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Pella Christian’s late rally trips North Union at state softball

FORT DODGE, Iowa — Prep softball can be called a game of inches, and North Union senior second baseman Vanessa Von Bank knows that fact all too well. Von Bank drilled a pivotal fifth-inning double off the Dodger Diamond fence and later scored the game-tying run on Naomi Jones’ two-out RBI ...

Earlham edges North Union in state softball quarterfinals

FORT DODGE, Iowa — No. 5-seeded North Union’s high-octane batting order produced a dozen hits in Monday’s state softball opener, but No. 4-seeded Earlham’s “small-ball” skills proved the difference at Harlan Rogers Sports Complex. Katie Janssen, Allison Beatty and Morgan Mineart ...

Fairmont 16-18 softball team places 4th at league tournament

NORTH MANKATO — The Fairmont 16-18 girls fastpitch softball team compiled a 4-2 record to capture fourth place in the 16-team Southern Star League tournament over the weekend at Caswell Park. Fairmont opened Saturday’s diamond action by engineering a 15-0, three-inning run-rule triumph ...

WBE baseball coasts into sub-state legion final

WABASSO — Luverne American Legion Post 123 put Winnebago/Blue Earth in an early deficit, but the Post 82/89 team refused to believe it wouldn’t win. WBE (16-1) took a 9-5 win over Luverne on Saturday night in Wabasso to advance to the Minnesota Division II, Southwest Sub-State ...

Sherburn’s Lange strikes gold for USA at Pan-Am wrestling event

SHERBURN — Recent Martin County West High School graduate Katie Lange circled the mat on June 13, carrying the American Flag as she claimed gold for the United States. Lange, a native of Sherburn, competed in the 65-kilogram weight class of the 2021 Pan-American Wrestling Championship ...

WBE legion baseball pounds out sub-state win over USC

WABASSO — Winnebago/Blue Earth walked around and around the basepaths. American Legion Posts 82/89 beat United South Central Post 210, 14-1, in a five-inning run-rule shortened game Friday in Wabasso to advance to the semifinal round of the Division II, Southwest Sub-State baseball ...