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Fairmont hoopsters top Tri-City United

FAIRMONT — Fairmont and Tri-City United traded 3-pointers to produce a 30-24 halftime score Monday night before power forward Dustin Schultz and shooting guard Jack Hested triggered the Cardinals’ pivotal 13-0 offensive outburst to open the second half. Schultz delivered a dozen of his ...

Larson hits buzzer beater to lift MCW over St. James Area

SHERBURN — Kolton Larson delivered the buzzer-beating game-winning shot off a drive-and-dish play by Wyatt Geistfeld to help the Martin County West Mavericks squeeze by the St. James Area Saints, 56-54, during nonconference basketball action Monday night. Ironically, Kobe Mohwinkel, who ...

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MCW hoopsters earn No. 4 seed TRIMONT — The Martin County West Mavericks girls basketball lineup netted the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Section 3AA, South Sub-Section playoffs. Martin County West plays host to No. 5-seeded Windom Area at 7 p.m. Saturday in Trimont in a sub-section ...

MCA’s Bachenberg, Segar qualify for state gymnastics meet

REDWOOD FALLS — Martin County Area gymnasts Anna Bachenberg and Sabrina Segar floored their Section 3 rivals to earn a pair of Class A individual state bids. Bachenberg generated a first-place score of 9.225 points to capture the sectional floor exercise’s gold medal, while Segar tied ...

MCW ices Valley hoops crown; Fairmont bests St. James

SHERBURN — Undefeated Valley Conference boys basketball champions. The Martin County West Mavericks capped a perfect 12-0 record in the conference by scoring 32 first-half points to pace a 62-52 victory over the Mankato Loyola Crusaders during Saturday night’s Valley Showcase ...

Red Bulls miss state wrestling bid by criteria

WORTHINGTON — Saturday’s Section 3AA team wrestling finals were almost too dramatic to believe. The No. 10-ranked Marshall Tigers took down the No. 4-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls 30-29 via a criteria ‘C’ tiebreaker to make it to the state team tournament starting Feb. ...

No. 9 Knights down Bucs, earn state wrestling bid

LE SUEUR — For Blue Earth Area Bucs head wrestling coach Randy Wirtjes, the Section 2A Team Meet has resembled the movie, “Groundhog Day” during the past four years. Blue Earth Area reeled off eight falls to pace a 64-15 quarterfinal win over Westfield before Dominic Whitlow and Ian ...

Anderson joins elite 150-win club

Payton Anderson took home more than an all-conference selection from the Valley Conference Duals in Lake Crystal last Saturday — he collected career win No. 150. In the Class AA No. 4-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls’ dual against the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights, ...

MCW uses early surge to down Jaguars in Showcase clash

NORTHROP — Balanced overall scoring, synchronized first-half defense and solid second-half free throw shooting kept the Martin County West Mavericks perfect in the Valley Conference boys basketball standings on Friday night. Wyatt Geistfeld produced stellar all-around numbers of 19 points, ...

Luverne’s 2nd-half rally trips up MCW

TRIMONT — Luverne’s defense caused trouble all night. The Luverne Cardinals beat the Martin County West Mavericks 54-45 in a non-league game in Trimont on Friday night. The Mavericks celebrated senior night in their final home game of the regular season. The Mavericks went into the ...

New Ulm boys hockey glides by Fairmont Area

SLEEPY EYE — The New Ulm Eagles soared by the Fairmont Area Cardinals in a Big South Conferene boys hockey clash Friday night. New Ulm beat the Cardinals 11-1 in the matchup and outshot the Cardinals 57-12. Hudson Artz scored the lone Cardinal goal off an assist from Carter Olson with ...

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North Union basketball district game moved ALGONA, Iowa — The Iowa Class 1A, District 3 boys basketball quarterfinal between North Union and Bishop Garrigan will tip off at 8 p.m. tonight in Algona. The winner advances to face either West Hancock or Central Springs in an 8 p.m. district ...

Morphew tops North Union’s District 3 victory

ARMSTRONG — The Warriors stole a win to stay alive. North Union beat the Northwood-Kensett Vikings 64-39 in the first round of the Iowa Class 1A, District 3 boys basketball playoffs Wednesday night in Armstrong. The win moves North Union (5-15) into the district quarterfinals against ...

Emmetsburg edges North Union in Region 2 quarterfinals

ARMSTRONG — Emmetsburg head girls basketball coach Anny Fiene now knows first-hand the meaning of the proverb, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” Junior forward Gretchen Hofstad made half of the E-Hawks’ dozen fourth-quarter free throws to help Emmetsburg overcome North Union ...

Iowa basketball playoffs tip off tonight

ARMSTRONG — The North Union Warriors boys basketball team’s Iowa Class 1A, District 3 first-round game against Northwood-Kensett will tip off at 6 p.m. tonight in Armstrong. The game, originally set for Monday and reslated for Tuesday, was postponed both times due to inclement weather and ...

Mavericks edge Raiders by 4 in Showcase game

SHERBURN — The Mavericks made their free throws. Martin County West beat the Nicollet Raiders 61-57 in the opening game of the Valley Conference Showcase in Sherburn. The win kept the Mavericks perfect in Valley Conference basketball play at 10-0. With the game tied at 52 and less than ...

Bucs, Jaguars hoopsters each fall in final seconds

WELLS — Nolan Magnuson drained a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to propel the United South Central Rebels to a 59-58 victory over the Blue Earth Area Bucs during nonconference basketball action Monday night in Wells. AJ Kloos netted a game-best 21 points for the Rebels, who rallied ...

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Iowa prep basketball playoffs rescheduled ARMSTRONG — The North Union boys basketball team’s Class 1A, District 3 first-round game against Northwood-Kensett will tip off at 6 p.m. tonight in Armstrong. The game, originally set for Monday, was postponed due to inclement weather and poor ...

No. 4 Red Bulls defend Valley Conference wrestling crown

LAKE CRYSTAL — The Class AA No. 4-ranked Red Bulls coasted to their fourth consecutive Valley Conference dual-meet wrestling championship. Fairmont/Martin County West lost only one match on its way to a quadrangular sweep. The Red Bulls began with a 70-0 win over the Madelia/Truman/Martin ...

MCA gymnasts place 4th, Trojans 1st at BSC Meet

WELCOME — The Class A No. 8-ranked Worthington Trojans displayed the depth and balance of their gymnastics skills during Saturday’s Big South Conference Final Four competition. Sophomore Gracia Elias and junior Kara Thuringer produced the second- and fourth-best all-around totals — ...