (l-r): Blake Jagodzinske, Lucas Jagodzinske, Jaxson Rohman, Payton Anderson, Connor Simmonds and Jordan Wolter. Middle: Joseph Forsberg, Michael Johnson, Miles Fitzgerald, Cale Steuber, Zac Ringnell, Mario Maldonado and James Joyner. Back row: Parker Anderson, assistant coach Dusty Faber, head coach Adam Williamson, Jacob Rahn, Conner Tordsen, assistant coach Mike Steuber, Tristan Lange, assistant coach Tucker Schumann, Collin Steuber, assistant Payten Crosby, Nathan Simmonds, assistant coach Darrin Allen and Everardo Hernandez. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Red Bulls open state team meet vs. South St. Paul next week

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ST. PAUL — Never has a loss been more motivating than the Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls’ 34-25 Section 3AA team wrestling finals defeat against Worthington last season. From that point forward, the Red Bulls made it their team goal to get back to the section championship and get ...

ABOVE THE CROWD — Fairmont center Derek Missling towers over St. James Area defender Derrick Halvorson (4) to score an easy basket during Big South action Thursday night in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Brady Allen (5) watches. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinals board by St. James hoopsters

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FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s boys basketball lineup did not show any signs of rustiness from a nine-day layoff during the Cardinals’ return to the hardwood court on Thursday night. Fairmont 6-foot-7 center Derek Missling literally towered over St. James Area defenders en route to amassing ...

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Section 2A wrestling slate revised BLUE EARTH — The Section 2A individual wrestling tournament’s schedule has been revised for today and Saturday due to the forecast for heavy snowfall in the area. First-round sectional matches start at 4:30 p.m. today — one hour earlier than ...

LOSING A SHOE — Western Christian power forward Jessi DeJager (center) loses a shoe while being surrounded by North Union’s Hope Steinberger (10), Hallie Reese (21) and Chloe Lofstrom during the Iowa Region 1 basketball championship game Wednesday night in Hartley, Iowa. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Reese propels Warriors to Class 2A state hoops tourney

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HARTLEY, Iowa — North Union power forward Hallie Reese banked home the state-qualifying 15-footer heard ‘round northern Iowa on Wednesday night. With less than 2 seconds remaining in regulation and the Region 1 basketball championship game tied at 48-all, Reese dribbled along the right ...

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BEA to host Fairmont in playoff tilt BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area Bucs girls basketball team earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Section 2AA, South Sub-Section playoffs. Blue Earth Area plays host to No. 7-seeded Fairmont in a 7 p.m. sub-section quarterfinal game on Tuesday night in ...

UP & AROUND — Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain’s James Schrunk glides around and over St. James defender Lee Hillesheim during nonconference basketball action Tuesday night in Truman. The Jaguars’ Derek Shoen (left), along with the Saints’ Derrick Halvorson (4) and Parker Jones (22), watch the drive to the basket. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Saints hoopsters declaw Jaguars by 20

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TRUMAN — Point to any spot around the 3-point arc and there’s a good chance the St. James Saints can make it. The Saints went 14-for-29 from 3-point range to defeat the Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain Jaguars, 76-56, during non-conference boys basketball action on Tuesday ...

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B.E. Area girls cagers upend NRHEG

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NEW RICHLAND — The Blue Earth Area Bucs girls basketball lineup is peaking at the right time of the season. Blue Earth Area’s trademark defense limited the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers to only seven first-half points to help pace a key 46-36 nonconference victory on ...

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Willmar boys hockey eliminates Fairmont Area in 3A game

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WILLMAR — Jonathan Broman and Ian Carruthers each produced one goal and two assists to steer the No. 8-seeded Willmar Cardinals to a 7-2 opening-round victory over the No. 9-seeded Fairmont Cardinals during Section 3A hockey action Tuesday night at the Willmar Civic Center. Willmar (2-23-1) ...

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Iowa Region 1 hoops reslated ARMSTRONG — The Iowa Class 2A, Region 1 girls basketball championship game between the No. 10-ranked North Union Warriors and the No. 4-rated Western Christian Wolfpack was postponed Monday due to inclement weather. The Warriors and Wolfpack will tip off the ...

