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Fairmont 12U 4th at tourney MARSHALL — The Cavers Realty of Fairmont 12U girls hockey team went 2-2 to place fourth in the weekend tournament at Marshall. Fairmont beat BW Blades, 3-1, on Friday and took a 3-2 win over Prairie Center/Little Falls on Saturday. Hannah Goerndt scored and ...

Emily O'Connor

Bloemke, Scarlets shut out Cardinals, 8-0

MANKATO — Senior center Courtney Bloemke served as the Mankato West Scarlets’ driving force behind its 8-0 hockey win over the Fairmont Area Cardinals on Saturday at All Season Arena in Mankato. Bloemke netted a hat trick with four assists in the win. She scored her first two goals minutes ...

Normans, Blair captain All-Area team

For the past four years, Alissa Norman has been a consistent setter for the Blue Earth Area Bucs volleyball team. From her first match as a freshman to her last on Oct. 31, she earned her place in the Bucs’ volleyball record books with 2,121 set assists. In her senior season, she totaled 618 ...

Arrows top Rebels in semifinals

MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 6-ranked Pipestone Area Arrow beat the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels, 28-6, in the Class AA state semifinals on Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Arrows went into halftime with a 20-6 lead. Pipestone Area will face No. 1-ranked Caledonia for a rematch of the 2015 state ...

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Tigers scratch Cardinals in home opener

ALBERT LEA — Forwards Josie Venem and Mia Fjelsta combined equally for four goals to lead the Albert Lea Tigers to a 6-2 home-opening win over the Fairmont Area Cardinals on Thursday. Anna Nordquist struck first for the Cardinals, scoring an unassisted goal at the 15:14 mark of the opening ...

RETURN TO THE ICE — Members of the 2017-18 Fairmont Area Cardinals girls hockey team set for tonight’s season-opener at Albert Lea include, front row (l-r): Alexis Newville, Brooklyn Meyer, Emily O’Connor, manager Kady Pedroza, Rachel O’Connor, Macy Militello, Tegan Roskop and Emily Sokoloski. Back row: Mackenzie Householder, Leah Petersen, Anna Nordquist, assistant coach Eric Householder, head coach Ashley Olson, Joni Becker, Jonissa Neitzel and Erica Serna. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Cardinals open year at Albert Lea

FAIRMONT — As a former player and now head coach of the Fairmont Area Cardinals girls hockey team, Ashley Olson has noticed a pattern in the rise and fall of the program numbers. Although the second-year head coach has 12 skaters and two goalies, the amount of younger talent is on the ...

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Cardinals share team MVP honor FAIRMONT — Courtney Williams and Bailee Swanson were named the most valuable players of the Fairmont Cardinals volleyball team during its awards banquet. Williams, one of the team’s co-captains, was also deemed the Cardinals’ most valuable offensive ...

Northrop Baseball fundraiser set for Saturday

Fundraiser set for Saturday NORTHROP — Northrop Baseball is holding a shrimp feed fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Northrop Legion. The meal includes all-you-can-eat shrimp, a baked potato, coleslaw and bread. The funds raised will go toward expenses for the Northrop 13U team ...

Anderson tabbed soccer MVP

Anderson earns Cardinals’ MVP FAIRMONT — Matthew Anderson was named the Fairmont Area Cardinals soccer team’s MVP during a recent awards event. Ben Hernes was tabbed most improved player, while Kaleb Hoye claimed the golden boot award. Joseph Gerken received the golden guard award, ...

STACKED UP — Fairmont defensive ends Devin Johnson (right) and Garrett Myren (11), along with Cardinal linebackers Jordan Wolter (29) and Zac Ringnell (far left), stack up Jordan running back Tariq Smith during Class AAA state quarterfinal football action on Saturday at Dan Patch Stadium in Prior Lake. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Jordan trips No. 4 Fairmont football in state quarterfinals

PRIOR LAKE — The unranked Jordan Hubmen reversed the turnover ratio in their favor during Saturday’s rematch with the No. 4-ranked Fairmont Cardinals during Class AAA state quarterfinal football action at Dan Patch Stadium. Fairmont utilized a 3-to-1 plus turnover ratio to post a 41-26 ...

D-I THROWER — Fairmont senior Alli Lardy (front center) signed her national letter of intent on Thursday to compete in Division I track & field for the University of North Dakota. Alli’s mother Traci (left) and father Nick (right), along with Fairmont head track & field coach Bob Bonk (back left) and Cardinals throws coach Brad Johnson (back right), watched the event at Fairmont High School. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Fairmont’s Lardy to throw for D-I track & field program

FAIRMONT — In a matter of a season, Fairmont girls thrower Alli Lardy went from missing the Class A state meet to earning state runner-up honors in the shot put en route to becoming the school’s record-holder. Five months after completing her outstanding junior season, Lardy added ...

HEADING FOR SIX — Blue Earth Area running back Rylee McGuire eludes Pipestone Area’s Wyatt Schoonhoven (33) and heads toward the goal line and Arrows linebacker Matt Enger (50) during Class AA state quarterfinal football action Friday night in New Ulm. Blue Earth Area’s Wyatt Tungland (9) blocks Pipestone Area’s Jason Steenstra (40), Bucs offensive lineman Jared Kennedy (54) and Trevor Oppedal (63) deliver blocks, while Buc quarterback Hunter Bleess (4) watches the touchdown run. (Photo by Greg Abel)

No. 6 Arrows edge Bucs in state quarterfinal

NEW ULM — The Blue Earth Area Bucs and the Class AA No. 6-ranked Pipestone Area Arrows each controlled one half of the Class AA state football quarterfinal. Unfortunately for the Bucs, the Arrows took control in the last half to get the 19-12 win on Friday night in New Ulm. Pipestone Area ...

