SNATCHED — Fairmont linebacker Collin Steuber (50) snatches a pass intended for Tri-City United running back Marty Kalina (12) out of the air for a fourth-quarter interception during South Central Red District football action on Friday night in Montgomery. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinals hold off Titans, 29-27

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MONTGOMERY — A first-half defensive standoff between South Central District Red football rivals Fairmont and Tri-City United morphed into a second-half offensive shootout on Friday night in Montgomery. Quarterback Nate Kallenbach connected for two touchdown tosses, scampered for two more ...

FOLLOWING THE BLOCK — Blue Earth Area’s Zach Buseman looks to run as teammate Trevor Oppedal (63) blocks Martin County West’s Logan Ebeling (right) during South Central White District football play on Friday night in Sherburn. The Bucs won, 21-0. (Photo courtesy of Matt Izen)

Bucs spoil Mavericks’ Homecoming

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SHERBURN — The Martin County West Mavericks’ 30th Homecoming football game didn’t go exactly as planned. The Mavericks were held scoreless as the defensively-minded Blue Earth Area Bucs shut out the home team, 21-0, during South Central White district play on Friday night. “We always ...

ON A ROLL — The Blue Earth Area Bucs girls tennis team, front row, from left, Tea Armstrong, Britt Howard, Carissa Engesser, Arika Howard and Sydney Blagg, and back, from left, McKenna Dutton, Cali Beyer, Julia Hanson, Macie Stevermer and Malarie Scholtes, compiled a 13-2 record on the strength of a nine-meet win streak this season. The Bucs play Luverne in the Big South Conference championship on Tuesday. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

BEA netters earn spot in BSC finale

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BLUE EARTH — “Trust the process” was a phrased that evolved as the Philadelphia 76ers’ rallying cry in response to former general manager Sam Hinkie’s team introduction speech about patience and process in 2013. A year later, 76ers big man Joel Embiid made the phrase even more ...

LATERAL SHOT — Blue Earth Area fourth singles netter Tea Armstrong tracks down a sideline shot during a Big South Conference dual tennis meet against New Ulm on Thursday at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

B.E. Area earns 9th consecutive tennis win

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BLUE EARTH — The wins keep adding up for the Blue Earth Area Bucs girls tennis team. The Bucs closed out the regular season on a nine-meet winning streak with a 6-1 Big South Conference victory against the New Ulm Eagles on Thursday at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth. “It feels pretty ...

FOREHAND TAP — Fairmont Cardinals second singles player Briana Joseph connects on a forehand return during a Big South Conference dual tennis meet against the St. Peter Saints on Thursday at the Cardinal Courts in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

St. Peter tennis serves 6-1 loss to FHS

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FAIRMONT — First singles netter Josie Carlson and the No. 1 doubles tandem of Liliana Elofson and Alex Gault continued St. Peter’s rich family tradition of prep tennis success at the Cardinal Courts on Thursday. Carlson produced the visiting Saints’ first team point, while Elofson and ...

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St. James volleyball outduels Fairmont; BEA nets 3-1 win

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ST. JAMES — The St. James Area Saints bested the Fairmont Cardinals in five games during a Big South Conference volleyball match on Thursday night in St. James. The Saints recorded respective game scores of 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-25, 15-11 for the triumph. Courtney Williams generated 14 ...


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SMC soccer zips Fairmont Area EDGERTON — The Southwest Minnesota Christian Eagles shut out the Fairmont Area Cardinals, 2-0, during Thursday night boys soccer action. The Eagles split up their scoring between the two halves. Cardinal netkeeper Malachi Anderson made 11 saves, while the ...

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FHS hits road to TCU for district, section tilt

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FAIRMONT — Doubling down during Week 4 of the Minnesota prep football campaign. When Fairmont makes the 88-mile trip to Montgomery on Friday to play Tri-City United, the visiting Cardinals (2-1) and hometown Titans (1-2) will battle for both QRF playoff points and a higher spot in the South ...

SMASHING SUCCESS — Fairmont’s Holly Petrowiak (left) hammers a smash near the net during a nonconference dual tennis meet against River Valley on Tuesday at the Cardinal Courts in Fairmont. Cardinals’ No. 3 doubles partner Lauren Davis (back right) watches the action. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Wildcats scratch Cardinals tennis, 4-3

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FAIRMONT — With No. 1 singles player Sydney Hainy absent from Fairmont’s tennis lineup due to illness on Tuesday, the Cardinals’ youth movement climbed the bracket’s ladder. Eighth-grader Maggy Totzke and freshman Lauren Green reeled off the nonconference dual meet’s first two team ...

TOWERING POWER — Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman’s Michaelah Petrowiak (25) hammers the volleyball over Madelia’s Alayna DeLaCruz (10) during Valley Conference action Tuesday night in Granada. The Jaguars’ Lydia Studer (17) watches the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Blackhawks cage Jaguars in Valley volleyball clash

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GRANADA — A hard-fought three points in Game 4 made the world of difference for the Madelia Blackhawks volleyball team. With game point in favor of the Martin Luther/ Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman Jaguars, the Blackhawks engineered the 3-0 run to win the game and ultimately the match, ...

