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Eagles slide past South St. Paul

Journal Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS — As the game went on in New Ulm’s Class AAA state baseball quarterfinals matchup with South St. Paul on Thursday, it was pretty cut-and-dried what the Eagles had to do. Score a run in any way. They did just that after a walk-off sac-fly from Jaden ...

A big day for SEU boys’ golf team

BECKER — Ben Laffen knew that he needed a birdie on his last three holes to take home the ultimate prize. Under pressure, he came through on the state’s biggest stage. Now he and the Sleepy Eye United boys’ golf team can celebrate a state title. Laffen, making his fourth trip to the ...

Schugel finishes 6th

JORDAN — New Ulm’s Glavine Schugel just missed the Top 5, finishing sixth overall at the Class AA boys’ state golf tournament on Tuesday at Ridges of Sand Creek. Schugel finished with a two-day score of 145 and tied with Luke Alexander of Rochester Lourdes for sixth overall. Nate Deziel ...

VFW Silver crushes Blue Earth

NEW ULM — New Ulm VFW Silver crushed Blue Earth VFW 19-1 on Wednesday. Evan Wiltscheck earned the win for New Ulm. He allowed one run and struck out one. Isaiah Miller was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored and Preston Helget was 2 for 3 with three RBIs. New Ulm plays Mankato ...

French strikes out 13 as Brewers win

NEW ULM — Wade French struck out 13 St. James batters in seven innings of work and the New Ulm Brewers beat the Express 4-1 Wednesday night at Johnson Park in a Tomahawk East League game. French walked three in his mound stint. Brody Peterson pitched the final two innings and fanned ...

Hall of Fame event this Sunday

NEW ULM — This Sunday is "Hall of Fame Sunday" as three players and one non-player are formally inducted into the New Ulm Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. Players Kurt Moelter, Ryan Ellwein and Landon Rathmann and non-player Ken "Lefty" Lindmeyer will be inducted. The day begins at 1 p.m. ...

Stevens hurls a gem for Sleepy Eye

CHASKA — Sleepy Eye’s Avery Stevens had never pitched a no-hitter before Thursday. The senior righthander picked the perfect opportunity to get his first. Stevens was unhittable, striking out 15 as Sleepy Eye advanced to the Class A state semifinals with a 6-0 victory against ...

Tigers in 5th place at state tournament

BECKER — After a slow start on the front nine, the Springfield girls’ golf team is currently in fifth place with a team score of 383 at the Class A meet at Pebble Creek after Day 1. The Tigers are currently behind BOLD (347), Lac qui Parle Valley (354), Fillmore Central (358), Park ...

SEU boys tied for the lead

BECKER — Sleepy Eye United senior Ben Laffen wants a state championship more than anything in his final year. By Wednesday afternoon, he might have two. The SEU boys are tied with Mounds Park Academy for first with a 325 after Day 1 of the Class A state tournament at Pebble Creek. North ...

Eagles make return trip to state tournament

NEW ULM — For the second time in the last three years, the New Ulm Eagles baseball team is headed to the Minnesota State AAA baseball tournament following a 2-1, 11-inning win over Mankato West last Thursday. The Eagles (20-3) earned the No. 3 seed and will square off against the 14-9 South ...

Rabbits back at state

WABASSO — The last time Wabasso qualified for a state tournament in baseball, the Rabbits brought home the championship hardware. This year, the Section 3A champions are poised to repeat history. Armed with some talented pitching and three hitters batting over .400, the Rabbits are a ...

Indians end the drought

SLEEPY EYE — For the first time in 18 seasons, the Sleepy Eye Indians baseball team is playing in the Class A tournament. The Indians, 16-5, earned that honor on Thursday when they defeated BOLD 3-2 at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato for the Section 2A title. “This is huge for the ...

New Ulm athletes honored by Big South Conference

NEW ULM — The New Ulm softball and New Ulm boys’ tennis teams were honored this week by the Big South Conference. For softball, junior Ashlyn Donner, senior Kaila Brudelie, junior Joey Batt and sophomore Noelle Forstner were named to the Big South All-Conference team, while seniors Mariah ...

J.J. Svac wins New Ulm Invitational title

NEW ULM — J.J. Svac had built himself a pretty good lead after 27 holes on Sunday at the New Ulm Invitational. Svac had a score of 106 after the initial round of 27 holes and finished the 36-hole event with a 143 in the Championship Flight, three strokes better than last year’s champion ...

NU boys send 2 to state

NEW ULM — New Ulm just missed out on going to the Class AA boys’ golf meet as a team this year, but Glavine Schugel and Aiden Guggisberg are headed back to state for the Eagles. And both figure to have a shot of doing well. Schugel, a sophomore, tied for 18th as a freshman last year, ...

Tigers return to state

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield girls’ golf coach Dillon Schultz knew he had quite a challenge heading into this year after his team had to replace several key member’s off of last year’s Class A third-place team, including individual champion Callie Wersal. But the pieces slowly fell ...

Jody Hansen named Tomahawk Conference Softball Player of the Year

Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s senior Jody Hansen was named the Tomahawk Conference softball player of the year while Sleepy Eye coaches Tim Hoffmann and Sydney Geiger were named coaches of the year. New Ulm Cathedral, which took fourth in the state tournament, had Rose Hazuka, Josie Pautzke, ...

Area teams seeded for state baseball

Three area teams that qualified for the state baseball tournament beginning on Thursday have been seeded and now know who they will play. New Ulm, the champions of Section 2AAA, will open the tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Eagles (20-3) will play unseeded South St. Paul (14-9) at 5:30 p.m. ...

Rain washes away first day of NU Invitational

NEW ULM — Rain washed away the first day of the New Ulm Invitational on Saturday. It’s the first time the event had a day canceled because of rain since 2014 when rain stopped the first day of action. The tournament is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. All flights, with the exception of ...

Mathiowetz takes 2nd title

ST. PAUL — Two days of work, two first-place medals to bring home. New Ulm’s Ben Mathiowetz took home a second state title after Saturday in the Class AA wheelchair discus, a day after winning the title in the wheelchair shot put with a personal best. It wasn’t a personal best for ...