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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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) ...

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 ...

Osage bedevils North Union for TOI crown

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ARMSTRONG — A pair of state-ranked powerhouses with a combined 38-1 record clashing for the first-ever Top of Iowa Conference girls basketball championship. “It does not get any better than that,” Class 3A, No. 5-ranked and undefeated Osage head coach Chad Erickson said prior to Tuesday ...