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    Friday Local Sports

    05/27/2022

    Local Sports Friday

    The Albert Lea girls golf team played their final Big 9 conference tournament at North Links golf course in Mankato. The Tigers took 2nd place and 2nd place overall in the Big 9 this season. The Tigers shot a season low 340. Leading for the Tigers AND winning the Big 9 tourney was Alyssa Jensen with a 74.

    Albert Lea boys track and field finished 11th at the Big 9 Tournament with notable performances by Gavin Hanke who finished 2nd place and got All Conference Honors in the 3200 and took 6th place in the 1600. Logan Strom placed 8th place in Discus and Alex Palmer was 6th place in the Pole Vault.

    In 1A baseball #1 seed Hayfield, the #1 ranked team in the state, plays 9 seed Fillmore Central Saturday at Noon at Riverland field 1 in Austin. With a win they play Monday at 5 on the same field vs the Kenyon Wanamingo vs Rushford Peterson winner. If the Vikings lose they go to the elimination bracket and would have to win 3 or 4 games to get to the finals vs the eventual semifinal winner and have to win 2 vs that team to get to state.

    Also in 1A baseball 2 seed Lyle Pacelli takes on 10 seed Wabasha Kellogg at noon Saturday and Riverland field 2 in Austin. If they win they play Monday at 5 on the same field against the Southland vs USC winner that also plays at noon Saturday on field 3 at Riverland in Austin. Losers have to fight their way back in the elimination bracket.

    In 2AA baseball 5 seed Maple River is at 4 seed Belle Plaine Tuesday at 5 and 2 seed NRHEG is at home in New Richland vs 10 seed Minnesota Valley Lutheran at 6.

    Local Sports Friday

    05/27/2022

    Local Sports Friday

    The Albert Lea girls golf team played their final Big 9 conference tournament at North Links golf course in Mankato. The Tigers took 2nd place and 2nd place overall in the Big 9 this season. The Tigers shot a season low 340. Leading for the Tigers AND winning the Big 9 tourney was Alyssa Jensen with a 74.

    Albert Lea boys track and field finished 11th at the Big 9 Tournament with notable performances by Gavin Hanke who finished 2nd place and got All Conference Honors in the 3200 and took 6th place in the 1600. Logan Strom placed 8th place in Discus and Alex Palmer was 6th place in the Pole Vault.

    In 1A baseball #1 seed Hayfield, the #1 ranked team in the state, plays 9 seed Fillmore Central Saturday at Noon at Riverland field 1 in Austin. With a win they play Monday at 5 on the same field vs the Kenyon Wanamingo vs Rushford Peterson winner. If the Vikings lose they go to the elimination bracket and would have to win 3 or 4 games to get to the finals vs the eventual semifinal winner and have to win 2 vs that team to get to state.

    Also in 1A baseball 2 seed Lyle Pacelli takes on 10 seed Wabasha Kellogg at noon Saturday and Riverland field 2 in Austin. If they win they play Monday at 5 on the same field against the Southland vs USC winner that also plays at noon Saturday on field 3 at Riverland in Austin. Losers have to fight their way back in the elimination bracket.

    In 2AA baseball 5 seed Maple River is at 4 seed Belle Plaine Tuesday at 5 and 2 seed NRHEG is at home in New Richland vs 10 seed Minnesota Valley Lutheran at 6.

    Local Sports Friday

    05/27/2022

    Local Sports Friday

    The AL girls golf team played their final Big 9 conference tournament at North Links golf course in Mankato. The Tigers took 2nd place and 2nd place overall in the Big 9 this season. The Tigers shot a season low 340. Leading for the Tigers AND winning the Big 9 tourney was Alyssa Jensen with a 74.

    Albert Lea boys track and field finished 11th at the Big 9 Tournament with notable performances by Gavin Hanke who finished 2nd place and got All Conference Honors in the 3200 and took 6th place in the 1600. Logan Strom placed 8th place in Discus and Alex Palmer was 6th place in the Pole Vault.

    In 1A baseball #1 seed Hayfield, the #1 ranked team in the state plays 9 seed Fillmore Central Saturday at Noon at Riverland field 1 in Austin. With a win they play Monday at 5 on the same field vs the Kenyon Wanamingo vs Rushford Peterson winner. If the Vikings lose they go to the elimination bracket and would have to win 3 or 4 games to get to the finals vs the eventual semifinal winner and have to win 2 vs that team to get to state.

    Also in 1A baseball 2 seed Lyle Pacelli takes on 10 seed Wabasha Kellogg at noon Saturday and Riverland field 2 in Austin. If they win they play Monday at 5 on the same field against the Southland vs USC winner that also plays at noon Saturday on field 3 at Riverland in Austin. Losers have to fight their way back in the elimination bracket.

    In 2AA baseball 5 seed Maple River is at 4 seed Belle Plaine Tuesday at 5 and 2 seed NRHEG is at home in New Richland vs 10 seed Minnesota Valley Lutheran at 6.

    Local Sports Friday

    05/27/2022

    Local Sports Friday

    The AL girls golf team played their final Big 9 conference tournament at North Links golf course in Mankato. The Tigers took 2nd place and 2nd place overall in the Big 9 this season. The Tigers shot a season low 340. Leading for the Tigers AND winning the Big 9 tourney was Alyssa Jensen with a 74.

    Albert Lea boys track and field finished 11th at the Big 9 Tournament with notable performances by Gavin Hanke who finished 2nd place and got All Conference Honors in the 3200 and took 6th place in the 1600. Logan Strom placed 8th place in Discus and Alex Palmer was 6th place in the Pole Vault.

