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MAKING HISTORY — Members of the North Union Warriors boys golf team qualifying for the program’s first-ever Iowa Class 1A state tournament Friday and Saturday at American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown, Iowa, include, from left: Brady Anderson, Hayden Nicoson, Nathan Eaton, Parker Oleson, Marvin Rezac, Preston Brandenburg and head coach Ken Sabin. (Photo courtesy of Rhonda Oleson)

North Union golfers set to tee off at state

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MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — When asked what his goals were for the upcoming Iowa Class 1A state golf tournament, North Union senior Parker Oleson did not hesitate with his reply. “Shoot for the top five from a team perspective, and do better individually than last year’s state meet,” Oleson ...

HEADED HOME — Martin County West runner Madison Klima sprints toward the plate as the throw from the Windom outfield approaches the infield during second-round Section 3AA softball playoff action on Wednesday at Fox Lake Sports Complex in Welcome. The Mavericks’ Eivey Kuehl holds at second base. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Mavericks trample Eagles in 3AA softball clash

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WELCOME — The energy was high in the Martin County West Maverick softball team’s dugout on Wednesday, and it seemed to be just what the home team needed. The No. 2-seeded Mavericks returned to Fox Lake Sports Complex and shut out the No. 3-seeded Windom Eagles 12-0 in five innings during ...

FIRING STRIKES — Fairmont starting pitcher Jordan Ehlert winds and fires a delivery during opening-round Section 2AA softball playoff action against Blue Earth Area on Tuesday at Cardinal Park in Fairmont. Ehlert went on to throw a one-hit shutout, while teammate Mallory Gochanour (background) collected four hits and scored four runs to pace the Cardinals’ 10-0, six-inning victory. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont ousts B.E. Area in Section 2AA tilt

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FAIRMONT — Ironically, Courtney Williams’ walk-off home run proved to be a sprint around the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Williams hammered a two-run, inside-the-park homer to propel the Fairmont Cardinals to a 10-0, six-inning Section 2AA first-round softball ...

STEALING SECOND — Martin County West runner Karlee Thiesse slides safely into second with a stolen base as the throw to Redwood Valley shortstop A.J. Guggisberg (left) sails high during first-round Section 3AA softball playoff action Tuesday at Fox Lake Sports Complex in Welcome. Redwood Valley second baseman Amanda Johnson backs up the play. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Mavericks dampen sectional foe

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WELCOME — The Martin County West Mavericks were used to playing only one game a day during the playoffs when they were in Section 2A. When the team moved to Section 3AA, as the higher seed, teams play twice in one day if they win their first game. The Mavericks got a blast from the past, ...

Alden-Conger golfers sweep Valley Conference Meet

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SHERBURN — Jude Frelich, Jared Henry and Joe Fenske earned all-Valley Conference honors to help the Madelia Blackhawks girls and boys golf teams to third-place finishes during the Valley Conference Meet on Tuesday at Fox Lake Golf Course. Truman/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Martin Luther ...

Luverne baseball rolls by Fairmont

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LUVERNE — Starting pitcher Ben Serie worked five solid innings, while Mark Sterrett went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored to steer Luverne to a 7-1 Big South Conference baseball victory over Fairmont on Tuesday night in Luverne. Serie allowed one run on two hits, struck out four ...

SERVING IT UP — Fairmont’s Connor Madsen (left) delivers his serve as first doubles partner Carter Klanderud anticipates a possible return during Section 1A Team Meet quarterfinal tennis action on Monday at the Cardinal Courts in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cotter edges FHS in 1A tennis tilt

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FAIRMONT — With rainfall predicted for early Monday evening, the Section 1A Team quarterfinal between No. 4-seeded Fairmont and No. 5-seeded Winona Cotter was moved from 4:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. No problem for the Ramblers, though, who left Fairmont before any sign of rain with a 4-3 tennis win. ...

Marshall girls, Worthington boys capture BSC golf crown

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WORTHINGTON — Ironically, the Big South Conference overall points champions and runners-up coincided with Monday’s league tournament finishers at the Worthington Country Club. Marshall fended off St. Peter, 344-383, to capture the girls tournament crown on Monday, while the Tigers also ...

B.E. Area baseball outslugs JWP, 9-7

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BLUE EARTH — Zac Schonrock went 3-for-4, including a two-run home run, to produce a game-best four RBIs in guiding the Blue Earth Area Bucs to a 9-7 non-league baseball victory over the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Bulldogs on Monday in Blue Earth. Schonrock also pitched the final 1 1/3 ...