NEW SURROUNDINGS — Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi delivers a pitch against Cincinnati in this June 19, 2017, photo. The Minnesota Twins acquired Odorizzi via a trade with the Rays on Saturday night. (Photo by Associated Press)

Odorizzi welcomes trade to Twins

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jake Odorizzi joined the Minnesota Twins just in time for their first full-squad workout of spring training. He had a sense he’d land with them, actually, and it was a good feeling. Leaving behind the Tampa Bay Rays teammates he’d become close friends with wasn’t ...

WINNING AT 160 — Fairmont/Martin County West’s Parker Anderson (top) pins Redwood-River Valley opponent Eric Bommersbach during 160-pound wrestling action in a Section 3AA team semifinal meet on Saturday in Marshall. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Red Bulls stampede to state team wrestling bid

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MARSHALL — Occasionally throughout Saturday’s Section 3AA wrestling semifinal, members of the No. 6-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls would look back at the scoreboard to see how the Marshall Tigers and the Worthington Trojans were doing. The Red Bulls coasted to a 54-18 win ...

NO ESCAPE — Blue Earth Area’s Max Ehrich (top) controls Kenyon-Wanamingo opponent Alec Johnson’s hands while trying to turn him during 126-pound action in the Section 2A team championship meet on Saturday in Le Sueur. Ehrich went on to produce a 10-5 win over Johnson. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

B.E. Area wrestlers net 2nd to K-W at Section 2A Meet

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LE SUEUR — Unranked in the Class A state poll and only the No. 3 seed in the Section 2 Team Meet, the Blue Earth Area Bucs beat the odds to earn a spot in the sectional dual-meet championship on Saturday. Unfortunately for Blue Earth Area, the No. 11-ranked and top-seeded Kenyon-Wanamingo ...

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MCA’s Segar gains state; Magic 4th at sectional

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LUVERNE — Martin County Area freshman gymnast Sabrina Segar earned a Class A state bid on the floor exercise during Saturday’s Section 3 Meet in Luverne. Segar garnered a fourth-place mark of 9.3 on the judges’ scorecards to merit a trip to the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion, ...

Jaguars, Mavericks victorious at Valley Showcase

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MANKATO — The Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain Jaguars overcame a first-half deficit to beat the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights, 71-52, during the boys basketball Valley Showcase on Saturday at Mankato Loyola High School. Down 22-20, the Jaguars ended the first half ...

LEGACY — Ella Swanson, 5, stands underneath her mother Shannon’s picture while attending the University of Minnesota women basketball team’s Alumni Day game on Jan. 31. Former Blue Earth Area Buc and Minnesota Gopher guard Shannon Swanson was given the Breaking Barriers Award during the 32nd annual Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Day Ceremony on Feb. 7 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. (Photo courtesy of the Swanson family)

University of MN honors Swanson

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BLUE EARTH — In her 5 years of life, Ella Swanson has been to a Minnesota Lynx playoff game and a Minnesota Gophers women’s basketball game. The older she and her 11-month-old sister Lindsey get, the more they’ll understand the endless opportunities they have — in sports and in life ...

FINAL SECONDS — North Union basketball players, from left, Brooklyn Prochniak, May Laverty, Rory McClellan, Hope Steinberger, Kate Anderson, Breanna Anderson, Chloe Lofstrom, Hallie Reese and Samantha Hagedorn leap for joy during the final seconds of their 63-45 Iowa Class 2A, Region 1 semifinal victory over Okoboji on Friday night in Estherville, Iowa. (Photo by Greg Abel)

No. 10 Warriors gain Region 1 hoops final

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ESTHERVILLE, Iowa — Senior center Hallie Reese and sophomore power forward Chloe Lofstrom packed a lethal 1-2 interior punch to earn the Iowa Class 2A, No. 10-ranked North Union Warriors a spot in Monday night’s Region 1 basketball championship game. Reese delivered game-highs of 17 ...