SLAP SHOT — Fairmont Area’s Tanner DeWar (right) unleashes a slap shot at Windom Area goaltender Peter Ignaszewski during first-round Section 3A hockey playoff action Tuesday night at Windom Ice Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Eagles ground Cardinals at sectional

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WINDOM — The No. 8-seeded Windom Area Eagles and No. 9-seeded Fairmont Area Cardinals split the regular boys hockey season series, with each pocketing a win on the other’s home ice. The Eagles earned one more home opportunity in the opening round of the Section 3A playoffs and used it to ...

SPLITTING DEFENDERS — Fairmont guard Nate Kallenbach (4) drives between Redwood Valley defenders Mitch Irlbeck (left) and Cole Woodford (right) to connect on a runner in the lane during Big South Conference basketball action on Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. Irlbeck went on to score 20 points as Redwood Valley fended off Fairmont, 74-72. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Redwood Valley nips Fairmont in BSC tilt

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FAIRMONT — Fairmont and Redwood Valley played frenetic offensive styles with NBAesque defensive efforts during the pair of Cardinals’ Big South Conference basketball clash on Tuesday night in Fairmont. Point guard Nate Kallenbach produced 12 of his 15 points, including three consecutive ...

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Cutler powers Fairmont cagers by Medford

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MEDFORD — Fairmont center Claire Cutler posted game-bests of 20 points and seven rebounds to power the Cardinals to a 68-50 nonconference basketball victory over the Medford Tigers on Tuesday night in Medford. Taylor Crissinger delivered 11 points, distributed a game-high eight assists, ...

TOP GUN — Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain center Zayne Engel elevates to fire a jumper over Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Alex Woitas (3) during basketball action Monday night in Northrop. Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Brandon Wait (right) boxes out on the play. Engel went on to score a game-high 31 points. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Jaguars outgun Knights cagers, 85-80

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NORTHROP — Ironically, Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain head coach Brian Borkenhagen slightly underestimated his Jaguar basketball lineup’s point-producing potential on Monday night. Post player Zayne Engel poured in a game-best 31 points and small forward Derek Shoen ...


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Squirt A-team tallies win, tie FAIRMONT — The TPI Hospitality Squirt ‘A’ hockey team posted a victory and a tie during weekend ice action. Brock Lutterman erupted for a game-high four goals to power Fairmont to a 7-3 triumph over Waseca on Saturday. Connor Gronewald notched two ...

MAKING HISTORY — Members of the Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls wrestling team capturing second place at the Section 3AA team meet in Wabasso on Saturday include, front row (l-r): Jordan Wolter, Mario Maldonado, Payton Anderson and Collin Steuber. Middle: Cale Steuber, James Joyner, Lucas Jagodzinske, Parker Anderson, Jaxson Rohman, Connor Simmonds, Zac Ringnell, Nathan Simmonds and Katie Lange. Back row: Assistant coach Mike Steuber, assistant coach Dusty Faber, assistant coach Peyton Crosby, Conner Tordsen, Theo Krumholz, Miles Fitzgerald, Tristan Lange, Jacob Rahn, assistant coach Nick Klunder, assistant coach Tucker Schumann and head coach Adam Williamson. The 2016-17 Red Bulls became the first team in the program’s history to reach the sectional championship dual meet. (Photo courtesy of Adam Williamson)

Red Bulls earn historic 2nd at section wrestling meet

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WABASSO — Fairmont/Martin County West head coach Adam Williamson and the Red Bulls rewrote the co-op wrestling program’s history book on Saturday. The Red Bulls, who netted the No. 3 seed in the South Division of the Section 3AA Team Meet, literally turned life on the Wabasso canvas ...