    In 1A baseball #1 seed Hayfield, the #1 ranked team in the state plays 9 seed Fillmore Central Saturday at Noon at Riverland field 1 in Austin. With a win they play Monday at 5 on the same field vs the Kenyon Wanamingo vs Rushford Peterson winner. If the Vikings lose they go to the elimination bracket and would have to win 3 or 4 games to get to the finals vs the eventual semifinal winner and have to win 2 vs that team to get to state.

    Also in 1A baseball 2 seed Lyle Pacelli takes on 10 seed Wabasha Kellogg at noon Saturday and Riverland field 2 in Austin. If they win they play Monday at 5 on the same field against the Southland vs USC winner that also plays at noon Saturday on field 3 at Riverland in Austin. Losers have to fight their way back in the elimination bracket.

    In 2AA baseball 5 seed Maple River is at 4 seed Belle Plaine Tuesday at 5 and 2 seed NRHEG is at home in New Richland vs 10 seed Minnesota Valley Lutheran at 6.

    Local Sports Friday

    05/27/2022

    Local Sports Friday

    The AL girls golf team played their final Big 9 conference tournament at North Links golf course in Mankato. The Tigers took 2nd place and 2nd place overall in the Big 9 this season. The Tigers shot a season low 340. Leading for the Tigers AND winning the Big 9 tourney was Alyssa Jensen with a 74.

    Albert Lea boys track and field finished 11th at the Big 9 Tournament with notable performances by Gavin Hanke who finished 2nd place and got All Conference Honors in the 3200 and took 6th place in the 1600. Logan Strom placed 8th place in Discus and Alex Palmer was 6th place in the Pole Vault.

    In 1A baseball #1 seed Hayfield, the #1 ranked team in the state plays 9 seed Fillmore Central Saturday at Noon at Riverland field 1 in Austin. With a win they play Monday at 5 on the same field vs the Kenyon Wanamingo vs Rushford Peterson winner. If the Vikings lose they go to the elimination bracket and would have to win 3 or 4 games to get to the finals vs the eventual semifinal winner and have to win 2 vs that team to get to state.

    Also in 1A baseball 2 seed Lyle Pacelli takes on 10 seed Wabasha Kellogg at noon Saturday and Riverland field 2 in Austin. If they win they play Monday at 5 on the same field against the Southland vs USC winner that also plays at noon Saturday on field 3 at Riverland in Austin. Losers have to fight their way back in the elimination bracket.

    In 2AA baseball 5 seed Maple River is at 4 seed Belle Plaine Tuesday at 5 and 2 seed NRHEG is at home in New Richland vs 10 seed Minnesota Valley Lutheran at 6.

    Thursday Local Sports

    05/26/2022

    Softball sections for teams in our listening area today include Albert Lea as the 8 seed in section 2 class AAA taking on the top seed Mankato East at 5 from Caswell Park in North Mankato. Win or lose they play right away after the first game against the winner or loser of the Jordan vs Marshall game. In section 1 AAA 3 seed Kasson Mantorville plays for a trip to the semifinals today at 3:30 against the 2 seed Byron in Austin. The loser goes into the wrestlebacks against the winner of Faribault vs Austin. The Hayfield girls are in the Section 1 class A wrestlebacks after their 2nd round loss. The number one seed in the section, the Viking girls play United South Central in Austin today at 5:30. The loser is out and the winner plays the loser of the Waterville Elysian vs Bethlehem Academy game right after their first game tonight. In the other side of that bracket #1 seed Wabasha Kellogg plays at home against 2 seed Southland. The winner is in the section semifinals next Tuesday in Austin. The loser plays again tonight in the wrestlebacks against the winner of the Mable Canton vs Rushford Peterson tilt. In section 2 AA 6th seed NRHEG is in Lake Crystal to take on LCWM, the 3 seed at 5, the winner moves on to face the LeSeuer Henderson vs Fairmont winner Saturday, the loser plays the loser of that other tilt in the wrestlebacks on Saturday.

    In baseball sections today section 1 class AA 7th seeded Grand Meadow Leroy Ostrander Kingsland plays the 2 seed Cannon Falls, the winner moves on to the quarterfinals and the loser is out. In section 2 AA the 2nd seeded Panthers from NRHEG have a bye into the second round and will play today's winner between Waseca and MVL on Tuesday in New Richland. 5 seed Maple River is at home in Minnesota Lake against Lake Crystal welcome Memorial and 14 seed Blooming Prairie plays 3 seed Sibley East in Gaylord. The Albert Lea boys don't play til next Wednesday at a time and place and against an opponent to be determined.

    Albert Lea girls golf is at the Big 9 tournament at North Links in Mankato today while the Tiger boys play Edina at Green Lea today. Tiger girls and boys track and field is in Red Wing for the Big 9 tournament.

    Thursday Local Sports

    05/26/2022

    Softball sections for teams in our listening area today include Albert Lea as the 8 seed in section 2 class AAA taking on the top seed Mankato East at 5 from Caswell Park in North Mankato. Win or lose they play right away after the first game against the winner or loser of the Jordan vs Marshall game. In section 1 AAA 3 seed Kasson Mantorville plays for a trip to the semifinals today at 3:30 against the 2 seed Byron in Austin. The loser goes into the wrestlebacks against the winner of Faribault vs Austin. The Hayfield girls are in the Section 1 class A wrestlebacks after their 2nd round loss. The number one seed in the section, the Viking girls play United South Central in Austin today at 5:30. The loser is out and the winner plays the loser of the Waterville Elysian vs Bethlehem Academy game right after their first game tonight. In the other side of that bracket #1 seed Wabasha Kellogg plays at home against 2 seed Southland. The winner is in the section semifinals next Tuesday in Austin. The loser plays again tonight in the wrestlebacks against the winner of the Mable Canton vs Rushford Peterson tilt. In section 2 AA 6th seed NRHEG is in Lake Crystal to take on LCWM, the 3 seed at 5, the winner moves on to face the LeSeuer Henderson vs Fairmont winner Saturday, the loser plays the loser of that other tilt in the wrestlebacks on Saturday.

