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Wolverines cage Jaguars, 7-4

TRUMAN — Two big innings soured Jordan Petschke’s Jaguar coaching debut. Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey held off Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain, 7-4, during season-opening Valley Conference baseball action Monday night in Truman. The Wolverines scored three runs in the ...

MCW splits softball doubleheader with JCC

WELCOME — Ivy Kokoruda walked and eventually scored Martin County West’s initial run of Game 1 of Saturday’s softball doubleheader on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning. Miah Olson then utilized her Mercurial speed to leg out the Mavericks’ first hit of the season with two ...

Bucs rout Mavericks in baseball opener

WELCOME — Two major innings powered the Bucs past the Mavericks. Blue Earth Area beat Martin County West 20-2 in both baseball teams’ opening game of the season Saturday in Welcome. Keegan O’Brien cracked the first pitch of the game into left field for a single. O’Brien stole ...

Totzke, Haugen, Senf guide Fairmont golfers to invitational crown

WORTHINGTON — Three Fairmont girls golfers broke the century mark to earn top 10 individual accolades to power the Cardinals to the season-opening Worthington Invitational’s team championship on Saturday. Junior Maggy Totzke penciled in an 18-hole total of 93 to capture fourth place ...

Fairmont golfers return solid core

FAIRMONT — After a year away from the course as a team, Fairmont’s returning core is ready to compete. “We have a good core back,” Fairmont assistant coach Ryan Stevens said of the Cardinals’ boys roster. “They’re young. I don’t have any returning seniors, I missed out on ...

Cardinals continue to hone golf skills

FAIRMONT — Though the 2020 Minnesota State High School League’s golf season was shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the Fairmont Cardinal golfers continued working on their skills. “We definitely encouraged the kids last spring, when we were locked down, ‘Hey, you ...

Storbeck, Lloyd drive B.E. Area golfers to victory

BLUE EARTH — Even 40-degree temperatures and chilly winds on Friday could not prevent Blue Earth Area’s Gavin Storbeck and Ashton Lloyd from heating up the Riverside Town & Country Club fairways. Storbeck, who made the switch from the baseball diamond to the tee box, and Lloyd ...

Luverne serves 1st tennis loss to Fairmont

LUVERNE — The Luverne Cardinals swept the doubles bracket to help pace a 6-1 victory over the Fairmont Cardinals during a Big South Conference boys tennis meet Friday in Luverne. Jack Hagen delivered the lone team point for Fairmont (2-1) to prevent the shutout. The Fairmont sophomore ...

Fairmont track & field teams sweep season-opening quadrangular

BLUE EARTH — The Fairmont Cardinal boys and girls track & field teams both walked away from their first meet with wins. Fairmont’s boys scored 82.33 points, while the Cardinal girls totaled 122.7 points during quadrangular action against Blue Earth Area, Luverne and Jackson County ...

St. Peter plates wins over Fairmont in opening diamond games

FAIRMONT — St. Peter’s No. 5 batter Ashton Volk delivered the second of three pivotal hits to right field to help break open a one-run baseball game during a three-run third inning on Thursday at Herb Wolf Field. Volk drilled a two-run double, Vinny Guappone went 2-for-3 with a double and ...

Fairmont softball hits road to St. Peter for season-opener

FAIRMONT — Cory Hainy officially began his second season at the helm of the Fairmont Cardinal varsity softball program 11 days ago. “We haven’t lost a game yet,” Hainy said with a wry smile, “then again, we haven’t won one yet either.” Unfortunately for Hainy, the COVID-19 ...

Cardinals baseball set to throw out first pitch at home

FAIRMONT — It’s been 674 days since the Fairmont Cardinals played an official high school baseball game. Fairmont head coach Don Waletich knows the above number all too well as he’s been anxiously awaiting the chance to relieve the sting of his Cardinals’ narrow 3-2 loss to Luverne in ...

Fairmont girls track & field adapting to changes

FAIRMONT — A new meet format, new rules and a lot of new competitors. Fairmont Cardinal head track & field coach Bob Bonk said there will be a lot of new aspects to this year’s season after missing last year because of the COVID-19 sports shutdown. The first major change Bonk ...

Cardinal boys tracksters looking to youthful future

FAIRMONT — A youth-filled roster is ready to load into the starting blocks for Fairmont. The Cardinal boys roster lost a lot of experience missing last season because of the COVID-19 break in spring sports, but now there are big numbers of underclassmen ready to fill roles. This season, ...

Fairmont boys tennis improves to 2-0 on season

WORTHINGTON — Even a two-hour rain delay in Worthington on Tuesday couldn’t prevent the Fairmont Cardinal boys tennis lineup from opening the spring season with a 2-0 dual-meet record. Fairmont swept the singles bracket to pace a 4-3 Big South Conference triumph over the Worthington ...

North Union’s Von Bank, Nielsen captain All-Area hoops team

ARMSTRONG — After the conclusion of a pandemic-condensed prep hardwood season — four months long in Iowa and just three months in Minnesota, it’s time for the Fairmont Sentinel newspaper, so to speak, to “unmask” its annual All-Area girls basketball team for 2021. Fittingly, the ...

Cardinals tame Tigers in season tennis opener, 6-1

FAIRMONT — Fairmont head boys tennis coach Eric Johnson used every minute leading up to his team’s first meet to continue teaching. After only three days of practice, Johnson’s Cardinals fought to a 6-1 win over the Albert Lea Tigers, while sweeping the singles bracket during ...

Fairmont boys tennis team set for quick start to season

FAIRMONT — “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” While not an official motto, those words have long been associated with the United States Postal worker. Long-time Fairmont head coach Eric Johnson ...

B.E. Area’s wrestling trio medal at state

ST. MICHAEL — The Blue Earth Area senior wrestling trio of Max Ehrich, Luke Mertens and Nick Frank exited St. Michael-Albertville High School’s gymnasium on Saturday with Class A individual state medals draped around their necks. “We thought we had a pretty good day,” Bucs head coach ...

Rohman wins state crown; Chargers end Red Bulls’ run

ST. MICHAEL — The Chargers lit up the scoreboard in the final six weights. No. 4-ranked Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield won the final six matches to overcome the No. 3-ranked Martin County Red Bulls, 41-23, in the Class AA state team wrestling semifinals Friday at St. Michael-Albertville High ...