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Geistfeld looking to future at Gustavus

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With his senior baseball season either significantly shortened or completely gone, Wyatt Geistfeld has shifted his focus to his next athletic endeavor. Joining Gustavus Adolphus College and playing for the Golden Gusties’ basketball team. “I hope that we can play baseball. I love ...

Geistfeld nets player of the year

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First-team All-Conference, first-team All-Region and Upper Midwest Athletic Conference player of the year. Hanna Geistfeld racked up the awards after her junior basketball season at Bethany Lutheran College. The 6-0 forward helped lead the Vikings to success the program had never seen. ...

Geistfeld caps off excellent career

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From starting as a freshman, to playing in Brazil, to helping her team triple its season win total, Reilly Geistfeld has had quite a career. Geistfeld finished her senior basketball season at Hamline University just in time to beat the COVID-19 shutdowns of major sports. The 5-10 forward ...

Fairmont’s Senf waiting to tee off golf season

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FAIRMONT — In her senior golf season, Bergen Senf was set for success. The three-time state individual competitor had moved up her final position each time she competed, finishing 25th as a freshman, 16th as a sophomore and fifth last year as a junior. Now, because of the COVID-19 ...

Fairmont’s Becker contemplates track future

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FAIRMONT — While the current COVID-19 pandemic has dampened the spirits of countless high school senior student-athletes across the nation, it seems to have inspired numerous future collegiate freshmen in southern Minnesota. Fairmont High School senior standout Joni Becker is a prime ...

New Fairmont softball coach plays waiting game

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FAIRMONT — One week into his tenure as the Fairmont softball coach, Cory Hainy’s debut season might be over before it really begins. With COVID-19 shutting down Minnesota State High School League sports — along with classes — across the state a week after practices started, Hainy said ...

Fairmont baseball assistants’ varsity coaching debuts cut short

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FAIRMONT — “Don’t stride too far or your release point changes. That’s it — stay on top of the baseball and snap your wrist,” Fairmont High School pitching coach Matt Lytle said while analyzing deliveries. “Keep your hands back, and then drive the barrel through the zone. Head ...

BVU’s Tennyson to weigh options for next spring

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TRUMAN — “It just doesn’t feel real.” That’s how Buena Vista University senior Tyler Tennyson described the possibility of having played his final college baseball game. “It kind of feels like I’m just at home, taking a break and I’ll be back with everybody in a week or so. ...

MSHSL follows Governor’s lead in extending moratorium

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BROOKLYN CENTER — The Minnesota State High School League continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and the most current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Minnesota Department of Health and the Office of the Governor. The MSHSL supports the efforts of all ...

Abilene Christian hurler Chirpich to capitalize on NCAA extension

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FAIRMONT — After multiple injuries and transferring to a Division I school, Spencer Chirpich has a bit more trouble to fight through to continue his baseball career. Chirpich, a senior at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and a former Fairmont High School sports standout, was ...

Fairmont’s Mahoney adjusts to virus-altered job

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FAIRMONT — The emergence of the COVID-19 virus has disrupted everyone’s daily routines and created uncertainty about the logistics of nearly every person’s livelihood. Fairmont High School activities administrator Mat Mahoney is not immune to both the direct and peripheral effects of the ...

Frank captains All-Area team

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In only three years playing basketball, Wyatt Frank has become a consistent power in the post. Frank said he was drawn to start playing basketball in high school because of his teammates. “I liked the teammates that I would have and (Head coach Jared) Thompson said he would have plans for ...

Lofstrom tabbed Sentinel All-Area basketball captain

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ARMSTRONG — Three consecutive Sentinel All-Area girls basketball player of the year awards. After sharing the elite annual status with 2019 Blue Earth Area High School graduate and current Gustavus Adolphus College freshman standout Caitlin Rorman for the past two seasons, North Union ...

BEA’s Wirtjes earns state wrestling coach of the year honors

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BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth Area head wrestling coach Randy Wirtjes came home with more than just the Class A third-place plaque from the MSHSL state wrestling team tournament. He also was named Class A head coach of the year. “It’s really nice to win the award,” Wirtjes said. “I’ve ...

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7th-grade hoopsters play at MYSA FAIRMONT — The Fairmont seventh-grade Red girls basketball team compiled a 1-2 record at last weekend’s Minnesota Youth Athletic Services state tournament. Ellie Ortega netted seven points and grabbed nine rebounds to pace Fairmont’s first-round 27-24 ...

Waseca downs Blue Earth Area in South hoops finale

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MANKATO — Ryan Dufault and Andrew Morgan combined to power the Class AA No. 2-ranked Waseca Bluejays to an appearance in the section championship. Dufault and Morgan combined for 43 points in the Bluejays’ 56-36 win over the Blue Earth Area Bucs during the Section 2AA, South Sub-Section ...

Hesebeck, Huskies edge Cardinals for South basketball crown

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MARSHALL — Fairmont head basketball coach Jared Thompson’s defensive strategy of holding Jackson County Central’s high-scoring point guard Rudy Voss in check worked almost perfectly during Saturday night’s sub-section championship game in Marshall. Thompson, however, could not have ...