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Anna Lux delivers a pitch earlier in the season. Lux picked up two wins on Saturday in the Section 2A playoffs.

Knights eliminate Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey in 2A playoffs

NORTH MANKATO — Sleepy Eye St. Mary's defeated Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 6-0 in a Section 2A playoff matchup at Caswell Park on Saturday. Anna Lux pitched a seven-inning two-hit shutout for the Knights. St. Mary's put up four runs in the second inning on five hits. Megan Labat ...

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New Ulm’s Mariah Piotter delivers a pitch against Marshall in the Section 2AAA playoffs on Saturday in North Mankato.

Eagles prevail twice in 2AAA playoffs

NORTH MANKATO — A safety squeeze off the bat of Carli Botten scored Joey Batt from third, leading New Ulm to a 3-2, 11-inning victory against Faribault in the Section 2AAA consolation bracket on Saturday at Caswell Park. The win means New Ulm will play at 5 p.m. on Tuesday against ...

Nicollet ends Sleepy Eye’s season

NORTH MANKATO — Nicollet defeated Sleepy Eye 5-4 in a Section 2A elimination bracket playoff game in 10 innings. Nicollet's Hannah Beckius pitched 10 innings, giving up eight hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks to earn the win. Brooke Skrien went 2 for 4 with one RBI, Nicole Hall ...

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New Ulm Cathedral starting pitcher Kasey Kuck tosses a pitch during the Greyhounds Section 2A playoff win against Sleepy Eye Friday.
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Cathedral moves on in Section 2A playoffs with win over Sleepy Eye

SLEEPY EYE — In a single elimination playoff game, mistakes are magnified. Friday afternoon in a Section 2A baseball playoff game, the Sleepy Eye Indians were guilty of three errors in the first three innings against New Ulm Cathedral. Those errors led to four unearned runs and were the ...

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Springfield’s Decker Sheffler (5) is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of the Tigers Section 2A playoff win against Nicollet Friday in Springfield.
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Springfield stops Nicollet in 2A baseball playoffs

SPRINGFIELD — After the first inning, Springfield looked nearly unstoppable offensively. But after a momentum-shifting throwout in the bottom of the second, Nicollet gained some life. Still, No. 3-seeded Springfield fended off a scare against No. 14-seeded Nicollet in winning 5-2 in the ...

Cleveland blanks MVL in Section 2A baseball playoffs

CLEVELAND — Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s bats made plenty of contact with the ball against Cleveland, but it unfortunately only led to three hits. The Chargers fell to the Clippers 6-0 in a first round Section 2A playoff baseball game on Friday. With the loss, MVL (11-8) is eliminated ...

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Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Nick Labat slides home safely during the big seven-run sixth inning in Friday’s Section 2A baseball playoff win against Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey.

Big 6th inning lifts Knights to victory

SLEEPY EYE — It seemed like Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s was able to get plenty of baserunners on against Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey in Friday’s Section 2A baseball playoff opening round game. The problem was cashing in on those chances. The Knights stranded nine runners after five ...

GFW, MVL/NUC advance athletes in Section 2A

MONTGOMERY — Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop and Minnesota Valley Lutheran/New Ulm Cathedral advanced numerous athletes out of the Section 2A, Subsection 7 track and field meet on Thursday in Montgomery. The GFW boys and MVL/NUC girls finished third out of seven teams, while the MVL/NUC boys and ...

Minn. Lynx beat Connecticut Sun for 2nd time in 3 days, 82-68

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx just keep rolling in May. Ever since drafting Maya Moore in 2011, the Lynx haven't lost a game in the month, winning 22 straight, including an 82-68 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Friday night. "Starting with our head coach down through the ...

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New Ulm Cathedral’s Josie Pautzke drives a pitch during the Greyhounds’ Section 2A playoff win against Sleepy Eye on Thursday in New Ulm.
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Greyhounds beat Indians 7-1 in Section 2A softball playoffs

NEW ULM — New Ulm Cathedral put up seven runs against Sleepy Eye for the third time this season. For those who are not superstitious, this probably means nothing. But those three Lucky 7s may be an omen for good things to come for top-seeded Cathedral, which beat No. 8-seeded Sleepy Eye 7-1 ...

