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Pytleski, Walker start Jags’ new era

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GRANADA — Rick Uttech and Brian Borkenhagen combined for nearly 53 years of head coaching experience for the Jaguars basketball programs. With both gone, this season begins a new era of basketball as T.J. Pytleski takes the helm of the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther girls ...

HACKED — Martin County West’s Wyatt Geistfeld (23) gets fouled by Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial’s Landon Lantz (left) during his drive to the basket during Valley Conference action Friday night in Trimont. The Knights’ Evan Bergemann looks on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Mavericks knock off Knights, 58-47

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TRIMONT — The Martin County West Mavericks certainly made the most of its week. After beating St. James on Tuesday, the Mavericks used a 38-point second half to beat the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Knights, 58-47, during Valley Conference basketball action on Friday night. The Mavericks ...

STRONG TO THE HOOP — Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain center Mason Maloney (23) muscles his way by Alden-Conger forward Dalton Bradley (25) to score two points during Valley Conference basketball action Friday night in Granada. Jaguars forward Cayden Fischer (22) looks on. (Photo courtesy of Susan Petrowiak)

Steele helps Knights cage Jaguars, 48-37

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GRANADA — Alden-Conger senior post player Gavin Steele seems to like his new role as the Knights’ sixth man. Steele came off the bench and delivered a game-high 14 points to complement eight rebounds in guiding Alden-Conger to a 48-37 Valley Conference basketball victory over the ...

Red Bulls net 1st on Day 1 of River Riot

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REDWOOD FALLS — The Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls have eight wrestlers in the quarterfinals and sit in first place with 58 1/2 points after the first day of the River Riot Invitational on Friday. “(We’re) in darn good position to make a run at it. Hopefully, we have a good ...

POST POWER — Fairmont’s Derek Missling (with basketball) powers past St. Peter’s Brock Hanson (left) as the Saints’ Ethan Volk (right) reaches in during Big South action Thursday in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Sam Schwieger (2) and Saints’ Jake Emley look on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Fairmont boards by St. Peter hoopsters, 65-38

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FAIRMONT — After a two-game absence due to an ankle injury, Fairmont’s 6-foot-7 center Derek Missling returned to Cardinal Gym on Thursday night, anticipating a low-post showdown against 6-6 St. Peter sophomore Wyatt Olson. Unfortunately, the clash of titans never happened. Olson turned ...

GROUNDED EAGLE — Fairmont Area’s Matt Kotewa (3) gets tangled up with New Ulm Eagles center Sam Berg (on ice) during Big South hockey action Thursday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. The Cardinals’ Tony Nuss (2), goaltender Colby Kuhl and forward Carson Kuhl (13) watch the icy action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

New Ulm, Banal ice Fairmont Area, 6-1

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FAIRMONT — A quick-paced offense is never a bad thing to have in hockey. Nick Banal scored in the first 30 seconds of the first and second periods, and finished with a hat trick to lead the New Ulm Eagles over the Fairmont Area Cardinals, 6-1, during Big South Conference boys hockey action on ...

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Martin Co. Area gymnasts beam by Waseca

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WELCOME — The Martin County Area Magic gymnastics team captured top honors on the balance beam and floor exercise to beat the Waseca Bluejays, 128.65-127.0, on Thursday in Welcome. Brielle Meade posted an 8.8 to win the beam and placed fourth in the all-around category (33.025) for the ...

Blue Earth Area grapplers pin 57-18 BSC loss on New Ulm

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NEW ULM — The Blue Earth Area Bucs captured the first six matches of their Big South wrestling dual meet to garner a 57-18 victory over the New Ulm Area Eagles on Thursday night in New Ulm. Bucs’ 106-pounder Caleb Beeler started the team with a 6-3 win against Carter Brandes before Blue ...

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8th-graders defeat JCC FAIRMONT — Sami Lenort scored nine points to guide the Fairmont Cardinals to a 46-20 victory over the Jackson County Central Huskies during eighth-grade basketball action Tuesday in Fairmont. Katelyn Hicks contributed five points to Fairmont’s win, Cadee Becker ...

SINKING A TREY — Fairmont’s Sam Schwieger elevates before drilling one of his four 3-pointers over Worthington defender OD Othow (13) during Big South Conference basketball action Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

Cardinal cagers sink 3s, Trojans

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FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Cardinals combined accurate long-range shooting with stifling first-half defense to offset the Worthington Trojans’ overall height advantage during Tuesday night’s basketball clash at Cardinal Gym. Guard/forward Sam Schwieger and post player Brady Allen each ...

