TALKING BASEBALL — North Iowa Area Community College left-handed pitcher Brandon Williamson (right) chats with Trojans head baseball coach Travis Hergert during a practice in Mason City, Iowa. Williamson, a former Martin County West three-sport standout, has committed to play baseball for Michigan State University in the fall of 2018. He will play his second and final season with NIACC in the upcoming spring. (Photo courtesy of North Iowa Area Community College)

Williamson to make jump to Michigan State

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WELCOME — Brandon Williamson left Martin County West High School in 2016 for North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa. Admittedly, he was a little skeptical, but the left-handed pitcher was determined to extend his baseball playing days. Over the next two years, that skepticism ...

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No. 4 Fairmont, JCC football to clash again for section crown

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FAIRMONT — The Section 3 football championship and a bid to the Class AAA state tournament. That’s what’s at stake when the No. 4-ranked Fairmont Cardinals (8-1) clash with the two-time defending sectional champion Jackson County Central Huskies (8-2) at 7 p.m. tonight on the artificial ...


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NU’s Anderson earns 1st team ARMSTRONG — North Union senior setter Kate Anderson earned selection to the first team of the all-Top of Iowa Conference’s West Division volleyball lineup, that was announced Thursday. Senior outside hitter Breanna Anderson and senior middle spiker Erin ...

HEADED TO ST. OLAF — Members of the Section 2 champion Fairmont Cardinals girls cross country team, from left, Hannah Neusch, Tabitha Thatcher, Sarah Krumholz, Megan Hawkins, Iliana Ramon, Lizzy Subbert, Emma Koehler, Anna Sundblad and Laura Thompson, will compete in the Class A state meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Fairmont girls runners look to defend state title

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FAIRMONT — The Class A, No. 3-ranked Fairmont Cardinals girls cross country team’s ‘Big 3’ have been the team’s driving force all season. Senior Iliana Ramon, junior Sarah Krumholz and eighth-grader Laura Thompson have all finished in the top 10 of nearly every race this season, ...

GETTING VERTICAL — Blue Earth Area’s Lindsey Norman (8) spikes a set from teammate Alissa Norman (3) over a double block set by St. Peter’s Sarah Conlon (14) and Nicole Ebeling (7) during Section 2AA, South Sub-Section semifinal volleyball action Tuesday night at Mankato East High School. Blue Earth Area’s Sofie Blair (2) and St. Peter’s Paige Hewitt (far right) watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Saints spikers sweep Bucs out of section

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MANKATO — “It’s tough to block a 6-foot, 2-inch girl who they go to every time,” Blue Earth Area head coach Donna Nawrocki said about the St. Peter Saints. Using every inch of her 6-2 frame, junior hitter Claire Nuessmeier drilled a match-high 13 kills to power the No. 2-seeded St. ...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...