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SMSU VOLLEYBALL: Mustangs take down top-ranked team…again

MARSHALL – No. 12 Southwest Minnesota State took down No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul on Friday night in the PE Gym, the Mustangs' second consecutive victory over a No. 1 ranked team. SMSU defeated then ranked No. 1 Northern State last Saturday at home. SMSU advances to 18-7 overall with a 13-4 ...

SECTION 3A VOLLEYBALL: Streak snapped

GRANITE FALLS – The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton volleyball team didn't seem bothered by the fact that third-seeded Yellow Medicine East was riding a 17-game winning streak into the Section 3A-North playoffs or that the Sting was mentioned in the Class A state rankings. The sixth-seeded Knights ...

PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: TMB moves on with three set win over SWC

TRACY — After a first-round bye, No. 3-seeded Tracy-Milroy-Balaton opened the playoffs with a 3-0 (25-23, 29-27, 25-12) sweep over No. 6-seeded Southwest Minnesota Christian in Section 3A South action on Friday night. Samantha Edwards led the way for TMB with 18 kills. Cassidy Smith added ...

SMSU SOCCER: SMSU closes home season with loss to Winona State

MARSHALL - The Southwest Minnesota State women's soccer team closed out its home season on Friday afternoon with a 3-0 loss to Winona State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play at the Schwan Regional Event Center. WSU improves to 7-7-1 overall, 7-6-1 NSIC and keeps its hopes for ...

SWIMMING AND DIVING: Marshall falls in Big South Conference championship

MARSHALL — The Marshall swim and dive team entered the regular season finale with a chance at a Big South Conference championship. The Tigers fell just short of the conference title, as St. Peter edged Marshall 95-89. Nyssa Bentz and Kaylie Stucke each won two individual events and were on ...

SECTION 3AA VOLLEYBALL: A strong start

MARSHALL - The Marshall girls volleyball team opened the Section 3AA-South playoffs with a dynamic sweep of Worthington on Thursday at Marshall High School. The top-seeded Tigers improved their season to 24-5 with the 25-9, 25-13, 25-4 victory against the No. 8 seeded Trojans who closed out ...

SECTION 3A CHAMPIONSHIPS: Six individuals, two teams advance to state

LUVERNE – Multiple area teams competed at the Section 3A Championships on Thursday. Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd had both of its cross country teams qualify for the state meet, while three girls and three boys from area teams qualified as individuals. On the boys side, LQPV/DB won with ...

SMSU VOLLEYBALL: SMSU ranked No. 6 in first NCAA Central Region rankings

INDIANAPOLIS – The Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball team is ranked sixth in the first NCAA Division II Central Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA national committee. The Mustangs are 17-7 overall and currently in fourth place in the Northern Sun ...

JAKE’S TAKE: Patience is needed with PJ Fleck and Gophers football

MARSHALL – If you’ve lived in Minnesota long enough, you are well aware of the cynical approach that a vast majority of the media employs in its coverage of the local sports teams, and perhaps nowhere is that more apparent than in the case of the Golden Gopher football team. A once ...

TUESDAY SECTION FOOTBALL: Wabasso falls to New Ulm Cathedral in section opener

NEW ULM – Wabasso’s season came to an end on Tuesday night with a 33-7 loss to New Ulm Cathedral in the Section 3A Tournament. Wabasso’s lone score came in the third quarter on a 3-yard run by Lance Wagner. Wagner rushed for 89 yards in the loss. Carter Benz led Wabasso’s passing ...

SECTION 2AAAA FOOTBALL: Balanced attack

MARSHALL – After coming up just short against Jordan in their regular season finale last week, the Marshall football team was left with a bitter taste in their mouth. Returning home for their Section 2AAAA opener on Tuesday, the Tigers looked to bounce back against a winless New Ulm ...

PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Rebels shut out Dragons, 28-0 to begin section play

SLAYTON — Murray County Central entered Tuesday night’s game against Adrian as the top seed in the Section 3A Tournament, and the Rebels showed why they deserved the No. 1 spot. MCC defeated Adrian 28-0. Rebels quarterback Mason Woldt accounted for three of the team’s four scores with ...

SMSU VOLLEYBALL: SMSU’s Reiss and Thomssen earn Player of the Week honors

MARSHALL – Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball players Taylor Reiss and Emma Thomssen earned some recognition for their play last week, with Reiss and Thomssen both getting NSIC Player of the Week honors while Reiss also was named the AVCA Division II Player of the Week. NSIC ...

SECTION 3A VOLLEYBALL: Resounding resiliency

COTTONWOOD – The Lakeview volleyball team found themselves in a tight situation during their Section 3A opener against Renville County West on Monday. Despite holding a 2-0 lead in the match, the Lakers allowed the Jaguars to gain some momentum as RCW took the third set and held an early lead ...

PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: WWG, MCC move on in opening round of section tournament

WESTBROOK — Trailing two sets to one against No. 10S Fulda, No. 7S Westbrook-Walnut Grove had one last charge to avoid postseason elimination on Monday night. The Chargers took the last two sets to defeat the Raiders 3-2 (22-25, 25-15, 14-25, 25-14, 15-12) and advance to the next round of the ...