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ALL-AREA MATCH-UP — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Hanna Geistfeld (right) maneuvers around Blue Earth Area defender Caitlin Rorman during regular-season basketball action in Blue Earth. Geistfeld has been selected as the 2017 Sentinel All-Area girls basketball player of the year, while Rorman also earned a spot on the elite team. (Photo courtesy of Susan Petrowiak)

Geistfeld tabbed All-Area’s best

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“People around the game of (southern Minnesota) high school basketball know about her ability to score and rebound, but a lot of them don’t realize how well she passes the ball,” Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther assistant coach Leslie Wokasch said in reference to 6-foot ...

Cardinals take 17 events in indoor meet

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MANKATO — The Fairmont Cardinals boys and girls track & field teams combined to win 17 events during an indoor meet showcase on Friday at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Cardinals girls team won the medley, 4x200- and 4x400-meter relays. Molly Hawkins, Andrea Thate, Mikayla ...

ELEVATED PLAY — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther guard Hannah Johanson (left) elevates to fire a shot over Southwest Minnesota Christian center Hannah Nerem (35) during Saturday’s Class A state consolation basketball championship game at the Gangelhoff Center on the Concordia University campus in St. Paul. Johanson finished with a career-best 25 points. (Photo courtesy of Susan Petrowiak)

Eagles edge Jaguars for 5th place at state

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ST. PAUL — For a second consecutive day in the Class A girls basketball state consolation bracket, a team pulled off a comeback win with a 40-plus-point second half. On Saturday, it was Southwest Minnesota Christian. The Eagles scored 46 second-half points to beat the Granada-Huntley-East ...

Subbert, Bulfer win Fairmont pentathlon

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FAIRMONT — One repeat champion, one new champ and two record-setters highlighted the Fairmont Cardinals track & field teams’ pentathlon on Friday. Lizzy Subbert produced a winning high jump mark of 4 feet, 8 inches and broke the tape first in the 40-yard hurdles in 6.5 seconds to pace ...

NO. 5 — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther head coach Rick Uttech (second from right) carefully watches a drill in Granada during Tuesday’s preparation for this week’s Class A state basketball tournament in the Twin Cities. Jaguar players Rachel Stauter (left), Hanna Geistfeld (middle) and Hannah Johanson execute the drills. Uttech, who guided his fifth team to state during his Hall of Fame coaching career, and the Jaguars will play for fifth place at 9 a.m. today against Southwest Minnesota Christian at Concordia University in St. Paul. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Uttech adapts, keeps on winning

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GRANADA — As recent graduates of Concordia College in Moorhead, Rick and Jody Uttech had plans of living somewhere between their hometowns of Wasau, Wis., and New Richland, respectively. “Well, that didn’t work out,” Rick Uttech said. Instead, the couple moved to East Chain, where ...

CRASH COURSE — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther guard Alexis Brummond (22) and Red Lake guard Danielle Seki collide while battling for a rebound during Class A state consolation semifinal basketball action Friday at Gangelhoff Center on the Concordia University campus in St. Paul. The Jaguars’ Renae Wallace (left) and the Warriors’ Sam Roy (1) watch the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Jags’ comeback trips up Red Lake at state

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ST. PAUL — The Class A girls basketball consolation semifinal between the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars and the Red Lake Warriors was a tale of two halves. The Jaguars bounced back from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat the Warriors, 69-63, on Friday at ...

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Summer baseball sign-up Monday FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Baseball Association will hold its annual summer baseball program’s registration night from 6-7 p.m. Monday night in Fairmont High School’s media center. All players, currently in grades 4-12 interested in playing summer baseball, ...

REJECTION — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther’s Kenlie Pytleski rejects a shot by Goodhue’s Sydney Lodermeier (25) during a Class A state quarterfinal basketball game on Thursday at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. The Jaguars’ Hanna Geistfeld (left) and Alexis Brummond (22) watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Goodhue hoopsters down Jaguars in state quarters

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MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 2-seeded Goodhue Wildcats girls basketball team took the first step toward its second consecutive state title. The 2016 champion Wildcats began the quest with a 68-55 victory over the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars during the Class A state ...

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Bocock, Grotte named to team FAIRMONT — Fairmont Area trap shooters Jacob Bocock and Colby Grotte were named to Minnesota Trapshooting Association’s Sub-Junior first team on Jan. 12. The two were among 56 shooters chosen to represent the state in six team categories, which include men, ...

OFF TO MARIUCCI ARENA — Members of the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars basketball team tipping off the Class A state quarterfinals against Goodhue at 3 p.m. Thursday at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis include, front row (l-r): Chloe Hartman, Jayme Balcom, Sierra Geistfeld, Makayla Hall, Abby Calkins, Marissa Steinhaus, Maddie Johnson and Lydia Steinhaus. Back row: Assistant coach Leslie Wokasch, assistant coach Brian Petrowiak, manager Kierra Preston, manager Emilee Mosloski, manager Lindsey Miles, Lydia Studer, Emma Becker, Kenlie Pytleski, Hanna Geistfeld, Renae Wallace, Hannah Johanson, Alexis Brummond, Allyson Cegelske, assistant coach Tim Pytleski, Macy Quinn, Rachel Stauter and head coach Rick Uttech. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Jaguars tip off state basketball tourney vs. Goodhue

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GRANADA — The road to the state tournament is never an easy one, and the first-year Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars girls basketball team has recently found that out first hand. With a hard-fought 63-53 Section 2 victory over Cedar Mountain/Comfrey, the Jaguars ...

