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LINE-DRIVE SHOT — Fairmont Area’s Anna Nordquist (2) unleashes a shot on goal at Marshall goaltender Emma Klenken during Big South Conference hockey action Thursday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Tigers hockey claws Cardinals, 8-2

FAIRMONT — Although the Fairmont Area Cardinals and Marshall Tigers both have fairly young girls hockey teams, the Tigers were able to get the early edge on the home team. Sydney Mauch netted a hat trick, while Olivia Peterson dished out four assists in the Tigers’ 8-2 Big South ...

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Correction Fairmont Area senior forward Thomas Havnen distributed the assist for Sam Mensing’s goal during the Cardinal boys hockey team’s 5-3 Big South Conference victory over the Worthington Trojans on Tuesday night in Worthington. 8th-grade nets twinbill sweep FAIRMONT — The ...

ICY SEMI-CIRCLE — Worthington’s McKenna Nickel (4) tries to keep the puck in the Trojans’ offensive zone as Fairmont Area’s Emily Sokoloski (11), goaltender Emily O’Connor, Brooklyn Meyer (3) and Mackenzie Householder (far right), along with Worthington’s Brynne White (6), watch the Big South Conference hockey action Tuesday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Trojan girls hockey shuts out Cardinals

FAIRMONT — The Worthington Trojans almost had a nickel for every score they made. The cousin tandem of eighth-grade forward McKenna Nickel and sophomore forward Kya Nickel combined equally for four points in the Trojans’ 6-0 Big South Conference girls hockey win over the Fairmont Area ...

AIR RORMAN — Blue Earth Area’s Caitlin Rorman elevates before firing a one-handed shot over Waseca center Rachel Breck (11) and Brianna Highum (far right) during Big South Conference basketball action Tuesday night in Blue Earth. Waseca guard Gus Boyer (far left) watches the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

No. 10 Waseca presses past B.E. Area cagers

BLUE EARTH — Even a bout of strep throat could not keep Waseca sophomore guard Gus Boyer down for too long. Boyer returned to the Class 3A, No. 10-ranked Bluejays’ starting lineup on Tuesday night after a five-day healing hiatus and produced 12 points, including three 3-pointers, and four ...

B.E. Area grapplers flatten LSH, fall to New Prague

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area Bucs wrestlers split their triangular, beating the LeSueur-Henderson Giants 78-6 and falling to the New Prague Trojans 40-20 on Tuesday night in Blue Earth. The Bucs racked up eight falls, while Adam Schavey (138), Cole Warmka (152), Dominic Whitlow (182) ...

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8th-grade nets win over MCW FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Cardinals coasted to a 48-12 victory over the Martin County West Mavericks during eighth-grade girls basketball action Thursday. Emma Gudahl produced 11 points and five steals to top the Cardinals, while Cadee Becker contributed seven ...

FANCY FOOTWORK — Fairmont/Martin County West wrestler Lucas Jagodzinske (black singlet), who checks to make sure his feet are inside the circle to earn two points for a takedown against Waseca’s Mason Gehloff during dual-meet action on Dec. 7, captured the 106-pound championship at the Redwood River Riot on Saturday in Redwood Falls to help guide the Red Bulls to the team crown. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Red Bulls capture River Riot championship

REDWOOD FALLS — The Class 2A No. 11-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls continued their regular-season stampede by capturing top honors at the 33-team Redwood River Riot on Friday and Saturday in Redwood Falls. The Red Bulls crowned three individual champions — Lucas Jagodzinske, ...

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Cardinals nip Storm for 1st win of season

MORRIS — Fairmont Area eighth-grade defender Mackenzie Householder netted her second goal of the game during the waning seconds of regulation Saturday to propel the visiting Cardinals to a 4-3 non-league hockey victory over the Morris Benson Area Storm in Morris. After Fairmont Area ...

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Rorman guides BEA cagers to 3rd at Maple River Invite

MAPLETON — Junior point forward Caitlin Rorman collected a career-best 35 points to engineer the Blue Earth Area Bucs girls basketball team’s 58-53 victory over the Maple River Eagles during the third-place game of the Maple River Invitational on Saturday in Mapleton. Rorman, who also ...

Pytleski, Walker start Jags’ new era

GRANADA — Rick Uttech and Brian Borkenhagen combined for nearly 53 years of head coaching experience for the Jaguars basketball programs. With both gone, this season begins a new era of basketball as T.J. Pytleski takes the helm of the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther girls ...

