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    End of the week sports

    02/28/2020

    Saturday at 7 the section 1 class 3A section semifinals go down as the 4th seed Albert Lea girls basketball plays at #1 seed Red Wing and 3 seed Kasson Mantorville is at #2 seed Austin. The winners will play next Friday, the 6th in Rochester with a trip to the state tournament on the line.

    #1 seed Lake Mills boys basketball won the district final Thursday night in Garner beating #2 seed West Hancock rather easily 62-29. They will have a sub state game Saturday vs Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction in Charles City at 7 with a trip to state on the line.

    In class A state tournament wrestling Friday At 113 Junior Bryce Sonneck of United South Central is 30-9 and takes on freshman Logan Butzon of Jackson County Central, who is 37-9, at 170 sophomore Ralph Roesler of NRHEG who is 28-10 this season wrestles Jr Rick Jones of Kerkoven Murdoch Sundberg who is 36-11. In class 3A freshman Aivan Wasmoan of Albert Lea at 106 who is 32-9 wrestles sophomore Zachary Silvis who is 43 -9 as they start their indivudual quests for a state wrestling championship today in Minneapolis.

    In section 1 class 2A boys basketball 11 seed Alden Conger lost a sub section game at #6 Martin Luther Granada Huntley East Chain 78-30 Thursday night, and 10 seed United South Central boys had their season end as well with a close 56-52 loss at #7 St Clair while in section 1 class A #1 seed Blooming Prairie boys whipped #16 United Christian Academy 70-30. The Blossom boys play Southland in the section 1 class A semifinal Wednesday at 6 from Mayo Civic arena in Rochester. The number 1 seed Blossom girls are also in the semifinals Saturday morning at 11 against 4 seed Hayfield from Rochester Mayo Civic arena.

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    Thursday Sports World

    02/27/2020

    Section 1AAA Girls Basketball Wednesday #4 seed Albert Lea beat 5th seed Byron 66-58, #2 seed Austin walloped 7th seeded Faribault 74-31 and 3 seed Kasson Mantorville took out 6th seed Winona 78-61. Red Wing, the top seed, had a bye. Saturday at 7 the section 1 class 3A section semifinals go down as the 4th seed Albert Lea girls basketball plays at #1 seed Red Wing and 3 seed Kasson Mantorville is at #2 seed Austin. The winners will play next Friday, the 6th,in Rochester with a trip to the state tournament on the line.

    #1 seed Lake Mills boys basketball will play in the district final Thursday night in Garner vs #2 seed West Hancock.

    In class A state tournament wrestling at 113 Jr Bryce Sonneck of United South Central is 30-9 and takes on freshman Logan Butzon of Jackson County Central, who is 37-9, at 170 sophomore Ralph Roesler of NRHEG who is 28-10 this season wrestles Jr Rick Jones of Kerkoven Murdoch Sundberg who is 36-11. In class 3A freshman Aivan Wasmoan of Albert Lea at 106 who is 32-9 wrestles sophomore Zachary Silvis who is 43 -9 as they all start their indivudual quests for a state wrestling championship today in Minneapolis.

    In section 1 class 2A boys basketball 11 seed Alden Conger has a sub section game at #6 Martin Luther Granada Huntley East Chain tonight, and 10 seed United South Central is at #7 St Clair while in section 1 class A #1 seed Blooming Prairie locks horns with #16 United Christian Academy.

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    Yjursday sports

    02/27/2020

    Section 1AAA Girls Basketball Wednesday #4 seed Albert Lea beat 5th seed Byron 66-58, #2 seed Austin walloped 7th seeded Faribault 74-31 and 3 seed Kasson Mantorville took out 6th seed Winona 78-61. Red Wing, the top seed, had a bye. Saturday at 7 the section 1 class 3A section semifinals go down as the 4th seed Albert Lea girls basketball plays at #1 seed Red Wing and 3 seed Kasson Mantorville is at #2 seed Austin. The winners will play next Friday, the 6th,in Rochester with a trip to the state tournament on the line.

    #1 seed Lake Mills boys basketball will play in the district final Thursday night in Garner vs #2 seed West Hancock.

    In class A state tournament wrestling at 113 Jr Bryce Sonneck of United South Central is 30-9 and takes on freshman Logan Butzon of Jackson County Central, who is 37-9, at 170 sophomore Ralph Roesler of NRHEG who is 28-10 this season wrestles Jr Rick Jones of Kerkoven Murdoch Sundberg who is 36-11. In class 3A freshman Aivan Wasmoan of Albert Lea at 106 who is 32-9 wrestles sophomore Zachary Silvis who is 43 -9 as they all start their indivudual quests for a state wrestling championship today in Minneapolis.

    In section 1 class 2A boys basketball 11 seed Alden Conger has a sub section game at #6 Martin Luther Granada Huntley East Chain tonight, and 10 seed United South Central is at #7 St Clair while in section 1 class A #1 seed Blooming Prairie locks horns with #16 United Christian Academy.

