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COACH AT WORK — Blue Earth Area Bucs baseball head coach Todd Schmidtke (right) gives Hunter Bleess instructions before his at-bat during Monday’s Big South Conference game against Waseca. Schmidtke has been selected to coach in the Play Ball! MN High School All-Star Series on June 21-24 in Chanhassen. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Schmidtke to coach All-Star series

BLUE EARTH — In 1980, Todd Schmidtke sat in the stands and watched as his father, Howard, coach in the Minnesota High School Baseball All-Star Series. Howard led the Outstate Team to a 3-0 record to win the championship. “One of the kids he coached was Terry Steinbach,” Todd Schmidtke ...

FOREHAND RETURN — Fairmont first doubles player Tony Joseph drills a forehand return during Big South Conference tennis action on Thursday at the Cardinal Courts in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont tennis zips B.E. Area

FAIRMONT — Four down, one to go. The Fairmont Cardinals tennis team completed its fourth dual meet of the week with a 7-0 Big South Conference win over the Blue Earth Area Bucs on Thursday at the Cardinal Courts. “Yesterday in practice — the first practice we’ve had in a long time ...

DIVING HOME — Fairmont runner Ericka Kim stirs up the dust while diving on a play at the plate with Blue Earth Area catcher Ryanne Klabunde during Big South Conference softball action Thursday at Cardinal Park in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinals softball thumps Bucs

FAIRMONT — Courtney Williams hammered her 12th home run of the softball season in dramatic fashion during Thursday’s Big South Conference game at Cardinal Park. Williams unleashed a walk-off, towering two-run blast to center field with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning to cap the ...

Collin Steuber

Cardinals baseball topples Bucs in 5

BLUE EARTH — Fairmont right-hander Collin Steuber hurled a five-hit gem and teammate Lance Becker produced four RBIs to power the Cardinals to an 11-1, five-inning Big South Conference baseball victory over the Blue Earth Area Bucs on Thursday in Blue Earth. Steuber allowed one earned run ...

Saxton, Bahr top Week 3 shooters

FAIRMONT — Camren Saxton and Tucker Bahr each broke 46 clay targets to pace Fairmont Area’s trapshooting team during the third week of Minnesota State High School League action on Wednesday. Saxton produced back-to-back 23s to net his total, while Bahr connected on 21 of his first 25 ...

B.E. Area boys golf nips Eagles

ELMORE — Teammates Braden Gudahl and Gaven Bruellman shared co-medalist honors to lead the Blue Earth Area Bucs boys golf team to a 160-189 win over the Windom Area Eagles on Thursday at Minn-Iowa Golf Course in Elmore. The Eagles girls golf team edged the Bucs, 212-214, to win the ...

CLEARING ALL HURDLES — Blue Earth Area’s Seth Becker (right), shown beating Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial/Nicollet’s Logan Stock to the finish line in the 300-meter hurdles during May 5’s Sentinel Relays track & field meet in Fairmont, played a key role in guiding the Bucs to the Section 2A True Team championship Tuesday night in Wells. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

B.E. Area girls, boys tracksters sweep to state

WELLS — Blue Earth Area’s girls track & field lineup earned its incredible 12th consecutive Class A True Team state bid, while the Bucs boys track & field crew returns to Stillwater High School for the first time since 2013. Melissa Hagedorn swept the hurdles events, while ...

Huskies sweep golf dual with Mavericks

SHERBURN — The Jackson County Central Huskies swept both ends of a boys-girls golf double-dual with the Martin County West Mavericks on Tuesday at Fox Lake Golf Course. Jack Brinkman fired a 38 to earn medalist honors in guiding the Huskies to a 164-178 boys victory. Scott Flatebo ...

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Correction Bryan Grotte shot an 18-hole round of 41-44—85 to top the Fairmont Cardinal boys golfers’ ninth-place team score of 370 during Saturday’s Cardinal Invitational at Rose Lake Golf Course near Fairmont. Jaguars’ game time switched TRUMAN — The Martin ...

JH tracksters compete in 3

ST. JAMES — Fairmont’s junior high boys and girls track & field teams placed third in the St. James Area meet on Monday. The Cardinals girls won the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay to total 87 points, while the boys garnered 77 points for the third-place finish. Tyson Kube won the shot ...

Fairmont takes 3rd at True Team section track

MANKATO — The Fairmont Cardinals boys and girls track & field teams each placed third in the Section 2AA True Team Meet on Tuesday at Mankato East High School in Mankato. Belle Plaine and Mankato East totaled 505 points. But Belle Plaine edged out East via a paper meet to advance to the ...

