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SURROUNDED — Fairmont guard Abby DeWitt (1) elevates among Waseca defenders Hannah Potter (left), Madison Gehloff (4), Gus Boyer (25) and Emily Karsten (2) to score two points during a Big South Conference basketball game on Friday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Waseca freeze-frames Fairmont hoopsters

FAIRMONT — The Mannequin Challenge came to life, so to speak with tongue-in-cheek, during Friday night’s Big South Conference girls basketball game at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. Waseca sophomore forward Madison Gehloff delivered 10 of her game-best 15 points in breaking the visiting ...

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7th-grade hoops capture sweep FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Cardinal seventh-grade boys basketball team swept Martin County West on Thursday. Zach Jorgensen scored 10 points to guide the Cardinals’ A-team to a 36-21 victory. Jacob Crissinger delivered nine points for Fairmont, while Jake ...

FAST DELIVERY — Akron Racers pitcher Sarah Pauly prepares to fire a delivery during National Pro Fastpitch softball action. The eight-time All-Pro hurler and her father, former University of Georgia pitching coach Rick Pauly, will be the featured guests at the Cardinal Power Fastpitch’s clinic Jan. 27-28 in Fairmont. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Pauly/Akron Racers)

Paulys to highlight local fastpitch camp

FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s newest softball association, Cardinal Power Fastpitch, already is off to a hot start. The organization is hosting a softball clinic on Jan 27-28. It will feature former University of Georgia pitching coach Rick Pauly and his daughter and Akron Racers pitcher Sarah ...

SKATES LIKE A DEERE — Fairmont Area forward Cori Emler (right) skates past Worthington defender Delayne Kuhl on a rush along the boards during Big South Conference hockey action Thursday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Cardinals hockey team breezes by Trojans, 9-0

FAIRMONT — Sadie Sandersfeld lived every high school goaltender’s dream on Thursday night. The Fairmont Area senior netminder shed her flat extended hockey stick, blocker pads and fortified mask to hit the Martin County Arena ice outside of the crease. Sandersfeld capped the Cardinals’ ...

OUT OF REACH — Martin County West post player Logan Ebeling (left) shoots a putback shot over Madelia defender Jeffrey Alvarenga (25) during Valley Conference basketball action on Thursday night in Sherburn. Madelia’s Matt Baumgartner (3) watches the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Maverick hoopsters stampede Blackhawks, 50-37

SHERBURN — The Martin County West Mavericks boys basketball team rebounded from Tuesday’s loss to Fairmont to defeat the Madelia Blackhawks, 50-37, during Valley Conference action Thursday night. The Mavericks came out shooting well, going 5-for-6 from 3-point range during the first five ...

St. Peter wrestlers best Red Bulls; Bucs ground Jays

ST. PETER — Class 2A No. 3-ranked heavyweight Anthony Putz delivered a meet-clinching fall to cap the St. Peter Saints’ 36-25 victory over the Class 2A No. 12-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls during a Big South Conference wrestling dual meet on Thursday night in St. ...

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Squirt ‘A’ undefeated at Hockey Day FAIRMONT — The TPI Hospitality Fairmont Squirt A team pocketed two wins during Hockey Day on Saturday at Martin County Arena. Fairmont beat Marshall, 14-2. Hank Artz scored six goals with an assist. Both Luke Kester and Jace Teveldal had two goals ...

CHALLENGING THE SHOT — Fairmont’s Derek Missling (24) scores the low-post basket despite being challenged by Martin County West’s Wyatt Geistfeld during non-league action Tuesday night in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Brady Allen (5), along with the Mavericks’ Matt Holm (10) and Cole Owens, watch the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinal hoopsters board by Mavericks

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont boys basketball team has pocketed five straight wins after taking down the Martin County West Mavericks, 57-31, during nonconference action Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym. “When you get one, the confidence grows and the guys are getting more confident. We’re not a ...

WITH A TWIST — Martin County Area gymnast Jenna Steele twists her handspring-full vault to perfection during a Big South Conference dual meet with the Worthington Trojans on Tuesday night in Welcome. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Trojans gymnasts beam past Magic

WELCOME — Maria Contreras, Taylor Eggers and the Class A No. 4-ranked Worthington Trojans captured Tuesday night’s team decision, but Martin County Area’s Bryanna Peterson literally floored all rivals in winning the individual competition. Contreras captured runner-up accolades with a ...

Fairmont girls hockey nets tie with Luverne

LUVERNE — The Fairmont Area and Luverne Cardinals knotted a 1-1 overtime tie during Big South Conference girls hockey action Tuesday in Luverne. Myah Lytle scored first for the visiting Cardinals on a power-play goal with an assist from Cori Emler in the second period. Luverne’s Madison ...