Cardinals soccer steamrolls Trojans, 8-0

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WORTHINGTON — Senior striker Brooke Hunwardsen set the early offensive tone for the Fairmont Area soccer team on Tuesday night, and the visiting Cardinals never looked back. Hunwardsen produced a natural hat trick to open the Big South Conference clash as Fairmont Area coasted to an 8-0 ...

TO THE END — Fairmont runner Nathan Willett (left) and Albert Lea’s Aaron Bauers race to the finish line during the boys race at the Cardinal Invite on Monday at Cedar Creek Park in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont places 1st, 3rd at own invite

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FAIRMONT — Laura Thompson trodded the muddy course and broke 20 minutes to lead the Class A, No. 1-ranked Fairmont Cardinals girls cross country team to win the Cardinal Invite on Monday at Cedar Creeek Park in Fairmont. “The course was wet and muddy, and that slowed them down a little ...

GIVING CHASE — Fairmont Area’s Darrin Thingstad (left) and Joseph Gerken (right) chase New Ulm striker Wyatt Huard on a sprint down the field during Big South Conference soccer action on Monday night at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

New Ulm soccer blanks Fairmont Area, 3-0

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FAIRMONT — Midfielder Brandon Ocampo put New Ulm’s offense into motion during Monday night’s conference soccer clash in Fairmont, and Eagles’ striker Wyatt Huard put points on the scoreboard. Huard spoiled Fairmont Area netminder Malachi Anderson’s second-half shutout bid by ...

Fairmont JV ties with Waseca

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WASECA — The Fairmont Cardinals junior varsity football team tied with the Waseca Bluejays, 14-14, on Monday night. Garrett Myren ran for an 85-yard touchdown for Fairmont, while Tony Nuss added a 30-yard pass reception from Myren. Myren scored a 4-yard TD in overtime, and threw to Cale ...

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Fairmont Area boys soccer ties Jordan, 1-1

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JORDAN — Fairmont Area striker Tom Havnen delivered a second-half goal to help the Cardinals earn a 1-all tie with the Jordan Hubmen during non-league soccer action Saturday in Jordan. With the Cardinals trailing 1-0, Havnen produced an unassisted score during the final 40-minute segment to ...

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Jaguars volleyball goes 1-3 at round-robin

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MAPLETON — The Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman Jaguars volleyball lineup compiled a 1-3 record during the five-team round-robin Maple River Invitational on Saturday in Mapleton. Maple River defeated the Jaguars in the opener, 25-13, 20-25, 15-12, before the Jaguars bounced ...

Windom Area football topples Martin Co. West

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WINDOM — The Windom Area Eagles generated a 27-12 victory over the Martin County West Mavericks during South Central White District football action Friday night. Running back Thai Risk erupted for a game-best 197 yards to complement two touchdowns on 34 carries to pace the Mavericks’ ...

SANDWICHED — Fairmont safety Brady Allen (13) dives to make the tackle on Waseca slotback Saiveon Williamson (5) as Cardinal cornerback Daniel Reiter (25) tries to battle through Bluejay running back Joe Hagen’s block during South Central Red District football action Friday night at Mahoney Field in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Waseca edges Fairmont in slugfest, 14-9

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FAIRMONT — Linebacker/running back Joe Hagen made a number of pivotal plays for Waseca during Friday night’s district football clash with Fairmont, but none more clutch than his fourth-down knock-away in the end zone with 2:01 remaining in regulation. “That play was huge. The (Fairmont) ...

ELUDING BEARS — North Union quarterback Brendan Anderson (10) evades Bishop Garrigan linebacker Billy Erpelding (front) and sprints away from Golden Bears linebacker John Capesius (left) during Iowa Class A, District 2 football action Friday night in Armstrong. The Warriors’ Logan Nicoson (61) looks on. (Photo by Matt Izen)

Golden Bears down Warriors by 16

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ARMSTRONG — The Iowa Class A, No. 4-ranked Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears may have got off to a slow start, but they struck at all the right times. The Golden Bears accumulated 165 second-half rushing yards to spoil the North Union Warriors’ Homecoming, 22-6, during District 2 football action ...

FINDING SPACE — Fairmont Cardinals quarterback Nate Kallenbach (right) scampers into the open field after getting a block from Fairmont wide receiver Hayden Berhow (3) on Jordan defensive end Marcus Houdek (42) during South Central Red District football action last Friday Night at Ames Field in Jordan. Kallenbach went on to complete 26 of 36 passes for 353 yards and five TDs in Fairmont’s 41-26 win over Jordan. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Kallenbach passes way into Fairmont record book

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FAIRMONT — On Aug. 31, Nate Kallenbach and the Fairmont Cardinals football team walked off of Mahoney Field in Fairmont with a win that didn’t feel like it. Despite beating Blue Earth Area, 13-0, in the season home-opener, the Cardinals weren’t happy with their performance. “The ...