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AMATEUR BASEBALL: MBA Class C state tournament brackets unveiled

MARSHALL — The Minnesota Baseball Association released brackets for the Minnesota Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament on Sunday. The 2018 tournament is hosted by New Prague, Shakopee and Jordan, with Class C action beginning on Friday night. Three area teams have advanced to play in ...

SMSU VOLLEYBALL: Mustangs open the season ranked No. 2 in AVCA Top 25 poll

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball team opens the 2018 season ranked No. 2 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Preseason Poll released on Thursday, marking the program's 10th consecutive season beginning the year ranked in the Top ...

SMSU SOCCER: Mustangs open fall practice on Monday

MARSHALL – The Southwest Minnesota State University women's soccer team opens its 23rd season on Monday, with its first practice of the 2018 season. Erin Kasmarik-Mallett begins her fourth season as head coach had has 24 players on the 2018 roster and welcomes back 14 letter winners from a ...

SMSU SOCCER: SMSU picked to finish 16th in preseason poll

BURNSVILLE – The Southwest Minnesota State University soccer team was picked to finish 16th in the annual Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released on Thursday. Minnesota State was selected as the preseason favorite to win the conference finishing ...

SMSU FOOTBALL: Mustangs ready to open up fall camp on Friday

MARSHALL – Southwest Minnesota State University officially begins its 51st season of college football on Friday when players report for fall camp under the direction of ninth-year head coach Cory Sauter. The team will report with equipment check-in and various team meetings, before ...

SMSU SOFTBALL: Bailey Bouman named head coach for SMSU softball

MARSHALL – Southwest Minnesota State University Director of Athletics Chris Hmielewski announced Wednesday that Bailey Bouman has been hired as the new head softball coach at SMSU. Bouman, who becomes the 11th head coach in program history, replaces Jamie Dunn, who resigned on July 19, ...

SMSU VOLLEYBALL: Another quest begins

By Sam Thiel sthiel@marshallindependent.com MARSHALL – Whether it was the squeaking of shoes on the hardwood floors of the PE Gym or the crisp, new uniforms worn by its players, all the sights and sounds were on hand at Tuesday’s practice for the Southwest Minnesota State University ...

AMATEUR BASEBALL: Milroy Yankees stamp ticket to state with win over Regal

ATWATER – Milroy Yankees manager Ryan Rohlik knew a strong start was going to be a difference maker in order for his team to find their way back to the state tournament. The Yankees offense backed that belief up in a powerful way. Andy Schmidt, Matt Bauer and Nolan Schaeffer combined to hit ...

AMATEUR BASEBALL: Lucky number four

HADLEY – When last season ended with a third trip to the state tournament, Hadley Buttermakers manager Myron Bennett set a new goal for his players: make a run for four. Mission accomplished. Luke Drooger took a shutout to the fifth inning, while the Buttermaker offense exploded for eight ...

AMATEUR BASEBALL: Marshall A’s fall short against Granite Falls, 4-3

ATWATER – Both the Marshall A’s and Granite Falls Kilowatts knew their matchup Saturday was going to be another close outcome, with both teams fighting to keep their seasons alive. Granite Falls’ Colton Vien and Marshall’s Jordon Kontz battled on the mound, each tossing a ...

AMATEUR BASEBALL: Lamberton opens region play with 2-1 extra-inning thriller

LAMBERTON – The Lamberton Long Sox entered the Region 2C playoffs on Saturday scorching hot, having won 15 of their last 16 games including a Tomahawk East League playoff series sweep of Leavenworth this past week where they outscored their opponent 23-5 in the two games. That momentum ...

AREA HOCKEY: Little Minnesota Wild hockey camp coming to Marshall

By Sam Thiel sthiel@marshall independent.com MARSHALL – Learning a sport can be a great way to be active, pick up new skills and develop a love for the game that will last a lifetime. This fall, area kids will have a chance to do all of that at the Little Minnesota Wild Learn to Play ...

AREA ATHLETICS: TMB to hold its fall sports meeting Monday

TRACY – Tracy-Milroy Balaton High School will be holding its annual fall sports meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. The meeting is highly recommended for parents and their students who are planning to participate in a sport during the 2018-19 school year. Fall coaches will also be ...

SMSU FOOTBALL: ‘I’m ready to play again’

MARSHALL – The Southwest Minnesota State University football team starts another season next week, and of all the players on its roster, perhaps no one is more excited than Blake Gimbel. The Mustangs quarterback is back for another go-around at his senior season after seeing his 2017 ...

VFW BASEBALL: Tracy trio competes in VFW All-Star Game

MILROY – Three Tracy players got a chance to join forces with some of their opponents from around the area on Thursday night. Jake Tauer, Luc Gervais and Konnor Zick all represented the Panthers in the VFW All-Star Game at Yankee Field, with the All-Stars hanging on to defeat the Luverne VFW ...

NCAA BASEBALL: Three Gophers earn spots in Northwoods League MLB Showcase

ROCHESTER – Three student athletes will represent the Gopher Baseball program at the Northwoods League's 2018 Major League Dreams Showcase next Tuesday, with teams announced for the doubleheader on Monday morning. Sophomore catcher Eli Wilson, playing this summer for the Willmar Stingers, ...