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MVL outslugs GFW in Tomahawk Conference softball opener

By Travis Rosenau Journal Sports Writer NEW ULM — Minnesota Valley Lutheran started its season off in a big way over Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop in a Tomahawk Conference softball game. The Chargers (1-0) defeated the Thunderbirds (0-1) 21-8 in five innings on Monday. Hannah Biedenbender ...

New Ulm Cathedral routs Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s in softball

Prep softball Cathedral 14, St. Mary’s 4 (6 innings) SLEEPY EYE — New Ulm Cathedral defeated Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s on Monday in a Tomahawk Conference softball game. Josie Pautzke was the winning pitcher giving up four runs, nine hits and she had three walks. Pautzke went ...

All-Journal Boys’ Basketball: Hard work pays off for Isaac Fink

SPRINGFIELD — Isaac Fink remembers sitting on the bench as a seventh-grader on Springfield’s varsity boys’ basketball team. He watched the game from the sidelines that year. It’s been tough for Springfield coach Lance Larson to take him off the floor ever since. Fink was a permanant ...

Fink, Pendleton, Fischer lead All-Journal team

FIRST TEAM Isaac Fink, so., G, Springfield Fink had a big season in helping lead the Tigers to a fourth-place finish at state, earning a spot on the All-Tournament team. He averaged 22.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 3.4 steals per game as a sophomore, scoring a grand total of 743 ...

MLC softball, tennis teams win

NEW ULM — The Martin Luther College softball team opened the conference portion of its schedule with a doubleheader split against UW-Superior in this week's UMAC Game of the Week. The Knights won Game 1 4-3 in eight innings, but lost Game 2 4-1. MLC 4, UWS 3 (8 innings) The Knights ...

Unfinished: Tar Heels, Oregon try to get it right this time

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Roy Williams could hear his own footsteps as he padded through the near-silent locker room, still trying to wrap his mind around a question that couldn't be answered: What do you say to a group of players who did nothing wrong, but lost anyway? In some form or other, ...

Tiger Woods decides to sit out another Masters

Tiger Woods won't play in the Masters for the third time in the last four years, announcing Friday night on his website that rehabilitation on his back didn't allow him enough time to prepare. "I did about everything I could to play, but my back rehabilitation didn't allow me the time to ...

Steel players head out of New Ulm

On Wednesday, the New Ulm Steel conducted exit interviews with their players at the New Ulm Civic Center. For many of the players, this was probably the last time they would be in New Ulm as players move on because of age, moving up to the NAHL or going to college. While the players say ...

St. Mary’s beats USC in 4

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s began its season with a 15-0 four-inning win against United South Central on Thursday. Anna Lux got the win for the Knights (1-0), having given up one hit and one walk with one strikeout in two innings pitched. Megan Labat pitched two innings of relief ...

COLUMN: New pitch-count rule has right intention, but raises questions

Having good or even just competent pitching is essential in baseball. A team has to stick to its rotation if it wants to progress smoothly through the season. If one pitcher has a hiccup, other guys have to step in to pick up the slack, which can complicate the rotation. Sometimes coaches ...

MVL/NUC girls place 1st again, boys 5th

MANKATO — The Minnesota Valley Lutheran/New Ulm Cathedral girls’ track and field team placed first out of five teams at the Mankato Loyola/Cleveland indoor meet on Tuesday at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The MVL/NUC boys’ team placed fifth out of five teams. The girls had six ...

MLC, Bethany Lutheran split softball doubleheader

NEW ULM — The Martin Luther College softball team split its first home doubleheader of the season against Bethany Lutheran College on Tuesday. The Knights lost Game 1 2-1, but won Game 2 7-1. BLC 2, MLC 1 The Knights were unable to take advantage of a strong start from first-year pitcher ...

Four area athletes honored at KNUJ banquet

NEW ULM — Four area athletes were named KNUJ Players of the Year for the winter sports season on Tuesday at the KNUJ Banquet at Best Western Plus in New Ulm. Tanner Pasvogel of Sibley East won the award in wrestling, Isaac Fink of Springfield won in boys’ basketball and both Halley Busse ...

Junior Hockey team New Ulm Steel wraps up first season in new home

NEW ULM — The initial season for the New Ulm Steel came to an end Sunday night when the Granite City Lumberjacks downed the Steel 4-2 in Sauk Rapids to win the best-of-three NA3HL Western Division playoff championship two games to one and advance to the Silver Cup in Chicago. “It was a ...

MVL/NUC girls track and field team takes 1st

MANKATO — The Minnesota Valley Lutheran/New Ulm Cathedral girls’ track and field team placed first out of six teams at the United South Central/Alden-Conger indoor meet on Saturday at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The MVL/NUC boys’ team placed fourth out of six teams, with ...

Late mistakes cost Springfield in Class A state 3rd-place game

ST. PAUL — It wasn’t the ending Springfield had hoped for after a blowout loss to Minneapolis North the day before. Goodhue slowed the pace down, taking Springfield out of its up-tempo game. The Wildcats took advantage of some late mistakes by the Tigers, held the ball and made free ...

Steel fall to Lumberjacks 6-4

SLEEPY EYE — Keenan Lund scored four goals to lead the Granite City Lumberjacks to a 6-4 win against the New Ulm Steel on Saturday night in the second game of the NA3HL Western Division Championship playoff series. The Lumberjacks’ win evens up the series at 1-1. Jared Erickson, Cory ...

Polars hang 100 on Tigers in Class A state semifinals

MINNEAPOLIS — It was pretty obvious that Springfield hadn’t played a team of Minneapolis North’s caliber this year. North was more athletic, more skilled and much deeper than Springfield. All of that showed in its 100-56 victory against Springfield in the Class A state boys’ ...

Springfield downs Nevis to advance in Class A boys’ state tournament

MINNEAPOLIS — While it didn’t look very promising for Springfield going into halftime of Thursday’s Class A state boys’ basketball quarterfinal game against Nevis, there certainly was no reason to panic. Springfield started the second half trailing 31-22, but a 10-0 run to start the ...