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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

LEAPING JAGUAR — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman’s Quintin Greier (right) leaps to catch a pass in front of Madelia defenders Nick Chloros (5) and Logan Anderson (3) during 9-Man regular-season football action Wednesday night in Granada. The Jaguars’ Harley Mendenhall (left) looks on. (Photo courtesy of Susan Petrowiak)

Blackhawks outgun Jaguars, 56-22

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GRANADA — Junior quarterback Logan Anderson was as accurate passing as he was running as the Madelia Blackhawks took the Jayhawk Trophy from the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman Jaguars. Anderson ran for three touchdowns and threw one TD in the Jayhawks’ 56-22 win over the Jaguars during ...

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Martin Co. West runners place 2nd at Gopher Valley

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JANESVILLE — Martin County West/ Martin Luther freshman phenom Marissa Whitehead won the individual battle with rival Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial/Nicollet junior Makenna Thurston on Tuesday, but Thurston’s KnightRaiders bested Whitehead’s Mavericks in the team competition. Marissa ...

MAKING STRIDES — Fairmont’s Hannah Neusch (far right) and Blue Earth Area’s Melissa Hagedorn (second from right) lead the way for Fairmont’s Lizzy Subbert (second from left) and Blue Earth Area’s Callie Stevermer during the Big South Conference cross country meet on Tuesday at Shoreland Country Club in St. Peter. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Fairmont runners place 3rd at BSC Meet

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ST. PETER — Sarah Krumholz, Laura Thompson and Nathan Willett were named to the all-Big South Conference big schools team as both Fairmont Cardinals teams finished third in the conference cross country meet on Tuesday at Shoreland Country Club. Grant Strukel garnered runner-up honors and a ...

AIR BLAIR — Blue Earth Area hitter Sofie Blair (2) elevates before cranking the volleyball for a kill during the Big South Conference championship on Tuesday night in Blue Earth. Bucs’ hitter Lindsey Norman (left) prepares for a possible return, while Marshall’s Paige Andries (6) and Erica Jones await the spike. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Tigers volleyball claws Bucs for BSC championship

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BLUE EARTH — The Big South Conference officially combined the former South Central and Southwest conferences into a 13-team power league four years ago. Since the merger, no other program beside the Marshall Tigers has been crowned as the super conference’s volleyball champion. Sophomore ...

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North Union spikers advance in regional playoffs

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ARMSTRONG — Setter Kate Anderson distributed 25 assists, delivered 10 digs and went 10-for-10 serving to help guide the North Union Warriors to a first-round playoff volleyball sweep on Tuesday night in Armstrong. The Warriors posted game wins of 25-12, 25-21, 25-17, over Okoboji to advance ...


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Cardinals’ JV ends with win BELLE PLAINE — The Fairmont Cardinals junior varsity football team closed out the season with a 20-6 win against the Belle Plaine Tigers on Monday night. Alex Kotewa threw 27- and 45-yard touchdown passes to Tony Nuss, while teammate Zach Soelter added a ...

Brady Allen

No. 7 Fairmont gridders travel to New Ulm

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NEW ULM — No. 1, finally. Class 3A, No. 7-rated Fairmont (6-1) squeezed by Sibley East (7-0) for the top spot in the QRF’s Section 3 rankings on Monday. Now, the Cardinals need to hold New Ulm quarterback Hunter Ranweiler, record-setting receiver Connor Foley and their teammates in ...

HOVERING — Martin County West’s Emma Behrends (on floor) makes a diving dig that hovers closely to the antenna during nonconference volleyball action Monday night in Trimont. Maverick teammates, from left, Maia Taylor, Karlee Thiesse, Madison Klima, Renae Eckmann and Cheyenne Owens, along with Luverne’s Sierra Schmuck (back right) and Greta Ahrendt, anxiously await the volleyball’s descension. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Luverne outslugs MCW in 3 games

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TRIMONT — Alexis Ferrell proved herself as a Division I volleyball recruit on Monday night. The 6-foot-2 senior Luverne hitter racked up 14 kills and three blocks to power the Cardinals to a 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 non-league win over Martin County West. “I stressed to these girls that we ...


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C-squad grid earns shutout FAIRMONT — Fairmont shut out Belle Plaine, 28-0, during C-squad football action Monday night in Belle Plaine. Gavin Rodning scored two touchdowns for the visiting Cardinals, reaching the end zone on runs of 25 and 10 yards, respectively. Zach Jorgensen opened ...

Franta, Lee semifinalists for award

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BLUE EARTH — Sam Lee and David Franta have quite a few things in common. They’re both senior college football players, though at different universities. Both played football at Blue Earth Area High School and went to the state tournament during their prep careers. When both were announced ...

FORCED OUT — Fairmont Cardinal quarterback Nate Kallenbach (left) gets forced out-of-bounds by Belle Plaine defensive back Jake Mercado prior to crossing the goal line during South Central Red District football action on Friday night at Mahoney Field in Fairmont. The Class 3A, No. 7-ranked Cardinals went on to defeat the Tigers, 27-7. (Photo by Greg Abel)

No. 7 Cardinals declaw Tigers, 27-7

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FAIRMONT — The Class 3A, No. 7-ranked Fairmont Cardinals won the South Central Red District football war, but lost a vital part of an offensive battle on Friday night. Quarterback Nate Kallenbach passed for 226 yards and two touchdowns — one apiece to Wyatt Quiring and Sam Schwieger — ...

FIRING TO THE FLAT — Martin County West quarterback Wyatt Geistfeld (far right) fires a pass to Maverick receiver Cam Dressen (2) during South Central White District football game against Luverne on Friday night in Sherburn. Martin County West lineman Logan Ebeling (70) looks on. (Photo courtesy of Matt Izen)

Luverne’s balance topples MCW

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SHERBURN — The Luverne Cardinals combined Ben Serie’s passing with Declan Beers’ running to beat the Martin County West Mavericks, 42-19, during South Central White District football on Friday night. Serie got the Cardinals started with a 37-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver ...

TWO-HANDED BLOCK — Martin County West’s Karlee Thiesse (1) elevates to block an overpass as Maverick teammate Lexie Lange (5) provides defensive support during Valley Conference volleyball action Thursday night in Trimont. The Jaguars’ Alex Schuder (24), Michaelah Petrowiak (25) and Lydia Steinhaus (42) observe the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Mavericks rally by Jaguars in 4

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TRIMONT — The Martin County West Mavericks held off the Martin Luther/ Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman Jaguars, 3-1, during Valley Conference volleyball action on Thursday night. The Mavericks came out with a hot start, winning the first two games, 25-18, 25-22. The Jaguars, however, ...

Mallory Mosloski

St. Peter posts BSC sweep over Fairmont

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ST. PETER — The St. Peter Saints swept the Fairmont Cardinals, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20, during Big South Conference action to close out the regular season on Thursday night in St. Peter. Fairmont (12-12) and St. Peter (18-9) await the seedings for the Section 2AA tournament that begins on ...

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No. 7 Fairmont, Belle Plaine set to air it out

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FAIRMONT — Even a 20 percent chance of rain at Mahoney Field in Fairmont on Friday night probably will not deter the Class 3A, No. 7-ranked Fairmont Cardinals (5-1) and Belle Plaine Tigers (3-3) from putting on an air show. After sitting on the sideline since Week 2 with a sprained MCL, ...