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  • SC-M wrestlers finish eighth at Melrose Early Bird Invite

    Dec. 1 kicked off the first meet of the year for the SC-M wrestling team at the Melrose Early Bird Invitational held at the high school gym in Melrose on Friday afternoon.

  • Albany girls get big home-opener win

    THe Huskies opened up a big lead right from the start and never let it go in a 73-30 home-opener win against Rocori.

  • Dutchmen boys’ basketball team looking to make its own season

    Melrose–There are some challenges facing the coaches as the Dutchmen Tasketball Team begins the 2017-’18 year.

  • Tough 2-1 loss for Blue Devils

    After the Blue Devils defeated the Marshall Tigers last week, the girls were looking to do it again on Tuesday night versus Mound Westonka – but it didn’t go as planned.

  • Albany Pawettes kick off new season

    The Albany Pawettes dance team has kicked off a new season with two new head coaches, Sarah Christensen and Alyssa Brown.

  • Gymnastic team has talent, tradition on its roster

    Melrose–The Melrose Lady Dutchmen are rebuilding, but they are building on the tradition that has become Melrose Area High School gymnastics.

    That tradition goes back a numbers years.

  • Imagine, Create, Succeed!

    Robotics tournament bring tech-driven teams together

  • Swimmers at their best at state

    Minneapolis–Never have the Lady Dutchmen swam so fast at they did at the state tournament.

  • Swimmers place well at state meet Saturday

    It was a busy month for the Sauk Centre girls swim team as they wrapped up sections on Nov. 11 and had seven swimmers qualify for the 2017 MSHL Girls A Swim & Dive Championships which was held on Saturday at the University of Minnesota.

  • Streeters finish second at sections, seven head to state meet

    The Sauk Centre swim team raised their plaque high and proud after they were awarded for their second place finish at the section meet on Saturday at University of Minnesota – Morris (U of M). 

  • Scott, Wohletz share player of the year honors

    Scott enabled Holdingford to hammer  down wins

    Hard work and practice pays off for Wohletz

  • Swimmers State bound!

    Melrose sending six to state swim meet

  • Van Becks’ deer hunting tradition

    Rural Greenwald–Peter Van Beck’s first-time deer hunting in 1968 almost was his last time. Instead it started a family tradition. 

  • Snow, Bulldogs end Huskers' season

    The fairytale setting of fat snowflakes coming quietly through the lights on the St. John’s football field couldn’t dispel the disappointment of Holdingford’s 32-7 loss in the Section 5AA championship Friday.

  • Deters shoots first buck with bow

    Madison Deters just finished up with her day at school on Wednesday, Nov. 1 and was itching to get home so she could go hunting.

  • Huskies send three to state cross-country

    Fighting cold, windy conditions three Albany runners raced to state cross-country qualifying finishes at the Section 6A meet.

  • Swimming and diving ties with Melrose for share of WCC championship

    Kali Sayovitz sets conference records in 200 free, 100 fly

  • Swimmers win 11 conference medals

    Morris–For the 12th consecutive year the Melrose Lady Dutchmen swimmers have a share of a conference championship.

  • Huskies come back for 38-35 win

    The Huskies found themselves down by two scores early in the third quarter, but came back to win 38-36 against New London-Spicer in the regular season finale. 

  • Volleyball tops Sauk Centre

    Sauk Centre – The Lady Dutchmen closed their regular season with a 3-2 win over Sauk Centre Tuesday, Oct. 17.

  • Streeter season screeches to a halt

    Squad finishes 5-4, seniors leave legacy to build on

  • Sauk swimmers take third at Section True Team

    On Saturday, the girls traveled to University of Minnesota Morris for the Section True Team meet. The Streeters were up against schools from Sartell, Melrose, Alexandria, Rocori, Minnewaska/Morris, Albany, Little Falls, Holdingford, Apollo and Staples-Motely.

  • Huskie girls take top four spots in Purple Pride

    Kristine Kalthoff, Grace Rieland, Emma Seiler and Abbie Christen finished first through fourth at the Purple Pride cross- country meet.

  • Big plays go Melrose’s way

    Melrose–The Dutchmen’s 28-19 win over Holdingford Friday had everything fans thought it would have - and more.

