GRAND SHOT — Blue Earth Area’s Caitlin Rorman (11) shoots over Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther’s Abby Calkins (21) for two of her game-high 26 points during the Blue Earth Area Holiday Classic on Thursday. The Jaguars’ Emma Becker (13) and Rachel Stauter (second from left), along with the Bucs’ Callie Stevermer (far right) and Hannah Johnson (back right), watch. Rorman eclipsed the 1,000-point career scoring mark during the game. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Bucs cage Jaguars in BEA Holiday Classic

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BLUE EARTH — Caitlin Rorman went about her pre-game stretching and shooting on Thursday night like it was just another basketball game. Blue Earth Area’s 5-foot-10 junior point forward needed 19 points to reach the 1,000-point career scoring mark and nearly hit her target by halftime of ...

Red Bulls place 3rd after Day 1 at Rumble on the Red

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FARGO, N.D. — Seven of the Minnesota Class 2A, No. 12-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls wrestlers advanced out of Day 1 at the elite 80-team Rumble on the Red Holiday Invitational on Thursday at the FargoDome. Lucas Jagodzinske (106), Jaxson Rohman (113), Payton Anderson (138) ...

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Fairmont hoopsters down Maple River in OT, gain finals

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MANKATO — The Fairmont Cardinal boys basketball team earned a spot in the KwikTrip/Bethany Lutheran College Holiday Basketball Tournament’s championship game. Nate Kallenbach, who delivered the clutch 4-point play during the Cardinals’ 54-51 late comeback win over St. Clair during ...

Stars ice Cardinals in invite clash, 6-2

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MORRIS — Hunter Fletcher produced two goals and two assists to power the Prairie Centre North Stars to a 6-2 opening-round victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals during the Morris Benson Area Holiday Tournament on Thursday. Fletcher played a key role in three out of the Stars’ four ...

UP, UP & OVER — Fairmont’s Brady Allen (5) elevates and triggers a jumpshot over St. Clair’s Alex Eilertson (55) during first-round basketball action in the KwikTrip/Bethany Lutheran College Holiday Invite on Wednesday night in Mankato. Fairmont’s Derek Missling (24), Wyatt Quiring (3) and Garrett Myren (front), along with St. Clair’s Mitchell Weber (25), watch the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinals twist by Cyclones in KT/BLC hoops invite

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MANKATO — It was a simple formula — call timeout with 19.9 seconds remaining and trailing by three, convert a rare 4-point play, steal the opponent’s pass and sink two free throws with a tenth of a second remaining. “What happened in the final 19 seconds was not what we drew up on the ...

Area Prep Sports Schedule

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Wednesday, Dec. 27 (Times approximate) BOYS BASKETBALL KwikTrip Holiday Tourney @ Bethany Lutheran in Mankato • Fairmont vs. St. Clair @ North Gym, 6:30 p.m. Redwood Valley Tour • Martin County West vs. Lakeview, 4:30 p.m. o Thursday, Dec. 28 BOYS BASKETBALL KwikTrip ...

CARDINAL TAKES FLIGHT — Fairmont forward Brady Allen elevates over Worthington’s Logan Huisman (left) to tally two points during regular-season basketball action Dec. 12 in Fairmont. Allen and the Cardinals tip off the Kwik Trip Holiday Tournament against St. Clair at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Bethany Lutheran College campus in Mankato. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Prep athletics fill up holiday break

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FAIRMONT — Discovering that both the Sentinel’s internet and Associated Press services were rendered lifeless over the Christmas weekend made me think of how both technologies have made us somewhat sedimentary. A mere swipe of your finger and the world is at your beckoning call. Instead ...

SQUEEZING BY — North Union guard Samantha Hagedorn (middle) squeezes by West Hancock’s Kelly Leerar (24) to score a basket during regular-season Iowa prep action in Armstrong. Hagedorn has played a key role in guiding the Warriors to a 9-0 record by Christmas break. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Hagedorn’s persistence pays off

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ARMSTRONG — Samantha Hagedorn’s level of frustration with her game had reached a point where she was ready to walk away from basketball. Right when she was ready to quit during the Christmas break of her freshman year, though, the North Union Warrior guard had a change of heart. Instead ...

GLIDING LAYUP — Martin County West guard Alyssa Williamson glides in for a layup as Maverick teammates Karlee Thiesse (right) and Cheyenne Owens (21) look on during nonconference basketball action against New Ulm on Friday night in Sherburn.  (Photo by Greg Abel)

New Ulm halts MCW’s win streak at 7

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SHERBURN — New Ulm’s junior guard tandem of Joey Batt and Ellie Bute combined to drain nine 3-pointers to pace the visiting Eagles’ 58-55 non-league comeback victory over Martin County West on Friday night. Batt erupted for 21 of her game-best 29 points during the second half as the ...

Dodge County hockey claws Fairmont Area

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KASSON — Adam Colvin produced back-to-back goals during a three-goal third period, while teammate Alex Nelson earned a playmaker by doling out three assists to pace the Dodge County Wildcats’ 6-1 victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals during non-league hockey action Friday night. Cade ...

