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Cardinals rally to win in VanBrocklin’s head hockey coaching debut

FAIRMONT — Dylan VanBrocklin’s head coaching career has started on a high note. The Fairmont Area boys hockey team scored four unanswered goals to take a 4-3 comeback win over the Morris/Benson Area Storm on Saturday at Martin County Arena. Down 3-0 midway through the second period, the ...

Roskop helps Fairmont Area hockey salvage tie with MBA

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Area forward Tegan Roskop produced the game-tying equalizer in the third period, while defender Alexis Newville denied a late Morris/Benson Area rush in overtime to help the Cardinals salvage a 2-2 tie with the visiting Storm on Saturday at Martin County Arena. Trailing ...

Jaguars’ 2nd-half offensive surge defuses Chargers in hoops opener

WESTBROOK — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars girls basketball team utilized a high-octane second-half offensive surge to pace a 65-42 season-opening victory over the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers on Friday night in Westbrook. The Jaguars built a narrow 25-22 lead ...

Fairmont Area boys hockey set for home opener

FAIRMONT — Dylan VanBrocklin has brought a new outlook to the head coaching spot for the Fairmont Area Cardinals boys hockey team. VanBrocklin spent the last three years coaching in the Fairmont Hockey Association and was an assistant coach for the varsity team last season, now he’s taking ...

Cardinals girls hockey nets 1st victory of season

FAIRMONT — Jayde Pederson single-handedly kept Waseca even on the scoreboard at 2-all after two completed hockey periods before Fairmont Area co-captains Joni Becker and Mackenzie Householder took control in the third. Becker netted both of her goals during the final 17 minutes, while ...

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Cardinals host Waseca tonight FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area Cardinals girls hockey team plays host to the Waseca Bluejays tonight in a 7 p.m. Big South Conference game at Martin County Arena in Fairmont. Fairmont Area (0-3) then plays host to the Morris/Benson Area Storm at 1 p.m. Saturday ...

Mankato West’s 2nd-period helps down Fairmont Area hockey, 6-2

MANKATO — Molly Grundhoffer delivered Mankato West’s initial goal before adding another net-finding shot and an assist during the Scarlets’ three-goal second period to pace a 6-2 non-league hockey victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals on Saturday. Grundhoffer converted assists from ...

Nagel, Baarts and Rohman selected as All-Area football players of the year

FAIRMONT — Difficult to bring down on offense, even tougher to evade on defense. Those dozen words truly define the all-around football skills possessed by Blue Earth Area senior running back/linebacker Koby Nagel, Fairmont senior flanker/cornerback Caden Baarts and Martin County West ...

Cougars hockey wears down Cardinals in home-opener

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Area center Mackenzie Householder and the Cardinals played the ultimate perfect opening 40 seconds of their home hockey opener Thursday night. Forward Joni Becker converted Householder’s winning tap off the initial faceoff for a left-wing goal in a school ...

Tigers claw Cardinals in girls hockey opener

ALBERT LEA — Mia Fjelsta and Esther Yoon netted two goals apiece as the Albert Lea Tigers used a 51-19 shots-on-goal advantage to produce an 8-1 nonconference hockey victory over the Fairmont Area Cardinals on Tuesday night at the Albert Lea City Arena. Freshman goaltender Hadley Artz ...

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Thompson, Saari CC MVPs FAIRMONT — Fairmont head cross country coach Bob Bonk announced the annual cross country awards Tuesday. Laura Thompson and Will Saari were named the Cardinals Most Valuable Runners for the 2019 season. Eleanor Hamlet and Tyrell Zieske took home the honors for ...

Fairmont Area opens girls hockey season at Albert Lea

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Area girls hockey team’s equipment managers will have their work cut out for them sharpening skate blades during the next couple of weeks. Fourth-year head coach Ashley Olson and her youthful Cardinals roster open the season tonight by traveling to Albert Lea to ...

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PeeWees open hockey season at 1-2 FAIRMONT — The Fairmont PeeWees opened the season with a 1-2 record during weekend hockey action. Fairmont posted a 5-3 victory over the Okoboji Blizzards on Saturday in Okoboji, Iowa. Eric Determan produced two goals for Fairmont, while Keagan Roloff and ...

Polars trip Bucs in Class AA state football quarterfinals, 26-20

KASSON — Blue Earth Area seemed to have the game under control, but a momentum-shifting sack late in the third quarter gave Minneapolis North a shot. With 1:32 left in the third, BEA quarterback Gavin Storbeck was pushed out of the pocket, tracked down by multiple Polar defenders and lost ...

Steinhaus, Kosbab tabbed All-Area volleyball players of the year

Martin County West senior outside hitter Logan Kosbab earned prep volleyball accolades by converting set assists into kills, while Martin Luther/ Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman senior setter Lydia Steinhaus garnered postseason honors by setting up her teammates for kills with timely ...

B.E. Area to face North in state football quarterfinal

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Area football team proved its Section 2 top seeding correct as the Bucs cruised through three playoff games. Class AA No. 8-ranked BEA beat Norwood Young America 34-8, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 50-22 and finally Medford 59-15. No. 3-ranked Minneapolis North ...

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Advance football tickets for sale at BEA BLUE EARTH — Advance tickets for the Blue Earth Area Bucs football team’s Class AA state quarterfinal can be purchased from 8 a.m.—3 p.m. both Thursday and Friday at the Blue Earth Area High School office. The prices for the tickets are $11 per ...

Fairmont girls cross country team places 11th at state

NORTHFIELD — From a fourth-place finish in the section in 2018 to 11th place at state in 2019. The Fairmont Cardinal girls cross country team combined to score 258 points to capture 11th place at the Class A state meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield on Saturday. Fairmont head coach ...

JCC dethrones Fairmont for sectional football crown

JANESVILLE — Jackson County Central passed two-time defending Section 3AAA football champion Fairmont’s mettle test without throwing many passes. The Class AAA No. 2-ranked Huskies’ potent tandem of tailback Elijah Meium-Bratrud and fullback Bradley Buhl Jr. combined for 252 rushing ...

Becker exits Fairmont Area soccer career at No. 1 in goals

FAIRMONT — Little did Fairmont Area Cardinals’ head girls soccer coach Matt Nielsen know at the time the significance of selecting a player to fill the final spot on his varsity roster during the fall of 2016. “She was my 22nd choice — the last spot,” Nielsen reminisced. “We ...