BACKHAND RETURN — Fairmont fourth singles netter Ben Hernes connects on a backhand return during nonconference tennis action against Albert Lea on Tuesday at the Cardinal Courts in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Tiger netters scratch out win over Cardinals

FAIRMONT — Tuesday’s dual tennis meet between the Fairmont Cardinals and the Albert Lea Tigers came down to the very last match. The Tigers held a 3-2 lead before Cardinals’ No. 1 singles netter Carter Klanderud fended off Austin Dulitz, 7-5, 7-6 (14-12). In another tight match, Andrew ...

BLAST-OFF — Fairmont’s Lance Becker hammers a delivery for an extra-base hit during Game 1 of a Big South Conference baseball doubleheader on Tuesday at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. Waseca catcher Justin Dahnert watches the connection. Fairmont went on to sweep both ends of the twinbill. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont sweeps twinbill from Waseca

FAIRMONT — Nate Kallenbach’s efficient Game 1 relief pitching allowed Fairmont’s junior shortstop to earn a rare pair of saves during Tuesday night’s Big South Conference baseball twinbill at Herb Wolf Field. Kallenbach worked the final 1 2/3 innings on only 23 pitches to preserve the ...

FHS girls golf drops triangular

WASECA — The Albert Lea Tigers girls golf team combined for a winning score of 367 during Waseca’s triangular on Tuesday at Wedgewood Golf Course in Waseca. The host Bluejays carded a runner-up score of 387, followed by the Fairmont Cardinals at third with a score of 406. The meet also ...

Parker Oleson

Oleson medals, North Union golfers 2nd at conference

BELMOND, Iowa — North Union senior golf standout Parker Oleson and his Warrior teammates tied for the Top of Iowa Conference Meet’s Western Division tournament’s championship on Monday. Unfortunately for the Oleson, the 2017 league tournament gold medalist, Bishop Garrigan tourney ...

SQUEEZED CATCH — Fairmont starting pitcher Kaitlyn Freese (5) catches a sky-high infield popup near Luverne hitter Gracie Bosch (right) along the first base line during Big South Conference softball action Monday night at Cardinal Park in Fairmont. Fairmont first baseman Mallory Gochanour (second from left) and Luverne runner Zayna Hustoft (far left) watch the action. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Luverne softball thunders past FHS

FAIRMONT — Luverne’s top four batters in its lineup proved both highly productive and efficient during Big South Conference softball action Monday in Fairmont. Leadoff hitter Mariah Aukes, No. 2 batter Katie Kracht, No. 3 hitter Rylee Olson and cleanup batter Ariel DeBeer combined for ...

BEATING THE THROW — Blue Earth Area runner Hunter Bleess beats the throw to Waseca catcher Justin Dahnert to score a run during Big South Conference baseball action on Monday in Blue Earth. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Waseca’s late rally defeats BEA

BLUE EARTH — Normally, rain would cause difficult conditions in which to play baseball. But the Waseca Bluejays somehow weren’t bothered by it. The visitors inched their way to a tie before generating five runs in the sixth inning to beat the Blue Earth Area Bucs, 8-3, during Big South ...

Fairmont nets split in BSC tennis

LUVERNE — The Fairmont Cardinals boys tennis team went 1-1 during Big South Conference tennis action on Monday in Luverne. The visiting Cardinals shut out the Pipestone Arrows, 7-0, but fell to the host Luverne Cardinals, 5-2. Carter Klanderud and Tyler Head and Ben Hernes all won their ...

CRANKING IT — Fairmont golfer Maggy Totzke hammers her tee shot during the 10-team Cardinal Invitational on Saturday at Interlaken Golf Course in Fairmont. Totzke and the host Cardinals went on to capture fourth place with a season-low total of 399. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Senf guides FHS golfers to 4th at invite

FAIRMONT — Professional golfer John Daly literally made them his trademark. Former Fairmont individual state qualifier Carter Welchlin made them a part of his high school golf ensemble. Cardinal head golf coach Brad Haugen will don them for a future competition after joyfully losing his bet ...

ACCURATE CHIP — Fairmont golfer Colby Grotte chips onto the 18th green at Rose Lake Golf Course outside of Fairmont during the Cardinal Invitational on Saturday. Grotte and the host Cardinals went on to place ninth on the event. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Cardinal boys golfers net 9th at own tourney

FAIRMONT — The Marshall Tigers boys golf team may have had the top two finishers, but the New Ulm Eagles combined for a 319 to win the Cardinal Invitational on Saturday at Rose Lake Golf Course in Fairmont. Marshall did manage a score of 320 and a second-place finish behind New Ulm. Spencer ...