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LOW-POST LEANER — North Union’s Hallie Reese (21) squeezes between Osage’s Sidney Brandau (50) and Brenna Jacobs (right) for a basket during the Top of Iowa Conference championship Tuesday night in Armstrong. The Warriors’ Breanna Anderson (back) and Green Devils’ Gabrielle Schwarting (front) watch. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Osage bedevils North Union for TOI crown

ARMSTRONG — A pair of state-ranked powerhouses with a combined 38-1 record clashing for the first-ever Top of Iowa Conference girls basketball championship. “It does not get any better than that,” Class 3A, No. 5-ranked and undefeated Osage head coach Chad Erickson said prior to Tuesday ...

ELEVATION — North Union’s Blake Crawmer (20) elevates over Central Springs’ Jacob Langenbau (13) for a basket during Top of Iowa Conference cross-over action Tuesday night in Armstrong. The Warriors’ Derek Thompson (1), along with the Panthers’ Treyjen Wilson (23) and Trenton Wirtjes (right), look on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Panthers scratch Warriors in TOI shootout

ARMSTRONG — Jacob Langenbau may have switched schools this year, but he certainly didn’t leave his game behind in Lake Mills. The new Central Springs Panthers senior post player totaled 14 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and six blocks to lead the visitors over the North Union Warriors, ...

FINGER-ROLL SHOT — Fairmont guard Lexi Lunn finger-rolls the basketball over Medford’s Bailey Purrier (33) during non-league action Monday night in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Alli Lardy (far left) and Taylor Crissinger (middle), along with Medford’s Kinsey Cronin (30) and Kiley Nihart (far right), watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Medford rallies to trip Fairmont hoopsters by 2

FAIRMONT — On the back of the Medford Tigers girls basketball team’s warmups reads the phrase, “Rest Later.” The team’s motto was adopted from head coach Mark Kubat’s mother, who passed away after a battle with cancer. The Tigers took the saying to heart after being down 26-9 ...

DESCENSION — Martin County Area gymnast Anna Utermarck descends after rotating her quarter-on, quarter-off vault during the Magic’s final regular-season Big South Conference dual meet of the season on Monday night in Welcome. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Magic gymnasts vault by Saints

WELCOME — A clean sweep. Freshman phenom Sabrina Segar anchored Martin County Area’s meet-opening rotation on the vault with a first-place score of 9.15 and the Magic never looked back on Monday night. Segar generated 35.275 points to earn the all-around crown, including first-place ...

Windom Area nets 6-1 win over Fairmont Area

WINDOM — The Windom Area Eagles overcame an early 1-0 deficit to beat the Fairmont Area Cardinals, 6-1, during regular-season Big South Conference girls hockey action on Monday night in Windom. Eighth-grade phenom forward Mackenzie Householder scored the Cardinals’ first-period goal ...

No. 9 Red Bulls crown 5 champions, place 2nd at East Invite

MANKATO — Five Fairmont/Martin County West grapplers struck gold to guide the short-handed Class 2A, No. 9-ranked Red Bulls to a second-place finish at the nine-team Mankato East Invitational on Saturday. Lucas Jagodzinske (106), Jaxson Rohman (113), Connor Simmonds (120), Miles Fitzgerald ...

TUG-O-WAR — Martin County West guard Alyssa Williamson (left) and Minnehaha Academy guard Terra Rhoades (23) tussle for possession of the basketball during nonconference action Saturday in Sherburn. The Mavericks’ Cheyenne Owens (21) and Karlee Thiesse (back) watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

No. 4 Redhawks best MCW in girls hoops

SHERBURN — While only a sophomore, guard Mia Curtis and her Minnehaha Academy basketball teammates already have faced tougher foes than either a full-court press or man-to-man defense. The hard-driving 5-foot-9 Curtis poured in a game-high 24 points as she and the Class 2A, No. 4-ranked ...

Winhawks post 7-2 win over Cardinals

WINONA — Roman Grulkowski produced a hat trick and teammate Jack Thompson netted a playmaker with three assists to power the Winona Winhawks to a 7-2 non-league hockey decision over the Fairmont Area Cardinals on Saturday in Winona. Thompson triggered Winona’s 2-0 lead after one period of ...

CONGRATS — Fairmont Area’s Tony Nuss (left) receives congratulations from Cardinal teammates Riley Chaffee (second from left), Carson Kuhl (13) and Hudson Artz after scoring one of his three goals to help power the home team to a 4-2 win over Redwood Valley on Friday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Nuss’ hat trick tops Fairmont win

FAIRMONT — Colby Kuhl has been the Fairmont Area Cardinals boys hockey team’s anchor for as long as he’s been in goal. In his last game at Martin County Arena, he showed exactly why. Kuhl dove for, smacked away and caught 53 saves in the hometown Cardinals’ 4-2 win over the visiting ...