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    02/27/2020

    Section 1AAA Girls Basketball Wednesday #4 seed Albert Lea beat 5th seed Byron 66-58, #2 seed Austin walloped 7th seeded Faribault 74-31 and 3 seed Kasson Mantorville took out 6th seed Winona 78-61. Red Wing, the top seed, had a bye. Saturday at 7 the section 1 class 3A section semifinals go down as the 4th seed Albert Lea girls basketball plays at #1 seed Red Wing and 3 seed Kasson Mantorville is at #2 seed Austin. The winners will play next Friday, the 6th,in Rochester with a trip to the state tournament on the line.

    #1 seed Lake Mills boys basketball will play in the district final Thursday night in Garner vs #2 seed West Hancock.

    In class A state tournament wrestling at 113 Jr Bryce Sonneck of United South Central is 30-9 and takes on freshman Logan Butzon of Jackson County Central, who is 37-9, at 170 sophomore Ralph Roesler of NRHEG who is 28-10 this season wrestles Jr Rick Jones of Kerkoven Murdoch Sundberg who is 36-11. In class 3A freshman Aivan Wasmoan of Albert Lea at 106 who is 32-9 wrestles sophomore Zachary Silvis who is 43 -9 as they all start their indivudual quests for a state wrestling championship today in Minneapolis.

    In section 1 class 2A boys basketball 11 seed Alden Conger has a sub section game at #6 Martin Luther Granada Huntley East Chain tonight, and 10 seed United South Central is at #7 St Clair while in section 1 class A #1 seed Blooming Prairie locks horns with #16 United Christian Academy.

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    Albert Lea girls take center stage

    02/26/2020

    Section 1AAA Girls Basketball Wednesday @ 7:00

    #5 seed Byron @ #4 seed Albert Lea to be heard on Power 96 Sports

    #7 Faribault @ #2 Austin

    #6 Winona @ #3 KM

    #1 Red Wing- Bye

    Tuesday night #1 seed Lake Mills boys basketball won big at home 79-57 over 5th seeded Newman Catholic. They play in the district final Thursday at home vs #2 seed West Hancock who beat Rocford 57-43 Tuesday night.

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    Tuesday local roundup

    02/25/2020

    Monday local sports…a game heard here on Power 96 the Albert Lea boys basketball team fell behind big early as they turned the ball over and Rochester Century was running their fastbreak to perfection. Century led 43-17 at halftime. The Tigers played better in the second half but still lost 70-50. Albert Lea is 10-11 in the conference, 11-12 overall. Chai Guen led the Tigers with 15 points, JJ Owens scored 14. The Austin boys lost 65-57 at home to Mankato East as the Cougars go to 21-0 in the Big 9 and 23-1 overall Austin is 16-5 and 20-5 overall. Blooming Prairie girls won their section opener 65-30 over Randolph, the NRHEG girls lost their section basketball opener 58-46 to end their season, United South Central girls basketball lost their section opener at Waterville Elysian Morristown 63-27 and ended their run too.

    Tuesday night Lake Mills boys basketball is at home against Newman Catholic.

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    Monday Monday

    02/23/2020

    Albert Lea Section 1AAA individual wrestling. Aivin Wasmoen took 2nd in his weight class in the section tournament and is the only Albert Lea Tiger wrestler going to state this year. Just missing a trip to state and finishing 3rd in their respective weight classes were Tucker Eriksmoen, Cameron Davis, Cole Glazier and Caleb Talamantes. Other area wrestlers going to state include Bryce Sonneck of United South Central and Ralph Roesler of NRHEG.

    Section 1AAA Girls Basketball Wednesday @ 7:00

    #5 seed Byron @ #4 seed Albert Lea in a game to be heard on Power 96 sports.

    #7 Faribault @ #2 Austin

    #6 Winona @ #3 KM

    #1 Red Wing- Bye

    The Riverland mens basketball team earned an impressive win over top ranked St Cloud Technical and Community collge Saturday in Austin. The Cyclones are 3rd in the nation, the Blue Devils 14th in D 3 juco mens buckets. Riverland took a 12 point lead in the first half only to find themselves down 3 at halftime. St Cloud led by as many as 8 in the second half but down the strech Riverland worked their way back into the lead with two key treys from Terrell Smith. But St Cloud tied it on a three at the buzzer by Torez Kinchen. Halfway through overtime an argument broke out in the stands near the St Cloud bench involving about 10 women who shouted, pushed and took few swings at each other as the disturbance spilled out onto the court. While some in the crowd and assistant coaches tried to break it up, the players on both teams went back to the lockerrooms while the police were called in to sort through who did what. After about 20 minutes the game resumed. The Blue Devils hung on for an impressive 89-85 win in overtime. Sophomore guard Deandre Anderson led all scorers with 24 points off the bench including 4-5 on 3 point shots. Sophomore guard Montrell Jacobs netted 19 points. St Cloud has the number 1 seed in the Southern division of the MCAC region 13 playoff tournament next weekend in Coon Rapids. Rochester and Riverland were tied and had to use a coin flip to see which one got the 2 seed. Rochester won the toss so Riverland is the 3rd seed while Ridgewater is the 4th seed.

