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March Madness hits area prep basketball

GRANADA — Minnesota March Madness. First-round opponent? Tipoff time? Advance tickets? Fan bus? Those are the questions on the minds of area prep fans after the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars qualified for this week’s Class A state girls basketball ...

Minnesota Golden Gophers offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig (79) the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Fort Collins, Colo. Minnesota won 23-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Pirsig prepares for NFL Pro-Day

BLUE EARTH — Two hundred fifty-three. That’s the number of players to be selected during the seven rounds of this year’s NFL Draft on April 27-29. University of Minnesota Golden Gopher offensive tackle Jonah Pirsig hopes to be one of those choices when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ...

MIDCOURT SCRAMBLE — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther’s Kenlie Pytleski (second from left) and Cedar Mountain/Comfrey’s Paige Richert battle for control of the basketball near midcourt during the Section 2A championship game on Friday night at Bresnan Arena on the Minnesota State University campus in Mankato. The Jaguars’ Alexis Brummond (22), Hanna Geistfeld (second from right) and Macy Quinn (1), along with the Cougars’ Jordan Kevelin, watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Jaguar hoopsters win section, gain state

MANKATO — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman Jaguars girls basketball team made it to the Section 2A championship a year ago. This season, the Jaguars — GHEC and Truman paired with Martin Luther — battled with the North Sub-Section champion Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Cougars and came out ...

FINDING A GAP — Fairmont guard Nate Kallenbach (white jersey) splits Waterville-Elysian-Morristown defenders Dallas McBroom (14) and Zac Olson (34) to get a shot off during Section 2AA, South Sub-Section semifinal basketball action Thursday night at Mankato East High School. The Bucs’ Thomas Hiller (left) and Bradley Edel (42) watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont stuns WEM in South semifinal hoops

MANKATO — The Fairmont Cardinals boys basketball team has embraced the underdog role, and it’s worked out well for them. The No. 4-seeded Cardinals had four double-digit scorers in their 81-65 upset win over the No. 1-seeded Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Bucs during the Section 2AA, South ...

LONG-DISTANCE LAUNCH — Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain’s Dylan Martin (30) launches a 3-pointer over Springfield defender Branden Flock during Section 2A, South Sub-Section semifinal basketball action Thursday night in Lake Crystal. (Photo courtesy of Susan Petrowiak)

Tigers declaw Jaguars in South semifinal

LAKE CRYSTAL — Springfield’s backcourt tandem of sophomore Isaac Fink and junior Tanner Vogel seem to be in perfect synchronization during the No. 1-seeded Tigers’ first two games in the Section 2A basketball playoffs. Fink and Vogel erupted for a combined 47 points, a dozen assists, ...

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Area wrestlers named all-BSC FAIRMONT — Six wrestlers from both Blue Earth Area Bucs and Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls teams earned Big South All-Conference team honors. Red Bulls grapplers Jaxson Rohman, Payton Anderson and Collin Steuber, all of whom finished second at the Class A ...

BOARDWORK — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther’s Renae Wallace (5) battles Springfield’s Shylyn Lothert (23) for a long carom during the Section 2A, South Sub-Section basketball championship game Tuesday night at the Lund Arena in St. Peter. Springfield’s Vishe Rabb (21) watches the action. (Photo courtesy of Susan Petrowiak)

Jaguars earn spot in 2A hoops finals

ST. PETER — One year to the day in the same place, the No. 3-seeded Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars earned their second consecutive Section 2A, South Sub-Section title via a 57-48 victory over the No. 4-seeded Springfield Tigers on Tuesday night at Gustavus Adolphus ...

HEIGHTENED DEFENSE — Blue Earth Area’s Samantha Barslou (2) gives a ball-fake to New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva’s Maddie Wagner (1) during first-half basketball action in Tuesday night’s Section 2AA, South Sub-Section championship game at the Taylor Center on the Minnesota State University campus in Mankato. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Panthers eliminate Bucs from 2AA hoops playoffs

MANKATO — New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva utilized balanced point production on offense with an effective 1-3-1 defensive scheme to advance to the Section 2AA basketball championship game. The senior backcourt twin tandem of Marnie and Maddie Wagner combined for 27 points, 15 ...

REJECTION — Fairmont Cardinal center Walker Tordsen (left) rejects a shot by St. James’ Lucas Fredin during Section 2AA, South Sub-Section basketball quarterfinal action Monday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Tyler Johnson tries to assist on the defensive effort. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont hoopsters stop St. James in 2AA playoffs

FAIRMONT — When the Fairmont Cardinals struggled shooting from outside, the solution was simple: go inside. The No. 4-seeded Cardinals pounded the paint, allowing senior center Walker Tordsen a career-high 30 points in the team’s 62-51 win over the No. 5-seeded St. James Saints during ...

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Jaguars best Crusaders in playoffs; Panthers claw Bucs

MANKATO — Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain post player Zayne Engel delivered a game-high double-double performance to power the No. 5-seeded Jaguars to a 73-58 basketball playoff triumph over the No. 4-seeded Mankato Loyola Crusaders on Monday night in Mankato. The Jaguars ...