  • Lady Dutchmen fall to Streeters at section play

    “The girls played hard last night. We had some close matches that kept going back and forth. The girls knew this was a big match and gave it their all,” said coach Sara Englemeyer after the girls lost 7-0 to the Streeters during their first day of team sections on Oct. 5. 

  • Huskies continue to qualify individuals for section

    The Albany swim and dive team continues to qualify individuals for the section meet.

  • Something Special

    Streeter linemen a big reason for team’s success

  • Streeters run over Silverstreaks

    Dylan Haskamp rushed for 226 yards and three touchdowns as the Streeters’ defense rose up to the challenge in an impressive 28-14 win at Osakis last Friday.

  • Wohletz, Buerman combine for 43 kills in 3-2 win over Pierz

    The Huskies fell behind 2-1, but rallied to beat Pierz in five sets as outside hitters Maleah Wohletz and Courtney Buerman had a combined 43 kills.

  • Dutchmen can’t find net

    Melrose–A 2-0 loss to St. John’s Prep Thursday continued a frustrating trend for the Dutchmen.

  • Big plays lead to big win

    The past couple years the Mainstreeter football team has been burned more than once on a big play by the opposition.

  • Huskies go 6-0 in two matches

    The Albany volleyball team didn’t lose a set in two of it’s competitions last week, beating Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and then Becker.

  • Dutchmen edged in great game

    Melrose–The Melrose Dutchmen Football Team did something they are committed to doing all year when they fell 17-0 to third ranked, and unbeaten, Pierz on Friday.

  • Dutchmen dominate in shut-out win
    Everything worked well for Melrose in the Dutchmen's 7-0 win over Minnewaska Thursday.
  • Strong second half gives Huskies as 51-12 win
    Albany's offense exploded in the second half leading them to a 51-12 win over East Central North District rival Little Falls.
  • Swim team suffers close loss to Dutchmen
    Kali Sayovitz breaks pool records in 200 free, 100 fly
  • Goals elude Lady Dutchmen in soccer

    Becker–The Lady Dutchmen soccer team fell 17-0 Thursday to Becker finishing a rough week for the team.

  • Huskies take down Foley 3-0 in volleyball

    A couple of games were close, but the Huskies prevailed to go 3-0 against Foley in a Granite Ridge Conference volleyball battle.

  • CC runners race at Long  Prairie-Grey Eagle Invitational

    It was a warm, 82 degrees for the cross country meet held in Long Prairie on Sept. 11, but the girls didn’t seem to let that affect their performance.

  • Streeters super in home opener

    The season home opener really couldn’t have gone much better for the Sauk Centre volleyball squad. 

  • Huskies drop opener 14-0

    After a scoreless first half, Annandale scored in the third and fourth quarters to hand the Huskies an opening season 14-0 loss.

  • Dutchmen win in overtime

    Melrose–The Dutchmen soccer team opened its season with a 5-4 overtime win Monday, Aug. 26 against Rocori.

  • Are you ready for some football?

    Streeters open season Friday at home against Royalton

  • Swimmers win at Willmar meet

    Willmar–The Melrose Lady Dutchmen Swimming and Diving Team won the final event of the Willmar Invitational Saturday to take first place.

  • Husker cross-country starts Friday

    The bright tradition that is Holdingford cross-country should continue to glow.

  • New swimmers on deck

    For the past 22 years, Sauk Centre swimming coach James Schreiner has had the opportunity to take some of his girls to the state tournament and is hoping to do it again this year. 

  • Huskers experience should help in volleyball

    With a good corps of seniors, some proven juniors and hungry sophomores coming to the court, Holdingford volleyball could have a good team this year.

  • New Munich Legion is three-peater

    New Munich–For the whole season, no matter how well they played in the Big Dipper League (BDL), New Munich players knew they had a chance for something special.

  • Engelmeyer, steps up as tennis coach

    A familiar face was brought back to the tennis courts when 2006 graduate Sara Engelmeyer stepped up as coach this year.

  • Martins  second seed in 15C

    St. Martin will advance to the State Class C Tournament as the second seed from Region 15C .

  • Saint pound their way to state

    A nine-run, ninth-inning rally was almost overkill in Elrosa’s 17-5 win over Richmond in the Region 15C playbacks Saturday.

  • Elrosa one win from state

    The Elrosa Saints were in two of the most exciting games of the Region 15C tournament this past weekend.