HACKED — Martin County West’s Wyatt Geistfeld (23) gets fouled by Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial’s Landon Lantz (left) during his drive to the basket during Valley Conference action Friday night in Trimont. The Knights’ Evan Bergemann looks on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Mavericks knock off Knights, 58-47

TRIMONT — The Martin County West Mavericks certainly made the most of its week. After beating St. James on Tuesday, the Mavericks used a 38-point second half to beat the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights, 58-47, during Valley Conference basketball action on Friday night. The Mavericks ...

STRONG TO THE HOOP — Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain center Mason Maloney (23) muscles his way by Alden-Conger forward Dalton Bradley (25) to score two points during Valley Conference basketball action Friday night in Granada. Jaguars forward Cayden Fischer (22) looks on. (Photo courtesy of Susan Petrowiak)

Steele helps Knights cage Jaguars, 48-37

GRANADA — Alden-Conger senior post player Gavin Steele seems to like his new role as the Knights’ sixth man. Steele came off the bench and delivered a game-high 14 points to complement eight rebounds in guiding Alden-Conger to a 48-37 Valley Conference basketball victory over the ...

Red Bulls net 1st on Day 1 of River Riot

REDWOOD FALLS — The Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls have eight wrestlers in the quarterfinals and sit in first place with 58 1/2 points after the first day of the River Riot Invitational on Friday. “(We’re) in darn good position to make a run at it. Hopefully, we have a good ...

POST POWER — Fairmont’s Derek Missling (with basketball) powers past St. Peter’s Brock Hanson (left) as the Saints’ Ethan Volk (right) reaches in during Big South action Thursday in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Sam Schwieger (2) and Saints’ Jake Emley look on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont boards by St. Peter hoopsters, 65-38

FAIRMONT — After a two-game absence due to an ankle injury, Fairmont’s 6-foot-7 center Derek Missling returned to Cardinal Gym on Thursday night, anticipating a low-post showdown against 6-6 St. Peter sophomore Wyatt Olson. Unfortunately, the clash of titans never happened. Olson turned ...

GROUNDED EAGLE — Fairmont Area’s Matt Kotewa (3) gets tangled up with New Ulm Eagles center Sam Berg (on ice) during Big South hockey action Thursday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Tony Nuss (2), goaltender Colby Kuhl and forward Carson Kuhl (13) watch the icy action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

New Ulm, Banal ice Fairmont Area, 6-1

FAIRMONT — A quick-paced offense is never a bad thing to have in hockey. Nick Banal scored in the first 30 seconds of the first and second periods, and finished with a hat trick to lead the New Ulm Eagles over the Fairmont Area Cardinals, 6-1, during Big South Conference boys hockey action on ...

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Martin Co. Area gymnasts beam by Waseca

WELCOME — The Martin County Area Magic gymnastics team captured top honors on the balance beam and floor exercise to beat the Waseca Bluejays, 128.65-127.0, on Thursday in Welcome. Brielle Meade posted an 8.8 to win the beam and placed fourth in the all-around category (33.025) for the ...

Blue Earth Area grapplers pin 57-18 BSC loss on New Ulm

NEW ULM — The Blue Earth Area Bucs captured the first six matches of their Big South wrestling dual meet to garner a 57-18 victory over the New Ulm Area Eagles on Thursday night in New Ulm. Bucs’ 106-pounder Caleb Beeler started the team with a 6-3 win against Carter Brandes before Blue ...

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8th-graders defeat JCC FAIRMONT — Sami Lenort scored nine points to guide the Fairmont Cardinals to a 46-20 victory over the Jackson County Central Huskies during eighth-grade basketball action Tuesday in Fairmont. Katelyn Hicks contributed five points to Fairmont’s win, Cadee Becker ...

SINKING A TREY — Fairmont’s Sam Schwieger elevates before drilling one of his four 3-pointers over Worthington defender OD Othow (13) during Big South Conference basketball action Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinal cagers sink 3s, Trojans

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Cardinals combined accurate long-range shooting with stifling first-half defense to offset the Worthington Trojans’ overall height advantage during Tuesday night’s basketball clash at Cardinal Gym. Guard/forward Sam Schwieger and post player Brady Allen each ...

TRIANGLE DEFENSE — Fairmont Area’s Mackenzie Householder (9), Erica Serna (6) and Joni Becker (mid-back) surround New Ulm forward Jayda Helget during Big South Conference hockey action Tuesday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

New Ulm breezes by Fairmont Area, 14-2

FAIRMONT — Ali Beltz was all over the ice on Tuesday at Martin County Arena. The senior forward totaled six points to lead the New Ulm Eagles over the Fairmont Area Cardinals, 14-2, during Big South Conference girls hockey action. “Her, Ashtyn (Wiltscheck) and Dani (Weiss), they all work ...