    In baseball sections today section 1 class AA 7th seeded Grand Meadow Leroy Ostrander Kingsland plays the 2 seed Cannon Falls, the winner moves on to the quarterfinals and the loser is out. In section 2 AA the 2nd seeded Panthers from NRHEG have a bye into the second round and will play today's winner between Waseca and MVL on Tuesday in New Richland. 5 seed Maple River is at home in Minnesota Lake against Lake Crystal welcome Memorial and 14 seed Blooming Prairie plays 3 seed Sibley East in Gaylord. The Albert Lea boys don't play til next Wednesday at a time and place and against an opponent to be determined.

    Albert Lea girls golf is at the Big 9 tournament at North Links in Mankato today while the Tiger boys play Edina at Green Lea today. Tiger girls and boys track and field is in Red Wing for the Big 9 tournament.

    Thursday Local Sports

    05/26/2022

    Softball sections for teams in our listening area today include Albert Lea as the 8 seed in section 2 class AAA taking on the top seed Mankato East at 5 from Caswell Park in North Mankato. Win or lose they play right away after the first game against the winner or loser of the Jordan vs Marshall game. In section 1 AAA 3 seed Kasson Mantorville plays for a trip to the semifinals today at 3:30 against the 2 seed Byron in Austin. The loser goes into the wrestlebacks against the winner of Faribault vs austin. The Hayfield girls are in the Section 1 class A wrestlebacks after their 2nd round loss. The number one seed in the section, the viking girls play United South Central in austin today at 5:30. The loser is out and the winner plays the loser of the Waterville Elysian vs Bethlehem academy game right after their first game tonight. In the other side of theat bracket #1 seed Wabasha Kellog plays at home against 2 seed Southland. The winner is in the section semifinals next Tuesday in Austin. The lsoer plays again tonight in the wrestlebacks against the winner of the Mable Canton vs Rushford Peterson tilt. In section 2 AA 6th seed NRHEG is in Lake Crystal to take on LCWM, the 3 seed at 5, the winner moves on to face the LeSueuer Henderson vs Fairmon th winner saturday, the loser plays the loser of that other til in the wrestlebacks on Saturday.

    In baseball sections today section 1 class AA 7th seeded Grand Meadow Leroy Ostrander Kingsland plays the 2 seed Cannon Falls, the winner moves on to the quarterfinals and the loser is out. In section 2 AA the 2nd seeded Panthers from NRHEG have a bye into the second round and will play todays winner between Waseca and MVL on Tuesday in New Richland. 5 seed Maple River is at home in Minnesota Lake against Lake Crystal welcome Memorial and 14 seed Blooming Prairie plays 3 seed Sibley East in Gaylord. The albert Lea boys don't play til next wednesday at a time and place and against an opponent to be determined.

    Albert girls golf is at the Big 9 tournament at North Links in Mankato today while the Tiger boys play Edina at Green Lea today. Tiger girls and boys track and field is in Red Wing for the big 9 tournament.

    Power 96 Broadcast Schedule

    05/25/2022

    Albert Lea sports schedule of games on Power 96

    Saturday, May 14 Austin at Hayek 1PM

    Thursday, May 19 At Austin 5PM

    Saturday, May 21 Marshall at Hayek Noon

    Monday, May 23 Winona at Hayek 5PM

    Tuesday May 24 Owatonna at Hayek 5PM

    Power 96 Broadcast Schedule

    05/25/2022

    Albert Lea sports schedule of games on Power 96

    Saturday, May 14 Austin at Hayek 1PM

    Thursday, May 19 At Austin 5PM

    Saturday, May 21 Marshall at Hayek Noon

    Monday, May 23 Winona at Hayek 5PM

    Tuesday May 24 Owatonna at Hayek 5PM

    Power 96 Broadcast Schedule

    05/25/2022

    Albert Lea sports schedule of games on Power 96

    Saturday, May 14 Austin at Hayek 1PM

    Thursday, May 19 At Austin 5PM

    Saturday, May 21 Marshall at Hayek Noon

    Monday, May 23 Winona at Hayek 5PM

    Tuesday May 24 Owatonna at Hayek 5PM

    Local and state sports 4-14

    05/25/2022

    As expected with the cold and wind today all Albert Lea outdoor sports have been postponed. Baseball here v Mankato East will now be May 3rd, softball at East will be made up at a date to be determined and boys tennis here with Rochester Century will now happen April 25th.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves were the highest scoring team in the NBA this season and they will open the playoffs Saturday in Memphis against the 2nd highest scoring team, the Memphis Grizzlies at 2:30. This series could be a scorefest. Minnesota averaged 115.9 points a game and Memphis was right on their heels at 115.6. Individually Kat was 15th with 24.6 points a game and Ant was 30th in scoring at 21.3 a contest. Memphis is a 6.5 point favorite in game 1 of yhe best of 7 series.

    As for the Minnesota Wild they are 4th in the NHL in scoring, even with a bottom half power play with 20.2 percent success which is 19th out of 32 teams. Karil the thrill is 7th in points and tied for 5th in goals with Connor McDavid of Edmonton and Kyle Connor of Winipeg. Ten games left for the Wild starting Thursday night in Dallas.