RECORD-SETTER — Martin County Area senior gymnast Bryanna Peterson executes a giant on the high bar during her uneven parallel bars routine at Saturday’s Section 3A Meet in Windom. Peterson went on to generate a school-record all-around total of 38.425 points to sweep the sectional competition in earning five individual state bids. The Hendricks/Russell-Tyler-Ruthton team looks on. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Peterson fuels MCA’s 3rd-place finish at section

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WINDOM — The final margin of victory in the team portion of the Section 3A gymnastics meet proved a miniscule seventy-five hundredths of a point on Saturday. The Class A, No. 7-ranked Worthington Trojans eked out a 142.575-142.5 victory over the No. 14-rated Jackson County Central Huskies ...

IN CONTROL — Blue Earth Area’s 220-pounder Jared Armon (top) controls Kenyon-Wanamingo opponent Peyton Hilke during wrestling action in Saturday’s Section 2A Team Meet at United South Central High School in Wells. Armon went on to post a 2-1 decision over Hilke. (Photo by Greg Abel)

K-W squeezes by BEA for Section 2A crown

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WELLS — Bonus points were the key to the Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights’ second consecutive Section 2A team wrestling title. Despite the Class A, No. 10-ranked and No. 2-seeded Blue Earth Area Bucs’ comeback attempt, the No. 4-ranked, No. 1-seeded Knights used five falls and an overtime win ...

Jaguars, Mavericks net showcase wins

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JANESVILLE — Wyatt Geistfeld neared quadruple-double territory to guide the Martin County West Mavericks to a 70-64 Valley Conference Showcase basketball win over the Nicollet Raiders on Saturday in Janesville. Geistfeld produced 14 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals, while ...

BOARDWORK — Fairmont post player Alli Lardy (53) grabs an offensive rebound before banking in the putback basket in front of Jackson County Central defender Annika Lilleberg during a Big South Conference cross-over contest on Friday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

JCC tops FHS in cross-over hoops tilt

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FAIRMONT — The Jackson County Central Huskies girls basketball team turned the tables on the Cardinals during the Big South Conference cross-over on Friday night. After losing to the Cardinals in Jackson on Tuesday, the Huskies flipped the script and beat the Cardinals, 64-55. “We had ...

DRIVE TIME — North Union guard Samantha Hagedorn, shown driving against Emmetsburg’s Bailey Naig during Iowa Class 2A, Region 1 quarterfinal basketball action on Tuesday night in Armstrong, and the Warriors lost to No. 4-ranked Western Christian during Friday’s regional semifinal in Hull, Iowa. (Photo courtesy of Rhonda Oleson)

No. 4 Wolfpack end Warriors’ postseason

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HULL, Iowa — Ashtyn Veerbeek demonstrated why she’s already made a verbal commitment to play basketball for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers in two years. The 6-foot-2 junior standout produced a game-best double-double performance of 28 points and 16 rebounds to power the Iowa Class ...

NO. 400 — Members of the Martin County West Mavericks girls basketball team, front row, left to right, Alyssa Williamson, Madison Klima, Jade Miller, Maia Taylor and Hunter Wrightson, along with back row, Cheyenne Owens, Karlee Thiesse, Lexie Lange, Sierra Williamson, head coach Rodger Taylor, Renae Eckmann, Erin Tlam, Dani Nelson and Annie Baker, celebrate the 400th victory of Taylor’s esteemed high school basketball coaching career. (Photo courtesy of Rodger Taylor)

Taylor nets 400th coaching win

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TRIMONT — Twenty-five years, 600 games, more than 400 wins, and Martin County West girls basketball head coach Rodger Taylor is only responsible for the 198 losses. “I joke with people that obviously the kids won every one of those (games), which is 402 now, and I’m just responsible for ...

LEG TRIP — Fairmont/Martin County West wrestler Jaxson Rohman (left) grabs a single-leg before tripping Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove opponent Levi Ellingson to the canvas during 113-pound action  in a Section 3AA team quarterfinal meet on Thursday night in Worthington. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Red Bulls gain 3AA wrestling team semifinals

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WORTHINGTON — “Third time’s the charm,” Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls head coach Adam Williamson said on Thursday night. After his team lost to the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove Panthers twice during the regular season, the No. 3-seeded Red Bulls pulled out a ...

