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PICKING HIS PATH — Fairmont running back Jordan Wolter (with football) follows the block of offensive lineman Collin Steuber (50) on Luverne defensive lineman Max Skattum (left) during Section 3AAA semifinal football action Saturday at Mahoney Field. Fairmont quarterback Nate Kallenbach makes the handoff. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont ‘picks off’ Luverne in 3AAA semifinal

FAIRMONT — Wyatt Quiring had made 52 catches for 779 yards to establish himself as one of the top prep football receivers in southern Minnesota this fall. The Fairmont senior triple-threat, however, displayed his prowess on both defense and special teams, while safety Brady Allen pocketed ...

SWARMING BUCS — Blue Earth Area defenders Rylee McGuire (8), Joe Schavey (5), Wyatt Tungland (9), Trevor Oppedal (back) and Koby Nagel (31) swarm under Waterville-Elysian-Morristown running back Jaden Taylor (21) during Section 2AA semifinal football action Saturday night in Waterville. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Mertens/Faribault County Register)

BEA outlasts WEM in section thriller

JANESVILLE — The battle of the Bucs. The visiting No. 3-seeded Blue Earth Area Bucs forced a turnover on downs in the final seconds of the Section 2AA football semifinals to beat the No. 2-seeded Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Bucs, 21-14, on Saturday night. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown ...

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Bauer wins 2nd straight 1A state cross country crown

FORT DODGE, Iowa — Riley Bauer put an exclamation mark on his Iowa prep cross country resume on Saturday. Bauer, a senior at North Union High School, covered the 5,000-meter course at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge in a winning time of 16:14.2 to capture his second consecutive Iowa ...

RECORD-SETTER — Blue Earth Area’s Alissa Norman (3) tosses the volleyball before connecting on a serve during the Big South Conference championship match Oct. 17 in Blue Earth. Buc teammates Sofie Blair (2) and Kiera Osmundson (12) await the serve. Norman surpassed the 2,000 set assist career mark against Le Sueur-Henderson on Oct. 12 in Le Sueur. (Photo by Greg Abel)

BEA’s Norman clears 2,000 set assists career mark

BLUE EARTH — As Alissa Norman closed out her junior volleyball season for the Blue Earth Area Bucs, she totaled 642 set assists on the season, surpassing 1,000 career assists midway through the year. “At the end of last year, she asked, ‘Do you think I can get 2,000?’” Bucs head ...

ALL-SECTION EFFORTS  — Martin County West’s Marissa Whitehead (91), along with Fairmont runners Iliana Ramon (23), Laura Thompson (mid-back) and Sarah Krumholz (far right), gain ground on Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial/Nicollet’s Makenna Thurston during the Section 2A cross country meet on Thursday at Riverside Town & Country Club near Blue Earth. All five runners went on to earn all-section accolades and state bids. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Fairmont girls win section, gain state

BLUE EARTH — With a third consecutive Section 2A girls championship, a section girls head coach of the year award and a girls assistant coach of the year honor, the Class A, No. 3-ranked Fairmont Cardinals girls cross country team had much to celebrate. Sarah Krumholz, Laura Thompson and ...

ELEVATION — Blue Earth Area hitter Hannah Johnson (5) elevates to pound a kill over a block set by Maple River’s Bridgette Kollos (13) during Section 2AA, South Sub-Section quarterfinal volleyball action Thursday night in Blue Earth. The Bucs’ Sofie Blair (center) awaits a possible return. (Photo by Greg Abel)

B.E. Area spikers oust Maple River in 2AA volleyball playoffs

BLUE EARTH — Balance conquered the one-hitter wrecking crew. Setter Alissa Norman distributed a match-best 28 assists to five different Blue Earth Area spikers to offset Maple River junior outside blaster Madi Schirmer’s match-leading 20 kills during Thursday night’s playoff ...

B.E. Area duo loses pair at state tennis

MINNEAPOLIS — Blue Earth Area’s Julia Hanson and Te’a Armstrong lost their first-round Class A state doubles match on Thursday before falling in straight sets during the consolation bracket at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. No. 3-seeded Avery Stilwell and Shanna ...

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No. 4 Fairmont hosts Luverne in 3AAA semis

FAIRMONT — Saturday’s 3 p.m. Section 3AAA football semifinal clash of the Cardinals at Mahoney Field in Fairmont will feature two distinct brands of offensive firepower. Luverne head coach Todd Oye’s No. 4-seeded Cardinals (5-4) will pit their ‘old school’ ground game against ‘Air ...

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Frolik nets ace FAIRMONT — Steve Frolik used an 8-iron to connect for a hole-in-one on Oct. 15 at Interlaken Golf Course in Fairmont. Rick Stenson, Dusty Rosa and Houston Schubert witnessed Frolich’s 140-yard feat on the fifth hole. Forbath earns weekly honor EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) — ...

SHOESTRING TACKLE — Blue Earth Area linebacker Zac Murphy (23) makes a shoestring tackle on Medford’s Jerone Chavis (22) during Section 2AA quarterfinal football action Tuesday night at Wilson Field in Blue Earth. Bucs’ defensive lineman Jordan Huse (55) and defensive back Dalton Nagel (3) assist on the tackle. Blue Earth Area’s Caelan Sanders (back left) and Medford’s Alex Gangler (8) watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Bucs cage Tigers in 2AA football tilt

BLUE EARTH — The No. 3-seeded Blue Earth Area Bucs turned a 9-8 first-half deficit into a 34-15 win over the No. 6-seeded Medford Tigers during the Section 2AA football quarterfinals on Tuesday night at Wilson Field. “I thought we played well in the first half, but we made some mistakes. ...