    Coming into Saturday night's game against the Austin Bruins, Aberdeen was 17-0 when scoring first, making the first goal of the game very important. Midway through the first period the Bruins struck first when Hugh Larkin scored his 18th goal of the season giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. It was back and forth, each team scoring goals until it got to 2-2 . Then it was all Bruins as they took over the game for a 5-2 win improving their record to 25-15-2-5 on the season and pulled even with the Minot Minotauros for third place in the NAHL Central division. Up next for the Bruins, they welcome the Bismarck Bobcats to town for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday.

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    Saturday contests

    02/22/2020

    St. Cloud Technical college, ranked 3rd in the nation in division 3 Jr college mens basketball, has locked down the title in the Southern division of the MCAC. They have a two game lead on 2nd place Riverland, ranked 14th, and Rochester who is 10th ranked. Saturday at 3 we will bring you 12-1 divisionally and 23-1 overall St Cloud Tech vs Riverland (10-3, 22-4) on Power 96 sports.

    Friday night local sports

    Albert Lea girls finished their basketball regular season with a loss at home 57-40 to Rochester Mayo. The boys lost at Mayo 79-71.

    NRHEG boys basketball lost at Medford 71-50.

    Many area Wrestlers did well at their respective section individual tournaments. Nic Cantu of Albert Lea finished 3rd in 3A at 120, at 182 the Tigers Zach Glazier finished 1st, in class A Blake Legred of USC finished 2nd, Bryce Sonneck of USC also qualified for state wrestling while NRHEG wrestler Ralph Roesler also qualified for state.

    For the fifth time this season the Austin Bruins and Aberdeen Wings needed extra time to decide a winner but on Friday night, the Wings ended up earning the extra point by winning in the shootout, 3-2. It took seven total rounds in the shootout before Aberdeen won it. The Bruins fell to 24-15-2-5 on the season. The two teams meet again on Saturday night for the final time during the regular season. Following this weekend"s game with Aberdeen, the Bruins return home to Riverside Arena for a pair of games against the Bismarck Bobcats.

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    02/22/2020

    St. Cloud Technical college, ranked 3rd in the nation in division 3 Jr college mens basketball, has locked down the title in the Southern division of the MCAC. They have a two game lead on 2nd place Riverland, ranked 14th, and Rochester who is 10th ranked. Saturday at 3 we will bring you 12-1 divisionally and 23-1 overall St Cloud Tech vs Riverland (10-3, 22-4) on Power 96 sports.

    Friday night local sports

    Albert Lea girls finished their basketball regular season with a loss at home 57-40 to Rochester Mayo. The boys lost at Mayo 79-71.

    NRHEG boys basketball lost at Medford 71-50.

    Many area Wrestlers did well at their respective section individual tournaments. Nic Cantu of Albert Lea finished 3rd in 3A at 120, at 182 the Tigers Zach Glazier finished 1st, in class A Blake Legred of USC finished 2nd, Bryce Sonneck of USC also qualified for state wrestling while NRHEG wrestler Ralph Roesler also qualified for state.

    For the fifth time this season the Austin Bruins and Aberdeen Wings needed extra time to decide a winner but on Friday night, the Wings ended up earning the extra point by winning in the shootout, 3-2. It took seven total rounds in the shootout before Aberdeen won it. The Bruins fell to 24-15-2-5 on the season. The two teams meet again on Saturday night for the final time during the regular season. Following this weekend"s game with Aberdeen, the Bruins return home to Riverside Arena for a pair of games against the Bismarck Bobcats.

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    Weekend sports

    02/21/2020

    St Cloud technical college has locked down the title in the Southern division of the MCAC. They have a two game lead on 2nd place Riverland, ramked 14th in the country, and Rochester which is 10th. And Saturday at 3, St Cloud tech. takes on the 22-4 Blue Devils in the season finale for both squads.

    The 7th seeded Albert Lea boys hockey team ended their season in a quarterfinal game of the section 1 class A tournament Thursday night at Mankato West in a game heard here on Power 96 sports. The Tigers scored first when Logan Barr stole the puck and went end to end and slipped it past the goalie. West tied it before the end of the first period. Blake Ulve untied it early in the 2nd but West tied it again midway thru the second. Then no more goals until 1:50 was left in the game when West scored. They scored an empty netter to make the final 4-2. Also in the section 3rd seeded Faribault got by 6 seed Waseca 2-1 in overtime. 4 seed Mankato East/Loyola doubled up 5th seeded Minnesota River 4-2. Top seeded Dodge county eliminated Winona 5-1.

    In girls section 1 Class A basketball Thursday night #1 seed Blooming Prairie won at home against #17 seed LeRoy Ostrander 70-22 and 11th seeded Alden Conger Glenville Emmons lost 71-48 at 6th seeded Grand Meadow.