    Clayton Kershaw was in prime form in his season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers, leaving no concern about his health after facing no resistance from the Minnesota Twins yesterday at chilly Target Field. When the time came for manager Dave Roberts to relieve him, Kershaw didn't put up a fight, either. Kershaw took a perfect game through seven innings for the Dodgers until he was pulled after 80 pitches, dominating the Twins with 13 strikeouts of 21 batters faced during a 7-0 victory. Why pull him? Kershaw said he gets it. “Those are selfish goals. We"re trying to win. That"s really all we"re here for. I would have loved to have stayed, but bigger things, man, bigger things. My slider was horrible the last two innings. It didn"t have the bite. It was time.” Alex Vesia entered for the eighth to boos from the blue-clad Dodgers fans in the crowd of 17,101. Vesia gave up Minnesota"s first and only hit, a one-out single by Gary Sánchez. Chris Paddack had a rough first start with the Twins, too, less than a week after he was acquired in a trade with the Padres. He lasted four innings, with six hits and three runs allowed. The Twins gave shortstop Carlos Correa a rest and center fielder Byron Buxton a turn at DH, as a reaction to the late night on Tuesday. Buxton struck out all three times he faced Kershaw. After Thursday off, RHP Joe Ryan takes the mound at Fenway Park on Friday to begin a four-game series against Boston. RHP Nick Pivetta starts for the Red Sox.

    Local and state sports 4-14

    05/25/2022

    As expected with the cold and wind today all Albert Lea outdoor sports have been postponed. Baseball here v Mankato East will now be May 3rd, softball at East will be made up at a date to be determined and boys tennis here with Rochester Century will now happen April 25th.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves were the highest scoring team in the NBA this season and they will open the playoffs Saturday in Memphis against the 2nd highest scoring team, the Memphis Grizzlies at 2:30. This series could be a scorefest. Minnesota averaged 115.9 points a game and Memphis was right on their heels at 115.6. Individually Kat was 15th with 24.6 points a game and Ant was 30th in scoring at 21.3 a contest. Memphis is a 6.5 point favorite in game 1 of yhe best of 7 series.

    As for the Minnesota Wild they are 4th in the NHL in scoring, even with a bottom half power play with 20.2 percent success which is 19th out of 32 teams. Karil the thrill is 7th in points and tied for 5th in goals with Connor McDavid of Edmonton and Kyle Connor of Winipeg. Ten games left for the Wild starting Thursday night in Dallas.

    Clayton Kershaw was in prime form in his season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers, leaving no concern about his health after facing no resistance from the Minnesota Twins yesterday at chilly Target Field. When the time came for manager Dave Roberts to relieve him, Kershaw didn't put up a fight, either. Kershaw took a perfect game through seven innings for the Dodgers until he was pulled after 80 pitches, dominating the Twins with 13 strikeouts of 21 batters faced during a 7-0 victory. Why pull him? Kershaw said he gets it. “Those are selfish goals. We"re trying to win. That"s really all we"re here for. I would have loved to have stayed, but bigger things, man, bigger things. My slider was horrible the last two innings. It didn"t have the bite. It was time.” Alex Vesia entered for the eighth to boos from the blue-clad Dodgers fans in the crowd of 17,101. Vesia gave up Minnesota"s first and only hit, a one-out single by Gary Sánchez. Chris Paddack had a rough first start with the Twins, too, less than a week after he was acquired in a trade with the Padres. He lasted four innings, with six hits and three runs allowed. The Twins gave shortstop Carlos Correa a rest and center fielder Byron Buxton a turn at DH, as a reaction to the late night on Tuesday. Buxton struck out all three times he faced Kershaw. After Thursday off, RHP Joe Ryan takes the mound at Fenway Park on Friday to begin a four-game series against Boston. RHP Nick Pivetta starts for the Red Sox.

    Power 96 Broadcast Schedule

    05/13/2022

    Albert Lea sports schedule of games on Power 96

    Saturday, May 14 Austin at Hayek 1PM

    Thursday, May 19 At Austin 5PM

    Saturday, May 21 Marshall at Hayek Noon

    Monday, May 23 Winona at Hayek 5PM

    Tuesday May 24 Owatonna at Hayek 5PM

    Local and state sports 4-14

    04/14/2022

    As expected with the cold and wind today all Albert Lea outdoor sports have been postponed. Baseball here v Mankato East will now be May 3rd, softball at East will be made up at a date to be determined and boys tennis here with Rochester Century will now happen April 25th.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves were the highest scoring team in the NBA this season and they will open the playoffs Saturday in Memphis against the 2nd highest scoring team, the Memphis Grizzlies at 2:30. This series could be a scorefest. Minnesota averaged 115.9 points a game and Memphis was right on their heels at 115.6. Individually Kat was 15th with 24.6 points a game and Ant was 30th in scoring at 21.3 a contest. Memphis is a 6.5 point favorite in game 1 of yhe best of 7 series.

    As for the Minnesota Wild they are 4th in the NHL in scoring, even with a bottom half power play with 20.2 percent success which is 19th out of 32 teams. Karil the thrill is 7th in points and tied for 5th in goals with Connor McDavid of Edmonton and Kyle Connor of Winipeg. Ten games left for the Wild starting Thursday night in Dallas.

