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  • 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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