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CROSS OVER — Fairmont Cardinals’ Brooke Hunwardsen (right) crosses over and drives past St. James’ guard Zoie Becker (4) during Tuesday night’s game in Fairmont. The Cardinals won, 65-23. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinals trample Saints, 65-23

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Cardinals held the St. James Saints to only nine first-half points for a 65-23 Big South Conference girls basketball win on Tuesday. “It was fun to see everybody playing well as a team. All the girls — even our subs — came in and gave us positive things on the ...

Derek Missling

Missling, Cardinals post victory over Saints

ST. JAMES — Derek Missling tallied 18 points in the Fairmont Cardinals’ 64-51 Big South Conference boys basketball victory Tuesday night in St. James. Missling added four rebounds to his scoring performance. Walker Tordsen led the Cardinals in rebounding with seven to complement 15 points ...

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MCW tips off at 6:30 p.m. TRIMONT — The Martin County West Maverick varsity girls basketball team’s game against Hill-Murray tonight will tip off at 6:30 p.m. in Trimont. PeeWees fall to NUSE team FAIRMONT — New Ulm/Sleepy Eye defeated the DeWar-Aust-Roskop PeeWee ‘B’ ...

MIDCOURT SPRINT — Fairmont guard Abby DeWitt (middle) outsprints Windom Area forward Maurissa Isaacs (front left) to the loose basketball near midcourt during the Windom Area Holiday Classic’s championship game on Friday in Windom. Fairmont’s Alli Lardy (back left) and Taylor Crissinger (21), along with Windom Area’s Kyli Naumann (far right) trail the action. DeWitt, Crissinger and Isaacs were selected to the all-tournament team for their efforts. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont hoopsters win classic crown

WINDOM — After a 7-year hiatus from the Windom Area Holiday Classic, the Fairmont Cardinal girls basketball team emerged victorious on Friday during its return to the two-day event. Fairmont outscored the host Windom Area Eagles 12-0 during the final seven minutes of regulation to cap a ...

Tyler Head

Head nets hattrick to engineer Cardinals’ win

BENSON — Fairmont Area forward Tyler Head produced a game-best five points, including a hattrick, to power the Cardinals to a 5-2 victory over the host Morris/Benson Area Storm during the third-place game of the MBA Storm boys hockey holiday tournament on Friday night at the Benson Civic ...

WARMING UP — Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls wrestler Collin Steuber (left front) warms up with teammate Theo Krumholz (right) and assistant coach Dusty Faber (left back) during a recent team practice at Fairmont High School. Steuber, who’s ranked ninth in Class AA at 152 pounds, collected the 100th win of his prep wrestling career on Dec. 13. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Steuber pins way to 100th career wrestling win

FAIRMONT — Collin Steuber already is off to a solid start for the Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls wrestling team. The Class AA, No. 9-ranked 152-pound junior wrestler has taken home a gold medal at the season-opening Maher Invitational in Blue Earth. Steuber also captured runner-up ...

POWER IN THE PAINT — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther’s Hanna Geistfeld (55) powers past Blue Earth Area’s Samantha Ripley (second from left) and Kaylor Jacobs (right) during the BEA Holiday Classic championship game Thursday in Blue Earth. The Bucs’ Brittany Johnson (left) looks on. (Photo courtesy of Susan Petrowiak)

Jaguars edge Bucs for holiday crown

BLUE EARTH — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther senior sharpshooter Alexis Brummond did not waste any time in reaching a prep basketball career milestone on Thursday. Brummond needed six points to reach the 1,000-point mark, and produced the Jaguars’ first seven points ...

Lexi Lunn

Fairmont hoopsters nip KMS in Classic

WINDOM — The Fairmont Cardinals girls basketball lineup rallied behind a second-half comeback to tame the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Fighting Saints, 68-57, during opening-round action at the Windom Area Holiday Classic on Thursday night in Windom. Fairmont (5-3) advances to play host Windom ...

ELEVATING — Fairmont guard Nate Kallenbach (4) elevates over St. Clair’s Mitchell Weber (25) and Grant Nagel (21) during the Pepsi/Bethany Lutheran College Holiday Invitational’s consolation basketball championship on Thursday night in Mankato. Fairmont’s Sam Schwieger (2) and Walker Tordsen (15) look on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinals quiet Cyclones at BLC Tour

MANKATO — The Fairmont Cardinals boys basketball team coasted to a 59-40 triumph over the St. Clair Cyclones during the consolation championship game of the Pepsi/Bethany Lutheran College Holiday Tournament on Thursday night in Mankato. Fairmont built a 26-18 halftime advantage before ...