    Clayton Kershaw was in prime form in his season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers, leaving no concern about his health after facing no resistance from the Minnesota Twins yesterday at chilly Target Field. When the time came for manager Dave Roberts to relieve him, Kershaw didn't put up a fight, either. Kershaw took a perfect game through seven innings for the Dodgers until he was pulled after 80 pitches, dominating the Twins with 13 strikeouts of 21 batters faced during a 7-0 victory. Why pull him? Kershaw said he gets it. “Those are selfish goals. We"re trying to win. That"s really all we"re here for. I would have loved to have stayed, but bigger things, man, bigger things. My slider was horrible the last two innings. It didn"t have the bite. It was time.” Alex Vesia entered for the eighth to boos from the blue-clad Dodgers fans in the crowd of 17,101. Vesia gave up Minnesota"s first and only hit, a one-out single by Gary Sánchez. Chris Paddack had a rough first start with the Twins, too, less than a week after he was acquired in a trade with the Padres. He lasted four innings, with six hits and three runs allowed. The Twins gave shortstop Carlos Correa a rest and center fielder Byron Buxton a turn at DH, as a reaction to the late night on Tuesday. Buxton struck out all three times he faced Kershaw. After Thursday off, RHP Joe Ryan takes the mound at Fenway Park on Friday to begin a four-game series against Boston. RHP Nick Pivetta starts for the Red Sox.

    Local and state sports

    04/14/2022

    As expected with the cold and wind today all Albert Lea outdoor sports have been postponed. Baseball here v Mankato East will now be May 3rd, softball at East will be made up at a date to be determined and boys tennis here with Rochester Century will now happen April 25th.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves were the highest scoring team in the NBA this season and they will open the playoffs Saturday in Memphis against the 2nd highest scoring team, the Memphis Grizzlies at 2:30. This series could be a scorefest. Minnesota averaged 115.9 points a game and Memphis was right on their heels at 115.6. Individually Kat was 15th with 24.6 points a game and Ant was 30th in scoring at 21.3 a contest. Memphis is a 6.5 point favorite in game 1 of yhe best of 7 series.

    As for the Minnesota Wild they are 4th in the NHL in scoring, even with a bottom half power play with 20.2 percent success which is 19th out of 32 teams. Karil the thrill is 7th in points and tied for 5th in goals with Connor McDavid of Edmonton and Kyle Connor of Winipeg. Ten games left for the Wild starting Thursday night in Dallas.

    Clayton Kershaw was in prime form in his season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers, leaving no concern about his health after facing no resistance from the Minnesota Twins yesterday at chilly Target Field. When the time came for manager Dave Roberts to relieve him, Kershaw didn't put up a fight, either. Kershaw took a perfect game through seven innings for the Dodgers until he was pulled after 80 pitches, dominating the Twins with 13 strikeouts of 21 batters faced during a 7-0 victory. Why pull him? Kershaw said he gets it. “Those are selfish goals. We"re trying to win. That"s really all we"re here for. I would have loved to have stayed, but bigger things, man, bigger things. My slider was horrible the last two innings. It didn"t have the bite. It was time.” Alex Vesia entered for the eighth to boos from the blue-clad Dodgers fans in the crowd of 17,101. Vesia gave up Minnesota"s first and only hit, a one-out single by Gary Sánchez. Chris Paddack had a rough first start with the Twins, too, less than a week after he was acquired in a trade with the Padres. He lasted four innings, with six hits and three runs allowed. The Twins gave shortstop Carlos Correa a rest and center fielder Byron Buxton a turn at DH, as a reaction to the late night on Tuesday. Buxton struck out all three times he faced Kershaw. After Thursday off, RHP Joe Ryan takes the mound at Fenway Park on Friday to begin a four-game series against Boston. RHP Nick Pivetta starts for the Red Sox.

    Local and state sports

    04/14/2022

    As expected with the cold and wind today all Albert Lea outdoor sports have been postponed. Baseball here v Mankato East will now be May 3rd, softball at East will be made up at a date to be determined and boys tennis here with Rochester Century will now happen April 25th.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves were the highest scoring team in the NBA this season and they will open the playoffs Saturday in Memphis against the 2nd highest scoring team, the Memphis Grizzlies at 2:30. This series could be a scorefest. Minnesota averaged 115.9 points a game and Memphis was right on their heels at 115.6. Individually Kat was 15th with 24.6 points a game and Ant was 30th in scoring at 21.3 a contest. Memphis is a 6.5 point favorite in game 1 of yhe best of 7 series.

    As for the Minnesota Wild they are 4th in the NHL in scoring, even with a bottom half power play with 20.2 percent success which is 19th out of 32 teams. Karil the thrill is 7th in points and tied for 5th in goals with Connor McDavid of Edmonton and Kyle Connor of Winipeg. Ten games left for the Wild starting Thursday night in Dallas.

    Clayton Kershaw was in prime form in his season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers, leaving no concern about his health after facing no resistance from the Minnesota Twins yesterday at chilly Target Field. When the time came for manager Dave Roberts to relieve him, Kershaw didn't put up a fight, either. Kershaw took a perfect game through seven innings for the Dodgers until he was pulled after 80 pitches, dominating the Twins with 13 strikeouts of 21 batters faced during a 7-0 victory. Why pull him? Kershaw said he gets it. “Those are selfish goals. We"re trying to win. That"s really all we"re here for. I would have loved to have stayed, but bigger things, man, bigger things. My slider was horrible the last two innings. It didn"t have the bite. It was time.” Alex Vesia entered for the eighth to boos from the blue-clad Dodgers fans in the crowd of 17,101. Vesia gave up Minnesota"s first and only hit, a one-out single by Gary Sánchez. Chris Paddack had a rough first start with the Twins, too, less than a week after he was acquired in a trade with the Padres. He lasted four innings, with six hits and three runs allowed. The Twins gave shortstop Carlos Correa a rest and center fielder Byron Buxton a turn at DH, as a reaction to the late night on Tuesday. Buxton struck out all three times he faced Kershaw. After Thursday off, RHP Joe Ryan takes the mound at Fenway Park on Friday to begin a four-game series against Boston. RHP Nick Pivetta starts for the Red Sox.