BACKWARD LEVERAGE — Blue Earth Area’s Jordan Huse (right) leans into Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial opponent Blake Stenzel to gain leverage during their 220-pound match in Section 2A wrestling team quarterfinal action on Thursday night in Blue Earth. The Bucs went on to defeat the Knights, 55-15. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Blue Earth Area wrestlers advance to 2A team semis

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BLUE EARTH — Joe Schavey missed nearly the entire regular wrestling season due to a wrist injury, but the 126-pound junior jumpstarted Class A, No. 10-ranked Blue Earth Area’s avalanche of points during Section 2 Team Meet action Thursday night. Schavey delivered an 18-5 major decision ...

CORNER TRIFECTA — North Union’s Trent Pedersen (right) fires a 3-pointer from the corner over Storm Lake St. Mary’s defender Tanner Snyder during Iowa Class 1A, District 3 quarterfinal basketball action on Thursday night in Britt, Iowa. The Warriors went on to defeat the Panthers, 68-58. (Photo courtesy of Rhonda Oleson)

Warriors advance in district hoops playoffs

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BRITT, Iowa — Trent Pedersen produced a game-high double-double performance to help engineer the North Union Warriors’ 68-58 basketball playoff victory over the Storm Lake St. Mary’s Panthers on Thursday night in Britt, Iowa. North Union (12-10) advances to face West Hancock at 8 p.m. ...

Down the Line

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Rock on Ice set for Saturday FAIRMONT — Fairmont Hockey Association is sponsoring Rock on Ice, held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. Admission is $5 and skate rental is $3. Cardinals on road for play-in FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area Cardinals boys ...

CONTESTED JUMPER — Fairmont center Walker Tordsen (left) contests a 3-point jumpshot by Waseca’s Malik Willingham during Big South Conference basketball action on Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. Tordsen and the Cardinals went on to edge the No. 8-ranked Bluejays, 80-79. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont upends No. 8 Waseca hoopsters

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FAIRMONT — Down by two with 10 seconds to go, Nate Kallenbach had enough confidence to try for a 3-pointer from the corner. “It was a post read down to (Lucas) Denney,” Kallenbach said. “He got it, he threw it out to me. I didn’t really know how much time was left, so I just pump ...

BETWEEN DEFENDERS — North Union post player Chloe Lofstrom (54) shoots the basketball in between Emmetsburg defenders Bailey Naig (4) and Jordan Hoyman (42) for two points during Iowa Class 2A, Region 1 playoff action Tuesday night in Armstrong. The E-Hawks’ Lindsay Carter looks on. (Photo courtesy of Rhonda Oleson)

North Union ousts Emmetsburg in Iowa regional

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ARMSTRONG — North Union junior sharpshooter Samantha Hagedorn displayed her all-around basketball skills during Tuesday night’s postseason clash against Emmetsburg. Hagedorn produced a team-best 15 points and distributed a game-high five assists to power the Warriors to a 47-32 victory ...

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Fairmont girls hoopsters top JCC; Jaguars knock off Athletics

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JACKSON — Abby DeWitt produced a game-best 16 points and pocketed four steals to help engineer the Fairmont Cardinals’ 55-45 victory over the Jackson County Central Huskies during Big South Conference basketball action Tuesday night in Jackson. Taylor Crissinger neared double-double ...

TO THE HOOP — Blue Earth Area forward Sofie Blair (3) goes up for a shot, contested by Heron Lake-Okabena forward Kaylan Untiedt (right) during nonconference girls basketball action on Monday night. Wildcats guard Gabi Stenzel (10) and Bucs forward Caitlin Rorman (left) await the potential rebound. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Bucs declaw Wildcats, 76-46

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BLUE EARTH — Caitlin Rorman was out of Saturday’s game with illness, but came back on Monday night to lead the Blue Earth Area Bucs girls basketball team to a 67-47 win over the Heron Lake-Okabena Wildcats. Rorman scored a game-best 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting with five rebounds. ...