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FAMILY TIME — Fairmont U14 girls soccer coach Kelly Quiring (middle) and daughter Rayah Quiring (left) run through drills during a recent practice at the Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont. Both Kelly Quiring and oldest daughter Quincy Quiring are two of the coaches for the state-bound team, while daughter Rayah Quiring plays for the program. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Quirings: Like mother, like daughters

FAIRMONT — Kelly Quiring and Quincy Quiring both live very busy lives. One works three jobs during the summer, while the other works and raises a family. Despite their full schedules, the two find common ground in coaching. Mom, Kelly, and daughter, Quincy, are two of the coaches for ...

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Cardinal Camp starts Monday FAIRMONT — The Cardinal Football Camp for Fairmont players in grades 4-9 will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Fairmont High School practice fields. There is still time to register. For more information, contact the Fairmont Community ...

U14 soccer splits decision against Waseca

FAIRMONT — The Saxton Family Farm of Fairmont U14 soccer team lost to Waseca 2-0 on July 16, but defeated Waseca by a 5-1 decision on July 10. Ellie Schultze scored two goals in the win for Fairmont. Sami Lenort doled out two assists and scored a goal, while Brooklyn Meyer provided two ...

GAME-WINNING RUN — Blue Earth VFW Post 4580 runner Luke Mertens (left) slides across the plate with the eventual game-winning run via teammate Carter Bell’s squeeze bunt as United South Central catcher Zach Niebuhr (middle) awaits the throw during 2nd District, Southwest Sub-District baseball action Thursday at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. Umpire Terry Ehlert prepares to make the call. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Blue Earth gains VFW sub-district baseball final

FAIRMONT — Comeback completed. Carter Bell safety-squeezed home Luke Mertens with the eventual game-winner in the bottom of the fifth inning, and reliever Hunter Bleess and the Blue Earth VFW Post 4580 defense did the rest. The hard-throwing Bleess limited United South Central to only one ...

DEADENED BUNT — Fairmont Post 1222 batter Daniel Reiter drops down a sacrifice bunt to move over Dominic Ortiz and Dalen Keltgen (not pictured) against Mapleton Post 5338 during 2nd District, Southwest Sub-District baseball playoff action on Thursday at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. Post 5338 catcher Jared Latusek looks on. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

USC ousts Fairmont from VFW playoffs

FAIRMONT — Fairmont VFW Post 1222 experienced deja vu against United South Central during Thursday’s playback game for the second district-qualifying spot. A.J. Kloos doubled and scored the tying run via a Fairmont error on Joe Bushlack’s fly ball with two out in the bottom of the sixth ...

CROSSING DEFENSE — North Union shortstop Kate Anderson (middle) snares a wide throw as Warriors second baseman Maddie Rolling backs up the play as Logan-Magnolia runner Kylan Straight (16) steals second base during Iowa Class 2A state consolation semifinal softball action Wednesday on Dodger Diamond at the Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (Photo by Greg Abel)

North Union softball places 8th at 2A state tournament

FORT DODGE, Iowa — The Waterloo Columbus Sailors exited their first Iowa Class 2A state softball tournament with a seventh-place finish after beating the North Union Warriors, 8-0, on Wednesday at Rogers Sports Complex. Central Springs, who placed fifth, beat Columbus Waterloo (35-7), 3-0, ...

DUSTY THEFT — Blue Earth VFW Post 4580 runner Hunter Bleess (right) stirs up the dust as he swipes second base as the throw skips past United South Central shortstop Gavin Sonnek during third-round baseball action at the 2nd District, Southwest Sub-District Tournament on Wednesday at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. Rain later suspended the game in the top of the fifth inning with the score tied at 5-all. The playoff clash will resume at that juncture at 2 p.m. today in Fairmont, with the Fairmont—Maple River game starting 30 minutes after the Blue Earth—USC contest’s completion. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Blue Earth-USC VFW sub-district tilt suspended in 5th inning

FAIRMONT — Suspended suspense. The comeback kids from the Blue Earth VFW Post 4580 baseball lineup erupted for three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to knot the score with United South Central at 5-all before lightning and rain interrupted sub-district action at Herb Wolf Field on ...