    Local and state sports

    04/14/2022

    As expected with the cold and wind today all albert Lea outdoor sports have been postponed. Baseball here v Mankato East will now be May 3rd, softball at East will be made up at a date to be determined and boys tennis here with Rochester Century will now happen April 25th.

    The minnesota Timberwolves were the highest scoring team in the NBA this season and they will open the playoffs Saturday in Memphis against the 2nd seeded Grizzlies at 2:30. The Griz were #2 in scoring so this series could be a scorefest. Minnesota averaged 115.9 points a game and Memphis was right on their heels at 115.6. Individually Kat was 15th with 24.6 points a game and Ant was 30th in scoring at 21.3 a contest. Memphis is a 6.5 point favorite in game 1 of yhe best of 7 series.

    AS for the minnesota Wild they are 4th in the NHL in scoring, even with a bottom half power play with 20.2 percent success which is 19th out of 32 teams. Karil the thrill is 7th in points and toed for 5th in goals with connor mcdavid of edmonton and Kyle connor of winipeg. Ten games left for the Wild starting Thursday night in dallas.

    Clayton Kershaw was in prime form — call it perfect — in his season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers, leaving no concern about his health after facing no resistance from the Minnesota Twins yesterday at chilly target field. When the time came for manager Dave Roberts to relieve him, Kershaw didn't put up a fight, either. Kershaw took a perfect game through seven innings for the Dodgers until he was pulled after 80 pitches, dominating the Twins with 13 strikeouts of 21 batters faced during a 7-0 victory. Why pull him? Kershaw said he gets it. “Those are selfish goals. We"re trying to win. That"s really all we"re here for. I would have loved to have stayed, but bigger things, man, bigger things,” Kershaw said. My slider was horrible the last two innings. It didn"t have the bite. It was time.” Alex Vesia entered for the eighth to boos from the blue-clad Dodgers fans in the crowd of 17,101. Vesia gave up Minnesota"s first and only hit, a one-out single by Gary Sánchez. Chris Paddack had a rough first start with the Twins, too, less than a week after he was acquired in a trade with the Padres. He lasted four innings, with six hits and three runs allowed. The Twins gave shortstop Carlos Correa a rest and center fielder Byron Buxton a turn at DH, as a reaction to the late night on Tuesday. Buxton struck out all three times he faced Kershaw. After Thursday off, RHP Joe Ryan (0-1, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound at Fenway Park on Friday to begin a four-game series against Boston. RHP Nick Pivetta (0-1, 6.35 ERA) starts for the Red Sox.

    04/13/2022

    Upcoming game broadcasts on Power 96

    Wed 4/13-Tiger softball at home (Turf Field) vs Mankato West 5 PM

    Thu   4/14-Tiger baseball at home (Hayek Field) vs Mankato East 5 PM

    Mon 4/18-Tiger baseball at home (Hayek) vs Byron 5 PM

    Tue   4/19-Tiger softball at home (Turf) vs Northfield 5 PM

    Thu   4/21-Tiger softball at home (Hayek) vs Rochester JM 5 PM

    04/13/2022

    Upcoming game broadcasts on Power 96

    Wed 4/13-Tiger softball at home (Turf Field) vs Mankato West 5 PM

    Thu   4/14-Tiger baseball at home (Hayek Field) vs Mankato East 5 PM

    Mon 4/18-Tiger baseball at home vs Byron 5 PM

    Tue   4/19-Tiger softball at home vs Northfield 5 PM

    Thu   4/21-Tiger softball at home vs Rochester JM 5 PM

    Tue   4/26-Tiger baseball at home vs Rochester Century 5 PM

    Thu   4/28-Tiger baseball at home vs Austin 5 PM

    Sat    4/30-Tiger baseball at home vs Winona Noon

    Tue     5/3-Tiger softball at home double-header vs Faribault 4 PM

    Thu    5/5-Tiger baseball at home vs Rochester Mayo 5 PM

    Mon   5/9-Tiger softball at home vs Alden Conger 5 PM

    Tue 5/10-Tiger softball at home vs Mankato East 5 PM

    Thu 5/12-Tiger baseball at home vs Red Wing 4 PM

    Thu 5/19-Tiger baseball at Austin (Riverland) 5 PM

    Sat   5/21-Tiger sofball at home vs Marshall Noon

                      Tiger baseball at home vs Marshall 2 PM

    Tue 5/24-Tiger baeball at home vs Owatonna 5 PM

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 11-10

    11/10/2021

    The Minnesota Timberwolves will face Stephen Curry who will get an opportunity to follow up his 50-point performance for the 10th time in his career when the Golden State Warriors host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight in San Francisco. Curry will have to deal with Timberwolves point guard D'Angelo Russell, who put on a nice show himself Monday, going for a season-best 30 points and seven assists in a 125-118 overtime road loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Tipoff is slotted for 9 pm.

    Minnesota women's basketball came up short in its home opener against Jacksonville University 69-66 at Williams Arena on Tuesday afternoon. Jacksonville outscored the Gophers 24-16 in the fourth quarter to overcome a five-point deficit in the second half. Junior guard Sara Scalia led all scorers with 25.

    Minnesota will look to bounce back later this week with a road test against Arizona State lined up for Friday at 8 p.m

    Jamison Battle scored 18 points, the Minnesota men allowed just four points over the final seven minutes and the Golden Gophers defeated Kansas City 71-56 on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.

