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Cardinals, Bucs earn all-Big South Conference honors

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Cardinals and Blue Earth Area Bucs earned all-Big South Conference fall sports honors across the board, according to the conference’s official press release Monday.

The two-time defending Section 3A champion Blue Earth Area girls tennis lineup garnered six spots on the Big South East Division’s team, while Fairmont netted five honorees for their performances in the pandemic-condensed season.

No. 1 singles player Te’a Armstrong, No. 2 singles netter Marissa Benz and the No. 1 doubles tandem of McKenna Dutton and Kylie Rosenau all merited first-team tennis accolades for the Bucs. Blue Earth Area singles players Arika Howard and Addison Armstrong each were named to the league’s honorable mention team.

No. 1 singles netter Claire Nemmers and No. 2 singles player Briana Joseph captured first-team all-Big South status for Fairmont, while hybrid netter Maggy Totzke and doubles players Lauren Davis and Emily Hagen were tabbed honorable mention this fall.

Unfortunately for the Fairmont girls tennis team, girls and boys soccer squads, and the girls and boys cross country programs, none were allowed to compete in their respective sectional tournaments due to the school district being restricted to all-distance learning during those competitive dates.

Senior midfielder/striker Brooklyn Meyer topped the Fairmont Area girls soccer program by earning a spot on the all-Big South first team via her MVP campaign for the Cardinals.

Junior forward Rayah Quiring, junior midfielder Mackenzie Householder and junior defender Carissa Saxton all represented Fairmont Area on the honorable mention list in 2020.

Despite not having the opportunity to compete in the conference meet, Fairmont’s cross country programs placed five runners on the Large School Division’s honorable mention teams this fall.

Laura Thompson, Tabitha Thatcher and Macy Hanson represented the Cardinal girls team, while Will Saari and Connor Artner did likewise for the Fairmont boys squad.

Thompson, Thatcher and Hanson will compete for Fairmont in the Minnesota High School Cross Country Coaches Association’s state meet at 2 p.m. Saturday in Atwater.

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