FIELDING HIS POSITION — Fairmont VFW Post 1222 starting pitcher Jacob Tennyson (middle) fields a sacrifice bunt by United South Central’s Gavin Sonnek (right) during second-round 2nd District, Southwest Sub-District baseball action Tuesday night at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. Fairmont third baseman Nick Eversman (left) watches the play. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

USC edges Fairmont in 2nd round of VFW playoffs

FAIRMONT — United South Central right-hander Sam Zebro tossed a six-hit complete game, and more importantly, assisted his own cause inside the batter’s box during Tuesday night’s second-round VFW 2nd District, Southwest Sub-District baseball clash. Zebro drilled the go-ahead and ...

BODY LANGUAGE — Blue Earth VFW Post 4580 third baseman Luke Mertens (left) tags out St. James Post 1914 runner Derrick Halvorson trying to advance to third on a hit during 2nd District, Southwest Sub-District baseball action Tuesday at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. St. James assistant coach Collin Nienhaus (10) tries to use his body language to alter the path of Halvorson’s slide. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Blue Earth VFW outslugs St. James, 16-13, in sub-district

FAIRMONT — Karson Legred’s perfectly-executed RBI suicide-squeeze bunt delivered Caelan Sanders to the plate with the final knockout punch for the Blue Earth VFW Post 4580 baseball team during Tuesday’s second-round 2nd District, Southwest Sub-District clash in Fairmont. Legred’s ...

RUNNING OUT — North Union Warriors second baseman Maddie Rolling (middle) chases Iowa City Regina pinch runner Mary Graff (right) during a rundown to get the out at third base on a double play during a Iowa Class 2A state softball quarterfinal on Monday at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge, Iowa. North Union shortstop Kate Anderson (left) watches the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Regals down Warriors softball in state quarterfinals

FORT DODGE, Iowa — What started out as a pitchers’ duel ended with an 8-1 score. The No. 5-seeded Iowa City Regina Regals used a five-run sixth inning and ace Sarah Lehman’s 14 strikeouts for the Class 2A state softball quarterfinal win over the No. 4-seeded North Union Warriors on Monday ...

THE DELIVERY — Fairmont VFW Post 1222 starting pitcher Jack Hested delivers a pitch to the plate during first-round Southwest Sub-District baseball tournament action Monday night at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. Hested went on to hurl a 3-hit complete game to help pace Fairmont’s 11-1 win over St. James. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Fairmont VFW opens sub-district with 11-1 win

FAIRMONT — Ace right-hander Jack Hested literally delivered a first-round Southwest Sub-District baseball victory for Fairmont VFW Post 1222 on Monday night. Hested fired a three-hit complete-game gem from the pitcher’s mound and assisted his own cause via a two-run double during a ...

Blue Earth VFW uses ‘small ball’ to advance in playoffs

FAIRMONT — Blue Earth VFW Post 4580 baseball coaches Jeff Bell and Brent Legred utilized ‘small ball’ strategy to transform a two-run deficit into an eventual five-run victory during first-round playoff action Monday at Herb Wolf Field. Right-hander Hunter Bleess hurled a complete game ...

New Ulm Blue eliminates Fairmont legion, 8-7

SLEEPY EYE — New Ulm Blue eked out an 8-7 win over Fairmont American Legion Post 36 during a single-elimination Division I, 2nd District baseball game Monday night in Sleepy Eye. Blue advances to play No. 1-seeded Mankato National at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Sleepy Eye. Sam Schwieger received ...

