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MLC football picked 1st in UMAC preseason poll

Information courtesy of MLC Athletics NEW ULM –– The Martin Luther College football team was voted first in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll released by the conference on Tuesday. MLC finished the poll with six of eight possible first-place votes and ...

MLC volleyball picked 6th in UMAC preseason poll

Information courtesy of MLC Athletics NEW ULM –– The Martin Luther College volleyball team was picked to finish sixth in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll released on Wednesday. The Knights finished the poll with 27 total points, 12 behind fifth-place ...

Alan Woitas in as new Cathedral head baseball coach

NEW ULM — Alan Woitas is the new head baseball coach at New Ulm Cathedral. He replaces Bob Weier, who retired from that spot after last season. Woitas is also a math teacher, the head boys’ head basketball coach and Athletic Director at Cathedral. Woitas will be assisted on the varsity ...

Column: Brewers open state tourney on Sunday

The New Ulm Brewers open their play in the Class C Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Maple Lake when they take on the Buckman Billygoats. Last weekend, Buckman defeated Stewartville-Racine 14-6 in the opening round. The Billygoats, who come out of the ...

New Ulm tennis team knocks off Redwood 4-3

REDWOOD FALLS — The New Ulm girls’ tennis team defeated Redwood Valley 4-3 in Big South Confernece action on Tuesday. New Ulm’s Makia Otto won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles and Abby Hietala won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. Malia Emerson won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and Bethany Janssen and ...

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK • Aug. 11-17

Mark Schommer Searles draftee, Sleepy Eye Indians • After being drafted from Searles by the Sleepy Eye Indians and playing in the Region 2C tournament, Schommer started the Indians’ lone game in the 2019 Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament this past Saturday in Delano against ...

Searles Bullheads pick up 2 victories

The Searles Bullheads 35-over amateur baseball team picked up a pair of victories over the weekend at the Over-35 State Tournament. Searles defeated Fergus Falls 12-2 in five innings on Saturday. Craig Schmitz was the winning pitcher. Searles then defeated Clarissa 3-2 on Sunday. Dayton ...

Geislinger strikes out 19 as Clippers top Longhorns

DELANO — Left-handed starting pitcher Matt Geislinger held the Stark Longhorns to just one hit while striking out 19 for the Watkins Clippers on Sunday, leading his team to a 2-0 shutout win in the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament at Delano Municipal Baseball Park. With the loss, ...

Errors, stranded runners hurt Indians in loss to Cokato

DELANO — While Sleepy Eye got a solid pitching performance from two of its younger arms and eight hits from its offense, too many errors proved to be the difference maker in a 3-0 shutout loss to Cokato in Class C Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament action on Saturday at Delano ...

Column: NUHS football looking to get past low numbers and win again

Last week, I talked to Eric Kaufmann, the new head football coach at New Ulm HIgh School and asked him how his number of players out were this year. “Right now, we are a little over 40 kids out,” he said. “And for a Class 4A school, that is not very many and that puts us at a ...

Brewers to host Fairmont Monday

NEW ULM –– The New Ulm Brewers aren’t intending to get rusty by resting a week before their opening state baseball tournament game on August 25. After becoming Region 2C champs and drawing a first-round bye in the state tournament, the Brewers will now host Fairmont at Mueller Park in ...

Column: MLC football hopes to repeat last year’s success

In 2016, the Martin Luther College Knights football team went 0-10. Despite that winless season, head football coach Mark Stein felt good about the team. “Our best practices that season were during weeks were during weeks eight, nine and 10,” Stein said. Next season, the Knights ...

3 area teams prepare for state amateur tourney

By Jim Bastian Journal Sports Writer The 2019 Class C state amateur baseball tournament begins on Friday with games in Delano and Maple Lake and continues until Monday, Sept. 2 with the state championship game in Delano. Three area teams — the New Ulm Brewers, the Sleepy Eye Indians and ...

Bus ride for New Ulm Brewers’ state playoff game available

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Baseball Association is planning to take a fan bus to the New Ulm Brewers’ state tournament game at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 25 in Maple Lake. The bus will leave Mueller Park at 11 a.m. and return to New Ulm shortly after the game is completed. The cost of the bus ...

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK • Aug. 4-10

Joey Walter Sleepy Eye Indians • Walter had a big week for the Sleepy Eye amateur baseball team, coming up with some big plays in the outfield and he was a tough out at the plate. Sleepy Eye qualified for the Class C state tournament for the second year in a row, going 3-2 in Region 2C ...

Searles Bullheads complete regular season

SEARLES — The Searles Bullheads 35-over amateur baseball team completed their regular season schedule on Sunday afternoon with a walk-off hit by Craig Schmitz to win the game 2-1 over the Waconia Islanders. With the score tied at 1-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, Pat Portner led ...

Stark earns No. 2 seed in Region 2C playoffs

STARK — With both the Stark Longhorns and the Sleepy Eye Indians having secured berths in next weekend’s Minnesota State Amateur Class C Tournament, Saturday’s meeting between the two teams was for seedings and pride. And some heroics. Nate Kral’s lead-off home run off of Sleepy ...

Springfield wins Region 2C amateur finale

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield wrapped up Region 2C play with a 9-3 victory over Hanska on Saturday. Springfield ended 2C play with a 2-3 record and Hanska finished 1-4. Isaac Fink was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Tigers. Mason Rummel had two RBIs and Decker Scheffler ...

Brewers top Springfield in 10 innings

NEW ULM — Judd Davis’ sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Brody Peterson from third and lifted the New Ulm Brewers to a 5-4 win over Springfield in a Region 2C playoff game Friday night at Mueller Park. Mitch Kelly got the win in ...

Region 2C playoffs picking up

NEW ULM — Friday and Saturday could be an interesting two days for the six teams in the Region 2C playoffs. Right now, the New Ulm Brewers and the Sleepy Eye Indians sit on top of the Region 2C round-robin format with each at 3-1. The Stark Longhorns are 2-1 followed by Springfield at ...