  • Grovers end regional drought

    New Munich-When Tanner Klaphake caught a soft line drive Saturday for the final out, it gave Meire Grove a 3-2 over Richmond and ended a drought of sorts for Meire Grove.

  • Avon falls to Billygoats; rain suspends playoffs

    The Avon Lakers lost to the Buckman Billygoats 6-3 in the winners’ bracket of the Region 8C playoffs, but will have to wait until this weekend to see how they advance in the seeding for the state tournament.

  • 2017 Pacesetter champs

    9th grade girls basketball team slides by BBE for win in four-state tourney

  • Richmond, St. Martin in Region 15C

    Richmond upset Stearns County League(SCL)-South regular season champion Lake Henry to win the SCL-Playoff crown Sunday at Lake Henry.

  • New Munich keeps winning one-run games

    Elrosa-New Munich won the Stearns County League (SCL)-North champion and qualified for the Region 15C tournament over the weekend.

  • Elrosa softball has almost four-decade tradition

    Zenzen, Illies, Eibensteiner reflect on league

  • Avon, Upsala, St. Stephen head to regionals

    VIctory League fans will find plenty of baseball this coming Saturday in the Region 8C tournament at Pierz.

  • Freeport happy with season ending

    Freeport–Manager Rob Mettenburg and the Freeport Black Sox were not celebrating after their 9-1 loss to St. Stephen Saturday - but there were a few smiles.

  • Freeport wins in playoffs

    St. Wendel–The Freeport Black Sox are one win from going to regionals.

  • Need for speed

    Maus follows passion in Pro Motocross

  • Post 67 wins league title

    Team will co-host district tournament this week

  • The number one-seeded Avon Lakers will be playing for the Victory League (VL)-South championship Sunday afternoon against either St. Stephen, the number two seed, or Freeport, the number four seed.
  • The Avon Lakers enjoyed a two-game sweep in the Victory League division playoffs.
  • Opole’s season ends

    Freeport-Freeport and Opole may have played their best games of the year in the 4-1 Freeport win Friday night.

  • Randall-The Upsala Blue Jay got at a good look at their first playoff round opponent this past Saturday.

  • Avon-Teams in the Victory League (VL)-South had preview of their playoff games this past weekend. Avon, the division leader, will host Freeport, the number four seed Saturday. Freeport topped Avon 5-3 Sunday in the final VL regular season game. St. Stephen defeated St. Wendel 5-2 Saturday in those teams' final regular season game. They meet at St. Stephen on Saturday.

  • Farming dedication Friday night

    Farming-The Farming Flames will officially name their field Schelper Brothers Field this Friday night prior to the game with Elrosa.

  • SCL-North race going into final games

    Meire Grove-Spring Hill’s 13-9 win over Meire Grove Sunday kept them on the heels of Stearns County League (SCL)-North leader Elrosa.

  • Black Sox enter playoffs on winning note

    Avon-The Freeport Black Sox' late season surge has carried them into the Victory League (VL)-South playoffs.

  • Made for Speed

    Kurt Deters follows father’s footsteps in racing hobby

  • Melrose–The Melrose Riverfest 5K run was held Saturday, June 24 as part of the Riverfest. 
  • After two years in the Little Falls School District, Cory Schlagel is returning to Albany as a math teacher and head boys basketball coach.

  • Farming-The Farming Flames will officially name their field Schelper Brothers Field this Friday night prior to the game with Elrosa.
  • Freeport-Freeport and Opole may have played their best games of the year in the 4-1 Freeport win Friday night.
  • Randall-The Upsala Blue Jay got at a good look at their first playoff round opponent this past Saturday.
  • Elrosa-Richmond fell 2-1 to Elrosa in Big Dipper play Thursday. 
  • Avon-Teams in the Victory League (VL)-South had preview of their playoff games this past weekend. Avon, the division leader, will host Freeport, the number four seed Saturday. Freeport topped Avon 5-3 Sunday in the final VL regular season game. St. Stephen defeated St. Wendel 5-2 Saturday in those teams’ final regular season game. They meet at St. Stephen on Saturday.
  • Olson earns all-state honors in softball

    Mikayla Olson’s record breaking season for the Sauk Centre softball team did not go unnoticed. Olson, a senior third baseman, earned first team all-state honors, as voted by the softball coaches in Class AA.

