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ACGC Falcons (West Central) COACH: Brad Nelson II (5th season) 2013 RECORD: 7-4 in West Central Conference, 11-7 overall RETURNING STARTERS: Jacey Nelson, Payton Wilner, Hannah Wilner KEYS TO THE SEASON: The Falcons lost six senior starters from a team that finished second in the WC South.
The Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg softball team will find out this season if it’s one of those durable, formidable outfits that can boast that it doesn’t rebuild, it reloads. The Saints methodically ripped up their opposition the last three seasons like no other west-central Minnesota team in recent history, regardless the sport. They were 71-4 the last three seasons, with all four of their losses not coming until the Minnesota state tournament.
ACGC Falcons (West Central) COACH: Jeff Tanner (34th season) 2013 RECORD: 0-10 in West Central Conference, 1-12 overall RETURNING STARTERS: Jordan Nelson, Mitch Macik, David Kinzler, Colton Minnick KEYS TO THE SEASON: The Falcons return seven starters from a team that lost six games by one run last season. BBE Jaguars (Central Minnesota) COACH: Pat Illies (3rd season) 2013 RECORD: 5-9 in Central Minnesota Conference, 8-11 overall RETURNING STARTERS: Brian Goodwin, James Kuefler, Dalon Bitzen, Trey Heinsius, Jordan Wozmek KEYS TO THE SEASON: The current starters have to produce bec
By Tom Larson email@example.com Even as the BOLD baseball team was just beginning to celebrate its Class A state championship last spring, most everyone following the triumphant Warriors throughout their remarkable postseason run was thinking the same thing: Can the boys do this again? Anyone caught up in those heady three weeks would have had to conclude it was not only possible but inevitable. The Warriors rode a potent offense and some of the most dominant pitching performances in Minnesota postseason history to the title last season, and seven starters from that team – including both
Few basketball coaches get to retire with as big a bang as Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa’s Dave Montbriand. Montbriand, the Jaguars’ head boys coach for 21 years, announced his retirement Friday, just weeks after his team won their second Class A state championship in three years. “I was tempted to come back,” said the 53-year-old Montbriand.
Doors open at 4 p.m. on Saturday for the 19th annual Tim Orth Memorial Foundation “Jam the Gym” Basketball Event at the BOLD school in Bird Island. The event features boys and girls basketball games featuring prep talent from West Central Minnesota schools and a variety of on-court and off-court events. The 3-point shootout begins at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 5:45 p.m.
Just a few years ago, doctors evaluated the severe injuries Brady Damhof suffered in a hunting accident and told the 13-year-old Willmar school athlete that he’d never be able to participate in sports again. On Saturday, after successful final seasons with the Willmar soccer and basketball teams — and as he awaits the start of his varsity golf season — Damhof will take to a prep basketball court for one last time in the Tim Orth Memorial Foundation’s 19th annual “Jam the Gym” game in Bird Island. Damhof is the first recipient of TOMF funds to su
Fans who never had a chance to watch Taylor Thunstedt play basketball missed quite a show. In the past four years, the New London-Spicer senior guard made an overwhelming case for herself as the best ever to play in the area. Thunstedt played for the most decorated area team in the last 40 years (15 state tournament appearances, two state championships, seven runner-up or third-place finishes, 20-plus wins in 27 seasons). Many strong, talented players keep a machine like that humming, and Thunstedt was the best of them all. Consider the resume: Thunstedt not only became the Tribune
MINNEAPOLIS — If James Naismith had somehow envisioned the 3-point shot, he would have been fond of Esko’s peach basket style of basketball. Playing deliberately, bordering on boringly, the Eskomos took the run and the gun out of New London-Spicer, winning their Class A Minnesota State Girls Basketball Tournament quarterfinals game 39-35 on Wednesday at Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. With NLS hitting virtually nothing in the early going, the Eskomos built a huge first-half lead, and when the Wildcats caught up Esko worked
A little more than 18 years ago, Taylor Thunstedt’s mom and dad were watching the Minnesota State Girls Basketball Tournament on TV — mom in labor — waiting for the future New London-Spicer Wildcats guard to be born. Last Friday, on Thunstedt’s birthday, the Wildcats got past Sauk Centre in overtime to earn a berth — so to speak — in the 2014 state tournament.