EASY BASKET — North Union guard Breanna Anderson (23) glides by Garner-Hayfield/Ventura defenders Maddie Williams (35) and Morgan Ryerson (middle left) for a layup during Iowa prep hoops action Friday night in Armstrong. The Warriors’ Samantha Hagedorn (30), Chloe Lofstrom (left) and Hallie Reese (bottom), along with the Cardinals’ Jillian Heitland, watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

No. 9 Warriors pluck Cardinals, 72-25

ARMSTRONG — Relentless full-court pressure, unselfish passing and high-percentage shooting inside the arc steamrolled the Iowa Class 2A, No. 9-ranked North Union girls basketball team to a 72-25 rout over Garner-Hayfield/Ventura on Friday night. Freshman point guard Jayden Frank, who ...

New Ulm ekes out win over Martin Co. Area

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Eagles gymnastics team edged the Martin County Area Magic 138.65-137.625 during a Big South Conference dual meet on Thursday night in New Ulm. Sabrina Segar won the vault and uneven parallel bars to pace a top all-around total of 35.975 points for the Magic. The ...

B.E. Area pins loss on LCWM

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area wrestling team notched a 49-22 nonconference win over the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights on Thursday night. Caleb Beeler and Davis Sunken got the Bucs an early 7-0 lead. Beeler, the Bucs’ 106-pounder, took a 7-3 win over Tucker Willis before Sunken ...

PREP WORK — Fairmont Cardinal head baseball coach Todd Sukalski hits grounders and fly balls to his infielders and outfielders during a pregame warmup session at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont last spring. After producing 203 wins, four state appearances and seven conference championships during the past 11 prep seasons, Sukalski announced his resignation earlier this week. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Sukalski resigns as Fairmont baseball coach

FAIRMONT — “There’s an old saying, ‘Leave a program better than you got it.’ No shot intended at the former head coaches, but that’s what he accomplished during his time here,” Fairmont activities director Mat Mahoney said in reference to Todd Sukalski’s announcement earlier ...

BLOCKED — Fairmont center Alli Lardy blocks a shot by Martin County West’s Renae Eckmann during non-league basketball action Thursday night in Sherburn. Fairmont’s Brooke Hunwardsen (5) assists defensively on the play, while the Cardinals’ Maggy Totzke (1) and the Mavericks’ Karlee Thiesse look on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Mavericks deal hoops loss to Cardinals

SHERBURN — Maia Taylor triggered a pivotal 8-0 first-half run to build a 17-8 lead for Martin County West before the hometown Mavericks and Fairmont Cardinals nearly played even — 25-23 — for the non-league basketball game’s final 26 1/2 minutes on Thursday night. Alyssa Williamson ...

BASELINE JUMPER — Blue Earth Area’s Lindsey Norman (1) fires a baseline jumpshot over Jackson County Central’s Melissa Brandt during basketball action on Thursday night in Blue Earth. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Mertens/Faribault County Register)

Rorman powers Bucs past Huskies

BLUE EARTH — Coming into Thursday’s contest, the Blue Earth Area Bucs knew what to expect against the Jackson County Central Huskies. When the two teams last played on Dec. 29, in the Blue Earth Holiday Tournament, the Huskies got the better of the Bucs for a narrow two-point win. This ...

Connor Simmonds

No. 9 Red Bulls stampede to triangular sweep

WABASSO — The Class AA, No. 9-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls wrestling team defeated the Luverne Cardinals, 79-0, before taking a 44-19 win over the Wabasso/Red Rock Central Bobcats in Thursday’s triangular in Wabasso. Blake Jagodzinske and Tristan Lange each earned pins at ...

2018 FHS HOF class announced

FAIRMONT — Six former Cardinal athletic standouts and two former Fairmont coaches will be inducted into the 2018 Fairmont Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Fairmont High School. Former Cardinal head girls golf mentor Ron Kallheim and former Fairmont track & field assistant coach Dave ...

Hallie Reese

Reese’s 27 lead Warriors over Eagles

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa — Hallie Reese went 10-for-17 shooting for 27 points to allow the Class 2A, No. 9-ranked North Union Warriors girls basketball team a 92-24 Top of Iowa Conference win over the Eagle Grove Eagles on Tuesday. Reese also produced six steals and seven rebounds in the win. ...

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Fairmont coach Sukalski resigns FAIRMONT — Fairmont Cardinals head baseball coach Todd Sukalski announced that he has resigned from coaching on Wednesday. Sukalski was at the Cardinals’ baseball helm for 11 years and made four trips to the state tournament. A full story by sports editor ...

PULL-UP JUMPER — Fairmont guard Lexi Lunn fires a pull-up jumper over St. James’ Jaelyn Haler (14) and Kayla Hanson (12) during Big South Conference basketball action Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Maggy Totzke (back right) and the Saints’ Ellie Becker wait to check in. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont girls hoopsters rout St. James

FAIRMONT — For a second straight game, Lexi Lunn has been the driving force behind the Fairmont Cardinals girls basketball team. The junior guard went 4-for-4 from 3-point range to finish with 17 points in the Cardinals’ 65-24 Big South Conference win over the St. James Saints on Tuesday ...