BEATING THE THROW — Fairmont VFW Post 1222 runner Zach Soelter (right) beats the throw to Sibley East third baseman Tony Bullert (9) following a wild pitch during Game 2 of a regular-season baseball doubleheader on Saturday at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont VFW sweeps baseball twinbill

FAIRMONT — Dalen Keltgen fired a no-hitter in Game 1, and added a 3-for-3 offensive performance, including three walks, for good measure during the Fairmont VFW Post 1222 baseball lineup’s doubleheader sweep over short-handed Sibley East on Saturday at Herb Wolf Field. Keltgen recorded ...

STRETCH — Winnebago American Legion Post 82/Blue Earth Post 89 first baseman Zac Schonrock stretches to record the out on Luverne batter Mark Sterrett during second-round 2nd District baseball tournament action Saturday in Blue Earth. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

WBE legion baseball exits district tournament

BLUE EARTH — Winnebago American Legion Post 82/Blue Earth Post 89 head baseball coach Steve Sonnicksen could only describe Sunday’s game as “disappointing.” After holding a 4-0 lead, Adrian Post 32 rallied in the seventh inning for a 5-4 victory over host WBE during Day 3 of the ...

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Post 36 to open district tonight FAIRMONT — The Fairmont American Legion Post 36 baseball team opens the Division I, 2nd District Tournament against New Ulm Blue at 8 p.m. tonight in Sleepy Eye in a single-elimination game.

MULTIPLE ROLES — Fairmont Martins player/coach Levi Becker (right) scores a run against Luverne during recent amateur baseball action against Luverne at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. In addition to playing and coaching the Martins, Becker also coaches the Fairmont American Legion Post 36 baseball team and helps run his family’s farm. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Becker balances work with coaching 2 teams

FAIRMONT — “It’s hogs in the morning, baseball at night pretty much,” Levi Becker said. And, he wouldn’t have it any other way. In May, the Fairmont High School alum graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in animal science and returned home. This summer, Becker ...

BACK TO STATE — Members of the North Union Warriors softball team opening the Iowa Class 2A state tournament against Iowa City Regina at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge, Iowa, include, front row (l-r): Rory McClellan, Maddie Rolling, Shawna Person and Victoria Laubenthal. Second row: Head coach Art Ingalls, Katelyn Thackery, Kate Anderson, Bre Anderson and Alyssa Morrow. Third row: Kyarsten Mullen, Anna Ingalls, Rachel Monson, Callie Monson and Kaylee Tirevold. Back row: Ariel Olson, Kaylee Meyer, Kaitlyn Bierstedt, Hope Steinberger, Brooklyn Prochniak, Avery Laabs, assistant coach Kelly Anderson and assistant coach Cheyanne Boland. (Photo by Greg Abel)

North Union softball opens state vs. Regina

SWEA CITY — North Union Warriors head softball coach Art Ingalls recalled how his team played in a 7-3 Iowa Class 2A state quarterfinal loss against Iowa City Regina last year, and he wasn’t pleased. “We didn’t play very good, honestly,” Ingalls said. “Some of those plays we’d ...

REACHING THIRD — Winnebago American Legion Post 82/Blue Earth Post 89 runner Kaylan Legred (right) literally reaches third base on teammate Alan Davids’ single to beat the tag by Wabasso Post 263 third baseman Jacob Plaetz during first-round Division II, 2nd District baseball tournament action Friday night in Blue Earth. (Photo by Greg Abel)

WBE legion slugs out district playoff victory

BLUE EARTH — Winnebago American Legion Post 82/Blue Earth Post 89 defeated Wabasso Post 263, 10-8, in a back-and-forth opening-round game of the Divison II, 2nd District baseball tournament Friday night in Blue Earth. Winnebago/Blue Earth advances to face Luverne Post 123 at 8 p.m. tonight ...

Bank Midwest U12 soccer earns 12-2 triumph over St. Peter

FAIRMONT — Carson Pomerenke and Matthew Kotewa each produced four goals to help power Bank Midwest of Fairmont to a 12-2 rout over St. Peter during U12 summer soccer action Monday. Wyatt Luhmann contributed two goals and one assist to the double-digit margin of victory, Adrian Sanchez ...