    In section 2 class A they released the seeding. #8 USC plays Monday at #1 seed Waterville Elysian Morristown and in section 2 class double A 6th seeded NRHEG is at #3 Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial on Monday night.

    The Albert Lea girls basketball won at home 56-54 over Fairmont, NRHEG boys lost to Blue Earth Area 72-47.

    Friday night local sports finds the Albert Lea girls finishing their basketball regular season at home vs Rochester Mayo. The boys are at Mayo. The Tiger wrestlers are in the individual section tournament in Rochester today and tomorrow. And the Tiger boys section swimmibg and diving sections continue in rochester today. Alden Conger boys basketball is at home against Lanesboro tonight. Blooming Prairie continues their individual wrestling section un blue earth today and blooming boys basketball is at home against United South Central. NRHEG wrestlers are at the section tournament in blue earth and they gave boys basketball at Medford. And USC is also at the wrestling section in Blue Earth. And Lake mills girls basketball takes on Osage in district action.

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    Thursday Sports

    02/19/2020

    Its playoff time. The 7th seeded Albert Lea boys hockey team is in the quarterfinals of section 1 class A Thursday night at Mankato West at 5:15 on Power 96 sports. They tied West 2-2 last Friday at All Seasons Arena in Mankato.

    In girls section 1 Class A basketball Thursday night #1 seed Blooming Prairie is at home against #17 seed LeRoy Ostrander and 11th seeded Alden Conger Glenville Emmons is at 6th seeded Grand Meadow.

    In section 2 class A they released the seeding. #8 seed USC plays Monday at #1 seed Waterville Elysian Morristown and in section 2 class double A 6th seeded NRHEG is at #3 Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial on Monday night.

    Blooming Prairie, USC and NRHEG wrestling start their individual section tournament Thursday night in Blue Earth.

    Albert Lea is at the section 1 class A boys swimming and diving tournament in Rochester Thursday.

    Also Thursday Albert Lea girls basketball is at home vs Fairmont, NRHEG boys basketball game was postponed against Blue Earth.

    Lake Mills wrestling started the Iowa state team duals with a 42-30 loss to West Sioux, then they got down to business and beat Missouri Valley 44-25 followed by their final match for 5th place against Emmetsburg which the Bulldogs took 42-25. Individually Jimmy Gallardo at 120 was pinned by Casey Baker of Interstate 35, at 126 Tyler Helgeson of Lake Mills got a 9-1 major decision to advance, at 138 Lake Mills Caiden Jones got beat 5-0. At 160 Elijah Wagner lost 6-2.

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    Hump Day Sports

    02/19/2020

    The 7th seeded Albert Lea boys hockey sqaud fell behind early in their section 1 class A tournament first round game against 10 seed La Crescent Hokah on Power 96 sports. 8th grader Wyatt Farell, the Lancers leading scorer, put them up 1-0 after 1. Then...It was all Tigers with 5 unanswered goals starting with John Jensen about 6 minutes into the 2nd, followed 2 1\2 minutes later by Blake Ulve. And then Ulve scored again with 1.4 seconds left in the second period on a shorthanded goal to make it 3-1 Tigers after 2. Ulve scored a natural hat trick with his third straight goal a minute into the third. Then with 84 seconds left Jacob Prihoda closed out the scoring with another shorthanded goal to make it 5-1. Albert Lea has a day to rest before heading to All Season Arena in Mankato Thursday to play 2nd seeded Mankato West in a section quarterfinal at 5:15 on Power 96 sports. They tied West 2-2 last Friday at ASA in Katoland.

    In Red Wing, Albert Lea girls basketball lost 63-38.

    The Tiger boys won at home 57-50 over Red Wing.

    9th seeded Austin boys hockey lost 5-1 at Winona and the Packers season is over.

    Austin basketball teams play Northfield with the girls winning in Northfield 61-48.

    Austin boys won at home 62-38 over the Raiders.

    Alden Conger boys buckets lost at home 66-31 to Lyle Pacelli.

    NRHEHG girls basketball lost at home 80-55 vs Tri City United.

    USC boys basketball lost a close one at home vs Madelia 73-71.

    Lake Mills wrestling makes its fifth straight trip to the Iowa State Tournament Wednesday.

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    Tuesday Sports

    02/18/2020

    The Minnesota high school hockey section pairings are tonight and the Albert Lea Tigers are the 7th seed in section 1 class A. They will play at home Tuesday at 7 against 10th seeded La Crescent Hokah right here at Power 96. Austin is the 9 seed in the section and open at 8 seed Winona Cotter tonight.

    Monday sports around the area include Blooming Prairie boys basketball winning at home 58-40 over Maple River, NRHEG boys buckets at home vs Blue Earth Area postponed til thursday, USC girls basketball lost 57-47 at Martin Luther Granada Huntley East Chain and Northwood Kensett boys district basketball beat Central Springs 51-47 to advance.

