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B.E. Area aces field at GSL’s tennis tourney

GLENCOE — The Blue Earth Area Bucs girls tennis lineup opened the season by capturing top team honors at the Glencoe-Silver Lake Invitational on Tuesday in Glencoe. Blue Earth Area’s three doubles tandems combined for a perfect 9-0 mark en route to three dual-meet triumphs. The Bucs ...

Hodges hurls Blue Earth Pirates to 1-0 state amateur victory

NORWOOD — Shutdown pitching, stellar defense and a late ‘small-ball’ offensive approach propelled the Blue Earth Pirates into the second round of the Minnesota Class ‘C’ state amateur baseball tournament on Saturday. Ace right-hander Lee Hodges hurled a four-hit complete-game gem, ...

No. 3-ranked Cardinals look to defend state running crown

FAIRMONT — Contrary to Murphy’s law, everything that could go right did go right for the Fairmont girls cross country team last season. The Cardinals lost only two meets and won the Class A state cross country championship for the first time since 1988. That year, the team went ...

Fairmont boys stride toward top of the pack

Looking back on the Fairmont Cardinals boys cross country team’s last two seasons, head coach Bob Bonk noticed a trend in its performances. “We’ve beaten about 70 percent of our opponents in those meets, so often we’d get like third out of 10 or something like that. I’d like to see ...

Fairmont tennis falls to Washburn, Osseo in season opener

MINNEAPOLIS — The Fairmont Cardinals girls tennis team lost to Minneapolis Washburn and Osseo during a season-opening triangular on Friday at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Briana Joseph provided the Cardinals with their lone team point in a 6-1 loss to the Minneapolis ...

Fairmont tennis team set for season-opener

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Cardinals girls tennis team lined up for its group photo on Wednesday and the number of players was noticeably larger than it has been in many years. With having only one senior graduate from last fall’s lineup — No. 1 singles player Lauren Carlson — and an ...

Martins capture Region 13C amateur baseball crown

MILROY — Pipestone draftee Brandan Alfson fired a second consecutive postseason complete-game gem to guide the Fairmont Martins to the Region 13C amateur baseball crown on Friday night at Irish Yard in Milroy. Alfson, the Martins’ first choice in the regional draft, recorded 10 strikeouts ...

U10 summer soccer action keeps rolling

FAIRMONT — Cedric Johnson tallied two goals to help power Welcome Motors Atomic Blue to a 5-1 victory over Commodity Services Kelly Green during U10 summer soccer action Aug. 2 in Fairmont. Nolan Schultze, Angel Sanchez and Merritt Pomerenke contributed one goal apiece to Atomic Blue’s ...

BEA’s Oppedal preferred walk-on at Minnesota

BLUE EARTH — Like many Minnesotans, Trevor Oppedal has grown up a fan of the University of Minnesota. Like most Minnesota prep football players, the Blue Earth Area Buc senior had dreams of playing for the Gophers. But unlike a good portion of those players, Oppedal actually will have that ...

Martins hammer Irish in regional championship opener

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Martins literally made short work — two innings shy of regulation — of the Milroy Irish during Game 1 of the amateur baseball teams’ Region 13C championship series. Ace right-hander Spencer Chirpich fired six shutout innings on the mound, while joining ...

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Martins playoff game reslated FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Martins’ first game of their Region 13C amateur baseball best-of-3 championship series against the Milroy Irish was postponed on Wednesday night due to rain. The Martins play host to the Irish at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Herb Wolf Field ...

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Athlete-parent meeting at PAC FAIRMONT — There will be a Fairmont Cardinal student athlete-parent meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Fairmont High School’s Performing Arts Center. Students and at least one parent are encouraged to attend the meeting. o Roggow drains a ...

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Martins to host Irish in opener FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Martins play host to the Milroy Irish in Game 1 of their best-of-3 Region 13C amateur baseball championship series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. The Martins face the Irish in Game 2 on Friday night at ...

Martins reach Region 13C championship series

WINDOM — If there were any doubts, the Fairmont Martins could rest at ease, knowing they made a wise draft choice. Pipestone draftee Brandan Alfson racked up 14 strikeouts to lead the Martins to a 2-1 win over the Windom Pirates en route to a Region 13C amateur baseball playoff sweep on ...

Ingalls, Williams captain All-Area softball team

FAIRMONT — North Union ace right-hander Anna Ingalls’ pitching prowess caused numerous opposing hitters to exit the batter’s box with nothing to show for their efforts during the last four summer softball seasons. Twenty miles north of the Warriors’ home diamond in Swea City, Fairmont ...

Cardinal Power fastpitch 9th at NAFA nationals

FAIRMONT — The Cardinal Power 16U girls fastpitch softball lineup compiled a 4-4 record to generate a ninth-place tie at last week’s North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) Nationals in Shoreview. Illinois Gold squeezed by Cardinal Power, 5-3, via the international runner rule during ...

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Deadline for FHS fall activities Tuesday FAIRMONT — Online registration for Fairmont Cardinal fall activities is now open. All students, in grades 7-12, participating in cheerleading, cross country, football, soccer, girls tennis and volleyball should register by Tuesday. Registration is ...

Rangers top Twins to start series

MINNEAPOLIS — Joey Gallo hit another massive homer, a three-run shot in the fourth inning on Thursday night that spurred the Texas Rangers on to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. A.J. Griffin (5-2) made his first start in more than two months, giving up one run on two hits over six ...

Martins sink Pirates in Game 1 of regional series

FAIRMONT — Timing was everything for the Fairmont Martins on Wednesday night. The Martins pieced together timely hits, including a clutch bunt, to narrowly beat the Windom Pirates, 5-4, for a Game 1 win during a second-round, Region 13C amateur baseball playoff series at Herb Wolf Field in ...

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St. James tennis tourney Aug. 12 ST. JAMES — The St. James Tennis Association will play host to the 37th annual St. James Open doubles tennis tournament Saturday, Aug. 12, at St. James High School tennis courts. Male and female doubles play begins at 8 a.m. There will be two divisions for ...