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  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 06, 2024
    The Rocks rolled their way into the 2024 Minnesota Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul March 1 and 2 and left their mark on the competition. Senior Sam Rock took fifth place in the 172-pound weight class. His sisters, sophomore Bernie Rock in the 112-pound weight class and freshman CeCe Rock in the 148-pound weight class, both finished in second place in…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 06, 2024
    The No. 5 seed Luverne boys’ basketball team upset No. 4 seed Fairmont 65-57 Saturday, March 2, on the road in Round 1 section action. After falling to Fairmont twice in the regular season, Luverne got redemption by knocking Fairmont out of section play. LHS ended the first half with a commanding 36-25 lead. In the second half Fairmont made a run and eventually took over the lead from Luverne…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 06, 2024
    The H-BC boys’ basketball team crushed Heron Lake 65-44 in their first section tournament game Saturday, March 2, in Worthington. The No. 1 seed Patriots had no trouble beating the No. 9 seed Coyotes in section play. H-BC took the lead early and finished the first half scoring 42 points to Heron Lake’s 12. In the second half the Patriots had a commanding lead and brought in several players off…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 06, 2024
    By Greg Hoogeveen The No. 5 seed Luverne girls’ basketball team ended their season falling to No. 1 seed Fairmont 67-58 Thursday, Feb. 29, in the section quarterfinal game played in Worthington. Fairmont took a 23-20 lead going into the half and outscored LHS 44-38 in the second half winning to win the game by nine points. “We didn’t have a great start on the offensive side of the ball, but we…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 06, 2024
    The Patriots girls’ basketball team fell to Southwest Minnesota Christian 59-50 in the section quarterfinals Friday, March 1, in Worthington. The No. 4 seed Patriots hung tight with the No. 1 seed Eagles, giving SWMC a scare early in the game when the Patriots went on a 14-3 run. H-BC kept the momentum going throughout the first half, finishing two points behind the Eagles, 29-27, at the half…
  • By Scott Rall, Outdoors columnist
    March 06, 2024
    This column is being written solely to generate discussion surrounding some proposed gun legislation being floated at the Minnesota State Capitol these days. I repeat, this is to create discussion and not explode the virtues one way or the other of these proposed legislations. Now, I am a gun guy and regularly spend time on the range participating in all kinds of recreational shooting, from…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    February 28, 2024
    The Luverne girls’ hockey team played two tough teams in this year’s state tournament. In the first game Luverne fell to Academy of Holy Angels Stars 6-1 at the Xcel Energy Center Wednesday, Feb. 21. On Thursday, Feb. 22, at the TRIA Rink, Luverne led Proctor/Hermantown 2 1/2 periods before giving up the winning goal to the Mirage late in the third period, falling 3-2.   Stars 6, Cardinals 1…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    February 28, 2024
    The Luverne boys’ hockey season came to a heartbreaking end Saturday, Feb. 24, in St. Peter. The Cardinals fell to Marshall 3-2 in a physical Section 3A semifinal game. Luverne is now done for the season, and Marshall moves on to take on New Ulm for the Section Championship Wednesday, Feb. 28. The Cardinals had a stellar year going into the semifinal game. LHS finished the regular season 23-2…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    February 28, 2024
    The Luverne boys’ basketball team finished their regular season beating the Tri-City United Titans 83-73 in a Big South Conference cross-over game Saturday, Feb. 24, on the road. The Cardinals, with a 10-12 regular season record, will travel to Fairmont Saturday, March 2, for a Section 3AA Round 1 game at 7 p.m. In their game against the Titans, Luverne made 28 of 52 shots for 53 percent inside…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    February 28, 2024
    The Luverne boys’ wrestling team traveled to Windom for the Section 3AA Individual tournament Saturday, Feb. 24. Senior Sam Rock, with a record of 46-3 this season, qualified for the state tournament by taking first place in the 172-pound weight class. This will be Rock’s second appearance at state. Last year he finished in fourth place and looks to build upon that showing this year. At…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    February 28, 2024
    Two Luverne gymnasts, juniors Ella Reisdorfer and Amira Cowell, participated in the 2024 State Gymnastics Individual Tournament at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul Friday, Feb. 23. “The girls represented Luverne well,” head coach Phoebe Flom said.   “They both had great vaults, and Ella had one of her best bar routines.” This year marked Reisdorfer’s fifth year in a row to perform on the…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    February 28, 2024
    The H-BC boys’ basketball team went 2-1 in conference play this week and will prepare for their first round of section basketball on Saturday, March 1. The Patriots beat SWMC 66-38 Tuesday, Feb. 20, and Adrian 74-39 Friday, Feb. 23, and fell to RTR 83-65 Monday, Feb. 26. H-BC ended their regular season with a record of 17-8 and 14-4 in conference play. The Patriots are the No. 1 seed in the…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    February 28, 2024
    The Patriots girls’ basketball team traveled to Worthington Saturday, Feb. 24, for the Section 3A South Subsection Quarterfinal game against Adrian. The Lady Pates won the game over the Dragons 64-61 in overtime play. “That was one of the wildest games I have been a part of as a coach or a player,” head coach Dylan Gehrke said. “Our girls did a great job getting out of the gates strong in both…
  • By Scot Rall, Outdoor Columnist
    February 28, 2024
    Minnesota’s Legislature is now in session, and as always there are bound to be some issues that surface when it comes to natural resources funding. When it comes to funding sources, Minnesota has done a pretty good job of protecting many of these funds from diversion to other non-related spending. The Land and Legacy amendment that was passed in 2009 was passed by a constitutional amendment to…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    February 21, 2024
    Senior Anika Boll is heading back to the girls’ state hockey tournament for her fifth year in a row with the team. I had an opportunity to visit with her this past week about her experience on the team. “I am excited this is how my final high school hockey season is going to end,” she said. Anika was on the girls’ hockey team as an eighth-grader back in 2020 and in 2024, five years later, as a…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    February 21, 2024
    The Luverne High School girls’ hockey team is headed to the state tournament for the fifth year in a row. The Cardinals defeated Marshall 4-0 in the Section 3A championship game Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. “It’s hard to believe we put five section championships in a row,” head coach Tony Sandbulte said. “To win a section championship you need players to be…
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