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Jaguars best Crusaders in playoffs; Panthers claw Bucs

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

TRAFFIC JAM — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther’s Kenlie Pytleski (43) triggers a shot in between Mountain Lake Area defenders Lexia Peters (left) and Taylor Naas (32) during Section 2A, South Sub-Section quarterfinal action Tuesday night in Granada. The Jaguars’ Alexis Brummond looks on. (Photo courtesy of Susan Petrowiak)

Jaguars eliminate Wolverines in 2A opener

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GRANADA — The No. 2-seeded Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars showed no signs of nervousness in the Section 2A, South Sub-Section quarterfinals against the No. 7-seeded Mountain Lake Area Wolverines. The Jaguars held the Wolverines to 14 points in the first half to ...

PUTBACK BASKET — Fairmont post player Derek Missling (24) collects an offensive rebound and prepares for a follow-up shot over Tri-City United center Devon Jacobson (11) during nonconference basketball action Monday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. Tri-City United forward Brad Davis (right) and Titans forward Kyle Hintz (30) watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinal hoopsters floor Titans

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FAIRMONT — A tale of two distinct basketball halves. The Fairmont Cardinals improved their field-goal accuracy by 24 percent during the final 18 minutes to secure a 63-50 non-league victory over the Tri-City United Titans on Monday night. After forward Brady Allen reeled off the ...

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Area Daily Sports Schedule Tuesday, Feb. 28 Girls Basketball Section 2AA, South Sub-Section Quarterfinals • Waterville-Elysian-Morristown @ Fairmont, 7 p.m. • Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial @ Blue Earth Area, 7 p.m. Section 2A, South Sub-Section Quarterfinals • Mountain Lake ...

UNDER HOOK — Fairmont/Martin County West’s Zac Ringnell (top) attempts to under hook the arm of New Ulm opponent Ryan Wacker during the Section 3AA’s 126-pound individual championship match on Saturday in Redwood Falls. Ringnell went on to post a 3-2 win to capture a Class AA state bid. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Red Bulls advance 4 to state wrestling meet

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REDWOOD FALLS — For Jaxson Rohman, Zac Ringnell and Collin Steuber, a trip to the Class AA state individual wrestling tournament isn’t new, but certainly deserving. The Red Bulls’ trio won their respective weight classes during Day 2 of the Section 3AA individual meet. Fairmont/Martin ...

STUCK — Blue Earth Area’s Cole Klinkner (top) presses the shoulders of Kenyon-Wanamingo opponent Nathan Bauer to the canvas to earn the fall during the Section 2A individual wrestling meet’s 145-pound championship match on Saturday in Blue Earth. Klinkner earned a state bid via the victory. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Five Buc wrestlers qualify for state

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BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth Area senior wrestler Jared Armon experienced a positive premonition when he awoke Saturday morning. “Jared told me he had a good feeling about his chances of winning the (195-pound) section championship,” Ted Armon, Jared’s father, said prior to the Section 2A ...

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Peterson 3rd on unevens, 6th in AA at state

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MINNEAPOLIS — Martin County Area Magic senior standout Bryanna Peterson closed out her prolific high school gymnastics career in style on Saturday. Peterson, who was selected to Minnesota’s all-state elite team during Thursday night’s pre-meet awards banquet, captured a sixth-place ...

Mavericks eliminate Huskies in 3AA hoops tilt

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TRIMONT — Martin County West power forward Renae Eckmann produced a team-best 18 points to help power the No. 4-seeded Mavericks to a 58-48 playoff basketball triumph over the No. 5-seeded Jackson County Central Huskies on Saturday night in Trimont. Martin County West (15-9) advances to ...

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Red Bulls advance 6 to Section 3AA semifinals

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REDWOOD FALLS — Six Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls wrestlers pocketed quarterfinal wins during the opening day of the Section 3AA individual tournament on Friday in Redwood Falls. The six Red Bulls will compete in the semifinals, starting at 10 a.m. today at Redwood Valley High ...

GAME-SAVING REJECTION — Fairmont Cardinals post player Walker Tordsen rejects a last-second shot by Waseca center Jake Guse during Big South Conference basketball action on Feb. 14 at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. Fairmont’s Tyler Johnson (13) and Waseca’s Jack Vetsch (24) watch the action. Tordsen’s block preserved the Cardinals’ 80-79 victory over the then-Class 3A, No. 8-ranked Bluejays. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Tordsen clears 1,000-point barrier

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FAIRMONT — The Fairmont basketball team was in New Ulm on Jan. 9, 2014, with a comfortable lead. Since a few players were out, Cardinals head coach Jared Thompson decided to put in a freshman that the upperclassmen referred to fondly as “the young calf.” The young calf had no problems ...