    Tuesday local sports finds the Albert Lea basketball teams playing Red Wing with the girls on the road and the boys at home at 7:30. Austin basketball teams play Northfield with the girls there and the boys at home. Alden Conger boys buckets is at home against Lyle Pacelli, Blooming Prairie boys basketball at home against Maple River, NRHEHG girls basketball at home vs Tri City United, USC boys basketball at home vs Madelia and Lake Mills girls basketball regional playoff game at Osage.

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    Presidents Day Sports

    02/17/2020

    The Minnesota high school hockey section pairings have been released and the Albert Lea Tigers are the 7th seed in section 1 class A. They will play at home Tuesday at 7 against 10th seeded La Crescent Hokah right here at Power 96. Should the Tigers win they would play Thursday night at second seeded Mankato West in the quarterfinals. Austin is the 9 seed in the section and open at 8 seed Winona Cotter Tuesday with the winner playing at #1 seed Dodge County Thursday.

    Some of the girls basketball section pairings are out. In Section 1 class A Blooming Prairie is the number 1 seed. On Thursday they will play at home against the winner of a Tuesday game between Rushford Peterson and Leroy Ostrander, the 16 and 17 seeds. Alden Conger Glenville Emmons is the 11th seed play at the 6th seed Grand Meadow Thursday. In section 2 Class A the 8 seed USC girls go up against number 1 seed Waterville Elysian Morristown Monday the 24th. Albert Lea and other teams still have still have games left this week so they won"t get their pairings set for another week yet.

    Wrestling team sections were decided over the weekend. Teams going to state from our listening area are Grand Meadow Leroy Ostrander Southland in section 1 class A and Owatonna won the section 1 class 3A title and a trip to state. The individual wrestling sections start Thursday.

    Monday sports around the area includes Alden Conger Glenville Emmons girls basketball at Mable Canton and Alden Conger boys basketball at home vs Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial, Blooming Prairie boys basketball at home against Houston, NRHEG boys buckets at home vs Blue Earth Area, USC girls basketball at Martin Luther Granada Huntley East Chain and Northwood Kensett boys district basketball at Central Springs.

    The Riverland Blue Devils mens Basketball team defeated Ridgewater 95-84 Saturday in Hutchinson. Blue Devils guard Terrell Smith led all scorers with 26 points. Riverland guard Deandre Anderson netted 18 points, going 5 of 8 from 3 point land. The Devils are 21-4 and ranked 7th in the country in division 3 Jr college mens basketball. They"ll be in La Crosse Wednesday to play Western Technical College, then they wrap up the regular season Saturday against 5th ranked St Cloud at 3 on Power 96.

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    Sunday Go To Meetin' Sports

    02/16/2020

    Some of the girls basketball section pairings are out. In Section 1 class A Blooming Prairie is the #1 seed. On Thursday they will play at home against the winner of a Tuesday game between Rushford Peterson and Leroy Ostrander, the 16 and 17 seeds. Alden Conger Glenville Emmons is the 11th seed play at the 6th seed Grand Meadow Thursday. In section 2 Class A the 8 seed USC girls go up against #1 seed Waterville Elysian Morristown Monday the 24th. Albert Lea and other teams still have games left this week so they won"t get their pairings set for another week yet.

    Wrestling team sections were decided over the weekend. Teams going to state from this area are Grand Meadow Leroy Ostrander Southland in section 1 class A, Owatonna won the section 1 class 3A title and with it a trip to state.

    The Riverland Blue Devils mens Basketball team defeated Ridgewater 95-84 Saturday in Hutchinson. Blue Devils guard Terrell Smith led all scorers with 26 points. Riverland guard Deandre Anderson netted 18 points, going 5 of 8 from 3 point land. The Devils are 21-4 and ranked 7th in the country in division 3 Jr college mens basketball. They"ll be in La Crosse Wednesday to play Western Technical college then they wrap up the regular season Saturday against 5th ranked St Cloud at 3 on Power 96 sports.

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    weekend sports

    02/14/2020

    In section 1 class 3A wrestling 6th seeded Albert Lea lost 60-9 in Owatonna Thursday ending their season as a team but individual sections are next week.

    2 class A wrestling 6 seed Westfield (Blooming Prairie and Hayfield together) beat 11 seed Le Sueur Henderson and then lost to 3 seed Kenyon Wanamingo 47-23.

    NRHEG, the 5th seed lost 53-9 at 4 seed Medford.

    USC, the 7th seed won 42-29 over 10 seed St Clair Mankato Loyola but then lost to Maple River 58-24.

    The Albert Lea boys basketball team won 73-57 at home vs Rochester JM.

    Tiger girls basketball won at home 63-47 vs Rochester Century.

    Albert Lea boys hockey lost 3-2 at home against Rochester Mayo on Power 96 sports. Caden Severtson and Logan Barr scored for the Tigers.

    USC boys basketball lost at home 67-52 against Blooming Prairie .

    NRHEG girls basketball lost at home vs Maple River 64-35.

    Blooming Prairie girls buckets at home against Grand Meadow was cancelled.

