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B.E. Area tennis maintains perfect record

NEW ULM — A perfect 28-for-28 and counting. The Blue Earth Area Bucs girls tennis lineup improved to 4-0 in dual meets by sweeping the New Ulm Eagles for the second time this season during Thursday’s Big South Conference East Division clash in New Ulm. The Bucs pocketed straight-set ...

Fairmont Area girls soccer kicks way by Worthington, 12-0

WORTHINGTON — A true team triumph. Eleven different players reached the goal-scoring column and four more doled out one assist apiece to power the Fairmont Area Cardinals’ 12-0 rout over the Worthington Trojans during Big South Conference girls soccer action Tuesday night in ...

Trojans’ second-half comeback knocks off Cardinals

FAIRMONT — A Dickensesque tale of two Big South Conference boys soccer halves. Striker Isaiah Lebbi produced the initial 40-minute segment’s only goal and netkeeper Bryant Armitage posted six saves to help the Fairmont Area Cardinals cling to a 1-0 lead over the Worthington Trojans at ...

Fairmont tennis sweeps doubles to pace triumph

NEW ULM — The number three figured prominently into the Fairmont girls tennis lineup’s winning formula during Monday’s Big South Conference East Division dual meet in New Ulm. The visiting Cardinals swept all three doubles matches, including a third consecutive victory by the tandem of ...

Bucs ground Bluejays in BSC East tennis clash

BLUE EARTH — The defending Section 3A girls tennis team champion Blue Earth Area Bucs have started the 2020 season strong, sweeping their first three meets. The Bucs continued their undefeated streak Monday, sweeping the Waseca Bluejays 7-0 during Big South Conference East Division tennis ...

Bluejays blank Cardinals in soccer opener, 2-0

FAIRMONT — The timing of Thyme Lang’s initial goal of Friday night’s Big South Conference soccer season-opener in Fairmont gave the visiting Waseca Bluejays just enough breathing room on the scoreboard. Striker Gabriela Rodriguez snapped the scoreless tie 3 minutes into the second half ...

Martins nip Waconia in state amateur baseball clash

MILROY — Derek Shoen scored both runs, Jon Traetow delivered both RBIs and Collin Lovell delivered a six-hit complete-game gem Friday night to power the Fairmont Martins into Round 3 of the Minnesota Class ‘C’ state amateur baseball tournament. Lovell struck out six in nine innings of ...

Cardinal tennis lineup zips Eagles to remain undefeated

FAIRMONT — Some prep tennis players affectionately refer to 6-0 set victories as “doughnuts.” Fairmont’s netters almost baked up a perfect half-dozen doughnuts in the doubles bracket, while cooking up two more in singles action for the perfect recipe behind a 7-0 Big South Conference ...

Fairmont girls 1st, boys 2nd at cross country opener

FAIRMONT — Runners removed their masks and moved to one of three starting lines separated by a few feet as they neared the first race of the 2020 Minnesota high school cross country season. The Fairmont Cardinals’ girls cross country team then ran to a top finish in its first of six ...

Cardinals’ trifecta soccer hopes put on hold

FAIRMONT — Anticipation. After qualifying for the Section 2A girls soccer championship match in back-to-back seasons, the Fairmont Area Cardinals might have to officially wait until the fall of 2021 to complete the rare trifecta. Unfortunately, the current coronavirus pandemic has proven ...

Fairmont Area boys keep eye on BSC soccer crown

FAIRMONT — Brady Meyer knows that time is of the essence, especially during this fall’s high school soccer schedule that’s been reduced by 30% due to the current coronavirus pandemic. “In a short season likes this one, every game is very important. There’s not much room for ...

B.E. Area tennis opens season with shutout win over New Ulm

BLUE EARTH — After the heat pushed their match from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning, the defending Section 3A team champion Blue Earth Area Bucs didn’t seem to want to spend much time on the tennis court. Blue Earth Area swept the New Ulm Eagles 7-0 in straight sets across the lineup ...

Fairmont girls cross country team returns entire nucleus

FAIRMONT — For the first time in many years, Fairmont Cardinals cross country mentor Bob Bonk is heading into a season with a lot of questions. Not about his Cardinal girls runners, who return all nine competitors from the team’s 11th-place finish in last year’s Class A state race, but ...

Saari, Artner to pace Cardinal boys cross country team

FAIRMONT — There will be no Milaca Mega Meet. There will be no I-90 Invitational. There might not even be a sectional or state meet. Instead of the usual mixture of small and large races throughout the season, this year there will be weekly triangulars. Much has changed going into the ...

Fairmont girls tennis team wins Olsen’s debut via shutout

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Cardinals girls tennis lineup made first-year head coach Laura Olsen’s seasonal debut a memorable one. Fairmont’s netters persevered in Monday’s searing heat by posting two-set wins at all four singles positions and three doubles spots to pace a 7-0 triumph ...

Martins to face Waconia at state Friday night

FAIRMONT — The two-time defending Region 13 champion Fairmont Martins will face the Waconia Lakers in the second round of the Minnesota Class ‘C’ amateur baseball state tournament. Fairmont (22-2), which earned an opening-round bye, and Waconia will square off at 7:30 p.m. Friday night ...

Area Daily Prep Sports Schedule

Monday, Aug. 24 GIRLS TENNIS • River Valley (Sleepy Eye & Springfield) vs. Fairmont @ Cardinal Courts in Fairmont, 4:30 p.m. • New Ulm @ Blue Earth Area, 4:30 p.m. o Thursday, Aug. 27 CROSS COUNTRY • St. Peter & St. James Area vs. Fairmont on Fairmont High School ...

Olsen, Fairmont girls tennis team set for season

FAIRMONT — Laura Olsen is neither new to the sport of prep tennis nor the Fairmont girls program, but her first year as the Cardinals’ head coach has presented some new angles to work around due to the current pandemic. After serving as an assistant coach for the past two fall campaigns, ...

Martins rout Hadley to win regional crown, clinch opening state bye

HADLEY — Back-to-back Region 13C amateur baseball championships and a second consecutive opening-round bye in the upcoming Minnesota Class ‘C’ state tournament. Tyler Tennyson produced a game-best five RBIs on the strength of four hits — including a pair of home runs and a double — ...

North Union’s Steinberger, Nielsen earn all-state softball honors

SWEA CITY — ... and the hits keep coming for Hope Steinberger, Sam Nielsen and their North Union Warrior softball teammates this summer. Steinberger and Nielsen doubled up their postseason diamond accolades from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union this week by being selected to the ...