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Osakis, Virginia down BEA in state team meet

MINNEAPOLIS — The Blue Earth Area girls tennis team’s stellar season came to a disappointing end on Tuesday. But for the Bucs’ young lineup, the season’s conclusion could be a valuable lesson. Playing in the Class A state tournament for the first time since 2014, and just the second ...

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Mavericks knock off Eagles in 3AA grid clash

WINDOM — The Martin County West Mavericks avenged a regular-season loss en route to producing a historic win during Tuesday night’s opening round of the Section 3AA football playoffs. Sophomore quarterback Wyatt Geistfeld rushed for two touchdowns, while junior defensive back Thai Risk ...

DOUBLE VISION — Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman hitters Marissa Steinhaus (far left) and Michaelah Petrowiak (25) run a stunt shot as Petrowiak spikes the volleyball over Mountain Lake Area teammates Rylie Tollefson (front right) and Marta Stoesz (back right) during opening-round Section 2A, South Sub-Section playoff action Monday night in Granada. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Jaguars sweep Wolverines in 2A playoff clash

GRANADA — Last year, the No. 6-seeded Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman Jaguars were dealt a stinging upset loss by No. 11-seeded Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in the opening round of the Section 2A, South Sub-Section volleyball playoffs. One season later, the Jaguars, who ...

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Central Lyon roars past North Union in volleyball regional

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — Sophomore setter Kiley Metzger distributed a match-best 22 assists and recorded 11 digs to complement three aces behind 16-for-16 serving to power the Central Lyon Lions to a three-game sweep over the North Union Warriors during Iowa Class 2A volleyball playoff action ...

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C-squad football blanks New Ulm FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Cardinals coasted to a 54-0 triumph over the New Ulm Eagles during C-squad football action Monday night. Gavin Rodning generated 160 rushing yards and two touchdowns to pace Fairmont, while Hudson Artz gained 65 yards and scored a TD ...

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North Union’s Bauer runs to 4th straight state bid

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa — North Union senior long-distance standout Riley Bauer earned his fourth consecutive trip to the Iowa Class 1A state cross country meet. Bauer, the 2016 Class 1A state champion, will look to defend his crown at 2:30 p.m. Saturday during the Iowa state cross country ...

STATE-BOUND BUCS — Members of the Blue Earth Area Bucs tennis lineup competing in the Class A state team quarterfinals on Tuesday at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis include, front row (l-r): Britt Howard, Te’a Armstrong, Arika Howard and Sydney Blagg. Back row: Head coach Konny Wolff, Macie Stevermer, Carissa Engesser, Maddie McCleary, Malarie Scholtes, Cali Beyer, Julia Hanson, Lyndsey Borris, McKenna Dutton, Serina Wirth and assistant coach Taylor Allis. (Photo courtesy of the Hanson family)

B.E. Area tennis to face Osakis in state team quarterfinals

BLUE EARTH — Konny Wolff sat in the back of McDonalds with her husband, fiddling with her coffee and going over her notes on a Sunday morning. She was waiting to be interviewed about her Class ‘A’ state-bound Blue Earth Area Bucs girls tennis team and state-qualifying doubles tandem of ...

CREATING CHAOS — Fairmont linebacker Collin Steuber (50) jars the football loose from Worthington running back Ethan Pavelko (ground) during regular-season action in Worthington. Cardinal defenders Dom Ortiz (59), Zac Ringnell (7), Brady Allen (13) and Nate Kallenbach (far left) watch the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont pockets 1st-round sectional bye

FAIRMONT — Mat Mahoney had compiled a 67-37 overall record, including a second-place showing at the 2011 Class AAA Prep Bowl and a state quarterfinal appearance in 2013, during his first 10 years as Fairmont’s head football coach. Despite a .644 winning percentage, the Cardinal gridders ...

OPEN-FIELD MOVES — Blue Earth Area wide receiver Jacob Vaske (15) looks to make an open-field maneuver on Fairmont defensive back Wyatt Quiring during season-opening football action on Aug. 31 at Mahoney Field in Fairmont. Vaske and the Bucs play host to Medford in the Section 2AA quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Wilson Field in Blue Earth. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Bucs net home opener; Mavs, Jags hit road for playoffs

FAIRMONT – Since 2010, the Blue Earth Area Bucs football team has advanced to the section championship and state tournament four times, stemming back to its days in Section 3AAA and Section 3AA. The Bucs are currently in their third year in Section 2AA and — as the No. 3 seed — open ...

SIDELINE CATCH — Fairmont wide receiver Sam Schwieger (right) sprints past New Ulm defender Sam Denney for a long-yardage reception as Cardinal running back Jordan Wolter looks upfield to deliver a block during the two teams’ regular-season South Central Red District football finales on Wednesday night in New Ulm. (Photo by Greg Abel)

No. 6 Cardinals soar by Eagles, 42-7

NEW ULM — Four pregame goals set – three achieved, and one impending. Class 3A, No. 6-ranked Fairmont reinvented its ground game, held New Ulm’s record-setting receiver Connor Foley in check and closed out the regular football season with a 7-1 record. Quarterback Nate Kallenbach ...