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TAKING CHARGE — Blue Earth Area’s Sidney Blair (2) draws a charge from Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther’s Macy Quinn (1) during regular-season basketball action Friday night in Northrop. The Bucs’ Reegan Howard (25) and the Jaguars’ Rachel Stauter (back right) watch the action. (Photo courtesy of Susan Petrowiak)

Rorman helps Bucs tame Jaguars

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NORTHROP — At one point, the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars had come within two of the Blue Earth Area Bucs. The Bucs closed out the first half with 15 unanswered points and never looked back to beat the Jaguars, 57-33, during non-league basketball action on Friday ...

PRESSING SITUATION — Fairmont/Martin County West wrestler Jaxson Rohman (top) presses Luverne opponent Braydon Ripka’s shoulders to the canvas for a second-period fall during Section 3AA Team Meet quarterfinal action Thursday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. The Red Bulls went on to post a 76-0 shutout over the visiting Cardinals to advance to Saturday’s semifinals in Marshall. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Red Bulls stampede Luverne to reach 3AA semifinals

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FAIRMONT — The postseason is a time when all of the records are clean and everyone starts fresh. With that in mind, the Class AA, No. 9-ranked and No. 1-seeded Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls being the postseason just as they ended the regular season: undefeated. The Red Bulls shut ...

TILT TIME — Blue Earth Area wrestler Cole Warmka tilts United South Central opponent Joe Bonsack during 145-pound action in Section 2A Team Meet quarterfinal action Thursday night in Blue Earth. Warmka went on to post a 6-4 decision over Bonsack to help pace the Bucs’ 60-13 team triumph. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Bucs oust Rebels, gain Section 2A wrestling semis

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BLUE EARTH — Class 1A, No. 7-ranked 160-pounder Zach Buseman and 138-pounder Joe Schavey were the last two Blue Earth Area wrestlers to exit the coaches’ room after getting taped up Thursday night. Buc assistant coach Dave Pfaffinger’s pre-meet work proved all for naught for the pair of ...

SAVING SKILLS — Fairmont Area senior goaltender Colby Kuhl stays focused on the incoming puck during Big South Conference hockey action at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. Kuhl recorded 28 saves en route to eclipsing the 2,500 career plateau during Thursday night’s 4-2 win over Worthington. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinals nip Trojans in regular-season finale

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FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area Cardinals boys hockey team picked up an extra game between the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs, and Colby Kuhl made the most of it. The senior goalie surpassed the 2,500th career save mark as the Cardinals beat the Worthington Trojans, ...

Fairmont hoopsters coast by St. James

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ST. JAMES — The Fairmont Cardinals girls basketball team held the St. James Area Saints to seven second-half points en route to a 60-18 Big South Conference victory on Thursday night. The Cardinals led 32-11 at halftime before rattling off 28 more points in the final frame. Claire Cutler ...

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Semifinal game venue changed ARMSTRONG — Due to the anticipated crowd size, the Class 2A, Region 1 girls basketball semifinal between No. 10-ranked North Union and Okoboji has been moved to Estherville. The game will still have a start time of 7 p.m. Friday. Squirt ‘B’ team 1-1-1 in ...

SWARMED UNDER — North Union’s Breanna Anderson (right) swipes the basketball from Emmetsburg’s Raven Brown during Iowa Class 2A, Region 1 quarterfinal action Tuesday night in Armstrong. North Union’s Kate Anderson (left) and Hallie Reese halt Brown’s progress along the baseline. (Photo by Greg Abel)

No. 10 Warriors ground E-Hawks in regional play

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ARMSTRONG — Air-tight man-to-man defense and balanced scoring on Tuesday night powered the Iowa Class 2A, No. 10-ranked North Union Warriors into the Region 1 basketball semifinals. Sophomore center Chloe Lofstrom produced a game-high double-double performance of 15 points and 10 rebounds ...

GLIDING RUNNER — Fairmont’s Brady Allen (right) fires a runner in mid-air as Waseca’s Matt Olsem (42), along with the Cardinals’ Dustin Schultz (13) and Nate Kallenbach, watch the shot during Big South Conference action Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. (Photo courtesy of Randy Chirpich/fairmontsports.com)

Willingham, Waseca down Fairmont hoopsters

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FAIRMONT — Fairmont Cardinals head boys basketball coach Jared Thompson thought putting the Waseca Bluejays in a metaphorical dogfight would get the team off-kiltered. Although not what he meant, Bluejays senior Jake Vetsch exited the game with a cut on his forehead, Bluejays senior guard ...

HANDS-UP PLAY — Fairmont guard Lexi Lunn (3) grabs a rebound away from Jackson County Central’s Molly Brinkman (5) and Cardinal teammates Abby Tonder (25) and Maggy Totzke (1) during Big South Conference basketball action Monday night in Fairmont. The Huskies’ Lauren Murphy (12) watches the play.  (Photo by Greg Abel)

Huskies fend off Cardinals, 55-50

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FAIRMONT — Fairmont center Claire Cutler triggered the Cardinals’ comeback midway through the second half of Monday night’s Big South basketball game, but Jackson County Central’s 5-foot-6 post player Melissa Brandt answered the challenge in the nick of time. Cutler reeled off nine ...