    The win came in coach Ben Johnson"s debut with the Gophers.

    The Gophers will next take on Western Kentucky in Asheville North Carolina on Friday with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 pm.

    Following an alleged incident at Vikings running back Dalvin Cook's east metro home last year.

    The Vikings released the following statement:

    "We recently received notification from Dalvin Cook"s legal representative regarding a situation that occurred between Dalvin and a female acquaintance in November 2020 and led to an ongoing dispute between the parties. Upon learning of this, we immediately notified the NFL. We are in the process of gathering more information and will withhold further comment at this time."

    No criminal complaints have been filed in connection with the alleged incident, however, Cooks ex has filed suit in Dakota County District Court alleging that she was the victim of an assault by Cook. Cook said through his agent, that Cook's ex-girlfriend, who is a sergeant in the U.S. Army, broke into Cook's home and attacked him roughly a year ago. She then allegedly tried to extort him for millions of dollars, claiming Cook had injured her in the attack she initiated.

    The Minnesota Wild are back in action tonight when they take on the Arizona Coyotes in Arizona. Faceoff is scheduled for 9 pm from the desert. After that game, the Wild will leave for Vegas for a Thursday night showdown against the Golden Knights.

    The Green Bay Packers are paying the price of allowing Aaron Rodgers and potentially others to openly violate COVID-19 protocols.

    The NFL fined the Packers $300,000 on Tuesday after reviewing the team's COVID-19 protocols, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. The league is also reportedly fining Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard $14,560 each.

    Any further protocol violations could result in increased discipline for the Packers, including a loss of draft picks.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 11-09

    11/09/2021

    It took overtime, but the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves last night 125-118. Ja Morant scored 33 points and Brandon Clarke had 20 points and nine rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies put together a furious fourth-quarter rally.

    D"Angelo Russell, who missed the previous two games with a sprained right ankle, led the Timberwolves with 30 points. Towns had 25 points and 13 rebounds in Minnesota 6th straight loss. The Timberwolves will next play at Golden State on Wednesday night.

    Gophers women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen and players Gadiva Hubbard and Jasmine Powell are itching to get back on the court and that will take place tonight as the Gophers open up their womens basketball season Tuesday afternoon at the Barn vs. Jacksonville.

    Last year, the Gophers finished 8-13 overall, 7-11 in the Big Ten. The Gophers return 12 players from last year's squad, including all five starters from the last game of the season.

    Minnesota United opens the 2021 MLS playoffs on the road against the Portland Timbers on November 21, the league announced Monday night.

    The Sunday tilt at Providence Park will start at 4:30 p.m. central time.

    Minnesota United reached the playoffs for the third straight season. Last year they were knocked out of the playoffs by Seattle in the conference finals.

    A total of five Minnesota Vikings players are now on the COVID-19/Reserve list after two more players were added on Monday.

    Linebacker Ryan Connelly and practice squad tackle Timon Parris were added to the list on Monday, joining center Garrett Bradbury, practice squad guard Dakota Dozier and safety Harrison Smith.

    Parris hasn't played any games for the Vikings but Connelly has been a special teams contributor throughout the year.

    The Minnesota Twins announced the hiring of two new coaches to the major league staff.

    Former San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler was hired as the team's bench coach while David Popkins was officially announced as the hitting coach.

    Tingler, 40, managed the Padres to a record of 116-106 over the past two seasons, including an NLDS appearance in 2020, which got him a second-place finish in voting for National League Manager of the Year that season.

    Popkins was most recently was the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers' High-A affiliate, the Great Lakes Loons. Under his guidance, the Loons led the division in home runs, slugging percentage and OPS last year.

    In Monday night football, the Chicago Bears thought they had a game-changing sack late in Monday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Instead, a taunting call kept a late Steelers drive alive as Pittsburgh eventually took a 29-27 win for its fourth straight victory.

    The Minnesota Wild will be back in action on Wednesday when they take off for the desert to take on the Arizona Coyotes.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Monday 11-08

    11/09/2021

    Another road game, another OT and another soul-crushing loss.

    Minnesota had split its previous overtime contests (a Week 1 loss at Cincinnati and a Week 6 win at Carolina), but fell Sunday 34-31 against the Ravens in Baltimore.

    Justin Tucker's 36-yard field goal eased its way through the uprights with just 0:16 remaining in the extra period to cap Baltimore's final possession of overtime.

    The Ravens totaled 500 yards on 89 offensive plays, possessing the football a gargantuan 46:04 and wore down a shorthanded Vikings defense.

    Dalvin Cook led Minnesota with 110 rushing yards on 17 carries with 60 percent gained on a 66-yarder.

    Justin Jefferson rushed on Minnesota's first play of the day for a gain of 11, and Kene Nwangwu recorded a gain of 9 on a fake punt.

    Nwangwu returned the opening kickoff of the second half 98 yards for a touchdown.

    Jefferson led Minnesota with 69 receiving yards, highlighted by a 50-yard reception but finished with three catches. Adam Thielen was limited to two receptions for 6 yards, including a score.

    Kirk Cousins finished 17-of-28 passing for 187 yards, failing to crack 200 through the air for the second consecutive game after hitting the mark a franchise-record 15 games in a row.

    The Vikings were without Danielle Hunter (Injured Reserve), Patrick Peterson (Injured Reserve), Michael Pierce (elbow) and safety Harrison Smith, who was ruled out Sunday morning due to landing on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

    The Vikings will be on the road again next week when they travel to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers in the second round of games. POWER 96 will bring you all the action starting at 2 pm on Sunday. Kickoff is slotted for 3:05.