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Martin Co. Area gymnasts knock off Windom Area

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WELCOME — Sabrina Segar won first place in three events for top honors in the all-around category as the Martin County Area Magic beat the Windom Area Eagles, 132.475-124.875, on Thursday. Segar posted a 9.05 on the vault, 8.325 in the uneven bars and 8.875 in the floor exercise for a ...

RUNNING ONE-HANDER — Fairmont post player Alli Lardy (right) flips a one-handed shot over Redwood Valley defender Rose Frank during Big South Conference basketball action Thursday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. Redwood Valley forward Sydney Sommers (35) and guard Nichele Mannz watch the action. Lardy went on to score nine points to help pace Fairmont’s comeback win. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont survives foul trouble to down Redwood Valley

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FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s girls basketball lineup was literally in a zone to fuel a cardiac comeback over Redwood Valley during Thursday night’s frenetic foul fest at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. Abby Tonder and Alli Lardy tallied nine pivotal points apiece, while teammate Taylor Crissinger ...

WING BLAST — Fairmont Area goalie Colby Kuhl stops a right-wing blast by Marshall’s Bryson Whyte (23) during Big South Conference hockey action Thursday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. Fairmont Area’s Karson Legred (far left) and Jacob Mitchell attempt to block the shot. (Photo by Alexis Cubit)

Marshall chills Fairmont Area, 7-1

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FAIRMONT — After one period, the Fairmont Area Cardinals and Marshall Tigers were scoreless. A few Cardinal errors, however, allowed the Tigers to get on the scoreboard and eventually leave Martin County Arena with a 7-1 Big South boys hockey win over the Cardinals and a five-game win streak ...

LINE-DRIVE SHOT — Fairmont Area’s Anna Nordquist (2) unleashes a shot on goal at Marshall goaltender Emma Klenken during Big South Conference hockey action Thursday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Tigers hockey claws Cardinals, 8-2

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FAIRMONT — Although the Fairmont Area Cardinals and Marshall Tigers both have fairly young girls hockey teams, the Tigers were able to get the early edge on the home team. Sydney Mauch netted a hat trick, while Olivia Peterson dished out four assists in the Tigers’ 8-2 Big South ...


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Correction Fairmont Area senior forward Thomas Havnen distributed the assist for Sam Mensing’s goal during the Cardinal boys hockey team’s 5-3 Big South Conference victory over the Worthington Trojans on Tuesday night in Worthington. 8th-grade nets twinbill sweep FAIRMONT — The ...

ICY SEMI-CIRCLE — Worthington’s McKenna Nickel (4) tries to keep the puck in the Trojans’ offensive zone as Fairmont Area’s Emily Sokoloski (11), goaltender Emily O’Connor, Brooklyn Meyer (3) and Mackenzie Householder (far right), along with Worthington’s Brynne White (6), watch the Big South Conference hockey action Tuesday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Trojan girls hockey shuts out Cardinals

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FAIRMONT — The Worthington Trojans almost had a nickel for every score they made. The cousin tandem of eighth-grade forward McKenna Nickel and sophomore forward Kya Nickel combined equally for four points in the Trojans’ 6-0 Big South Conference girls hockey win over the Fairmont Area ...

AIR RORMAN — Blue Earth Area’s Caitlin Rorman elevates before firing a one-handed shot over Waseca center Rachel Breck (11) and Brianna Highum (far right) during Big South Conference basketball action Tuesday night in Blue Earth. Waseca guard Gus Boyer (far left) watches the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

No. 10 Waseca presses past B.E. Area cagers

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BLUE EARTH — Even a bout of strep throat could not keep Waseca sophomore guard Gus Boyer down for too long. Boyer returned to the Class 3A, No. 10-ranked Bluejays’ starting lineup on Tuesday night after a five-day healing hiatus and produced 12 points, including three 3-pointers, and four ...

B.E. Area grapplers flatten LSH, fall to New Prague

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BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area Bucs wrestlers split their triangular, beating the LeSueur-Henderson Giants 78-6 and falling to the New Prague Trojans 40-20 on Tuesday night in Blue Earth. The Bucs racked up eight falls, while Adam Schavey (138), Cole Warmka (152), Dominic Whitlow (182) ...


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8th-grade nets win over MCW FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Cardinals coasted to a 48-12 victory over the Martin County West Mavericks during eighth-grade girls basketball action Thursday. Emma Gudahl produced 11 points and five steals to top the Cardinals, while Cadee Becker contributed seven ...

FANCY FOOTWORK — Fairmont/Martin County West wrestler Lucas Jagodzinske (black singlet), who checks to make sure his feet are inside the circle to earn two points for a takedown against Waseca’s Mason Gehloff during dual-meet action on Dec. 7, captured the 106-pound championship at the Redwood River Riot on Saturday in Redwood Falls to help guide the Red Bulls to the team crown. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Red Bulls capture River Riot championship

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REDWOOD FALLS — The Class 2A No. 11-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls continued their regular-season stampede by capturing top honors at the 33-team Redwood River Riot on Friday and Saturday in Redwood Falls. The Red Bulls crowned three individual champions — Lucas Jagodzinske, ...