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  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    January 10, 2024
    The Luverne varsity girls’ and boys’ wrestlers started the second half their season in Garretson Saturday, Jan. 6, for the Jesse James Invitational. “Both teams wrestled well, and they had a good day all around,” Luverne head coach Jordan Kopp said. The Cardinal boys placed third as a team, and seven LHS girls earned individual placements at the invitational. The Luverne boys’ team had 142.5…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    January 10, 2024
    The Luverne gymnastics team beat Redwood Valley at home 130.825 to 130.700 Thursday, Jan. 4, and placed fourth in the Marshall Winterfest Invitational Saturday, Jan. 6. The Cardinals’ competition in Windom was canceled due to winter weather Monday, Jan. 8. They will travel to Jackson County Central next Thursday, Jan. 18, and will host Marshall Jan. 26, and Fairmont Jan. 30.   Luverne 130.825…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    January 10, 2024
    The H-BC boys’ basketball team hosted Westbrook-Walnut Grove Friday, Jan. 5, beating the Chargers 61-48. The two teams played a close first half with the Chargers taking a 30-29 lead into the break. In the second half the Patriots were able to outscore the Chargers 32-18 to win the game 61 to 48. The Patriots outshot WWG, making 42 percent of their shots in the paint while the Chargers shot 28…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    January 10, 2024
    The Luverne boys’ basketball team beat Windom 91-82 at home Tuesday, Jan. 2, and fell to Marshall 85-64 on the road Friday, Jan. 5. The Cardinals will host Worthington Thursday, Jan. 9, and St. James on Friday, Jan. 12, and will travel to take on Deubrook Area, White, South Dakota, on Saturday, Jan. 13.   LHS 91, Windom 82 The LHS boys’ basketball team hosted Windom Tuesday, Jan. 2, beating…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    January 10, 2024
    The LHS girls’ basketball team fell to two strong opponents in the past week. The Cardinals lost to Windom at home 68-59 Tuesday, Jan. 2, and to Marshall on the road 58-37 Friday, Jan. 5. Luverne was scheduled to travel to Worthington Tuesday, Jan. 9, and will host St. James Saturday, Jan. 12.   Windom 68, LHS 59 The Luverne girls came out shooting against Windom at home Tuesday, Jan. 2, and…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    January 10, 2024
    The H-BC girls’ basketball team hosted Southwest Minnesota Christian Thursday, Jan. 4, and fell to the E-gals 66-63. The Patriots were able to take a 34-27 lead against the Eagles in the first half, but Southwest pulled together in the second half with several 3-point shots to get ahead of H-BC. “The girls had a 36-minute battle against Southwest Christian,” head coach Dylan Gehrke said. “It…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    January 10, 2024
    The Luverne girls’ hockey team improved their season record to 10-5 with an 11-0 win over Fairmont Tuesday, Jan. 2, in Fairmont. The Luverne Cardinals peppered Fairmont’s goalie with 58 total shots on goal in the game and held Fairmont to only eight attempts, which LHS goalie sophomore Emma Saarloos knocked away. Luverne opened the game with two goals in the first period. Eighth-grader Ellie…
  • By Scot Rall, Outdoor Columnist
    January 10, 2024
    An interesting winter we’ve been having until this week. Don’t get me wrong, but I can say I totally loved it. There was no snow to shovel and holiday travel and other events had no road conditions to worry about. What this also means is that if you are a die-hard ice angler or pike spearer, there has been very little to no opportunity in the southern half of Minnesota. There is still some cool…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    January 03, 2024
    The H-BC girls’ basketball team hosted St. Mary’s Catholic from Dell Rapids, South Dakota, beating the Cardinals 79-50. “There were a ton of great things that our girls did on Friday night,” head coach Dylan Gehrke said. “The most pleasing was to see our assist total as a team. We had a career high as a team since I started coaching with a total of 25 assists.” H-BC as a team grabbed 43 total…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    January 03, 2024
    The Luverne girls’ wrestling team traveled to Champlin for the Rebel Girls Holiday Classic Friday, Dec. 29, with nine Cardinals competing in the 27-team event. The Cardinal girls’ team was in the top five teams with the most girls participating. St. Michael-Albertville had 34 girls on their team. Forest Lake had 21 girls, Hastings brought 18, Apple Valley had 12 and Luverne was there with nine…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    January 03, 2024
    The H-BC boys’ basketball team traveled to Southwest Minnesota State University Saturday, Dec. 30, to play Minneota in the Holiday Classic. The Patriots beat the Vikings 71-65 in the game. “In the first half we got off to a slow start,” head coach Chad Rauk said. “We had quite a few turnovers and gave up too many second chance points.” With the win, H-BC shut down Minneota’s eight-game win…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    January 03, 2024
    The Luverne boys’ hockey team played in the Rochester Kiwanis Hockey Festival Dec. 27-29 at the Graham Arena Complex in Rochester. Luverne played in the Varsity Blue division with five other teams that included Albert Lea, Austin, LaCrescent, Rochester and Windom. The Cardinals beat Rochester 6-2 Wednesday, Dec. 27, took down Albert Lea 8-3 Thursday, Dec. 28, and walked over Austin 12-1 Friday…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    January 03, 2024
    The Luverne girls’ hockey team traveled to Blaine Dec. 26-28 to play in the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic at the National Sports Center Super Rink over the holiday break. The Cardinals participated in the Girls Varsity Gold bracket along with Duluth Marshall, Duluth Northern Stars, Hudson, Mankato East, Mounds View/Irondale, River Lakes and Wayzata. The Cardinals took third place in the…
  • By Scott Rall, Outdoors columnist
    January 03, 2024
    By the time you read this, the 22-23 pheasant hunting season will have come to a close. My dad always used to tell me that if you want to see how fast time flies, take out a 90-day note at the bank. I will add to that with how time flies; just see how fast a 10-week pheasant season vanishes. I had a very good season, with more birds harvested this year over last. Like every year, the later into…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    December 27, 2023
    The 2023 sports season saw eight teams make state appearances from both Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek communities. The Cardinals and Patriots also had several individual athletes participate in state events which included gymnastics, wrestling, track and field, cross-country and golf. Here is a breakdown of the teams and individuals that made state appearances this past year.   LHS Girls’…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    December 27, 2023
    As we usher out another year, we look ahead to a new year of possibilities and experiences. Looking back, I reflect on the sports I have covered, the people I have met, the places I have been able to go, and things I was able to do in my job as the sports editor: •all the miles I’ve driven for LHS and H-BC events, Redbird baseball playoffs, and state competitions in St. Paul. •the thousands of…
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