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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 ...

Springfield falls to Minneapolis North

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis North handed the Springfield Tigers a 100-56 loss in the semifinals of the Minnesota State High School League Class A boys' basketball tournament. Springfield will play for third place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Concordia University in St. Paul against the loser of the ...

Springfield tops Nevis to reach state Class A semis

MINNEAPOLIS - #5 Springfield (29-2) has advanced to the Class A state semifinals, topping #4 Nevis (28-2) 73-65 in the quarterfinals at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota. In Springfield's last trip to the MSHSL Class A State Tournament in 2011, the Springfield Tigers ...

Steel, Lumberjacks prepare for next round of Junior Hockey playoffs

NEW ULM — When the New Ulm Steel and the Granite City Lumberjacks meet this weekend in the finals of the Western Division playoffs and a trip to Chicago for the Silver Cup on the line, there is one player from each team who is going to have a hand, stick or blocker that is going to ...

Springfield Tigers are ready for another state tournament run

SPRINGFIELD — Six years after winning a state championship, the Springfield Tigers make their return to Minneapolis with their goals set high once again. The Tigers (28-2), champions of Section 2A, battle Section 5A champion Nevis (28-1) at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Williams Arena in ...

A trip down memory lane for Springfield’s Alex Fink

SPRINGFIELD — If any of the Springfield players are nervous heading into the state boys’ basketball tournament this week, they should probably talk to Alex Fink about his 2010-11 tournament memories. In the semifinals against Chisholm, Fink, then a junior, went to the free throw line ...

2 area bowlers to be inducted into New Ulm Bowling Association’s HOF

NEW ULM — Two area bowlers with a combined 80 years of experience in the game will be inducted into the New Ulm Bowling Hall of Fame on Friday evening, March 24th at the New Ulm Country Club. The 2017 inductee for the New Ulm Women’s Bowling Association is Jody Hillesheim. The Men’s ...

New Ulm Kaiserhoff amateur baseball team folds after 48 years in New Ulm

After 48 years of playing amateur baseball at Johnson Park, New Ulm Kaiserhoff has folded. The decision was made Wednesday night at the monthly meeting of the New Ulm Baseball Association (NUBA) but was not made public until all Kaiserhoff players could be notified. Currently there were ...

Joel Maturi to be the guest speaker at New Ulm Club banquet

NEW ULM — Former University of Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi will be the guest speaker at the 63rd annual New Ulm Club Senior Award banquet on April 8. Maturi is the former athletic director at the University of Denver (1996–1998), Miami University (1998–2002) and the ...

New Ulm Steel edge Alexandria in junior hockey playoffs

SLEEPY EYE — Cory Martinez, Jacob Padley and Jared Mickelson each scored goals — Padley’s coming on penalty shot — as the New Ulm Steel evened their playoff series at 1-1 with a 3-2 win over the Blizzard in a NA3HL playoff game. Fritz Belisle and Stephen Mordini each had an ...

Springfield outlasts CM/C 89-85 in OT in Section 2A finals

MANKATO — There was no way Isaac Fink was going to let his team be denied a trip to the state basketball tournament. Down by two with 11.3 seconds left in the game, Fink was called for traveling. It seemed like Springfield’s season was over and Cedar Mountain/Comfrey was going to ...

MLC sweeps tripleheader on Day 2 of tournament

PLYMOUTH, Minn. — The Martin Luther College softball team completed a two-day sweep of a tournament hosted by North Central University on Friday at the Plymouth Dome. MLC defeated Finlandia, North Central and Maranatha Baptist on Friday after winning two games against MBU on ...

CM/C Cougars, Springfield Tigers battle for state boys’ basketball berth

MANKATO — With a trip to Williams Arena on the line, Tomahawk Conference rivals Cedar Mountain/Comfrey and Springfield will battle once again on Friday at Minnesota State University, Mankato for the right to go to the Class A state tournament next week. The Cougars, coming off of a 12-15 ...

MLC softball team picks up first 2 victories

PLYMOUTH — A pair of complete games by first-year pitchers led the Martin Luther College softball team to a doubleheader sweep over Maranatha Baptist University on Thursday. First-year pitcher Rebecca Pruss overcome a rocky first inning to lead the Knights to a 6-3 win in Game 1. Pruss ...

COLUMN: Making the case for double-elimination at state wrestling …again

I know this is not the first time I have written about this, but the Minnesota State High School League really needs to consider expanding the state wrestling tournament to a double-elimination format for everyone. If you look at all the quality wrestlers who were denied a chance to wrestle ...

New Ulm Steel set for NA3HL postseason

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Steel begin their postseason on Friday when the NA3HL Western Division playoffs begin. The Steel begin their hopefully long journey this Friday when they head to Alexandria for the first game in the best-of-three series with the Blizzard . The second game is ...