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Jaguars declaw Wildcats, 86-50

NORTHROP — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars girls basketball team got out to a fast offensive start and never looked back to breeze to an 86-50 win over the Heron Lake-Okabena Wildcats on Monday. “We did (start fast). Offensively, we were clicking right away,” ...

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Cardinals’ JV pockets tourney MANKATO — The Fairmont Cardinals boys JV basketball team won the Bethany Lutheran Holiday tournament. Wyatt Quiring scored 34 points overall, including 17 in the Cardinals’ 60-40 championship win over Minnesota Valley Lutheran. Hayden Berhow tallied 11 ...

CONTACT — Fairmont point guard Lexi Lunn (right) makes contact with Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther defender Macy Quinn (1) during nonconference basketball action Saturday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. Jaguar defender Hannah Johanson (23) watches the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Jaguar hoopsters sink FTs, Cardinals

FAIRMONT — The mid-season girls basketball showdown between the Fairmont Cardinals and Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars proved a back-and-forth classic on Saturday night at Cardinal Gym. The Cardinals and Jaguars battled to nine ties before Granada-Huntley-East ...

CONVERGING — Fairmont Area’s Mackenzie Householder (middle) and Brooklyn Meyer (right) converge on Albert Lea’s Mia Fjelsta (10) during hockey action Saturday at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Cardinals’ Householder nets game-winning goal in OT

FAIRMONT — Earlier in the season, Fairmont Area seventh-grade forward Mackenzie Householder scored her first varsity goal. On Saturday, Householder scored the game-winning goal as the Cardinals took a 3-2 overtime win over the Albert Lea Tigers during at Martin County Arena. “That was ...

LEAPING STOP — Fairmont Area’s Tyler Head leaps and stretches to stop the puck as Redwood Valley’s Cameran Sommers (14) and Dallas Coons (16) try to hem him in during non-league hockey action Saturday in Fairmont. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Redwood Valley ices Fairmont Area in BSC boys tilt

FAIRMONT — Bailey Sommers, Connor Nelson and Hunter Tholkes combined to produced 11 points in the Redwood Valley Cardinals’ 8-2 Big South Conference win over the Fairmont Area Cardinals boys hockey team Saturday at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. “Their work ethic is huge,” said ...

Red Bull wrestlers drop 3 at Pipestone Area Duals

PIPESTONE — The Class 2A No. 12-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls wrestling team dropped three close team decisions during the Pipestone Area Duals on Saturday in Pipestone. Sibley-Ocheyedan edged the Red Bulls 45-35, Class 1A No. 11-ranked host Pipestone Area netted a 38-26 ...

TURNING POINT — Fairmont/Martin County West wrestler Payton Anderson (right) attempts to turn Blue Earth Area opponent Jaxen Klinkner during 132-pound Big South Conference action Friday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. Anderson went on to post an 8-0 major decision for the Red Bulls, but the visiting Bucs rallied down the stretch to pocket the 40-24 team triumph. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Bucs’ late rally tames Red Bulls

FAIRMONT — The Class 2A, No. 12-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls stampeded out of the starting gate with five consecutive decisions during Friday night’s Big South Conference wrestling clash at Cardinal Gym. Long-time rival Blue Earth Area, however, countered with five ...

BASELINE BLOCK — Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain’s Jorn Olson (right) blocks a baseline jumper by Madelia’s Jarly Godoy-Portillo during Valley Conference basketball action Friday night in Granada. The Jaguars’ Derek Shoen (back left) and James Schrunk (5), along with the Blackhawks’ Augie Reihs (22) and Rigo Flores (30), watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Jaguars christen gym with win over Madelia

GRANADA — Just before the Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain Jaguars boys basketball team’s game, school officials cut the ribbon to officially open Granada-Huntley-East Chain High School’s new gym. The team used that energy to pull out a 60-55 win over the Madelia Blackhawks ...

IN SYNCHRONIZATION — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther’s Kenlie Pytleski (left) and Alexis Brummond prepare to take shots during basketball practice on Wednesday at Martin Luther High School in Northrop. Both Pytleski and Brummond recently cleared the 1,000-point career scoring mark. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Jaguar teammates prove grand

TRUMAN — Most high school basketball programs have one, maybe two players in a class, who reach 1,000 career points. The Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars girls basketball team, however, tops that. The team enters the new year with three players in the Class of 2017 ...

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Martin County Area gymnasts floor Marshall

MARSHALL — Bryanna Peterson, Maiya Dietz and Sabrina Segar garnered three of the top four all-around spots to power the Martin County Area Magic gymnasts to a season’s-best team total of 137.05 points to eclipse the Marshall Tigers’ 119.8-point performance on Thursday night in ...