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LOOKING FOR SPACE — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman sophomore running back Carter Spear (4) takes the handoff from quarterback Derek Shoen (21) and looks for running room around West Lutheran defender Nate VonderHaar (6) during 9-Man football action Friday night in Truman. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Jaguars fend off Warriors, 30-8

TRUMAN — There are very few football teams that depend on younger players, but the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman Jaguars football team made it work in its favor. Freshman quarterback Owen Wolter and sophomore running back Carter Spear helped the Jaguars to a 30-8 District 9, South ...

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Correction Kaylene Lindquist scored a pair of goals to help guide the Fairmont Area Cardinals to a 7-2 victory over the Worthington Trojans during junior varsity soccer action Thursday night at Kot Soccer Complex. MCW spikers edge Nicollet NICOLLET — The Martin County West Mavericks ...

WARMING UP — First-year North Union Warriors head volleyball coach Amanda Goche (middle) connects on spikes to her team during the pre-match warmup sessions Tuesday night in Armstrong. Assistant coach Kelsie Johnson (left) and hitter Chelsey Glatz (14) assist during the drill. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Goche takes over Warriors’ reins

Right after practice on Wednesday night, Amanda Goche instructed the North Union Warriors volleyball team to bring all of their jerseys to Thursday’s game against Belmond-Klemme in Belmond, Iowa. The reason was because they were mixing things up and doing some things differently. The same ...

BASELINE RETURN — Fairmont second singles player Claire Nemmers connects on a forehand return from behind the baseline during a Big South Conference dual tennis meet on Thursday at the Cardinal Courts in Fairmont. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

No. 10 BEA tennis serves 6-1 loss to Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The Class A, No. 10-ranked Blue Earth Area Bucs tennis team won its third straight meet after beating the Fairmont Cardinals, 6-1, during Big South Conference action on Thursday. “We knew they were going to be good, their record shows that,” Cardinals head coach Eric Johnson ...

CONVERGING — Fairmont Area strikers Abby DeWitt (left) and Brooke Hunwardsen (right) converge on the lead pass as Worthington’s Beatriz Gabriel (20) attempts to defend during Big South Conference soccer action Thursday night at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinals girls soccer wins 4th in a row

FAIRMONT — Four in a row. Senior striker Brooke Hunwardsen produced a game-best five points, including four goals, while sophomore striker Joni Becker collected four points, including a hat trick, to power the Fairmont Area Cardinals soccer team to a 9-0 rout of the winless Worthington ...

AT THE APEX — Fairmont’s Bailee Swanson (9) tips the volleyball around Blue Earth Area’s Lindsey Norman (8) during Big South play Thursday night in Fairmont. The Bucs’ Sofie Blair (2) and the Cardinals’ Taylor Crissinger look on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinals spike way past Bucs, 3-1

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Cardinals strung together various runs throughout their match for a 3-1 Big South Conference volleyball win over the Blue Earth Area Bucs on Thursday night. The Cardinals won the first two games, 25-16, 25-19, before the Bucs avoided a sweep with the 25-12 Game 3 ...

Fairmont cross country runs to 1st, 8th at TCU Invite

MONTGOMERY — Laura Thompson, Sarah Krumholz and Iliana Ramon delivered top-10 showings in the team competition to power the Class A, No. 3-ranked Fairmont Cardinals girls cross country team to first-place accolades at the Gerry Smith Invitational on Thursday. Thompson, an eighth-grade ...

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Fairmont hits the road to Jordan for Week 2

FAIRMONT — If the first two ever South Central Red District football games between the Fairmont Cardinals and Jordan Hubmen are an indication of Friday night’s 7 p.m. Week 2 clash, passing and points will be aplenty at Ames Field in Jordan. Tyler Tennyson threw for a career-best 216 yards ...

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Cardinals open season with win BLUE EARTH — The Fairmont Cardinals beat the Blue Earth Area Bucs, 26-8, during JV football action on Monday night. Alex Kotewa went 4 of 9 passing for 108 yards with two touchdowns. Kotewa threw a 77-yard score to Dustin Schultz, a 24-yard TD to Tony Nuss and ...

ELEVATING — North Union outside hitter Erin Goraczkowski (front left) elevates before hammering the set from Kate Anderson (back left) over West Hancock blockers Brigid Smith (front right) and Sydney Burgardt (back right) during Top of Iowa Conference volleyball action Tuesday night in Armstrong. North Union’s Dayna Umscheid (left), Bre Anderson (1) and Chloe Lofstrom (middle) watch the spike. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

North Union spikers flatten West Hancock

ARMSTRONG — Anderson, Anderson & Goraczkowski sound like attorneys in a law firm, and North Union’s volleyball trio ruled the court in Armstrong on Tuesday night. Erin Goraczkowski hammered 12 kills, Kate Anderson distributed 21 set assists and Bre Anderson produced 19 points behind ...