  • Defense keys Albany Legion win

    The Albany Legion team topped Melrose 7-1 Thursday in a night game at St. Martin.

    Albany had nine hits in the game. Isaac Nett, Ty Ritter and Ethan Navratil all had two hits.  

  • Wolbeck now catching baseball

    GreenwaldKinzie Wolbeck’s fingernails, painted bright orange, attracted attention Tuesday, June 14 prior to the Lake Henry-Greenwald Legion baseball game.

  • Elrosa lengthens SCL-North lead

     2-1 complete game victory by Ethan Vogt Sunday, moved Elrosa two games ahead of Spring Hill in the Stearns County League-North.

  • Needed run eludes Chargers

    Spring Hill-Elrosa stopped Spring Hill twice over the week in two battles for The Keg.

  • All Star player

    Schmitz plays in annual game, representing top softball players in state

  • A lifelong passion

    Kelly Blonigen remembers the first time she shot a firearm. She was 6 years old – and she hit the bull’s-eye.

  • Pieces coming together for Martins

    The Victory League (VL)-South standings log jam was eased a bit as the Freeport Black Sox and Opole Bears pulled off upsets this past weekend.

  • Loxtercamp 44th at state golf meet

    Jordan–Nate Loxtercamp finished his season ranked 44 among the 88 golfers that competed Tuesday and Wednesday, June 13 and 14, in the State Class AA Tournament.

  • Kranz takes 10th in Class AA State Golf Tournament
    Morgan Kranz capped off her senior year by taking 10th in the Class AA State Girls Golf Tournament in Jordan with her two-day splits of 80, 83 totaling a 163. Congrats on your achievements, Morgan! Photo courtesy of Matt Kane from the Delano Herald Journal.
  • Loxtercamp ready for state golf challenge

    Sartell–Nate Loxtercamp will be the lone Dutchmen competing in the Class AA state golf meet Tuesday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 14 at The Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan.

  • Bike repair stations coming to Lake Wobegon Trail

    The Lake Wobegon Trails Association has teamed up with local Lions Clubs and private donors to install bike repair stations in seven towns on the Lake Wobegon Trail this June. 

  • Gold medal-winning Team USA basketball player has Albany ties
    She hits the court for the Hopkins Royals and plays in the North Tartan AAU basketball program, but last week, Paige Bueckers made her way to Argentina as one of 12 players named to the USA under-16 national basketball team. 


  • Track season ends at sections

    The Sauk Centre boys and girls track teams traveled to Fergus Falls on June 1 for the Section 6A Track and Field Championships.

  • Huskies sections champions

    Albany slugs past Pierz, 8-4; heads to State Tournament

    A common saying Albany Softball Coach Vance Ressler has for his team is “be there for each other.”

  • Homers power Dutchmen win in playbacks

    ST. CLOUD- The Melrose Dutchmen baseball team kept their 2017 baseball season alive with an 11-1 win over Wadena-Deer Creek (WDC) Thursday in the playbacks of Section 6AA.

  • Streeters blanked by Foley
    Loss pits them against rival Melrose in elimination game Monday

    The Sauk Centre baseball team suffered their first playoff defeat, losing 7-0 to Foley Thursday night at Faber Field in St. Cloud.
  • Dutchmen win as playoffs open

    Freeport-Caldin Rieland didn’t see many pitches Thursday in the Section 6AA playoff game against Osakis.

  • Buerman’s no-hitter leads Huskies to sections

    Courtney Buerman was unhittable and the top of the Huskie lineup was unstoppable as Albany won the Section 6AA, South Subsection championship 5-0 over St. Cloud Cathedral May 25 in Waite Park. 

  • Streeter nine keep rolling

     Kyle Froseth escaped many opposing tacklers in the fall when starring for the Sauk Centre football team.

  • Athletes of the Year

    Jill Klaphake has been surrounded by sports her entire life. Her father, Jim Klaphake, has been the volleyball coach at Sauk Centre High School for 13 years. As a little girl, Klaphake would tag along with her dad to each volleyball practice so she could learn the tricks and basics of the game.

  • Huskers battle through rain for state true team championship
    The  constant rain didn’t stop the Holdingford boys track and field team from achieving its third state true team championship.
  • Dutchmen start playoffs Thursday

    Melrose-Despite a 7-0 loss to St. Cloud Cathedral Friday, the Dutchmen could very well be the home team in the 6AA playoffs that begin on Thursday.