    Riverland men"s basketball is now 8-3 in MCAC games and 20-4 overall. They are ranked 8th in the country in Juco division 3. They are at home Saturday vs Ridgewater at 3 Saturday.

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    Thursday Sports

    02/13/2020

    In section 1 class 3A wrestling Albert Lea is the 6th seed and is scheduled to wrestle at Owatonna Thursday. Austin is the 8th seed and wrestles 9 seed Rochester JM in Northfield Thursday with the winner turning right around and taking on #1 seed Northfield right after the first match. Section 2 class A wrestling has 6 seed Westfield (Blooming Prairie and Hayfield together) wrestle 11 seed Le Sueur Henderson at Kenyon Wanamingo with the winner facing 3 seed KW right after that first match. NRHEG is the 5th seed and they open at 4 seed Medford. USC is the 7th seed and is scheduled to take on 10 seed St Clair Mankato Loyola Thursday in Maple River. The winner takes on Maple River right after the first match.

    Osage and Lake Mills are once again headed to Wells Fargo Arena for the 2020 IHSAA State Dual Team Tournament on Feb. 19.

    The Albert Lea boys basketball game at home vs Rochester JM has been moved back to Friday night but Tiger girls basketball is still on at home Thursday vs Rochester Century. And the boys hockey game at home against Rochester Mayo is still on Thursday at the Roy on Power 96 sports.

    USC boys basketball at home against Blooming Prairie is scheduled for Thursday night as is NRGEG girls basketball at home vs Maple River and Blooming Prairie girls buckets at home against Grand Meadow as well as Alden Conger Glenville Emmons girls basketball at Mable Canton and Alden Conger boys buckets at home against Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial and Northwood Kensett has a girls basketball regional game at Newman Catholic.

    The 6th ranked nationally Riverland men"s basketball team lost in Rochester Wednesday night 77-75. Terrell Smith led the way for the Blue Devils with 16 points while DeAndre Anderson chipped 15 off the bench. Riverlands is now 8-3 in MCAC games and 20-4 overall.

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    Hump Day Sports

    02/12/2020

    Tuesday around the area

    Albert Lea boys hockey went to Northfield and lost 5-2 in a game heard on Power 96 sports. Culley Larson scored both Tiger goals, one on a power play, but the Raiders were too much and they got the 4 points in the Big 9 standings. Albert Lea is at home Thursday vs Rochester Mayo on senior night on Power 96 sports.

    Tiger basketball lost to 2nd ranked Mankato East boys 78-48

    Albert Lea girls lost at home to East 61-46.

    The Owatonna boys beat top 10 Austin by one 60-59. And the Owatonna girls beat Austin 56-49.

    USC played against Hayfield with the girls losing 62-37 and the boys lost a close one 56-55.

    NRHEG dribbled against Faribault BA with the boys winning 69-59 and the girls winning 68-29.

    Blooming Prairie basketball vs Waterville Elysian Morristown with the boys losing in Waterville 53-52 and the girls lost at home 51-38

    Alden conger glenvillevemmo s girls buckets lost at home 79-32 against Houston.

    The riverland men"s basketball team is up to 6th in the latest division 3 national rankings. St cloud tech fell to 5th after losing their first game of the season in double overtime at home to Rochester over the weekend. Rochester c and t is now ranked 12th. Howcwild is that?...three teams from the same division ranked in the tip 12 in the country. Riverland plays in Rochester Wednesday night.

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    Tuesday Sports

    02/11/2020

    Around the area Monday

    Alden Conger boys basketball lost their valley conference showcase to JWP 64-54.

    Blooming Prairie boys basketball won at home 69-52 over Houston.

    Lake Mills boys destroyed North Union102-36.

    Northwood Kensett girls lost 52-43 and boys lost 46-40 at Central Springs.

    It"s been a close call for a couple of Albert Lea teams as far as state tournament qualification. The girls hockey team finished 12-15 this year and lost in the section semi-final against #1 seed Rochester Lourdes. The Albert Lea dance team finished two places shy of a state tournament bid, placing 5th over the weekend in high kick (and 6th in jazz).

    The Lake Mills wrestling team finished a very productive weekend with a team title in the Class 1A, Sectional 1 tournament, with 11 Bulldogs" wrestlers punching their ticket to this week"s districts. That meet will take place on Saturday at Denver High School. The Bulldogs host the regional dual meet Tuesday.

    Tuesday around the area Albert Lea boys hockey in Northfield in a game to be heard at 7:15 on Power 96 sports. Tiger basketball takes on highly ranked Mankato East with the boys there and the girls at home. USC plays basketball against Hayfield with the girls in Wells and the boys on the road. NRHEG dribbles against Faribault BA with the boys in New Richland and the girls North on 35. Blooming Prairie basketball vs Waterville Elysian Morristown with the boys in Waterville and the girls at home. Alden Conger Glenville Emmons girls buckets at home against Houston.

    The Riverland men"s basketball team is up to 7th in the latest division 3 national rankings. St Cloud Tech fell to 5th after losing their first game of the season in double overtime at home to Rochester over the weekend. Rochester C and T is now ranked 12th. That"s crazy, three teams from the same division ranked in the top 12 in the country. #7 Riverland plays at #12 Rochester Wednesday.

