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BACKDOOR BASKET — Fairmont forward Brady Allen (5) lays in a backdoor basket in front of Pipestone Area defenders, from left, Braeden Rieck, Ethan Baartman and Tyl Woelber during Big South Conference basketball action Saturday at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Walker Tordsen (back left) and Nate Kallenbach (4) watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinal hoopsters sink FTs, Arrows

FAIRMONT — “How many free throws did we shoot today?” Fairmont head boys basketball coach Jared Thompson asked KSUM radio announcer Bart Clayton during Saturday’s postgame interview. Thompson’s hometown Cardinals connected on a staggering 26-for-43 at the charity stripe, with center ...

Trevor Oppedal

No. 12 B.E. Area wrestlers pin loss on No. 8 Sibley East

ARLINGTON — The Class 1A No. 12-ranked Blue Earth Area Bucs posted a pair of dual-meet wins during the Sibley East wrestling invitational on Saturday. Blue Earth Area combined six forfeits with two falls to coast to a 64-8 rout over Redwood-River Valley and upended the Class 1A No. 8-ranked ...

Bryanna Peterson

Peterson tops MCA gymnasts at invite

JACKSON — The 33rd annual Sweetheart Invite on Saturday proved to be a ‘Who’s Who’ gymnastics competition in Jackson. Lindsay Bangs and Becca Olsen produced a respective 2-3 showing in the all-around competition to power Class AA No. 5-ranked Owatonna to a convincing margin of victory ...

TIED UP — Fairmont’s Walker Tordsen ties up Blue Earth Area’s Jacob Vaske to force a jump-ball situation during Big South Conference basketball action Friday night in Blue Earth. Fairmont’s Sam Schwieger (back left), Brady Allen (second from left) and Nate Kallenbach (4), along with Blue Earth Area’s Collin Bell, look on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinals coast past Buc hoopsters

BLUE EARTH — The Fairmont Cardinals boys basketball team came out of the start on fire, marking an 18-0 lead over the Blue Earth Area Bucs in the first six and a half minutes. With three players finishing with 10 or more points, the Cardinals came away with the 69-40 win over the Bucs ...

FLOOR BURN — Blue Earth Area’s Sidney Blair (far left) and Samantha Ripley (second from left), along with Fairmont’s Abby DeWitt and Lexi Lunn (on floor), hit the hardwood court in tracking down the loose basketball during Big South Conference action Friday night in Blue Earth. Fairmont’s Alli Lardy (53) and Taylor Crissinger (21), along with Blue Earth Area’s Sofie Blair (3), watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

B.E. Area passes up Fairmont cagers, 57-29

BLUE EARTH — Samantha Barslou’s pinpoint passing become contagious among her Blue Earth Area basketball teammates on Friday night. Barslou distributed a game-best eight assists, while Lindsey Norman doled out four assists to complement a game-high 14 points to power the hometown Bucs to a ...

SIDELINED — North Union senior guard Alexis Valvick watches the Warriors’ basketball practice session on Wednesday in Armstrong. Valvick tore her ACL last Saturday, and is undergoing physical therapy. The North Union senior, who has battled through prior injuries, hopes to return to the court this season. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Valvick stays positive despite injuries

ARMSTRONG — “My knee will never be the same, neither will my determination.” “Fight through setbacks, never waste the talent God gives you.” “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” Behind each quote is a story that North Union Warriors senior ...

FENDING OFF — Fairmont Area goaltender Sadie Sandersfeld and Cardinal defender Alyssa Fetters (10) keep their eyes on Marshall forward Rachel VanKeulen (right) as she circles toward the net during Big South Conference hockey action Thursday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Tigers scratch Cardinals in hockey tilt, 2-1

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area Cardinals and Marshall Tigers girls hockey teams played each other twice in December, with both being close games, and Thursday’s contest was no different. Sydney Mauch broke a 1-1 tie in the third period to provide the Tigers with the 2-1 Big South Conference ...

TRAPPED TIGER — Fairmont Area’s Tanner DeWar (left), Matt Kotewa (middle) and Kaylan Legred (5) try to hem in Marshall’s Mason Plante (7) during Big South Conference hockey action Thursday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. Marshall’s Clay Stevens (back) watches the action. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Criquet-Danielson powers Marshall by Fairmont Area

FAIRMONT — Marshall Tigers boys hockey head coach Michael Weiss observed that the Fairmont Area Cardinals weren’t the same team his Tigers had played just a month before. “Their (the Cardinals) game was turned around completely. They played hard and made it difficult for us to get ...

SLASH & DISH — Martin County West point guard Alyssa Williamson slashes through Mankato Loyola defenders Lindsey Theuninck (3), Sidney Botker (back left) and Megan Mettler (right) before distributing a pass during Valley Conference basketball action Thursday night in Trimont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

No. 5 Loyola runs by MCW hoopsters

TRIMONT — When Mankato Loyola senior sharpshooter Lindsey Theuninck finds her offensive rhythm, points literally rain from the rafters. Alyssa Williamson’s end-to-end runner through traffic inched the Martin County West Mavericks within one at 11-10 with 6:30 remaining in Thursday ...

