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Donner ready for the Division 1 challenge

NEW ULM — In the end, Ashlyn Donner always wanted to play Division I softball, and now, she will get that chance. Donner inked her National Letter of Intent in November to play at Mercer University in Georgia. The 2019 New Ulm High School graduate spent her freshman year at Junior ...

Area football players honored by 9-South District

For Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s, Carson Domeier, Anthony Helget, Trent Steffensmeier and Caleb Schumacher were named All-District and Spencer Hoffman and Kaleb Wait were honorable mention. Cedar Mountain had Cade Schiller, Jackson Guggisberg and Nick Freitag named to the All-District team while ...

Big South Conference honors 5 NUHS players

NEW ULM — The Big South Conference honored five New Ulm volleyball players on Monday after the Eagles won the East Division of the conference. Nichole Albrecht (12), Riley Melby (12), Madalyn O’Connor (11), and Natalie Yackley (11) were named all-conference and Laura Bertrang (10) was ...

New Ulm Steel season on pause for two weeks

NEW ULM — New Ulm Steel Tier III hockey games have been put “on pause” for at least two weeks, said New Ulm Steel owner Steve Black Friday morning. That means that Saturday’s scheduled game at the New Ulm Civic Center against Alexandria as well as the next four home contests will not ...

Longtime Nicollet coach Murphy steps away

NICOLLET — After 31 years of coaching varsity football, Nicollet head coach Tom Murphy has decided to walk away after he completed the 2020 season. The longtime coach finished with a career record of 172-103 and his head coaching career was sidelined briefly in 2015 so he could watch his ...

Joe Kemp steps down as Wabasso’s football coach

WABASSO — One of the more successful football coaches in southwest Minnesota has decided to step down after leading his team to the section championship this past season. Kemp coached the Rabbits for 15 years and had a career mark of 123-59. He won five section championships, including ...

Athlete of the Week

Dominic Henrichs • Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop • Henrichs had a big week for the Thunderbirds as he led them to their second straight Section 2A football title. Henrichs scored five rushing touchdowns and had 201 yards rushing in a 62-12 victory over Waterville-Elysian-Morristown on ...

GFW captures second straight Section 2A title

WINTHROP— Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop is the Section 2A champion with a 40-21 win over Minnesota Valley Lutheran on Friday. It was the second year in a row the Thunderbirds won the 2A title. The Chargers scored on their first possession of the contest when Luke Thompson threw an 18-yard ...

St. Mary’s to have Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday

SLEEPY EYE — Five individuals are being inducted into Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Catholic School Hall of Fame. This year due to COVID-19 restrictions, they will receive their awards at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, instead of the banquet as previously planned. All inductees are invited back ...

Marshall sweeps New Ulm for conference championship

MARSHALL - While there was no section or state tournament this year, the Marshall and New Ulm volleyball teams still had some hardware to play for in their final match of the season on Friday. The Tigers and Eagles battled for the Big South Conference championship, with Marshall coming away ...

Springfield rolls to big win over RTR

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield finished the 2020 season with a 44-7 win in the third place game of the Section 3A football tournament on Friday night. Springfield quarterback Brendan Buerkle threw for five touchdowns and 208 yards as the Tigers finished the season 6-2. Kadin Johnson rushed for ...

Heiderscheidt to bring his game to SMSU

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye High School senior Kegan Heiderscheidt had his list of potential schools for academics and college basketball narrowed down to three choices. All along, though, there was only one school he truly wanted to go to. Heiderscheidt decided to play college basketball at ...

Remembering Jesse Roiger

Staff photo by Jeremy Behnke The scoreboard at Johnson Park was briefly turned on to remember Jesse Roiger, a longtime scoreboard operator at Johnson and Mueller Park in New Ulm. Roiger died last week at the age of 66.

High school sports put on hold once again

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced new COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday and organized youth and high school sports will be put on hold for four weeks. The last date for fall competition is Friday, Nov. 20. All area volleyball games that were scheduled for Thursday and Friday will go on as ...

St. Mary’s sweeps MVL, GFW sweeps Sleepy Eye

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s swept Minnesota Valley Lutheran 25-21, 25-14, 25-18 on Thursday in Tomahawk Conference volleyball action. The first set was played evenly by both squads. MVL’s middle hitters played aggressively and they made some solid hits. St. Mary’s made a ...

Thompson shines as Chargers win big

NEW ULM — Luke Thompson threw for four touchdown passes and ran for another as Minnesota Valley Lutheran blasted Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons 45-8 Tuesday night in a Section 2A football game. Thompson threw for scoring strikes of 5, 76, 71 and and 6 yards and ran one in from 1 yard ...

Mankato East runs wild over New Ulm

MANKATO — Mankato East needed just three plays to score in Tuesday’s Section 2AAAA contest at Mankato East. And the Cougars kept going and going, putting up 58 points in a 58-0 victory over New Ulm on Tuesday in the first round of the playoffs. The loss ends New Ulm’s season at ...

Cathedral knocks out Cleveland in 2A

Prep football New Ulm Cathedral 28, Cleveland 6 CLEVELAND — New Ulm Cathedral defeated Cleveland on Tuesday in a Section 2A football playoff game. Cathedral’s Noah Wilmes had 10 carries for 51yards and one touchdown. Levi Jakes had 14 carries for 88 yards and Sam Knowles had eight ...

Cathedral makes quick work of Cedar Mountain

NEW ULM — New Ulm Cathedral swept Cedar Mountain 25-14, 25-14, 25-22 on Monday in a Tomahawk Conference volleyball match. The two teams played relatively even throughout the first set. The Greyhounds took the lead 11-10 on a block at the net. A few players later a Cathedral player ...

Tigers blank Indians in 3 sets

Springfield 3, Sleepy Eye 0 SLEEPY EYE — Springfield swept Sleepy Eye 25-18, 25-13, 25-18 on Monday in a Tomahawk Conference volleyball match. McKenna Strong led Sleepy Eye with 10 kills, 11 digs and two aces. Emma Schieffert finished with four kills and 10 digs and Brooke Arneson had ...