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    Monday Sports

    02/09/2020

    Monday local sports

    Alden Conger Glenville Emmons girls basketball at home against Nicollet/Loyola

    Alden Conger boys basketball in the Valley conference showcase

    Blooming Prairie boys basketball at home vs Houston.

    Lake Mills boys and girls basketball at North Union.

    Northwood Kensett girls and boys buckets at Central Springs.

    The Austin Bruins completed their weekend sweep of the St. Cloud Blizzard on Sunday evening, winning 4-3. Following Saturday night's 5-2 victory over the Blizzard at Riverside Arena for Paint the Rink Pink, the Bruins headed up to St Cloud for the second game. Following 60 minutes of hockey, the two teams needed overtime to find a winner. On the second shift of the overtime period, just a minute and a half in, Dante Sheriff broke into the offensive zone and snapped a wrist-shot under the arm and above the pad for the game winner. With the win the Bruins improved their record to 24-13-2-4 and with Minot idle on Sunday, Austin leapfrogged the Minotauros to take over third place in the NAHL Central Division.

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    Weekend Sports

    02/08/2020

    Two third period goals for the Tigers and Albert Lea wins 4-1 at Rochester Lourdes in boys hockey. Goals by John Jensen, Owen Zelenak, Cully Larson and Logan Hacker for Albert Lea. Albert Lea got the trifecta with the boys and girls basketball teams each taking care of Northfield too. The girls won 51-32 while the boys squeeked out a 49-46 win.

    USC boys over NRHEG in basketball 79-74.

    Mankato Loyola beat the Alden Conger boys 64-39.

    Lanesboro over Glenville Emmons guys 72-42.

    Blooming Prairie boys over Hayfield 59-54.

    NRHEG girls beat USC 64-28.

    Saturday events

    Albert Lea dance team sections in Faribault.

    Tiger girls hockey section semifinal at Rochester Lourdes.

    Alden Conger Glenville Emmons girls basketball at the valley conference tournament at Granada vs JWP.

    Lake Mills hosts the wrestling sections and Northwood Kensett is one of the schools that will be there.

    Riverlands men"s basketball is in Fergus Falls against Minnesota State community and technical college.

    Austin Bruins are back in action Saturday night for Paint the Rink Pink. Easily the most important home game of the season, Paint the Rink Pink will see the town of Austin rally together not only to cheer on the Bruins but to raise money to find a cure for cancer.

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    Weekend Sports

    02/06/2020

    The 5th seeded Albert Lea girls hockey is in the section semifinal at Rochester Lourdes Saturday night at 7. Lourdes is the #1 seed in the section but they are 15-10, just 4 games better than Albert Lea at 11-14. Lourdes did beat the Tigers in Rochester 6-2 in mid December. 3rd seeded Austin beat the 6 seed Waseca 8-1 in the other side of the bracket and they will go to #2 seed Faribault Saturday night. Lourdes and Faribault got byes in the first round of the playoffs. The winners will face each other next Thursday night in Owatonna with a trip to state on the line.

    The Albert Lea boys hockey club scored first at The Roy against non conference opponent New Ulm Thursday night with Blake Ulve scoring six minutes in as heard on Power 96 sports. Unfortunately that was all the Tigers could muster as they lost 3-1. They have a quick turnaround with a game at Graham Arena in Rochester Friday night vs Lourdes on Power 96 sports at 7:30.

    Albert Lea wrestled in their regular season finale at 5th ranked Northfield. The Raiders won 51-12. Tiger wins included a decision by Nick Korman at 106, a major decision by Cole Glazier at 145 and a tech fall by Caleb Talamantes. Team sections begin next Thursday.

    The Albert Lea boys swimming and diving teams continues competing at the Big 9 conference meet in Rochester.

    Alden Conger Glenville Emmons girls basketball won a thriller at Cleveland 66-64.

    Blooming Prairie girls basketball won at home 52-47 against Hayfield.

    Northwood Kensett boys basketball lost 59-46 at Belmond Klemme.

    The Albert Lea dance team has their section competition on Saturday in Faribault at noon.

    Saturday the Riverlands men"s basketball team, ranked 11th in division 3 in the country, are in Fergus Falls to take on Minnesota State Community and Technical college at 3.

    The Austin Bruins skate on pink ice at Riverside Arena this Saturday. The Bruins welcome the St. Cloud Blizzard to town for the annual Paint the Rink Pink game which raises money for the Hormel Institute for Cancer Research.

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    Hump Day in the Sports Dept

    02/05/2020

    Tuesday local slate

    Albert Lea boys hockey lost at home 5-3 to Faribault on Power 96 sports. The Falcons took a 2-0 lead and Albert Lea cut it back to a one goal deficit 3 times but each time Faribault answered and made it a two goal lead again. Albert Lea stays at home Thursday with New Ulm visiting the Roy.