St. James halts Jaguars’ 14-game winning streak

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TRUMAN — Kobe Mohwinkel scored the game-winning run in the eighth inning as the St. James Saints beat the Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman Jaguars, 3-2, to stop their win streak at 14 games, during non-league baseball action on Monday. Mohwinkel scored on Max Svalland’s RBI ...

TEAM EFFORT — Blue Earth Area’s Nicole Lium, shown clearing the bar in the high jump at the Sentinel Relays, netted fourth place in the high jump and tied teammate Melissa Hagedorn for first-place honors in the pole vault during Saturday’s Class A True Team State Meet in Stillwater. The Buc girls team went on to place ninth. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Blue Earth Area 7th, 9th at True Team track meet

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STILLWATER — Osakis squeezed past Luverne by 1 1/2 points to capture the girls championship, while Holdingford outdistanced the boys field by 87 points during the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association’s Class A True Team state track & field meet on Saturday in ...

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North Union’s Bauer defends state mile crown

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DES MOINES, Iowa — North Union long-distance phenom Riley Bauer saved his best performance for last during the third and final day of the Iowa Class 1A state track & field meet in Des Moines. Bauer shattered the Iowa Class 1A boys 1,600-meter run record by breaking the tape in 4:18.43 ...

Martins deal loss to Bulls

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FAIRMONT — Right-hander Matt Lytle pitched seven solid innings, while Adam Schmidt homered to guide the Fairmont Martins to a 7-4 amateur baseball victory over the Jackson Bulls on Sunday. Lytle allowed four runs on six hits and struck out three in seven innings of work to earn the ...

FIELD CHAMPION — Fairmont’s Levi Bulfer clears the bar to capture first-place honors in the pole vault competition at Friday’s track & field triangular at Bob Bonk Track in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont tracksters sweep home triad

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FAIRMONT — Alli Lardy breaking Fairmont’s shot put record is almost becoming as certain as death and taxes. The junior thrower posted a new school record of 41 feet, 7 inches in the Cardinal girls track & field team’s 175 1/2-point win on Friday at Bob Bonk Track. New Ulm was second ...

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Warriors’ medley relay garners 2nd at state meet

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DES MOINES, Iowa — North Union junior Riley Bauer garnered another silver medal during Day 2 of the Iowa Class 1A state track & field competition at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. After earning a runner-up showing in the 3,200-meter run on Thursday, Bauer ran the anchor leg on the ...

No. 8 Jaguars baseball collars Greyhounds

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NEW ULM — Derek Shoen delivered the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run with an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning to help propel the Class 1A, No. 8-ranked Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman Jaguars to a 5-3 non-league baseball victory over the New Ulm Cathedral ...

Senf, DeWar fuel FHS golfers’ wins

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ST. JAMES — Tanner DeWar and Bergen Senf both shot 44s to capture individual medalist honors as the Fairmont Cardinals boys and girls golf teams competed against St. James’ incomplete team on Friday. DeWar’s 44 helped the Cardinals boys team to a total of 183. Bryan Grotte and Tom ...

Spring soccer rolls

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FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Soccer Association spring league continued action with the following results. U14 Girls Division Saxton Family Partnership of Fairmont 9, New Ulm 0 — Brooklyn Meyer produced a hat trick and Sami Lenort tallied two goals and one assist to help power Fairmont to a ...

Waseca tennis eliminates BEA

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WASECA — The No. 8-seeded Waseca Bluejays made a clean sweep of the singles and doubles brackets to shut out the No. 9-seeded Blue Earth Area Bucs, 7-0, during Section 1A Team Meet play-in boys tennis action Thursday in Waseca. Waseca (4-14) advances to face Class A, No. 2-ranked and ...

STATE-BOUND BUCS — Members of the Blue Earth Area Bucs girls track & field team competing in today’s 10 a.m. Class A True Team state meet at Stillwater High School include, front row (l-r): Mariah Halvorson, Kenya Whitlow, Skylee Bell and Brittany Johnson. Middle row: Marianna Rincon, Lauren Schavey, Gabby Haaland, Tea Armstrong, Melissa Hagedorn, Emma Germain, Callie Stevermer and Nicole Lium. Back row: Elizabeth Jacobson, Amanda Jacobson, Izzy Walker, Alissa Norman, Sofie Blair, Lindsey Norman, Kaitlin Johnson, Sidney Blair, Hannah Johnson, Kiera Osmundson and Hayley Jahnke. (Photo courtesy of Tom Plocker)

BEA doubles True Team state bids

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BLUE EARTH — Uncertainty and nervousness surrounded both the Blue Earth Area Bucs girls and boys track & field teams last Thursday at the Section 2A True Team Meet in Wells, but for different reasons. The Blue Earth Area boys roster’s nerves were rooted in the uncertainty of the final ...