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Jon Mans set to play football at UW-River Falls

NICOLLET — Nicollet standout Jon Mans has decided that he will play college football at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls starting this coming fall. Mans, who played quarterback the last two years and multiple positions for the Raiders on defense the last three years, said that he ...

Giefer to play college baseball at UM-Crookston

NEW ULM — Minnesota Valley Lutheran senior Teddy Giefer will continue to play baseball next year after he signed with University of Minnesota-Crookston. UM-Crookston, a Division II school in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, will give Giefer a chance to both pitch and play ...

Nolan Drill picks Upper Iowa for baseball

NEW ULM — In the end, New Ulm High School senior Nolan Drill just wanted to play Division II baseball. Drill decided that Upper Iowa University, a Division II school in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, was the right fit for him. “The final factor was the atmosphere on my ...

Chloe Haven to compete in 2 sports at UM-Morris

WABASSO — After having her senior track and field season wiped out because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wabasso senior Chloe Haven wanted to continue her running career in college. Last week, Haven decided that she wanted to continue her running career with the University of ...

Woitas adjusting to the new way of recruiting

ST. PETER — Gustavus Adolphus College assistant baseball coach Andrew Woitas has adjusted to the new way of recruiting high school athletes, although the new way isn’t necessarily the preferred way. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Woitas has had to reach out to a lot of the high ...

Chloe Haven signs with UM-Morris

Submitted photo Wabasso’s Chloe Haven (center) signed her National Letter of Intent to participate in Cross-Country and Track and Field at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

Former Springfield coach Dunn takes job at Albert Lea

By Jeremy Behnke Journal Sports Editor SPRINGFIELD — In a sense, Paul Dunn is going back home. Dunn, the former Springfield football and softball coach, has been named the new head football coach at Albert Lea High School. Dunn’s grandpa lived near Clarks Grove, which is about 14 ...

Roufs, Scheid to continue soccer at SMSU

NEW ULM — New Ulm High School seniors Madison Roufs and Molly Scheid have decided to continue their soccer careers at Division II Southwest Minnesota State University next year. The two signed letters of intent this past fall. The Mustangs finished the 2019 season with a record of 11-7 ...

Column: Baseball is missed by so many in New Ulm

Boy, do I miss baseball. I miss going down to Johnson or Mueller Parks for a game and the first thing I notice is the smell and the sound of popcorn being made. I miss walking into Johnson Park and smelling not only fresh popcorn but going to the back concession stand at Johnson Park and ...

New Ulm Club honors 6 student-athletes

By Jeremy Behnke Journal Sports Editor NEW ULM — The New Ulm Club held its 2020 Virtual New Ulm Club banquet Thursday night and six student-athletes from the three New Ulm High Schools were selected as the Outstanding Senior Male or Female Athlete of the Year. The show aired on KNUJ and ...

COVID-19 delays course openings

Usually Mother Nature is unkind to golf courses in Southern Minnesota during the first few months of the year, holding back the course openings because of cold, rain and snowy conditions. However, a new challenge arose in 2020 and in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic and courses around ...

A look back: Back-to-back titles for New Ulm softball program

NEW ULM — Kristi Andersen Loose remembers the two-year run where New Ulm was on top of the Minnesota softball world just like yesterday. The Eagles pulled off a rare repeat, winning state titles in 2012 and 2013. They did it with two different ace pitchers and two different catchers. It ...

Legion baseball season ends before it starts

While there were some longshot hopes that American Legion baseball would be able to be played this summer following the cancelation of the spring sports season, those hopes were quickly wiped away over the weekend. Minnesota canceled the American Legion baseball season on Saturday. The ...

Steffensmeier picks Hamline University

NEW ULM — Ally Steffensmeier decided that the opportunity to play for Natalie Darwitz was just too good to pass up. Steffensmeier, who was a senior defenseman for the New Ulm girls’ hockey team this past season, will play collegiately for Darwitz at Hamline University beginning next ...

MLC senior pitcher Palubicki to return in 2021

NEW ULM — Martin Luther College softball player Morgan Palubicki lost her senior season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, she’ll be back next year with a chance to do it all over again. The NCAA granted all senior student-athletes a re-do for next year if they choose to do so. ...

Walz to determine the fate of amateur baseball

NEW ULM — Right now, the fate of amateur baseball this season is in the hands of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. “The Minnesota Baseball Association (MBA) sent a letter to him asking him to open up amateur baseball but the Governor has shown in his press conferences that baseball is out ...

Paul Buboltz still optimistic for summer baseball

LAS VEGAS — After winning a Nevada state baseball championship in 2019 and watching his Desert Oasis High School team get off to a 7-1 start this spring, Paul Buboltz had nothing but high hopes for the Diamondbacks for this year. But those hopes came crashing down fast after the COVID-19 ...

MLC spring coaches respond to shortened season

NEW ULM — Martin Luther College baseball coach Randy Cox was encouraged after a Florida trip that saw his team go 2-6 and lose a couple of close games in early March. The Knights had seven seniors and an impressive pitching staff armed for the upcoming season and they were ready to make a ...

Stein adjusts to a new way of football recruiting

NEW ULM — With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, college football coaches have had to change the way that they interact with potential recruits and even their current players. Martin Luther College coach Mark Stein, who coached the Knights to the UMAC championship and the NCAA tournament ...