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Warriors ground Eagles to remain perfect on season

BRITT, Iowa — North Union actually played a regulation seven-inning softball game Monday night, but the final result proved yet another double-figure margin of victory. Olivia Von Bank and Hope Steinberger continued their high-octane offensive performances from the batter’s box to power ...

Smith, Schmidt combine on 1-hitter in Martins’ shutout over Bulls

NORTHROP — Fairmont starting pitcher Josh Smith and reliever Adam Schmidt combined to keep the Jackson Bulls off the scoreboard on Father’s Day, while Jon Traetow supplied the Martins’ key offensive blast during amateur baseball action in Northrop. Smith allowed one hit in four shutout ...

Fairmont Hall of Fame induction postponed to next fall

FAIRMONT — “I can’t think of one aspect of life that hasn’t been affected, in some manner, by the current coronavirus pandemic,” said Fairmont High School activities director and Fairmont Athletic Hall of Fame chairman Mat Mahoney. “So, it comes as no surprise that the selection ...

North Union softball pounds out 3rd win in a row

SWEA CITY — Three consecutive run-rule victories to open the abbreviated regular season. The fearsome foursome of Olivia Von Bank, Hope Steinberger, Cassie Beadle and Sam Nielsen combined for 13 of North Union’s 16 hits, while ace right-hander Emily Meyer hurled a three-hit complete-game ...

Warriors sweep 2 from Bison

BUFFALO CENTER, Iowa — Back-to-back gems. North Union freshman ace right-hander Emily Meyer faced only two batters over the limit in hurling her second consecutive no-hit shutout during the pandemic-condensed Iowa high school softball season. Meyer recorded six strikeouts and issued only ...

Fairmont Martins flatten Lakefield Horned Frogs

BANCROFT, Iowa — Ace right-hander Matt Lytle fired a six-hit complete-game gem and Luke Becker hammered the game-ending two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to pace the Martins’ 13-2 run-rule rout over the Lakefield Horned Frogs. Lytle recorded 10 strikeouts and issued six ...

North Union’s Meyer no-hits Okoboji in softball opener

SWEA CITY — An actual silver lining amid the coronavirus pandemic. North Union freshman right-hander Emily Meyer hurled a no-hit shutout, while teammate Olivia Von Bank scored three runs and singled home two more to engineer the Warriors’ 12-0, third-inning run-rule rout over the Okoboji ...

Shoen to play baseball at University of Mary

TRUMAN — The 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame appears leaner and quicker. The powerful swing has leveled off. The strong throws hold a straighter line. The competitive demeanor is self-effacing. Current Fairmont Martins amateur baseball player and former Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East ...

Martins sink Wood Ducks in 10-3 exhibition game

BANCROFT, Iowa — The Fairmont Martins amateur baseball team won its third consecutive exhibition game on Friday night. Set-up man Adam Schmidt notched seven strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of near flawless relief to notch the win, while closer Paxton Gravlin fanned two in the ninth to seal the ...

Oothoudt opts for volleyball at Bethany Lutheran

NORTHROP — Only a handful of area prep student-athletes each year earn the right to be recruited for two different sports at the collegiate level. That, however, is the double-edged dilemma faced by recent Martin Luther High School graduate Lizzie Oothoudt. Oothoudt left an indelible mark ...

Fairmont’s Senf places 4th at senior golf showcase

FAIRMONT — Bergen Senf earned one last shot at redemption as a high school golfer and made each and every shot count. The 2020 Fairmont High School graduate once again proved a model of consistency by carding a 4-over-par, 18-hole round of 76 to capture fourth place overall at the Minnesota ...

Martins erupt for 16 runs to coast to exhibition win over Springfield

BANCROFT, Iowa — The Fairmont Martins’ potent batting order kept piling up runs on the scoreboard at Vince Meyer Field on Wednesday night at Bancroft Memorial Field. Levi Becker hammered a three-run home run, Luke Becker drilled a two-run triple and Derek Shoen cranked a bases-loaded ...

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Martins to play Springfield tonight FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Martins amateur baseball team added a game to its cross-the-border schedule. The Martins, who are 2-1 in exhibition games, plays Minnesota opponent Springfield at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Bancroft Memorial Park in Bancroft, ...

Martins halve split doubleheader

BANCROFT, Iowa — Fairmont ace hurler Matt Lytle and third baseman Derek Shoen delivered clutch performances in the Martins’ second game of Saturday’s split amateur baseball doubleheader to help salvage a split decision at Bancroft Memorial Park. Reeling after three consecutive walks and ...

Jaguars’ Steinhaus conquers all challenges

NORTHROP — Whether it’s academics, athletics, music or uniquely — even working at an area grocery store, Lydia Steinhaus likes a challenge. “I get a little competitive when I’m helping fill online grocery orders,” said Martin Luther’s honored speaker for the Northrop-based high ...

Jaguars’ Fischer to play baseball at BVU

NORTHROP — Ingenuity, persistence and impeccable timing paid dividends for Cayden Fischer. The 2020 Martin Luther High School male Triple ‘A’ Award sectional nominee combined the above three qualities to merit a spot on the Buena Vista University baseball team’s list of recruits for ...

Martins top Pirates in amateur baseball opener

BANCROFT, Iowa — It took 30-plus-mile road trips by both the Fairmont Martins and Blue Earth Pirates, but their season-opening amateur baseball game is officially in the books. Spencer Chirpich went 2-for-2, was hit by pitch twice, drew two walks and scored four runs with one RBI, while ...

Martins to cross state line, play Pirates in baseball opener tonight

BANCROFT, Iowa — If you’re looking for a live sporting event to watch, you’re finally in luck. The Fairmont Martins will throw out the first pitch of the amateur baseball season at 7:30 p.m. tonight when they square off against the Blue Earth Pirates on Vince Meyer Field at Bancroft ...

GAC’s Ramon balances academic success with athletics

ST. PETER — Iliana Ramon continues to maintain her smooth and steady stride on Gustavus Adolphus College’s varsity running surfaces, while also maintaining an honor-roll academic pace in the classroom heading into the final two-year backstretch of her Division III cross country and track ...

MSU’s Waletich earns high academic honors

MANKATO — Jack Waletich is the epitome of the term “student-athlete.” The Minnesota State University, Mankato outfielder earned selection to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s all-academic baseball team both this spring and in 2019. In fact, the Mavericks’ redshirt ...