Prairie Centre skates to tourney win over Fairmont Area

BENSON — The Prairie Centre Area North Stars overcame a 38-33 shots-on-goal deficit and a Fairmont Area power-play goal to post a 5-2 victory over the Cardinals during the Morris/Benson Area Storm holiday boys hockey tournament on Thursday at the Benson Civic Center. Senior forward Petr ...

REJECTION — Fairmont’s Derek Missling (24) rejects a running jumper by Le Sueur-Henderson’s Cole Pengilly (3) during consolation semifinal basketball action Wednesday night at the Pepsi/Bethany Lutheran College Holiday Invitational in Mankato. Fairmont’s Brady Allen (5), Sam Schwieger (2), Nate Kallenbach (4) and Lucas Denney (33) watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinals floor Giants at BLC hoops invite

MANKATO — Fairmont’s frontcourt of 6-foot-6 power forward Derek Missling, 6-7 center Walker Tordsen and 6-2 forward Brady Allen — ironically — proved too much height for the Le Sueur-Henderson Giants to overcome during holiday basketball action at Bethany Lutheran College on Wednesday ...

RUNNING ONE-HANDER — Blue Earth Area’s Collin Bell (13) tosses a running one-handed shot over United South Central defender Ryan Kloos (35) during opening-round basketball action in the Blue Earth Area Holiday Classic on Wednesday night in Blue Earth. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Mertens/Faribault County Register)

BEA boys cagers to face No. 4 JCC for title

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth Area freshman forward Caelan Sanders connected on 7 of 8 free throws to set the tone for the hometown Buc basketball team on Wednesday night in Blue Earth. Caelan Sanders delivered a team-best 24 points as Blue Earth Area connected on 22 of 32 free throws for 69 ...

Lightning strike in hockey win over Cardinals

BLAINE — The Northern Lakes Lightning struck for four first-period goals to ignite a 6-1 victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals during the third and final round of the Schwan’s Cup girls hockey tournament on Wednesday in Blaine. Trailing 5-0, the Cardinals’ Taylor Nuss managed to ...

ANGLING — Fairmont post player Lucas Denney (33) angles under the basket to flip a shot off the backboard against St. Croix Lutheran forward Adam Arroyo during first-round basketball action at the Pepsi/Bethany Lutheran College Holiday Invitational on Tuesday night in Mankato. (Photo by Greg Abel)

St. Croix Lutheran fends off Fairmont at BLC Invite

MANKATO — The Fairmont Cardinals boys basketball team rallied to outscore the Class 2A, No. 19-ranked St. Croix Lutheran Crusaders, 26-18, during the final 18 minutes of Tuesday night’s first-round game of the Pepsi/Bethany Lutheran College Holiday Invitational in Mankato. Unfortunately ...

Anna Nordquist

Bears’ balance trips up Cardinals hockey in Cup play

BLAINE — The Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears used a balanced scoring attack to post a 7-1 victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals during second-round Schwan’s Cup girls hockey action Tuesday in Blaine. Trailing 4-0 after two periods, Anna Nordquist tallied the Cardinals’ only goal of the ...

Marshall hockey shuts out Fairmont Area in tourney

BLAINE — Marshall junior wing Rachel VanKeulen and senior wing Tessa Coudron produced one goal and one assist apiece to power the Tigers to a 3-0 victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals during the opening round of the Schwan’s Cup open division holiday hockey tournament on Monday in ...

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Pirsig, Gophers to play in bowl SAN DIEGO — University of Minnesota senior offensive tackle and former Blue Earth Area standout Jonah Pirsig and the Golden Gophers football team will play Washington State at 6 p.m. Tuesday night in the Holiday Bowl. Minnesota and Washington State ...

Holiday prep tournaments give fans an option

FAIRMONT — Tired of watching such college football classics as the Poinsettia Bowl, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and my personal favorite — the Belk Bowl — during the holiday break? I’m assuming the southern Minnesota faithful will flip their remote controls to the original ESPN ...

North Union hoopsters net sweep

ARMSTRONG — Eight straight wins to open the Iowa girls basketball campaign. Sharpshooting guard Alexis Valvick netted 12 points to top a balanced scoring attack as the North Union Warriors coasted to a 53-32 victory over the St. Ansgar Saints during Top of Iowa Conference hoops action ...

CRASHING THE BOARDS — Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain post player Zayne Engel (14) powers a putback over Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial’s Brady Isebrand (4) during Valley Conference action Thursday night in Northrop. Engel recently cleared the 1,000-point career scoring mark. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Jaguars’ Engel surpasses 1,000-point career mark

NORTHROP — To say that Zayne Engel can score is a fair statement. Truman/ Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain Jaguars’ senior post player is averaging 24 points and scored his 1,000th point during the fifth game of the season. The moment was bittersweet as the Jaguars lost to ...