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Stepan, Steel prep for upcoming NA3HL season

NEW ULM — It has been a big jump in a short period of time for Zach Stepan, the first-year head coach of the New Um Steel hockey team. “Last season I got a call to become the assistant coach at the Chippewa Steel halfway through the season, and then now walking right into a head coaching ...

Lakers throttle, upset Brewers in 2C playoffs

HANSKA –– In what was a much-needed win for the Hanska Lakers in Region 2C amateur baseball playoff action on Wednesday night, Hanska dominated and knocked off the New Ulm Brewers 11-1 in seven innings. Coming into the matchup with New Ulm, previously unbeaten in 2C play, Hanska needed ...

Sleepy Eye handles Lamberton in 2C action

SLEEPY EYE –– Sleepy Eye improved to 3-1 in the Region 2C amateur baseball playoffs with a 9-2 win over Lamberton Wednesday night. Lamberton fell to 1-3 in the playoffs. Lamberton struck first in the top half of the first inning with an RBI double off the bat of Johnny Pistulka for 1-0 ...

Sellner, Indians blank Lakers 9-0

HANSKA — Armed with some early run support, Sleepy Eye left-hander Alex Sellner got settled and didn’t let Hanska back into the game. Sleepy Eye scored a single run in the third inning, then got three more in the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead. At that point, Sellner was already locked ...

Long ball key for Longhorns in 2C win

By Jeremy Reinarts Journal Sports Writer LEAVENWORTH –– Stark defeated Springfield 5-2 in Region 2C amateur baseball playoff action on Tuesday night in Leavenworth. Stark opened the scoring in the top half of the first inning with a solo home run off the bat of Brandon Helget. Helget's ...

Brewers storm back to take down Long Sox

NEW ULM — In the top of the fifth inning, Lamberton scored six runs to erase a 2-1 New Ulm Brewers lead and take an at-that-time commanding 7-2 lead. But the Brewers responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning and then added three more runs in the sixth and went on to a 12-8 win ...

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK • July 28-Aug 3

Chris Knowles New Ulm Legion Gold • Knowles started off the week for New Ulm Gold with a 2-for-4 game in a 10-0, six-inning DI Minnesota State American Legion baseball win over Cold Spring in Cold Spring on Thursday. In New Ulm’s second game Thursday, Gold topped the St. Cloud Chutes ...

Column: New Ulm Junior Gold and Legion Gold wrap up their respective seasons

To say that the American Legion baseball program was a success again here in New Ulm this summer may be an understatement. Combined, New Ulm Legion Gold and the New Ulm Junior Legion (or Junior Gold) each earned state tournament trips. Legion Gold won the Upper Midwest Classic, beating ...

Brewers edge Stark on Sunday night in Region 2C playoffs

STARK — The New Ulm Brewers eked out a 5-4 win over the Stark Longhorns in Region 2C playoff action on Sunday night. Sam Berg was 2 for 3 for New Ulm, while J.T. Hoffmann homered and Hunter Ranweiler added a hit and an RBI. Mitch Bockenstadt got the win on the mound for the Brewers, ...

Sleepy Eye wins Region 2C round-robin playoff game against Springfield

SLEEPY EYE — Jacob Berg made the most out of his first start in amateur baseball in Sleepy Eye’s Region 2C round-robin playoff game against Springfield Sunday afternoon. Berg pitched eight innings and allowed five runs on nine hits as the Indians evened their Region 2C record at 1-1 with ...

Early offense leads Buffalo past New Ulm Gold

COLD SPRING — While they outhit Buffalo 8-6 in Saturday’s win-or-go-home DI Minnesota State American Legion baseball game, New Ulm Legion Gold couldn’t turn those hits into enough runs as they fell 5-1 to end their season at 33-6. Gold ended up leaving 11 men on base, while Buffalo left ...

Junior Legion Gold falls twice on Saturday, finishes 3rd at state

BLOOMINGTON — Saturday saw New Ulm Junior Legion Gold suffer two unfortunate comeback losses in the 2019 Minnesota State Junior American Legion Baseball Tournament at Red Haddox Field. In Jr. Gold’s first game against Hopkins, a single by Sam Harris in the bottom of the ninth inning ...

6-run 5th leads Longhorns by Lakers

HANSKA — Led by a six-run fifth inning, including a three-run homer by Jake Mangen, the Stark Longhorns took down the Hanska Lakers 8-6 on Saturday afternoon on the first day of Region 2C amateur baseball playoff action. Dusty Mangen drove in a three-run double in the fifth also to help ...

Brewers down Indians in high-scoring 2C playoff action

NEW ULM — In a game that featured a combined 31 hits and 29 runs, the New Ulm Brewers opened up Region 2C play with a 17-12 win over Sleepy Eye Saturday night at Mueller Park. The game lasted just over three hours. New Ulm outhit Sleepy Eye 19-12. Mitch Kelly got the win for the Brewers, ...

Jr. Gold wins again, tops Eden Prairie

BLOOMINGTON — New Ulm Junior Legion Gold scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to turn a tight 3-2 lead over Eden Prairie into an 8-3 win in the second round of the 2019 Junior American Legion State Tournament. Hunter Sehr got the pitching win for New Ulm, now 24-7. Sehr went the ...

Edina comes back to top New Ulm Legion Gold

COLD SPRING — Despite scoring a pair of runs in the first inning for an early lead, New Ulm Legion Gold couldn’t keep its offense going all game as Edina came back to grab a 5-3 win in both squad’s third game of the 2019 DI Minnesota State American Legion Baseball Tournament. The loss ...

New Ulm Gold rolls to 2-0 start at state

COLD SPRING — While New Ulm Gold wasted little time getting on the board Thursday in their first game of the 2019 DI Minnesota State American Legion Baseball Tournament, their second game of the day saw them take a little bit longer to get things going at the plate. But regardless of how ...

Geiger’s sac fly lifts Junior Gold to walk-off win

BLOOMINGTON — Tony Geiger’s sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Nolan Drill from third and lifted the New Ulm Junior Legion Gold to a 4-3 win over Bloomington Blue in the first round of the 2019 Junior Legion State Tournament. Ethan Stade got the ...

Junior Legion begins state tournament play on Thursday

NEW ULM — At 22-7, the New Ulm Junior Legion enters the 2019 Junior American Legion State Tournament at 6 p.m. on Thursday against host Bloomington Blue at Red Haddox Field. Head coach Mike Munce said that his team has used a combination of hitting, defense and pitching to get to the ...

Sleepy Eye, Lamberton advance to Region 2C tournament

Sleepy Eye 8, Gibbon 3 FAIRFAX — Sleepy Eye advanced to the Region 2C amateur baseball playoffs with a Game 3 victory over Gibbon on Tuesday night in the Tomahawk East League Playoffs. Andrew Woitas pitched seven innings and allowed three runs on 10 hits to earn the win. He struck out ...