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Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Anna Lux connects with a pitch during a recent game in Sleepy Eye.

Knights put up 15 runs, cruise past Chargers in 4 innings

By Jeremy Reinarts Journal Sports Writer SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s defeated Minnesota Valley Lutheran 15-0 in four innings in Section 2A playoff softball Thursday. The Knights (19-2) did not allow a hit. Anna Lux pitched three innings with three strikeouts and two walks to ...

Big inning proves fatal for Raiders in 10-4 loss

By Travis Rosenau Journal Sports Writer NICOLLET — Cleveland’s hot bats in the fifth inning were enough to come back and take down Nicollet in a Section 2A softball playoff game on Thursday. The No. 5-seeded Clippers defeated the No. 4-seeded Raiders 10-4. Nicollet (13-8) took two of ...

Schugel medals, New Ulm boys win Day 1 in Section 3AA golf meet

BUFFALO LAKE — New Ulm placed first overall during Day 1 of the Section 3AA boys’ golf meet with a score of 315 on Thursday at Oakdale Golf Course. Glavine Schugel of New Ulm was the medalist carding a 2-under 70, including a 2-under 34 on the back 9. Aiden Guggisberg shot a 79, Matt ...

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New Ulm left fielder Teresa Ahlers looks the ball into her glove for a catch during the Eagles’ playoff loss to Mankato West on Thursday at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
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Eagles split Section 2AAA softball games

By Jeremy Behnke Journal Sports Editor NORTH MANKATO — Mankato West pounded the opposing pitching staff, scoring 10 runs on 14 hits as it handed New Ulm a five-inning 10-0 loss in the second round of the Section 2AAA softball playoffs on Thursday at Caswell Park. Earlier in the day, New ...

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Sleepy Eye’s Mariah Miller (3) tags out Casandra Graff of Springfield as she slides into third during a Section 2A playoff game Wednesday in Sleepy Eye.
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Indians knock out Tigers in 18-8, 5-inning slugfest in Section 2A

SLEEPY EYE — Both Sleepy Eye and Springfield made the most of their at-bats considering the playoffs have finally arrived. But overall, No. 8-seeded Sleepy Eye got bigger, more-meaningful hits in beating No. 9-seeded Springfield 18-8 in five innings in the first round of the Section 2A ...

Fleck, Pitino share philosophies at Gopher Road Trip’s stop in New Ulm

NEW ULM — The new University of Minnesota head football coach P.J. Fleck said that his “Row the Boat” slogan is more than just three words to him. “It is a never-give-up mantra,” Fleck said Tuesday at Turner Hall as the Gopher Road Trip stopped in New Ulm. “Back on February 9th, ...

Frauenholtz, Wolkow advance to Day 2 in Section 3AA

BUFFALO LAKE — Both Abby Frauenholtz and Izzie Wolkow of New Ulm have emerged from Day 1 of the Section 3AA girls’ golf meet on Wednesday as qualifiers for the next round. Frauenholtz and Wolkow both shot 92s, which assured them spots on Day 2 of the meet, which will take place on Tuesday ...

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University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Mark Coyle speaks to a full Turner Hall, introducing the next coaches to speak during the Gopher Road Trip on Tuesday.

Gophers come to New Ulm

NEW ULM — A crowd of more than 300 filled Turner Hall as the Minnesota Gopher Road Trip stopped in New Ulm Tuesday afternoon. Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck, basketball coach Richard Pitino and men’s hockey coach Don Lucia were some of the coaches in attendance along with Athletic ...

MVL crushes St. Clair in 2A softball playoffs

Prep softball MVL 18, St. Clair 4 (5 innings) ST. CLAIR — Minnesota Valley Lutheran crushed St. Clair in the first round of the Section 2A softball playoffs on Tuesday. Hannah Biedenbender earned the win for MVL, going five innings, giving up four runs, six hits, walking three and ...

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