STATELY COLLISION — Fairmont/Martin County West’s Jaxson Rohman (right) tries to shoot on Byron’s Matthew Petersen in the Class AA 106-pound championship match on Saturday night at the state individual wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. (Photo by Jake Calhoun/New Ulm Journal)

Grapplers earn 5 medals at state meet

ST. PAUL — Five area high school wrestlers exited the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul as state medalists on Saturday night. Jaxson Rohman, Payton Anderson and Collin Steuber paced the area contingent by capturing runner-up accolades for the Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls, while Blue ...

CONTESTING THE SHOT — Jackson County Central’s Ryan Christopher (middle back) contests a shot by Martin County West’s Josh Bjerken during Section 3AA, South Sub-Section quarterfinal action Saturday night in Jackson. The Huskies’ Chris Gumto (32) watches the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Top-seeded JCC ends MCW’s hoops season

JACKSON — In 1993, Ice Cube rapped about having “messed around and got a triple-double” in his song, “It Was a Good Day.” On Saturday, Ryan Christopher almost had a triple-double, but still had a good day. The senior guard’s 22 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals and six assists ...

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Preseason boys tennis meeting on Tuesday FAIRMONT — A preseason meeting for all Fairmont male student-athletes in grades 7-12 interested in playing tennis this spring will be held at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in Room S224 at Fairmont High School. Sagedahl captures 5 national track ...

PLAYING DEFENSE — Blue Earth Area’s Cole Klinkner defends against a double-leg shot from Kaden Spindler of West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville in the Class A, 145-pound quarterfinals on Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. (Photo by Jake Calhoun of the New Ulm Journal)

5 wrestlers perfect at state meet

ST. PAUL — Five of the area’s 10 state-qualifying wrestlers proved perfect on the Xcel Energy Center mats during Day 1 of the Class A and AA state tournament in St. Paul. Blue Earth Area’s Cole Klinkner and Zach Buseman earned back-to-back spots in today’s Class A state semifinals at ...

IN THE LANE — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther’s Allyson Cegelske (center) gets a layup around St. Clair’s Olivia Drummer (left) and Joci Hanson (10) during the Section 2A, South Sub-Section semifinals Friday. (Photo courtesy of Susan Petrowiak)

Jaguars tame Cyclones to reach South finale

LAKE CRYSTAL — The No. 2-seeded Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars accomplished a rare three-game sweep. After beating the No. 3-seeded St. Clair Cyclones twice by double digits during the regular season, the Jaguars defeated the Cyclones, 67-54, in the Section 2A, ...

OVER THE TOP — Blue Earth Area’s Caitlin Rorman elevates and fires a jumper over Maple River’s April Klecker (25) during Section 2AA, South Sub-Section semifinal basketball action Friday night at Mankato East High School. (Photo by Greg Abel)

B.E. Area outguns Maple River in 2AA hoops

MANKATO — A pair of sharpshooting sophomore standouts nearly frayed the Mankato East High School gymnasium nets during Section 2AA, South Sub-Section semifinal girls basketball action Friday night. Maple River sophomore sensation Madi Schirmer poured in a game-high 36 points to win the ...

HALL OF FAMER — Jack Eustice, a part-time superintendent at Nicollet School District, stands next to his case of trophies and pictures earned during his tenure as the Blue Earth Area High School wrestling coach from 1978-2001. Eustice will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on April 22. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Eustice to join wrestling hall in April

BLUE EARTH — Jack Eustice stood in a room in his Blue Earth home filled with pictures, trophies, and a case containing Blue Earth Area wrestling memorabilia and more trophies on Tuesday afternoon. The pictures, plaques and paraphernalia spilled into the hallway, decorating the nearest wall. ...

Area 10 ready to hit state canvas

ST. PAUL — A half-dozen area wrestlers earned encore performances to the Minnesota individual state meet on Friday and Saturday, while four more grapplers will make their debuts at the Xcel Energy Center. Fairmont/Martin County West eighth-grader Jaxson Rohman headlines the six area ...

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FHS track & field to meet today FAIRMONT — A pre-season meeting for all Fairmont boys and girls in grades 9-12 interested in competing in track & field this spring will take place right after school today in the high school lunch room. The meeting will last about 30 ...

POWER IN THE PAINT — Fairmont center Claire Cutler (41) powers past Waterville-Elysian-Morristown defender Maddy Meskan (3) for two points during Section 2AA, South Sub-Section quarterfinal basketball action Tuesday night in Fairmont. The Bucs’ McKenzie Kuball (left) and Kate Masberg (10) watch. (Photo by Greg Abel)

WEM sinks 3s, Fairmont in Section 2AA playoffs

FAIRMONT — Fairmont junior center Claire Cutler and Cardinal sophomore forward Taylor Crissinger combined for 44 points on the strength of 21-for-33 field goal shooting during Tuesday night’s postseason basketball opener at Cardinal Gym. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, however, countered ...