    Albert Lea boys buckets got by Mankato West in a thriller of a basketball game 66-64 and the girls lost at West 83-49.

    Glenville Emmons boys basketball lost 84-49 at Cleveland.

    USC wrestling wins at home 45-22 vs Triton.

    NRHEG boys lost by more than they scored in a 101-46 clobbering in Waseca and the girls lost 46-30 in Waseca.

    Hump Day

    Albert Lea girls hockey is the 5th seed in section play that starts Wednesday at #4 seed Red Wing.

    The boys swimming and diving Big 9 conference meet is in Northfield.

    The Albert Lea dance team has their section competition on Saturday in Faribault at noon.

    Paint the Rink Pink is annually the most important Austin Bruins home game of the season. Regardless of the outcome on the ice, the Bruins look to raise as much money as possible for the Hormel Institute for cancer research. Over the past nine seasons the Bruins have raised over a quarter of a million dollars and will break the 300,000 mark this season with a successful night. So plan to attend this Saturday night.

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    Thurs Through Sunday Sports

    01/31/2020

    Local sports for a Thursday.

    Tiger wrestling won at home 54-30 over Winona on parents night.

    AL boys basketball lost at Rochester Century 66-48.

    A L girls hockey won 4-0 at Mankato East. Maddie Schneider got the shut out in goal.

    A L boys hockey won at home 2-1 against Mankato East. Cully Larson scored both Tiger goals and Brad Horecka got the win in goal.

    USC wrestling beat JWP/WEM 36-33.

    USC girls buckets lost at Martin County West 58-32.

    NRHEG wrestling won at home 48-21 over Westfield.

    NRHEG girls basketball won at Triton 97-79 as Sophie Stork scored her 1,000 career point. And she"s a sophomore!

    The 6th ranked blooming girls basketball won 48-36 at home vs Maple River. Megan Oswald scored her 1,000th point.

    10th ranked Blossom boys basketball won at Maple River 67-39.

    Alden Conger Glenville Emmons girls basketball lost at Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial 96-50.

    Northwood Kensett boys lost 46-40 at home vs Nashua Plainfield.

    Weekend sports include...

    Friday Albert Lea wrestling at a quad in New Ulm, then Saturday a triangular at home where Alden Conger will also be. Albert Lea boys and girls basketball Friday vs Owatonna with the girls at home and the boys take a trip up I 35.

    USC has boys and girls basketball vs Maple River Friday night with the girls at home and the boys in Mapleton. USC wrestlers are at a tournament at Cretin Derham Hall Saturday.

    NRHEG boys and girls basketball vs Blooming Prairie Friday with the boys at home and the girls in Blooming. The Panther wrestlers will be at a tournament at Rochester century Saturday.

    Speaking of Blooming Prairie, the Blossom boys basketball team plays Goodhue at Target Center Saturday.

    Alden Conger boys basketball at Nicollet Friday.

    Lake Mills boys and girls basketball Friday vs Garner Hayfield Ventura. Saturday they wrestle in Osage.

    Northwood Kensett boys and girls basketball Friday at home against Newman Catholic. Saturday they wrestle in Osage.

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    local local local

    01/29/2020

    Local sports for a Thursday.

    Albert Lea boys swimming and diving is at Northfield, Tiger wrestling at home against Winona on parents night, boys basketball at Rochester Century, girls hockey at Mankato East and on Power 96 sports boys hockey are at home against East.

    Initial wrestling triangular with JWP and WEM at USC and USC girls buckets at Martin County West.

    NRHEG wrestling at home against Westfield and girls basketball at Triton.

    Blooming Prairie wrestling in New Richland, 6th ranked Blooming girls basketball at home vs Maple River and 10th ranked Blossom boys basketball at Maple River.

    Alden Conger wrestling in Albert Lea against Winona and Alden Conger Glenville Emmons girls basketball at Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial.

    Northwood Kensett boys and girls basketball at home vs Nashua Plainfield.

    The new rankings are out for high school sports and in boys hockey…once again no area teams made the top ten. Girls hockey…Rochester Lourdes is 10th. Boys basketball class A...Blooming Prairie is 10th, Waterville Elysian Morristown is 5th. In 2A Waseca is #2 and in class 3A Austin is up one spot to 8th and Mankato East is 2nd. In girls basketball class A Blooming Prairie is up a spot to 6th and Waterville Elysian Morristown is also up one to 4th place. And in class 3A the Austin girls are down one spot to 7th.

    The Riverland men"s basketball squad, ranked 12th in the country, lost in St Cloud 87-75 Wednesday night to the 3rd ranked in the country now 7-0 in the conference 18-0 overall Cyclones. Riverland is 5-2 in the MCAC and 17-3 overall.

    NAHL names Broadcasters and On-Ice Officials for 2020 Top Prospects Tournament. TJ Chillot (@theaustinbruins), Mark Shelley (@AmarilloBulls), and Kirsten Krull (@KirstenKrull) to make up @MyHockeyTV broadcast team.

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