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SWIPING SECOND — Blue Earth Area runner Chris Sanders beats the throw to Fairmont second baseman Christian Engeman (middle) during first-round Section 2AA baseball playoff action Friday in Blue Earth. Fairmont shortstop Nate Kallenbach backs up the throw. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Blue Earth Area eliminates Fairmont in 2AA baseball

BLUE EARTH — Logan Jahnke proved a lethal triple threat during Friday’s opening-round Section 2AA baseball playoff game in Blue Earth. The Blue Earth Area senior right-hander tossed a complete-game shutout, drilled a pivotal two-run double from the batter’s box and turned a key double ...

LEGGING IT OUT — Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman’s Zach Wolter (right) legs out an infield hit before Madelia first baseman Tyler Schwanke catches the baseball during first-round Section 2A playoffs on Friday in Truman. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Jaguars breeze to 2A baseball playoff win

TRUMAN — For the first time in the history of the program, the Martin Luther/ Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman Jaguars received a No. 2 seed in the Section 2A baseball playoffs. With home-field advantage, one of its best regular season records and sophomore Paxton Gravlin pitching, the ...

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Oleson 3rd, North Union 6th after Day 1 at state golf

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — North Union senior standout Parker Oleson played like a golfer with ice water running through his veins on Friday at the American Legion Memorial Golf Course in Marshalltown, Iowa. Oleson, who captured Iowa Class 1A individual state runner-up honors a year ago after ...

Fairmont duo nets third at tennis sectional

ST. PETER — Fairmont’s doubles team of Carter Klanderud and Tyler Head finished third during the Section 1A individual tennis tournament on Friday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Rochester Lourdes’ tandem of Eric Chestowlowski and Dany Berbari beat Klanderud and Head, 6-4, ...

Four area AA golfers advance to Day 2

NEW PRAGUE — Fairmont’s Bergen Senf, Maggy Totzke and Alexa Mosloski joined Blue Earth Area’s Mateja Lane in qualifying for Day 2 of the Section 2AA golf meet. Senf shot an 89, Lane marked a 96, while Totzke and Mosloski shot a 98 and a 100, respectively, during the first day of the ...

Summer soccer hits fields

FAIRMONT — Fairmont summer soccer continued with two recent victories. U11 Boys Mankato 6, Rosen’s Division of Fairmont 0 — Jorvik Jensen had eight saves for Fairmont May 10. U15 Boys Marshall 7, Hawk Alarm of Fairmont 1 — Calvin Guritz scored Fairmont’s lone goal on May 10. ...

Fairmont’s Devin Johnson (left) and Lucas Simpson (middle) battle Blue Earth Area’s Seth Becker to the finish line in the high hurdles during the Sub-Section 5 meet on Thursday in Wells.

Area tracksters gain sectional

WELLS — The Fairmont Cardinals boys and girls track & field teams took one last victory lap around the track at United South Central High on Thursday with much to celebrate. The Cardinals advanced all eight relay teams during the Section 2A, Sub-Section 5 Meet. The Section 2A Meet starts ...

DUSTY OUT — Fairmont third baseman Courtney Williams (right) tags Waterville-Elysian-Morristown’s Kate Masberg at third base during second-round Section 2AA softball action Thursday at Cardinal Park in Fairmont. Masberg attempted to turn a double into a triple, but was thrown out on the play.

Fairmont zips WEM in 2AA clash

FAIRMONT — Fairmont utilized ‘small-ball’ offense, shutout pitching and stingy defense to remain unbeaten in the Section 2AA softball playoffs. Ace right-hander Jordan Ehlert fired a four-hit complete-game shutout and scored the sectional game’s initial run to steer the Cardinals to a ...

Klanderud-Head advance to 1A tennis semifinals

ST. PETER — Fairmont junior Carter Klanderud advanced to Day 2 of the Section 1A Individual tennis tournament for a second consecutive season. Klanderud placed fourth during the 2016 sectional singles bracket, but joined forces with senior Tyler Head on Thursday to reach the semifinals of ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...