STATELY BUCS — The Blue Earth Area Bucs play Pipestone Area in an 8 p.m. Class AA state football quarterfinal tonight in New Ulm. Members of the Blue Earth Area team include, front row (l-r): Damian Cornelio, Blake Barnett, Jonah Legred, Joe Schavey, Zach Buseman, Jordan Huse, Wyatt Tungland, Rylee McGuire, Karson Legred, Dalton Nagel, Clayton Johnson and Owen Naumann. 2nd row: Alex Frommie, Brayden Barnett, Hunter Bleess, Dominic Whitlow, CJ Germann, Caden Ochsendorf, Colin Hurley, Koby Nagel, Isaac Martinez, Akeira Morrow, Adam Griffin and Jared Kennedy. 3rd row: PJ Christensen, Alex Reese, Isaac Soria, Erik Anderson, Nathan Counts, Caelan Sanders, Keagan Ihle, Parker Kienitz, Jacob Vaske, Jacob Lempkie and Trevor Oppedal. 4th row: Zac Murphy, Julius Holzer, Casey Thompson, Jack Barke, Cooper Amundson, Davis Sunken, Jaxen Klinkner, Caleb Beeler, Carter Bell and Jacob Beeler. Not pictured: Ricky Peterson, Grace Woltmann, Xavier Morrow and Jack Frundt. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Bucs face Arrows in AA state tilt

BLUE EARTH — Waterville-Elysian-Morristown was the No. 2 seed with only three losses on the season and the No. 3-seeded Blue Earth Area Bucs posted a 21-14 win on Oct. 29 in the Section 2AA football semifinals. Maple River, the eighth-ranked team in Class AA, was the No. 1 seed and had only ...

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Cross country holds program FAIRMONT — The Fairmont cross country program will be held at 6:01 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 in the Fairmont High School Commons. The program is free to everyone. Olsen to test broadcasting CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen ...

Fairmont 12U starts season 2-1

FAIRMONT — The Caver’s Realty of Fairmont 12U girls hockey team went 2-1 to open the season over the weekend. Fairmont beat Okoboji, 6-1, and Worthington, 5-4, on Saturday in Worthington before losing to New Ulm Sleepy Eye, 8-0, on Sunday in Sleepy Eye. Hadley Artz made 87 total saves, ...

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Bus offered to state tilt FAIRMONT — A fan bus is being offered for the Fairmont football team’s 3 p.m. Class AAA state quarterfinal game against Jordan on Saturday in Prior Lake. Fans can register and pay for a seat at the Fairmont High School activities office from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ...

STATELY RUN — Fairmont runners, from left, Lizzy Subbert, Laura Thompson, Tabitha Thatcher, Iliana Ramon and Sarah Krumholz break from the starting line during Saturday’s Class A state cross country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Ramon, Thompson and Krumholz went on to earn all-state individual honors in pacing the Cardinals’ fifth-place team showing. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Fairmont girls run to 5th place at state cross country meet

NORTHFIELD — Math & Sciences Academy’s Tierney Wolfgram defended her title decisively, creating a 48-second gap to win the Class A girls cross country meet on Saturday at St. Olaf College. The freshman, who is ranked second in the state, ran the 5K in 17:31 for her second straight ...

SLIPPERY PIGSKIN — Fairmont defensive end Garrett Myren (11) and defensive tackle Conner Tordsen (55) dive to the artificial turf to battle Jackson County Central tight end Bradley Buhl (3) for possession of the loose football during the Section 3AAA championship game Friday night in New Ulm. Fairmont’s Jordan Wolter (far left) blocks JCC’s Damien VanWesten (34), while the Cardinals’ Sam Schwieger (8) and the Huskies’ Eli Edlin (73) look on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

No. 4 Fairmont trips JCC for state football bid

NEW ULM — “The third time was the charm,” Fairmont head football coach Mat Mahoney said in a humorous double-entendre reference to his Class AAA No. 4-ranked Cardinals’ 29-21 down-to-the-wire triumph over two-time Section 3 champion Jackson County Central on Friday night in New ...

PHYSICAL BATTLE — Blue Earth Area quarterback Hunter Bleess (4) tries to shed a Maple River tackler (left) as Buc offensive lineman Isaac Martinez (64) blocks Eagle defender Connor Thorn during the Section 2AA football championship on Friday night in Janesville. Blue Earth Area’s Jared Kennedy (back) looks on. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Mertens/Faribault County Register)

Reese ‘kicks’ B.E. Area to Class AA state grid berth

JANESVILLE — Upon arrival to Blue Earth Area High School from Germany this fall, junior Alex Reese probably wouldn’t have imagined that a Section 2AA championship football game would come down to him. After missing an extra point in the second quarter, Reese provided the No. 3-seeded Blue ...

Hunwardsen, Kaufman tabbed soccer MVPs

FAIRMONT — Senior striker Brooke Hunwardsen and sophomore forward Lexi Kaufman were selected as the Fairmont Area Cardinals girls soccer team’s co-MVPs for the fall campaign. Hunwardsen, a first-team all-Big South Conference choice, will join Fairmont Area senior defenders Morgan Shriver ...