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Volleyball Preview/Blue blasts off


Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende

Volleyball Preview

Just like on the gridiron, the beginning of the 2013 volleyball season is marked by changes. As of fall sports, the Winona-Cotter Ramblers (a former HVL school) are now officially in the 3-Rivers. They bring the league up to 12 teams. Three county schools have new coaches, Nikki Schultz (R-P), Jackie Whitacre (Kingsland), and Chris Knutson (Lanesboro). This season will also be the first in quite some time where Wabasha-Kellogg and Caledonia don’t have strangleholds on both the 3-Rivers and Sub-Section 1A/1AA races. With players like Emma Lange, Maria Fruechte, Katie Cavalco, and Kalyn Biever graduated, said races are opened up. Mabel-Canton, Fillmore Central, and Chatfield all have a very good shots at filling said voids, at pushing towards championship greatness.

In Mabel, as it pertains to the Southeast Conference, volleyball championships and greatness go hand-in-hand. Lonnie Morken’s Cougars went undefeated in SEC-play enroot to their 15th straight league title. They finished with a 31-6 record, were 1A-East runner’s-up (lost to W-K 3-0). This year, M-C has a standout senior class of long-time varsity players. Three-time SEC POY (two-time All-State Honorable Mention) Belle Sand leads the cast. What the 5’7” OH lacks in height, she makes up for in jumping ability, arm-speed, and talent. Sand led M-C with over 300 kills and digs last season (went over 1,000 kills game one of the 2013 season). Joining her are fellow All-Conference players Carly McCabe (5’4” S) and Lydia Geving (5’8” OH). Libero Christine Lee (5’4”) and Sara Lind (6’0” MH) complete the M-C returning senior five-some. From there, M-C lacks varsity experience. But the Cougar’s are still the heavy SEC favorite. They’re very capable of winning 1A-East. They begin the season ranked #6 in the Class A polls.

One team M-C will have to get thru in 1A East is neighbor Fillmore Central. Denise Case’s Falcons (26-6) finished in the 3rd place in the 3-Rivers last year, and seemed destined for the Sub-Section finals. They led M-C 2-0 and 9-2 in set three of the semis, only to fall in five sets. FC can either forget that game, or use it as motivation. Either way, the Falcons are a team to reckon with. Steady and angular 5’11” senior OH Taylor Case (All-Conference, All-State HM) leads the Falcons. Taylor is the top returning kill-artist in the 3-Rivers and the only returning pla .....
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2013 Football Preview

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende The area 2013 high school football season will be forever known for its change, the advent of the Southern Football Alliance. Gone are the 3-Rivers and Hiawatha Valley football conferences. The 25 teams from those two leagues have be ..... 
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Lanesboro Gun Club hosts second annual Youth Fun Shoot

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Sports

September 14, 2013 1p.m.-4p.m., Lanesboro Gun Club Stillwater Jim (aka Jim Martin), a member of the Cedar Valley Vigilantes, will give a demonstration of single-action cowboy shooting. Cowboy Action Shooting is a multifaceted amateur shooting spo ..... 
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City of Mabel Receives Grant from Minnesota Twins

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Sports

By Hannah Wingert When Kati Tweeten, the head softball coach for the Mabel Canton Softball team and the summer recreation director for the City of Mabel, Minn. first heard about the Minnesota Twins “Fields for Kids” grant program, she thought o ..... 
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Vintage Baseball in Lanesboro - 1860’s Style

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Sports

Baseball – the way it was played in the mid-1800’s – comes to Lanesboro, Minn. Saturday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, this free event features the Quickstep Baseball Club of Minneapolis-St. Paul ver ..... 
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Region 1A Football News

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Region 1A administers Section Football Tournaments in Class AAA, AA, A, and 9-Man. Beginning this fall all four Section Championship games will be played at neutral sites that have artificial turf. Neutral sites that are available for Region 1A use ..... 
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The Year That Was

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

Another school year is in the books. Another group of kids have completed their high school sporting careers. A host of good memories and experiences are finely etched into the minds of many young men and women. It all started back in the fall. Foot ..... 
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Star of the North Volleyball Tournament

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All Sports

The Falcon Fire 14’s JO Volleyball team competed in the Star of the North (SotN) State Games Volleyball Tournament during the weekend of June 22-23. The Fire, composed of players that will be playing on the 9th grade team for Fillmore Central ..... 
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Fillmore Central boys basketball finish second in Minnesota Invitational Tournament

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston Sports

Finished second in Minnesota Invitational Tournament in St. Cloud. Front: Nate Haugerud, Logan Corson, Dawson Schmidt Back: Coach Kyle Runquist, Colten Kraling, Matt Lutes, Brady Ristau, Josh Peters, Coach Carlisle Corson
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