Jaguars coast by Blackhawks in Showcase

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TRUMAN — Senior power forward Derek Shoen erupted for a game-high double-double performance to power the Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain Jaguars to a 66-44 victory over the Madelia Blackhawks during Valley Conference Showcase basketball action Monday night in Truman. Shoen ...

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12U hockey to host districts FAIRMONT — The Cavers Realty of Fairmont 12U girls hockey team will play host to a district tournament Friday through Sunday at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. Fairmont closed out its regular season with a 19-12-2 record by battling to a scoreless tie against ...

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Mavericks win Valley basketball championship

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MADELIA — Outright undefeated Valley Conference girls basketball champions. The Martin County West Mavericks earned that moniker by generating a second-half comeback to edge the St. Clair Cyclones, 48-46, during Saturday night’s Valley Showcase clash in Madelia. Trailing 18-8 in the ...

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12U hockey nets 3 straight wins FAIRMONT — The Cavers Realty of Fairmont 12U girls hockey team won all three of its games last weekend. Fairmont beat Redwood Falls 7-2, and Owatonna 1-0 on Feb. 3 in Fairmont before taking a 3-1 victory over Mankato last Sunday in Mankato. Shaye Dietz ...

SADDLE UP — Martin County West junior Cheyenne Owens prepares her horse inside the chute before starting one of her rodeo events. Owens was named the 2017-18 Minnesota High School Rodeo Association queen and participates in team roping, breakaway roping and goat tying events. (Photo courtesy of Owens family)

Owens’ family ties rooted in rodeo

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SHERBURN — In Los Angeles, Rodeo (Drive) is a famous sector of the Beverly Hills shopping district. Everywhere else, rodeo is a lifestyle. Dan Owens was first intrigued by the bullriding aspect of the rodeo in high school. Years later, all five of his children participate in rodeo, including ...

IN CONTROL — Fairmont/Martin County West wrestler Cale Steuber (top) controls Marshall opponent Lucas Hodges during 126-pound action in the two teams’ Big South Conference dual-meet championship on Friday night in Marshall. Steuber went on to post a 5-1 decision over Hodges. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

No. 6 Red Bulls earn BSC dual championship

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MARSHALL — The Class AA, No. 6-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls wrestling team’s to-do list is getting shorter and shorter. Valley Conference title? Check. Undefeated season in dual meets? Check. Big South Conference title? Check. With nine straight wins to open the dual, the ...

SANDWICHED — Fairmont center Derek Missling (24) gets sandwiched defensively by Windom Area’s Dalton Smith (left) and Wyatt Minion (24) while shooting a low-post attempt during Big South Conference basketball action Friday night in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Brady Allen (5) watches the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont bests section rival Windom Area

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FAIRMONT — Free throws, free throws and more free throws. The Fairmont Cardinals connected on 28 of 38 shots from the charity stripe, compared to only 5 of 13 at the line by the Windom Area Eagles, to exit Cardinal Gym with a 58-41 Big South Conference basketball victory in hand on Friday ...

MAKING A MOVE — Fairmont’s Taylor Crissinger (21) drives around New Ulm’s Hannah Osborne (23) and Joey Batt (back) during Big South basketball action Thursday night at Cardinal Gym. New Ulm’s Ellie Bute (11) looks on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

New Ulm hoopsters top Fairmont

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FAIRMONT — Minnesota Rise AAU girls basketball teammates squared off in an individual shootout during Thursday night’s Big South Conference clash at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. Fairmont junior forward Taylor Crissinger poured in a season-best 25 points, but New Ulm point guard Joey Batt ...

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Scarlets eliminate Cardinals in Section 3A hockey tilt

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MANKATO — The No. 2-seeded Mankato West Scarlets used a four-goal middle period to beat the No. 7-seeded Fairmont Area Cardinals, 9-0, during the Section 3A hockey quarterfinals on Thursday at All Seasons Arena. Fairmont Area ended the season with a 2-24 record. Mankato West (14-11-1) ...

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Mavericks sail by Clippers, 63-51

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CLEVELAND — Renae Eckmann totaled 15 points to top the Martin County West Mavericks’ 63-51 Valley Showcase basketball victory over the Cleveland Clippers on Thursday in Cleveland. Eckmann added six rebounds to her scoring effort, while Alyssa Williamson chipped in 14 points and pocketed ...

Red Bulls coast to Valley dual-meet championship

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MADELIA — The Class 2A, No. 9-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls outscored their three opponents by combined 230-9 margin to stampede to the Valley Conference wrestling team championship on Tuesday in Madelia. The undefeated Red Bulls received 18 forfeits and produced 15 falls ...