NEAR THE RIM — Fairmont’s Walker Tordsen (15) and New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva’s Tyler Raimann elevate near the rim to battle for possession of a rebound during Monday night’s Section 2AA, South Sub-Section championship game at Bresnan Arena in Mankato. Fairmont’s Brady Allen (5) and Derek Missling (right), along with NRHEG’s Oakley Baker (21), watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Panthers nips Cardinals for South hoops title

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MANKATO — New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva entered Monday night’s South Sub-Section boys basketball championship game with the fewest points allowed average (43.0) in the entire Section 2AA bracket. The No. 2-seeded Panthers utilized that formula again, lowering their playoff ...

March Madness hits area prep basketball

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GRANADA — Minnesota March Madness. First-round opponent? Tipoff time? Advance tickets? Fan bus? Those are the questions on the minds of area prep fans after the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars qualified for this week’s Class A state girls basketball ...

Minnesota Golden Gophers offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig (79) the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Fort Collins, Colo. Minnesota won 23-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Pirsig prepares for NFL Pro-Day

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BLUE EARTH — Two hundred fifty-three. That’s the number of players to be selected during the seven rounds of this year’s NFL Draft on April 27-29. University of Minnesota Golden Gopher offensive tackle Jonah Pirsig hopes to be one of those choices when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ...

MIDCOURT SCRAMBLE — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther’s Kenlie Pytleski (second from left) and Cedar Mountain/Comfrey’s Paige Richert battle for control of the basketball near midcourt during the Section 2A championship game on Friday night at Bresnan Arena on the Minnesota State University campus in Mankato. The Jaguars’ Alexis Brummond (22), Hanna Geistfeld (second from right) and Macy Quinn (1), along with the Cougars’ Jordan Kevelin, watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Jaguar hoopsters win section, gain state

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MANKATO — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman Jaguars girls basketball team made it to the Section 2A championship a year ago. This season, the Jaguars — GHEC and Truman paired with Martin Luther — battled with the North Sub-Section champion Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Cougars and came out ...

FINDING A GAP — Fairmont guard Nate Kallenbach (white jersey) splits Waterville-Elysian-Morristown defenders Dallas McBroom (14) and Zac Olson (34) to get a shot off during Section 2AA, South Sub-Section semifinal basketball action Thursday night at Mankato East High School. The Bucs’ Thomas Hiller (left) and Bradley Edel (42) watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont stuns WEM in South semifinal hoops

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MANKATO — The Fairmont Cardinals boys basketball team has embraced the underdog role, and it’s worked out well for them. The No. 4-seeded Cardinals had four double-digit scorers in their 81-65 upset win over the No. 1-seeded Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Bucs during the Section 2AA, South ...

LONG-DISTANCE LAUNCH — Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain’s Dylan Martin (30) launches a 3-pointer over Springfield defender Branden Flock during Section 2A, South Sub-Section semifinal basketball action Thursday night in Lake Crystal. (Photo courtesy of Susan Petrowiak)

Tigers declaw Jaguars in South semifinal

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LAKE CRYSTAL — Springfield’s backcourt tandem of sophomore Isaac Fink and junior Tanner Vogel seem to be in perfect synchronization during the No. 1-seeded Tigers’ first two games in the Section 2A basketball playoffs. Fink and Vogel erupted for a combined 47 points, a dozen assists, ...

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Area wrestlers named all-BSC FAIRMONT — Six wrestlers from both Blue Earth Area Bucs and Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls teams earned Big South All-Conference team honors. Red Bulls grapplers Jaxson Rohman, Payton Anderson and Collin Steuber, all of whom finished second at the Class A ...

BOARDWORK — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther’s Renae Wallace (5) battles Springfield’s Shylyn Lothert (23) for a long carom during the Section 2A, South Sub-Section basketball championship game Tuesday night at the Lund Arena in St. Peter. Springfield’s Vishe Rabb (21) watches the action. (Photo courtesy of Susan Petrowiak)

Jaguars earn spot in 2A hoops finals

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ST. PETER — One year to the day in the same place, the No. 3-seeded Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars earned their second consecutive Section 2A, South Sub-Section title via a 57-48 victory over the No. 4-seeded Springfield Tigers on Tuesday night at Gustavus Adolphus ...

HEIGHTENED DEFENSE — Blue Earth Area’s Samantha Barslou (2) gives a ball-fake to New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva’s Maddie Wagner (1) during first-half basketball action in Tuesday night’s Section 2AA, South Sub-Section championship game at the Taylor Center on the Minnesota State University campus in Mankato. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Panthers eliminate Bucs from 2AA hoops playoffs

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MANKATO — New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva utilized balanced point production on offense with an effective 1-3-1 defensive scheme to advance to the Section 2AA basketball championship game. The senior backcourt twin tandem of Marnie and Maddie Wagner combined for 27 points, 15 ...

REJECTION — Fairmont Cardinal center Walker Tordsen (left) rejects a shot by St. James’ Lucas Fredin during Section 2AA, South Sub-Section basketball quarterfinal action Monday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Tyler Johnson tries to assist on the defensive effort. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont hoopsters stop St. James in 2AA playoffs

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FAIRMONT — When the Fairmont Cardinals struggled shooting from outside, the solution was simple: go inside. The No. 4-seeded Cardinals pounded the paint, allowing senior center Walker Tordsen a career-high 30 points in the team’s 62-51 win over the No. 5-seeded St. James Saints during ...