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Column: Tomahawk Conference golf teams once again fared well at state meet

Even though the high school sports season is officially over, it’s fun to look back at the state tournaments and the teams that represented the area. The tournament that had by far the most representatives from our area was the state golf tournament. And the two Tomahawk Conference teams ...

Sleepy Eye VFW wins twice

SLEEPY EYE — Sleepy Eye VFW swept Sioux Falls West 5-3 and 9-8 in a VFW baseball doubleheader on Tuesday. In the first game, Nick Labat was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Jacob Berg was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Matt Sellner went the distance and struck out seven in the win. In Game 2, Jace Marotz ...

Upper Midwest Classic starts on Thursday

NEW ULM — The 38th annual Upper Midwest Classic begins on Thursday at Johnson Park when New Um Legion Blue meets Rosetown at 6 p.m. followed by New Ulm Legion Gold playing Le Sueur-Henderson at approximately 8:30 p.m. The 2017 UMC continues in full force on Friday with games beginning at ...

Springfield’s Callie Wersal finishes her career at the top

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield girls’ golfer Callie Wersal set a preseason goal of placing in the Top 5 at the state meet this year, a goal she reached last year when she finished fourth overall. Wersal did that and then some this year, bringing home a state championship and leading her ...

Laffen, Christensen share top golfing honor

SLEEPY EYE — It’s a friendly rivalry that’s been going since Caleb Christensen and Ben Laffen became teammates at the varsity level five years ago. And while they often wanted to outdo than each other on the golf course, Christensen and Laffen became great friends and learned to ...

All-Journal boys’ golf: Laffen, Christensen lead All-Journal golf team

Ben Laffen, jr., Sleepy Eye United The 2016 All-Journal Boys’ Golfer of the Year, Laffen helped lead Sleepy Eye United to the Class A state meet, where the team finished third. Laffen finished fourth overall at the tournament with a two-day total of 155, his personal best at the ...

Legion Gold gets past Sleepy Eye

NEW ULM — With five errors by each team, it was not an example of textbook baseball. But in the end, New Ulm Gold’s offense was too much. New Ulm Gold spotted Sleepy Eye a quick 2-0 lead on three errors before Gold outscored Post 7 to come away with a 10-3 win Monday night at Mueller ...

Maple Grove wins Junior Upper Midwest Classic

NEW ULM — Maple Grove used four of their seven hits in the third inning to score three runs, and Crimson pitcher Jared Hansen held New Ulm bats to five hits, as Maple Grove defeated New Ulm VFW Gold 4-1 Sunday in a semi-final of the Junior Upper Midwest Classic at Johnson Park. The only ...

VFW Silver struggles again, goes 0-4 in Classic

NEW ULM — New Ulm VFW Silver struggled again on Saturday, dropping both of their Junior Upper Midwest Classic games. Silver dropped its first game 8-3 to Luverne. Tony Geiger picked up the loss for Silver, allowing four runs in two innings. Cole Backer led Silver in Game 1, with a ...

Sleepy Eye VFW gets knocked out

NEW ULM — After starting the Junior Upper Midwest Classic with a 2-0 mark, Sleepy Eye VFW went 0-2 on Saturday and was eliminated from Sunday’s bracket play. Osseo defeated Sleepy Eye 12-1 in Essig in the first game and New Ulm Gold defeated Sleepy Eye 2-1 in eight innings in the ...

VFW Gold advances to Sunday’s bracket play

NEW ULM — Having already won the Pool A earlier in the day with a 2-1 win over Sleepy Eye, New Ulm VFW Gold rested a few starters against Hutchinson Saturday night. In the end, Hutchinson used a four-hit pitching performance from Alex Prieve to come away with a 3-1 win over New ...

Late errors hurt New Ulm VFW in 14-3 loss to Maple Grove

NEW ULM — Despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead to start the game, things quickly turned sour for New Ulm VFW Silver. Maple Grove scored 14 unanswered runs and handed Silver its second loss of the tournament. Maple Grove improved its Junior Upper Midwest Classic Tournament record to 2-0 ...

Sleepy Eye VFW wins again

NEW ULM — Sleepy Eye VFW Post 800 put itself in good position with two big wins to begin the Junior Upper Midwest Classic on Friday. Sleepy Eye beat Chaska 4-2 before completing a comeback in a 7-5 win against Hutchinson on Friday, heading into Saturday in the driver’s seat in its ...

VFW Gold crushes Osseo

NEW ULM — The ability to score runs after there are two outs in an inning is a sign that a team has a strong, balanced line-up. Friday night in a Junior Upper Midwest Classic game against Osseo, New Ulm VFW Gold was able to score nine runs after two were out and used that to run away from ...

Legion Gold defeats St. Michael 13-1 on Saturday at St. Cloud tournament

ST. CLOUD — New Ulm Legion Gold lost to Cold Spring 9-2 late Friday night at the St. Cloud Chutes tournament. Tyler Roufs had a home run for New Ulm in the game. On Saturday morning, Gold defeated St. Michael Gold 13-1. Roufs picked up the win, going five innings. New Ulm had 17 ...

Mankato tops Silver in Jr. Upper Midwest Classic

NEW ULM — New Ulm VFW Silver successfully avoided getting no-hit in the opening game of the Junior Upper Midwest Classic on Thursday. But that was about the only positive for Silver, as it lost to Mankato 8-0 in the early game of the classic’s opening doubleheader on Thursday at Johnson ...

VFW Gold opens Jr. Upper Midwest Classic with a win

NEW ULM — Baseball games are won by teams that make a key play in key situations. Thursday’s game in the Junior Upper Midwest Classic was one of them. Mason Cox’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning scored Alex Hillesheim as New Ulm VFW Gold scooted by Chaska 3-2 at ...