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Watkins named to All-Southern Division Team


Minnesota West freshman Austin Watkins has been named to the Minnesota College Athletic Conference's All-Southern Division Baseball Team

Watkins, a freshman from Mountain Lake, had an outstanding season at the plate where he had 53 hits in 128 at-bats for a batting average of .414. Of the 53 hits he had 11 doubles, 6 triples and 2 homeruns and ended up with 34 RBI's on the season and 8 stolen bases. Watkins was 4th in the Southern Division in runs batted in and 5th in the division in batting average

Kinley named to MCAC All-Southern Division Team


Minnesota West freshman Paige Kinley was named this week to the Minnesota College Athletic Conference's All-Southern Division 2nd team in Softball this season.

Kinley this season was a hitting machine for the Lady Jays, collecting 42 hits in 82 at-bats for a batting average of .512, which was 4th best in the entire conference. Of her 42 hits, 5 were doubles, 4 were triples and also had 2 homeruns and collected 22 RBI's. Kinley also had 12 stolen bases.

Hagen signs with NDSU


Worthington Trojan senior Carson Hagen made it official on Wednesday, announcing he had signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and wrestling career at North Dakota State University in Fargo next year.

Hagen said it was more than just the wrestling program that attracted him to NDSU.

“I looked at quite a few colleges. First of all, the wrestling program and their coach, Coach (Roger) Kish wrestled for the (Minnesota) Gophers. I grew up watching him wrestle. Another big thing was NDSU had agriculture. They’re a big Ag school. That’s what I was looking...

Buysse signs to continue basketball career at SMSU


Minnesota West sophomore and Marshall native Derek Buysse is heading back to his hometown as Buysse signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his basketball career at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall next season.

Buysse is coming off an amazing 2-year career at Minnesota West. After a stellar freshman campaign where he averaged 12 point per game and earned All-Division honors, Buysse took his game to another level as a sophomore. This season Buysse averaged 21.1 points per game and 9 rebounds per game. He earned Minnesota College Athletic Conference All-...

Big South All-Conference Girls Basketball Team


The Big South Conference has released their 2014-2015 All-Conference Girls Basketball Team

West Division
Ana Boever, SR, Worthington
AC Alwal, SR, Worthington
Kaylee Burmeister, SR, Jackson County Central
Jasmine Carlson, SR, Windom
Morgan Haugen, JR, Luverne
Sarah Buysse, SR, Marshall
Callie Graff, SR, Marshall
Morgan Saugstad, SR, Marshall
Rachel Skyberg, SO, Pipestone Area
Lauren Hansen, SR, Redwood Valley
Makenzie Mace, SR, Redwood Valley
Nikki Bunting, JR, Redwood Valley


Fury retires after 34 years as Lady Jays Head Coach


Minnesota West Lady Jay Women’s Basketball Coach Mike Fury said the timing to step down is finally right.
“It just felt right,” he said Monday. “I had thought about it a lot before Christmas time. I decided it would be this season. That’s what Karen and I had talked about and thought about it a lot. And as it turned out - and maybe this was part of the decision - we had a great year. It kept getting better and better and better. Of course the National Tournament bid really topped it off. A good way to go out, it just felt right - 34 years, I think we gave it a good shot. We’...

Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-State Teams


The Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association has released their 2014-2015 All-State Teams

Class A All-State
Courtney Place, Heron Lake-Okabena
Taylor Reiss, Minneota
Justine Lee, Dawson-Boyd
Haley Poehler, Ada-Borup
Taylor Hagen, Blooming Prairie
Shelby Hinsch, Goodhue
Lindsey Theuninck, Mankato Loyola
Lexi Lee, Maranatha Christian Academy
Chelsea Mason, Mountain Iron-Buhl
Alexia Olson, Red Lake Falls
Madison McKeever, Win-E-Mac

Honorable Mention
Elizabeth Thier, Adrian
Sariah Cheadle, Fulda...

Jalen Voss earns NAIA All-American Honors


Fresh off leading Dakota Wesleyan Men's basketball team to their best season in school history, the honors have begun to come in for former Worthington Trojan Jalen Voss.

Voss was recently named a NAIA Division II All-American First Team selection. It is the 3rd time in his career that Voss has earned All-American honors. He was an All-American Honorable Mention selection as a sophomore and as a junior Voss was selected to the All-American Third Team. Voss was a Great Plains Athletic Conference First Team selection and GPAC Player of the Year in his senior season.

In his...

Big South All-Conference Boys Basketball Team


The Big South Conference has released their 2014-2015 All-Conference Boys Basketball Team for the season.

All-Conference (West Division)
Oliver Wolyniec, SR, Worthington
Bodey Behrends, JR, Jackson County Central
Quinton Siebenahler, JR, Luverne
Connor Winkelman, SR, Marshall
Noah Winkelman, SR, Marshall
Boyer Bouman, SR, Pipestone Area
Collin Moeller, SR, Pipestone Area
Sam Pendleton, SR, Redwood Valley
Cade Johnson, JR, Redwood Valley
Kyle Antes, SR, Windom Area

Honorable Mention (West Division)
Will Mulder,...

Lady Jays fall in final game of the season


For the Minnesota West Lady Jays, Saturday’s 4th place game against Mesabi Range was a culmination of Thursday and Friday.

Both teams were a little slow in getting out of the gate as the game was tied 8-8 early on before the Lady Jays took flight. Minnesota West looked like they did on Friday, a team that could not be stopped, as the Lady Jays would go on a 12-0 run to take a 20-8 lead with 11 minutes left in the first half. The Lady Jays would push that lead up to 14 points at 27-13 when Mesabi came roaring back. The Lady Norse went on a 17-5 run to cut the Minnesota West lead...