ENTANGLED — Fairmont Area’s Ben Hernes (right) and Southwest Minnesota Christian’s Shane Van Essen (left) get tangled up while sprinting to the soccer ball during action Tuesday at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Eagles post shutout over Cardinals

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area Cardinals faced an uphill battle going into the second half of their nonconference boys soccer game against the Southwest Minnesota Christian Eagles on Tuesday. Despite shutting out the Eagles in the final frame, the Cardinals couldn’t overcome a four-goal ...

Fairmont Area girls soccer kicks East, 5-1

MANKATO — Fairmont Area netkeeper Taylor Eicholz pitched a shutout during the final 40 minutes on Tuesday, while striker Abby DeWitt hammered back-to-back second-half goals to snap a 1-all halftime tie with Mankato East in Mankato. Eicholz finished with 15 saves, DeWitt produced two goals ...

Fairmont volleyball outslugs NRHEG

NEW RICHLAND — The Fairmont Cardinals battled back from a 2-1 match deficit to beat the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers, 25-17, 23-25, 25-27, 25-16, 18-16 during volleyball action on Tuesday in New Richland. Courtney Williams had a Cardinals-best 17 kills while going ...

BEA tennis rolls by Luverne, 6-1

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area Bucs girls tennis team has won three of its last four meets after beating the Luverne Cardinals, 6-1, on Tuesday. Macie Stevermer, Julia Hanson, Arika Howard and Tea Armstrong each won in singles play for the Bucs’ sweep. Stevermer took a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win ...

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Franta, SJU roll to 98-0 triumph COLLEGEVILLE — Senior linebacker David Franta and the No. 10-ranked St. John’s football team flattened St. Scholastica, 98-0, in Saturday’s season-opener. Franta returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown. The former Blue Earth Area standout also ...

Kallheim sinks ace

Kallheim sinks 5th career ace FAIRMONT — Former Fairmont High School head girls golf coach Ron Kallheim connected for a hole-in-one on the fifth hole at Interlaken Golf Course on Thursday. Kallheim produced his third career ace on the 130-yard hole at the Fairmont-based golf course en ...

STIFF-ARM SHOT — North Union running back Derek Thompson (30) delivers a stiff-arm to Rockford defender Dillon Schriever while picking up a large chunk of yardage on a run during Iowa prep football action Friday night in Armstrong. (Photo by Greg Abel)

North Union outguns Rockford, 52-27

ARMSTRONG — Running backs Derek Thompson and Isaac Engeman were greeted with cheers, hugs and hi-fives after the North Union Warriors’ football game. The two combined for 204 rushing yards to complement six touchdowns equally in North Union’s high-scoring 52-27 non-district Iowa win ...

CHARGING MAVERICK — Martin County West running back Thai Risk (11) sprints around a block by Maverick offensive lineman Hans Kellam (far left) for a long gain during season-opening football action Friday night in Sherburn. Le Sueur-Henderson’s Mitchell Borchardt (65) and William Stutsman (right) pursue Risk. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Giants run by Mavericks in football opener

SHERBURN — Le Sueur-Henderson’s Jared Miller and Gabe Webster have each proven to be difficult to catch when competing in the high hurdles and sprints during the spring track season. Miller and Webster proved just as elusive on the Sherburn gridiron during Friday night’s football ...

U10 soccer campaign winds down

FAIRMONT — LB Pork Lime Green beat Commodity Services Kelly Green, 5-0, during U10 boys soccer action on Aug. 14. Nolyn Goerndt recorded a hat trick, and Jackson Bremer scored twice. D&S Trophies Neon Orange 7, Welcome Motors Atomic Blue 1 — Jeremiah Lebbi totaled four goals for Neon ...

RETURNING HOME — First-year Fairmont Area C-squad boys soccer coach Matt Tennyson gives instructions from the sideline during the Cardinals’ home-opening match on Tuesday night at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont. Tennyson returns to the Fairmont Area soccer sideline after producing one of the most prolific prep careers in the 12-year program’s history. Fairmont Area head varsity boys soccer coach Brady Meyer (left) ponders a question from Cardinal player Darrin Thingstad (2). (Photo by Greg Abel)

Tennyson returns home, joins staff

FAIRMONT — Tuesday night was the Fairmont Area Cardinals boys soccer team’s home opener at Kot Soccer Complex. Just before the varsity game, Matt Tennyson could be found running drills with goalie Tyson Geerdes in preparation for the match. During the game, Tennyson stood on the sideline, ...