Jaxson Rohman

Red Bulls wrestlers split triangular

FULDA — The Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls picked up a win and a loss in Thursday’s triangular in Fulda. The Worthington Trojans defeated the Red Bulls, 31-27, before Fairmont/MCW converted eight forfeits to defeat the Fulda/ Murray County Central Warriors, 57-3. Red Bulls’ 106 ...

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Bantam B’s fall to Albert Lea ALBERT LEA — The Carlson Dental Office of Fairmont Bantam B team lost to Albert Lea, 2-1, during non-district hockey action last Thursday in Albert Lea. Carson Kuhl scored the lone goal for Fairmont, which recorded 22 shots on goal. Evan Carlson ...

DUNKIN’ — Fairmont center Walker Tordsen hammers a dunk as United South Central’s Justin Dallman (left), Ryan Kloos (back right) and Jacob Stevermer (20) watch during basketball action Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FHS’ 2nd-chance baskets floor USC

FAIRMONT — Fairmont converted its height advantage into 18 offensive rebounds and pivotal second-half second chances to withstand United South Central center Ryan Kloos’ game-high 34-point performance on Tuesday night. Derek Missling, a 6-foot-6 power forward, and 6-7 center Walker ...

TANGLED UP — Fairmont Area’s Bryan Karp (right) and St. Peter/Le Sueur-Henderson’s Nick Douglas tangle for control of the puck during Big South Conference hockey action Tuesday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Bulldogs leash Cardinals in hockey tilt

FAIRMONT — The St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson Bulldogs started and ended the game with the momentum to mark a 5-1 Big South Conference boys hockey win over the Fairmont Area Cardinals on Tuesday at Martin County Arena. Bulldogs forward Hunter Wilmes played a major part in controlling the ...

STRAIGHT UP — Martin County Area’s Cara Behrends maintains perfect posture while executing her vault in Welcome. Manager Hannah Johnson (left), head coach LeeAnn Steen and gymnast Maggie Bachenberg watch the action. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Peterson propels Magic past Saints

WELCOME — Senior standout Bryanna Peterson and eighth-grade phenom Sabrina Segar delivered a 1-2 scoring punch to engineer the Martin County Area Magic to a 135.075-118.925 victory over the St. Peter Saints during a Big South Conference gymnastics dual meet on Tuesday night in ...

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Games changed due to weather FAIRMONT — Due to icy weather forecasts for Monday night, Monday’s basketball games have been rescheduled to the following dates: • Fairmont boys basketball team hosts United South Central at 7:30 p.m. today. • Martin County West girls basketball team ...

HANG TIME — Martin County Area gymnast Maiya Dietz hangs in mid-air during a leap sequence on the balance beam during the Magic’s invitational Saturday in Welcome. Magic teammates, from left, Sabrina Segar, Brielle Meade, Bryanna Peterson and Jenna Steele, watch the routine. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Magic gymnasts net 2nd at own invite

WELCOME — The Class A, No. 21-ranked Martin County Area Magic and No. 14 Jackson County Central Huskies squared off for the second time during their five-part seasonal gymnastics series at the four-team MCA Invite in Welcome. Brooklyn Schuett, Abby Schneekloth and Hailey Handevidt produced ...

Bucs 2nd, Red Bulls net 3rd at BSC wrestling meet

REDWOOD FALLS — The Blue Earth Area Bucs and Fairmont/ Martin County West Red Bulls took second- and third-place team honors, respectively, at Saturday’s 13-team Big South Conference wrestling meet. The Bucs produced 157 points behind one champion, two runner-ups and three bronze-medal ...

North Union hoopsters sweep North Iowa

ARMSTRONG — The North Union Warriors scorched the Armstrong gymnasium nets on 11-for-22 shooting from 3-point range to pace a 56-37 Top of Iowa Conference basketball victory over the North Iowa Bison on Saturday night. Nathan Eaton connected on three 3s to generate a game-best 17 points ...

LENGTHY REACH — Fairmont Area’s Myah Lytle reaches out to knock the puck forward despite getting tangled up with Morris/Benson Area’s Abbey Hoffman during nonconference hockey action on Saturday at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Lytle tallies two goals to pace Cardinals’ win

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area Cardinals hockey literally quieted the storm on Saturday at Martin County Arena. Defender Myah Lytle handling the Cardinals’ scoring to notch the 2-0 victory over the Morris/Benson Area Storm during non-league action in Fairmont. The Cardinals started the day ...

LATERAL SAVE — Fairmont Area goaltender Tyson Geerdes stops a shot by Morris/Benson Area’s Shaun Aarhus (19) during non-league hockey action Saturday at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont Area boys hockey tames Storm, 5-1

FAIRMONT — Kaylan Legred and Tanner DeWar combined equally for four points in the Fairmont Area Cardinals’ 5-1 win over the Morris/Benson Area Storm during nonconference hockey action Saturday. “They’re having a good time with it and enjoying it right now,” Cardinals head coach Kris ...