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HL-O Boys and Girls Basketball teams to hold fundraisers February 13th & 14th

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The Heron Lake-Okabena Girls and Boys Basketball team will be holding fundraisers on February 13th and 14th

The Wildcat Girls and Boys basketball team have been raising money for former Southwest Star Concept student/athlete Tyler Leopold and his family. Tyler’s two-year-old daughter Elliana was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in September. She has been going through chemotherapy in Rochester and has a very successful surgery last week that removed 98% of her tumor.

All proceeds raised are going directly to the family to help pay for Elliana’s medical expenses.

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Four Minnesota West Football Players sign National Letters of Intent to Move On

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(Worthington, MN) Minnesota West Community & Technical College had four football players sign National Letters of Intent to continue playing football at the next level.

Connor Kunkel, from Luverne, Minnesota signed with the University of Minnesota-Crookston (Division 2)

Donovan Jackson, from Detroit, Michigan, signed with Austin Peay State University (Division 1-AA)

Stephon Hall from Detroit, Michigan, signed with Northeastern State University (Division 2)

Jonathan Johnson from Monroe, Michigan, signed with Southwest Minnesota State University (Division 2...


Wietzema commits to DWU

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It was National Signing Day for area athletes to sign Letters of Intent on Wednesday to continue their football career at the next level.

Worthington senior Trevor Wietzema has declared to play football at college for the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in Mitchell (SD). Wietzema was named the MVP of the Trojan Football team this past season and was a Big South All-Conference Selection. He has also been an All-Conference selection in wrestling and honorable mention all-conference in baseball. Trevor Wietzema is the son of Troy and Angela Wietzema.


Melissa Gehl named MCAC Player of the Week

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The Minnesota College Athletic Conference has released their weekly Women's Basketball awards and this week's MCAC Southern Division Player of the Week is Minnesota West's Melissa Gehl

Gehl, a freshman from Fulda, scored 57 points in the Lady Jays 2 victories last week including a 31-point effort in Minnesota's West win over Western Tech on Saturday. In those 2 games, Gehl was 23-of-50 (46%) from the field and made 6 three-pointers.

On the season, Gehl is averaging 16.7 points per game and is #3 in the Southern Division in free throw percentage shooting an even 80% on the...


Will Mulder signs with Dordt

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On Monday night, Worthington Trojan Senior Will Mulder committed to continue both his basketball and golf careers with the Dordt Defenders, a 4-year school based in Sioux Center (IA)

Mulder talked about why he chose Dordt

“They have my major. I like Ag. Not to mention their basketball program is top notch. I like how Ross Douma runs his team, runs the program. It’s all-around good.”

It was a tough summer for Mulder after he tore his ACL playing with the Southwest Minnesota Stars AAU Basketball team in a tournament in Milwaukee in July. But Mulder didn’t let that...


Iowa Lakes Softball signs 4 area athletes

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Iowa Lakes Head Softball Coach Corey Christopher has announced that 4 area athletes will play softball for Iowa Lakes

Tara Sudenga of Luverne, Minn., has signed a National Junior College Letter of Intent to play softball for the Lakers beginning this season.

Sudenga is a 2014 graduate of Luverne (Minn.) High School who was a standout softball player for the Cardinals. She was a four-year starting infielder who was twice selected to the All-Southwest Conference team. In both her junior and senior seasons she led the team in hits, runs, and RBIs. She finished her career as a...


Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan to make a stop in Worthington on Jan. 20th

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The 55th annual Twins Winter Caravan will be making a stop in Worthington on January 20th.

The Twins Caravan will be making a stop at the Worthington Area YMCA and DeGroot Family Center on Collegeway in Worthington on January 20th from 9:00am-9:45am. Making a stop in Worthington this year is Twins Infielder Brian Dozier, Pitcher Brian Duensing and announcer Jack Morris and Dick Bremer alonf with T.C. Bear.

The public is invited and there is no charge to attend.


Luverne Cardinals Boys Hockey Team to play in 9th Annual Hockey Day Minnesota

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The Luverne Cardinals Boys Hockey team is getting the chance to play on the big stage.

Luverne is 1 of 6 teams that will take center stage on an outdoor, refrigerated rink at St. Paul's Holman Field, highlighting the ninth annual Hockey Day Minnesota spectacular slated for this Saturday. Fighter jets and assault helicopters will form the spectacle's preliminary backdrop, with the skyline of downtown St. Paul behind them.

Luverne will take on St. Paul Johnson on Saturday morning at 10:00am with the game to be broadcast on Fox Sports North


Trojan Gymnastics Team qualifies for Class A State True Team Meet

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--The Worthington Trojan Gymnastics team found out earlier this week that they qualified for the Class A State True Team Gymnastics Meet which will be held in Melrose on January 24th.

Only teams that were ranked 10th or higher as of January 8th qualified for the tournament. At that time Worthington was ranked 10th in the state. Jackson County Central, who was ranked 8th at the time, also qualified for the State True Team Meet.

It’s the first time in 13 years that the Trojans have qualified for the State True Team Meet. The True Team competition counts the score of...


High School Winter Sports Rankings

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RANKINGS
MINNEAPOLIS - The latest boys basketball poll by Minnesota Basketball News.
Rankings as of 2-10-2015

CLASS 1A
1. Rushford-Peterson (21-1)
2. Minneapolis North (18-4)
3. Maranatha (18-2)
4. Battle Lake (20-14
5. Springfield (16-3)
6. Central Minnesota Christian (16-1)
7. Spring Grove (19-3)
8. Canby (18-3)
9. Dawson-Boyd (14-5)
10. Hillcrest Lutheran (16-2)

CLASS 2A
1. Saint Croix Lutheran (19-2)
2. Barnum (20-0)
3. Caledonia (18-3)
4. Minneapolis Roosevelt (16-4)
5...