MANKATO — The Pipestone Area Arrows knew defending their state championship wasn’t going to be easy.
However, through the first two games of the Class AA softball tournament the Arrows handled every challenge that was thrown their way.
But in the championship game, the Orono Spartans jumped out to an early lead and held off a furious Arrow rally to defeat PA 4-3 and capture the state championship.
MARSHALL — Utilizing a clutch pitching performance by lanky junior Bryce Beyers, along with several stellar defensive plays and a three-hit, three-run first inning, the Pipestone Area Arrows are returning to the state baseball tournament for the fourth consecutive time.
The Arrows defeated New Ulm, 4-2, in the Section 3AA championship game Thursday at Legion Field to earn their way back to the state tourney, which will be played in St. Cloud, June 12-13.
WORTHINGTON — As the defending state champions in the Class AA girls’ softball tournament, the Pipestone Area Arrows will not have an easy road to the title if they hope to repeat.
However, the Arrows bring the experience of three consecutive state appearances into today’s game.
MARSHALL — Having played in the Section 3AA baseball semifinals for five consecutive years, Pipestone Area has seen its share close games and lucky bounces. But if anyone had told Arrow head coach Rick Zollner that two first-inning runs would be enough to beat Marshall Saturday, he probably would have shaken his head.
REDWOOD FALLS — On a wet and windy afternoon and evening, the best girl track and field athletes in Section 3A battled their opponents — and the nasty weather conditions — in the coveted quest for a berth in next week’s elite state meet, sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL).
The top two finishers in each of the 14 individual events, plus each of the winning relay teams qualified for the state event, which will be held at Hamline University in St. Paul June 6-7.
WINDOM — Pipestone Area’s Greg Quist got it done on the hill and at the plate Wednesday afternoon, as the senior hurler limited New Ulm to two runs on four hits and smashed a pair of doubles in leading the Arrows to a 4-2 victory over the Eagles in a Section 3AA baseball winner’s bracket contest.
PIPESTONE — With a strong, gusty wind making every fly ball an adventure, the Pipestone Area Arrows (16-6) kept the errors to a minimum Saturday afternoon to claim a pair of victories in the first round of the Section 3AA baseball playoffs and remain in the winner’s bracket of the tournament.
SLAYTON — Pipestone Area’s Bree Woelber and Murray County Central’s Colleen Everson were the big winners in the girls’ competition at Thursday’s Sub-Section 10 track & field meet, as each athlete won a trio of events.
SLAYTON — For Southwest Christian’s Jordan Spronk, the obstacles this season have been more than just the other competitors.
After pulling his hamstring earlier this season, Spronk will be one of many runners advancing from Thursday’s Sub-Section 10 track & field meet.
“(The hamstring) doing fantastic, and I think it’s healed up again,” Spronk said. “I’m running about close to 100 percent now, and I have to tell you, I pretty much consider it a miracle.”
REDWOOD FALLS — Following the first day of competition of the Section 3A individual tennis meet, the Luverne Cardinals have three members left in the singles bracket and one team in the doubles draw.
The Worthington Trojans and Pipestone Area Arrows each have one doubles team alive in the competition.
PIPESTONE — Defending state Class AA champion Pipestone Area remains the team to beat in this year’s softball playoffs, as the Arrows won a pair of Section 3AA games Tuesday to begin their march toward a repeat performance.
WORTHINGTON — The No. 1 and 2 seeds performed as expected Monday afternoon, as the Luverne Cardinals and Worthington Trojans boys’ tennis teams advanced to the second round of the Section 3A playoffs with victories over Yellow Medicine East and Pipestone Area, respectively.
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