    The Memphis Grizzlies host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at 7 pm.

    Memphis finished 19-23 in Western Conference games and 18-18 at home during the 2020-21 season. The Grizzlies allowed opponents to score 112.3 points per game and shoot 46.2% from the field last season.

    Minnesota went 23-49 overall and 15-27 in Western Conference games during the 2020-21 season. The Timberwolves shot 44.8% from the field and 34.9% from 3-point range last season.

    Only one injury for the Timberwolves as D"Angelo Russell is day to day with a right ankle injury.

    A successful weekend for the Minnesota Wild as they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in a shootout, then on Sunday, the Wild came back home and knocked off the New York Islanders 5-2.   With the score 3-2 in the 3rd, Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba both scored empty net goals as NY pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.

    Kappo Kahkonen made the most of his start, stopping 19 of 21 shots against one of the best teams in the NHL in earning his first win of the season.

    Brandon Duhaime, Ryan Hartman and Nick Bjugstad also tallied for the Wild. Minnesota will be back in action on Wednesday when they take off for the desert to take on the Arizona Coyotes.

    The Austin Bruins split a weekend series against the St. Cloud Norsemen. The series saw both home teams taking a win. St. Cloud shut out the Bruins 3-0 Friday night. Saturday saw the Bruins successfully defend their home ice at Riverside arena with a 4-3 win. Damon Furuseth had 2 third period goals to lead the Bruins. Next up is another home and home series against the North Iowa Bulls. The Bruins will host North Iowa on Friday night at 7:05, then travel to Mason City Saturday to take on the Bulls at 7:30. POWER 96 will stream Friday nights game at kqprfm.com. We will bring you Saturday nights game live on the air.

    MSHSL football playoffs saw Blooming Prairie fall to Maple River 40-18. Maple River will next face undefeated Pipestone in Hastings on Friday night. POWER 96 will bring you that game live with Jay Paul on the call at 7 pm.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Wednesday 11-03

    11/03/2021

    The Minnesota Wild sent the Ottawa Senators packing with an overtime loss. Krill Kapriesov scored in overtime to put the final nail in the coffin and give the Wild a 5-4 win on home ice. Kaprizov scored his first goal of the season 2:02 into overtime.

    Marcus Foligno scored twice for Minnesota, which got points from 11 players and won for the sixth time. Caleb Addison and former Austin Bruin, Nico Sturm, also scored. Cam Talbot had 24 saves for the Wild. D Alex Goligoski (upper-body injury) took part in the morning skate but did not play in the game.

    Next up, the Wild will head east to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are back in action tonight as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers at the Target Center. After a break on Thursday, the T-Wolves will again host the Clippers on Friday night.

    Tipoff tonight is scheduled for 7 pm   

    The Vikings officially placed Danielle Hunter on injured reserve yesterday. They did not announce a corresponding move.

    Hunter will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

    Hunter missed all of last season with a neck injury. He returned to the field this season and made six sacks in seven games.

    Hunter"s contract calls for an $18.5 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year in 2022, which means he likely either re-works his contract or the Vikings release him in the offseason.

    As the Tuesday trade deadline passed, Minnesota did not make any new additions.

    The World Series Champions have been crowned. The Atlanta Braves were a team not to be denied as they shut out the Houston Astros 7-0 in game six in Houston to claim the title of world champions. The Braves had not won a world series since 1995. Braves outfielder Jorge Soler clubbed his third go-ahead home run of the series Tuesday night took home the MVP honors.

    Thursday night football will feature the Indianapolis Colts hosting the NY Jets. Kickoff Thursday night is set for 7:20.

       

    Power 96 Sports Wrap for Tuesday 11-02

    11/03/2021

    Cole Anthony scored a season-high 31 points and Wendell Carter Jr. chipped in 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Orlando Magic came from behind to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-97 at the Target Center.

    Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota, which played the second half without starting point guard D"Angelo Russell because of a right ankle sprain. Russell finished with three points and three assists in 17 minutes. Anthony Edwards added 24 points in the loss.

    Next up, the Timberwolves will start a home back-to-back series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.

    The Minnesota Wild will be back in action tonight at the X when they face what will be an angery Ottawa Senators team.

    Ottawa will come to St. Paul cranky following a 5-1 spanking by the formerly winless Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night at the United Center. The victory was the first this season for the Blackhawks, and came in emphatic fashion, as Patrick Kane returned from COVID-19 protocol that cost him a week of action and tallied a hat trick.

    Wild Forwards Mats Zuccarello and Rem Pitlick remain on the COVID-19 protocol list and Jordan Greenway is on injured reserve. Also on the injury front for the Wild, defenseman Alex Goligoski will be re-evaluated Tuesday morning as he continues to work his way back from an upper-body injury that has cost him the past two games.

    Faceoff tonight is slotted for 7 pm from the X.

    Halloween still proving to be scary for the Vikings. It was announced that Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter will miss the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

    The injury is a devastating loss of the team"s best pass rusher for the second straight year.

    Hunter was hurt in the second quarter of the game against Dallas on Sunday night. Hunter didn"t play at all in 2020 because of a herniated disk in his neck that eventually required surgery.

    He's a two-time Pro Bowl pick who has six of the team"s 24 sacks this season.

    The Kansas City Chiefs are not playing their best football right now but still manages to squeak out a 20-17 victory over the New York Giants on Monday night.

    The World Series gets back underway tonight as the series has shifted to Houston. A win by Atlanta tonight in game 6 and its all over. A comeback by the Astros tonight and its off to the deciding game 7.

    First pitch tonight is slotted for 7 pm.

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