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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

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

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

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 ...

Tom Havnen

Fairmont Area boys soccer ties Jordan, 1-1

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 ...

Marissa Steinhaus

Jaguars volleyball goes 1-3 at round-robin

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Andrew Moeller

FHS boys runners 4th, MCW 5th at Turkey Trot Invite

WORTHINGTON — Fairmont junior Andrew Moeller and Martin County West/Martin Luther junior Carson Kahler each delivered top-10 individual showings to power the Cardinals and Mavericks to fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the team race at the 50th annual Turkey Trot cross country ...

PHYSICAL DUEL — Fairmont Area defender Mikayla Stradtman (left) and St. Peter striker Taylor Hiller battle for control of the soccer ball during Big South Conference action Thursday night at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Waseca ends Fairmont Area’s winning streak

FAIRMONT — Thursday night’s clash of Big South Conference girls soccer titans ended Fairmont Area’s six-game winning streak, extended Waseca’s string and proved good to the last shot. Striker Katlyn Hyatt’s follow-up header off Taylor Hiller’s ricocheting direct free kick with 45 ...

AT THE SUMMIT — Fairmont’s Taylor Crissinger (11) and St. Peter’s Carlie Chabot hit the volleyball at the same time above the net during Big South Conference action Thursday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

St. Peter outlasts FHS in 5 games

FAIRMONT — The St. Peter Saints volleyball team was down 2-0 after the first two games of the match against the Fairmont Cardinals. Midway through Game 3, however, the Saints began their rally to win the game, 25-23. With the momentum on their side, the Saints stretched out a 3-2 win over ...

Fairmont tennis trips New Ulm, 4-3

NEW ULM — The Fairmont Cardinals used their singles players to power a 4-3 Big South Conference tennis win over the New Ulm Eagles on Thursday. Sydney Hainy took the No. 1 singles win, beating Emma Maudal, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, while the Cardinals’ Claire Nemmers topped Sara Guyman, 6-3, 6-1, at ...

Iliana Ramon

Fairmont girls team, MCW’s Whitehead win Turkey Trot

WORTHINGTON — Class A, No. 6-ranked Martin County West Mavericks cross country runner Marissa Whitehead ran to a first-place finish over Murray County Central’s Morgan Gehl, who is ranked fourth, during the Turkey Trot on Thursday in Worthington. Meanwhile, the No. 1-ranked Fairmont ...

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FHS to play host to fund-raisers FAIRMONT — Fairmont High School will play host to two fund-raisers during tonight’s football game against Waseca. The high school and booster club will donate all of their tailgate proceeds to Hills-Beaver Creek running back Trenton Bass, who suffered a ...

No. 77 Justin Byrne

Fairmont hosts Waseca in clash of unbeatens

FAIRMONT — Two undefeated state-ranked prep football teams will clash on Mahoney Field in Fairmont at 7 p.m. Friday night. The Class 3A, No. 9-ranked Fairmont Cardinals (2-0) will square off against the Class 4A, No. 9-rated Waseca Bluejays (2-0) in an early-season South Central Red District ...

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Cardinals rank No. 9 in 3A poll MINNEAPOLIS — The Fairmont Cardinals made their season debut in the Class 3A rankings on Wednesday. The Cardinals ranked ninth with St. Croix Lutheran at No. 1. Jackson County Central moved down to No. 5 in Class 3A, while Maple River stayed fifth in the ...

TAKE AWAY — Fairmont Area defender Brielle Meade (middle) maneuvers the soccer ball away from Mankato Loyola’s Olivia Harazin during Big South Conference action Tuesday night at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont. Cardinal defenders Morgan Shriver (back left) and McKayla Chambers (back right), along with the Crusaders’ Annelise Winch (7), watch the action. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Cardinals kick way to 6th consecutive soccer victory

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area Cardinals girls soccer lineup extended its winning streak to six in a row during Tuesday night’s Big South Conference clash with the Mankato Loyola Crusaders in Fairmont. Sophomore striker Joni Becker produced a pair of goals, including one of the Cardinals’ ...

FINGERTIP CONTROL — Martin County West’s Cheyenne Owens (4) and Renae Eckmann (12) contest St. Clair hitter Olivia Drummer’s tip during Valley Conference volleyball action Tuesday night in Trimont. Martin County West’s Maia Taylor (far left), along with, from left, St. Clair’s MacKenzie Kruse, Michaela Karels and Cassidy Anderegg, watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

St. Clair serves Valley loss to Maverick spikers

TRIMONT — The St. Clair Cylones literally marched to the beat of their own drum. Senior outside hitter Olivia Drummer powered 12 kills, including the match-winning shot, to lead the Cyclones over the Martin County West, 3-1, during Valley Conference volleyball action on Tuesday night. Up ...

Waseca tennis edges Fairmont in 4-3 clash

WASECA — The Waseca Bluejays edged the Fairmont Cardinals, 4-3, during a Big South Conference girls tennis dual meet on Tuesday in Waseca. Tied at three matches apiece, the Bluejays’ No. 3 doubles tandem of Tessa Volkmer and CeCe Huttemier outlasted Holly Petrowiak and Lauren Davis, 6-1, ...