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  • By John Rittenhouse
    March 04, 2020
    The Luverne girls’ basketball team earned the right to play in a postseason championship game for the first time in 40 years Thursday in Worthington. That became a reality during the South Section 3AA semifinals, where the top-seeded Cardinals knocked off No. 4 Jackson County Central 66-45 to earn their first appearance in a postseason title tilt since 1980. Luverne, 19-9 overall, met No. 2…
  • By John Rittenhouse
    March 04, 2020
    Two members of the Luverne High School gymnastics team grace the roster of the 2019-20 All-Big South Conference Western Division Gymnastics squad. The list, which was released last week, included the names of 15 athletes. Luverne senior Meghan Witte and seventh-grader Ella Reisdorfer represent the Cardinals on the roster. Worthington and Redwood Valley led the league by securing three all-…
  • By John Rittenhouse
    February 26, 2020
    The Luverne boys’ basketball team gained some momentum heading into postseason play by reeling off a pair of home wins last week. The Cardinals beat Pipestone by seven points Feb. 18 before besting Minneota by 11 points Friday. Luverne, 11-13 overall, opens the Section 3A Tournament Saturday (site and opponent will be released Monday).   LHS 75, Minneota 64 The Cardinals notched their third…
  • By John Rittenhouse
    February 26, 2020
    The 2019-20 boys’ hockey season came to an end for the Luverne Cardinals during Section 3A Tournament play last week. The fifth-seeded Cardinals upset No. 4 Marshall during a quarterfinal-round game played in Marshall Thursday. Top-seeded Hutchinson eliminated LHS from further competition by saddling the Cards with a five-goal setback during Saturday’s semifinals in St. Peter. Luverne ends the…
  • By John Rittenhouse
    February 26, 2020
    Luverne hockey coach Tony Sandbulte knew his team would face a stiff challenge when the Cardinal girls squared off against the Breck School in the quarterfinal round of the Minnesota State Class A Hockey Tournament in St. Paul Feb. 19. After all, the Mustangs entered the game as two-time defending state champions and the No. 1 seed for the 2020 Tournament. Sandbulte acknowledged the clash…
  • By John Rittenhouse
    February 26, 2020
    The Luverne girls’ basketball team posted its first postseason win in 13 years when the Cardinals opened the South Section 3AA Tournament Saturday.Luverne, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, entertained No. 8 St. James to open the event.The Cards overcame a sluggish start early in the game to register a 61-38 victory, which was the program’s first tournament conquest since 2007.The win sends 18-9 LHS…
  • By John Rittenhouse
    February 26, 2020
    A pair of Luverne seventh-graders wrapped up the 2019-20 season at the Minnesota State Class A Gymnastics Championships staged at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul Saturday. Luverne’s Amira Cowell and Ella Reisdorfer became the first Cardinals to qualify for the state event since 2004 during the Section 3A event in Worthington Feb. 15. Along with ending a run of 16 years without having a…
  • By John Rittenhouse
    February 26, 2020
    Luverne’s magical 2019-20 girls’ hockey season came to an end Thursday at the TRIA Rink in St. Paul. Luverne squared off against the South St. Paul Packers during the consolation semifinals at a venue that is a short walk away from the Xcel Energy Center. The Cardinals set a program record by scoring four goals in the game, but the Packers put together a run of five goals during the game to help…
  • By John Rittenhouse
    February 26, 2020
    The Luverne Cardinal wrestlers completed the 2019-20 season by hosting the Section 3AA Individual Tournament Saturday. Seven Cardinals wrestled in the event, but no LHS athletes earned the right to advance to the state tournament by placing first or second in their respective weight classes. Junior Riley Cowell turned in Luverne’s top effort by placing second at 113 pounds with a 3-2 record.…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    June 18, 2019
    The Luverne Redbirds went 1-3 in games played in Milroy and Atwater. The local amateurs came up short in Milroy before  defeating Atwater and losing to teams from Minneapolis and Bird Island at the Atwater Tournament. The 7-6 Redbirds played a home game with Hadley Wednesday (June 19) and will play a make-up game in Hadley Sunday at 5 p.m.   Bird Island 5, Luverne 3 Bird Island needed extra…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    June 18, 2019
    After playing seven games in one week, the Luverne Junior Legion baseball team had a much quieter week. Luverne played just one game, losing 7-6 in Worthington Monday night. The team is now 6-3 on the season and plays in Sioux Falls tonight (Thursday). Luverne is scheduled to host Marshall Orange Monday.   Worthington 7, Luverne 6 Luverne lost a close contest in Worthington Monday. The Junior…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    June 18, 2019
    The Luverne American Legion baseball team opened its season Thursday, June 13, at Redbird Field in Luverne. The start of the season was delayed because of the high school team’s playoff run. The hosts started out on a winning note with a 10-2 victory over Adrian. Luverne played in Tracy on Tuesday (June 18) and will host their annual home tournament this weekend at Redbird Field.   Luverne  10,…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    June 18, 2019
    Three Luverne Cardinal tennis athletes were recognized with post-season honors. Juniors Cole Stoltenberg and Matt Sehr were named to the Big South Conference West Division All-Conference tennis team. Junior Jordan Winter received an Honorable Mention to the same team. Stoltenberg and Sehr were doubles partners who also earned the opportunity to compete at the state boys’ tennis individual…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    June 18, 2019
    Luverne placed four athletes on the Big South Conference Softball Small School Division All-Conference Team. The Cardinals had their most successful season in program history, finishing 19-6 overall, and were Big South Conference and Section 3AA runners-up. The all-conference team includes seventeen athletes from BSC schools. Luverne seniors Rylee Olson and Halle Hough, junior Sydne Johnson and…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    June 18, 2019
    The Luverne High School baseball team won the Big South Conference Small Schools division this spring. With that success came a host of post-season honors for the Cardinals. Six Luverne players were named to the Big South All-Conference Baseball team, the most of any team in the 13-school league. Seniors Jake Haugen, Ben Serie, Derek Lundgren and Gaige Nath and juniors Colby Crabtree and Isaiah…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    June 11, 2019
    The Luverne High School boys’ tennis team competed in its 10th consecutive Class A Minnesota State Boys’ Tennis Team Tournament June 4. The event was staged at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. The Cardinals suffered identical 6-1 losses to Rochester Lourdes and Thief River Falls at the state tournament. “The team played hard both matches,” said Luverne coach Greg Antoine. “We…
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