  • West Central Conference Championships

    On Tuesday, the boys and girls track teams traveled to ACGC High School for the West Central Conference meet.

  • Huskers look good in wins over Lakers

    The Huskers kept their poise to win 2-0 over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW) in the first game of a double header.

  • Number nine batter delivers for softball win

    Melrose-Abby Hinnenkamp’s seventh inning double scored Taryn Van Heel with the game-winning run in the Lady Dutchmen’s 5-4 win Tuesday, May 9 over Bird Island-Olivia-Lake Lillian District (BOLD).

  • Huskies win in extra innings
    The Albany baseball team had an 4-1 extra-innings win over Milaca last week.

    In the top of the ninth with two outs Carter Kotzer drove in two runs and Carter Philippi knocked in a third to break a 1-1 tie.
  • Dutchmen golfers third at Greystone
    Sauk Centre-All the Dutchmen finished in the top 25 in a seven-team invitational Wednesday, May 3 at Greystone Golf Club.

  • Close but  not enough
    The Sauk Centre softball squad had a stark reminder that close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades last week as they dropped three of four games by close margins and twice had the tying run thrown out at home plate to end the game.
  • Randall-The Bears posted their first win of the year defeating Randall 10-5 Sunday in Victory League play.

  • St. Steven-Timely hits and some excellent defense gave St. Stephen a 4-2 win over Randall Saturday.
  • Farming-The Farming Flames will play their first game home game under the lights Friday when they hose Richmond.
  • Long Prairie-The Melrose Dutchmen and Lady Dutchmen track teams will be running at home May 11.

  • Melrose-With wins of 8-3 and 5-2 Friday against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (ACGC) Melrose moved to 7-1 overall and 6-1 in the West Central Conference.

  • Holdingford-Melrose Area plated nine runs in a 9-4 win Monday, April 24. Kenzie Meyer earned the complete game win striking out four.  

  • It took eight innings, but the Sauk Centre girls’ softball team outlasted Osakis in an important section match-up last Friday 10-9.
  • The Sauk Centre girls’ golf team was scheduled to play at Minnewaska Golf Club at noon on Monday, May 1, and at Pomme De Terre Golf Club in Morris later that afternoon. Since Minnesota weather is unpredictable, giving us snow in May, the girls made up their meet on Tuesday, playing in 55-degree weather.
  • Baseball games between Sauk Centre and Melrose are almost always close, and Tuesday’s conference clash between the Streeters and Dutchmen was no different. But it was the Streeters who prevailed, fending off a seventh-inning rally to hold on for a 5-4 lead in Melrose.
  •       Milaca-A 17-3 win Friday gave the Lady Dutchmen softball team a  3-0 start on the season.

  • It’s early in the season, but it’s hard not to be a little bit excited about the start for the Albany Softball Team.

  • The Sauk Centre Mainstreeters improved to 4-1 in the season last week with three wins tucked around a loss.
  • Melrose-With seven seniors and a number of other experienced players, the Dutchmen should do well this golf season, which opens April 21.

  • Monticello-The Melrose Area High School Track teams finished fourth and fifth during their competition Thursday at the Tootsie Pop Indoor Invite at Monticello.

  • Melrose-Senior Kendra Moening is optimistic about this year’s Melrose Lady Dutchmen golf team.

  • The Holdingford girls track and field team finished third at the Central Minnesota Conference indoor meet March 24 at St. Cloud State University.
  • The Twins’ only score came off a home run by DH ByungHo Park in the seventh inning.  A few days later he was sent to the club’s AAA club where he will start the season
  • In the 2017 season opener and home opener, the Huskies softball team welcomed neighboring Holdingford on Thursday. A softball season opener between Holdingford and Albany has become a tradition for the two schools, and this year the win went to Albany.
  • It took four pitchers, but the Sauk Centre baseball squad got a season-opening win Tuesday against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle thanks to their offense.
  • The Sauk Centre girls and boys track team traveled to Morris yesterday for the 2017 Marv Meyer Invite.

  • Kenzie Schmiesing started off the 2017 girls’ softball campaign in style Tuesday against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle when she hammered the first pitch of the season over the fence for a home run.
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