TRIANGLE DEFENSE — Fairmont Area’s Mackenzie Householder (9), Erica Serna (6) and Joni Becker (mid-back) surround New Ulm forward Jayda Helget during Big South Conference hockey action Tuesday night at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

New Ulm breezes by Fairmont Area, 14-2

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FAIRMONT — Ali Beltz was all over the ice on Tuesday at Martin County Arena. The senior forward totaled six points to lead the New Ulm Eagles over the Fairmont Area Cardinals, 14-2, during Big South Conference girls hockey action. “Her, Ashtyn (Wiltscheck) and Dani (Weiss), they all work ...

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No. 11 Red Bulls sweep wrestling quadrangular

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ST. CLAIR — The Class AA, No. 11-ranked Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls remain undefeated after sweeping a quadrangular on Tuesday in St. Clair. The Red Bulls took a 78-6 win over the St. Clair/Mankato Loyola Cyclones, defeated the Redwood-River Valley Wildcats, 54-18, and shut out ...

Down the Line

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Fairmont 12U 2nd at tourney FAIRMONT — Hadley Artz made total 79 saves to help Cavers Realty of Fairmont 12U hockey team to a second-place finish in the team’s host tournament this weekend. Chantel Moeller netted a hat trick in Fairmont’s 8-1 win over Redwood Falls on Friday. Hannah ...

ALIGNED — Fairmont Area’s Tony Nuss (2) carries the puck into neutral ice with Cardinal teammate Hudson Artz (front) along the wing and Breckenride/Wahpeton’s Hunter Rittenour (8) trailing the play during nonconference hockey action Saturday at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Blades overpower Cardinals, 5-2

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FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area and Breckenridge/Wahpeton boys hockey teams were virtually even on the Martin County Arena ice when both the Cardinals and Blades were at even strength. The visiting Blades, however, converted half of their four power-play chances and added an empty-netter with ...

Fairmont, B.E. Area hoopsters fall at BSC showcase

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ST. PETER — Marshall junior center Matthew Onken tallied a game-leading 16 points to pace the Tigers’ balanced scoring attack en route to a 65-42 victory over the short-handed Fairmont Cardinals during Big South Conference showcase basketball action Saturday in St. Peter. Senior forward ...

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8th-grade nets 38-point victory FAIRMONT — Fairmont coasted to a 49-11 victory over Blue Earth Area during eighth-grade girls basketball action on Friday in Fairmont. Cadee Becker topped a balanced Fairmont scoring effort with 12 points, Rayah Quiring supplied 10 points and Brittney ...

TURNING POINT — Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls wrestler Jordan Wolter (top) elevates Brainerd/Pillager opponent Kyle Patnode’s leg prior to turning him for back points during the 132-pound championship match at last Saturday’s Maher Invitational in Blue Earth. Wolter posted the 100th win of his career during a dual meet against New Ulm on Tuesday night in Sherburn. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

Red Bulls’ Wolter clears wrestling milestone

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FAIRMONT — Jordan Wolter’s motivation for success in wrestling is simple: do it for the team. The Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls wrestler puts the needs of the team over his own, going out in each match and doing what he can for his teammates. Wolter’s team-first attitude has ...

SCOOP FOR TWO — North Union’s Samantha Hagedorn drives between West Hancock’s Sydney Burgardt (back) and Amanda Chizek to scoop home a basket Friday night in Armstrong. The Warriors’ Chloe Lofstrom (front) and Hallie Reese (21) look on. (Photo by Greg Abel)

No. 15 North Union upends No. 5 West Hancock

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ARMSTRONG — Every time the Iowa Class 1A No. 5-ranked West Hancock Eagles utilized the 3-point arc to claw away at Class 2A No. 15-rated North Union’s lead, senior guard/forward Samantha Hagedorn proved the catalyst behind the Warriors’ answering offensive runs. Hagedorn produced 17 ...

ELEVATION — North Union’s Blake Crawmer elevates to block a shot by West Hancock’s Lucas Weiland during basketball action Friday night in Armstrong. North Union’s Robert Ortman (2) and West Hancock’s Chase Eisenman (4) watch the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

West Hancock boys cagers down North Union

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ARMSTRONG — On one end of the floor, Riley Bauer had the hot hand for the North Union Warriors. The senior guard went off for a career-high 32 points. On the other end, however, junior guard Gavin Becker’s shots were also falling to earn him a career-best 30 points. In the end, Becker ...

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Bantams open hockey season FAIRMONT — The Carlson Dental of Fairmont Bantams team started the season 0-4-1 in hockey action. Fairmont tied with New Ulm/Sleepy Eye, 1-1 on Nov. 26. Alec Reutzel scored Fairmont’s goal with the assist from Seth Becker. Dakota Hoefker made 21 saves in the ...