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MN Rise practice resumes as sports make a comeback

NEW ULM — After more than three months of being shut down, it seems like basketball is finally coming back. New Ulm’s Kory Kettner, who is the director of the Minnesota Rise, got back in action with his participants on Monday this week and they were allowed to work on things such as ...

Brewers go 1-1 in Iowa exhibition

BANCROFT, Iowa — The New Ulm Brewers went 1-1 last weekend in a pair of amateur baseball exhibition games in Iowa. The Brewers defeated Fairmont 5-3 in the first game thanks to a seventh-inning RBI single from Judd Davis. In the second game, “Them Guys” defeated New Ulm 2-0.

VFW baseball practice on Saturday morning

NEW UM — Any baseball players age 15 and 16 who are interested in playing VFW baseball in New Ulm this summer are asked to come to practice at 10 a.m. Saturday morning at the New Um Middle School baseball field. This first practice is not mandatory because of the short notice but if you ...

A look back: Tigers claim state title in 2016

SPRINGFIELD — After a 5-2 loss to Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart and a three-game losing streak midway through the 2016 season, Springfield baseball coach Bob Fink chose not to get upset or frustrated with the way things were going with his squad. Despite the recent struggles, which ...

New Ulm Country Club Hole-in-one

Photo courtesy of New Ulm Country Club Mackenzie Sexe recorded a hole-in-one on May 15 at the New Ulm Country Club. She used a 4-hybrid on the Par 3, 133-yard sixth hole for the shot. A hole-in-one Memorabilia Trophy was donated compliments of Patterson Diamond Center.

Area K of C free throw contest winners

Staff photos by Fritz Busch Wendinger wins State again Top: Brayden Wendinger, 11, holds his 2019 and 2020 Minnesota Knights of Columbus State free throw championship trophies. A New Ulm Middle School student, he made 24 of 25 free throws in local, district and regional contests to win the ...

A look back: Back to back state trips for Knights

SLEEPY EYE — When Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s head football coach Brent Kucera took over in 2010, he knew the pieces were in place to make the Knights a solid program. Kucera soon got the Knights back in the state tournament, taking them there in 2011 and 2012. But it was a change in the ...

A look back: Nicollet becomes a 9-man state football power

NICOLLET — Nicollet head football coach Tom Murphy has been one of the more successful 9-man coaches in the state, coaching for more than 30 years (as a head coach and an assistant). In that time, he has coached the Raiders to seven state tournament appearances (1999, 2002, 2009, 2010, ...

Fastpitch Association says 2020 New Ulm Windmill Classic canceled

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Girls’ Fastpitch Association announced on Monday that this year’s Windmill Classic will be canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The announcement was made at about noon on Monday on the New Ulm Girls' Fastpitch Association’s Facebook page and read as follows: ...

MBA sends a letter to Walz to get amateur baseball up and running

NEW ULM — In an effort to get amateur baseball started in Minnesota, the Minnesota Baseball Association (MBA) has sent a letter to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz outlining 10 proposed guidelines that teams would follow if Walz elects to open up amateur baseball. MBA President Fred Roufs said ...

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 ...