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WORTHINGTON -- Stretching a 31-27 halftime lead into a 60-32 bulge over the second half's initial 11-plus minutes Saturday afternoon, the Minnesota West Bluejays men's basketball team earned a 75-59 non-conference victory over the University of Sioux Falls JV Cougars. Minnesota West improves to 2-2 on the season and will host Missouri State-Mid Plains Wednesday at 7 p.m. "We played extremely hard on both ends of the court today," Bluejays head coach Justin Heckenlaible said after the game.
MANKATO -- Playing in the state high school football tournament for the third time in school history, the Section 3A champion Adrian Dragons made an impressive showing Saturday afternoon, defeating Section 2A champion Mankato Loyola in the quarterfinals at Blakeslee Stadium on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Grinding out 314 yards rushing on 64 carries, the Dragons moved the chains for 17 first downs and scored four touchdowns, building a 25-7 lead with 3:13 left in the game. The high-scoring Crusaders were held to just one touchdown during the game's first 47 minutes.
MANKATO -- After missing a pair of field goals earlier in Friday night's Class AA state quarterfinal football game with Triton, Luverne's Sebastian Sousa Soares booted a 28-yarder with two seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Cardinals to a thrilling 10-7 victory over the Cobras at Minnesota State-Mankato's Blakeslee Stadium. The victory sends the Cardinals (11-1) to the semifinals next Friday at 5:45 at Metrodome. Luverne will play either Moose Lake/Willow River or Pierz, who play tonight in St.
ADRIAN -- Coming off an impressive victory over Wabasso in the Section 3A championship game last Friday, the Adrian Dragons have been gearing up for their upcoming state tournament quarterfinal contest at Blakeslee Stadium on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Adrian (9-2) will square off with Mankato Loyola (10-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday. The high-scoring Crusaders rolled to a 45-17 victory over LeCenter (8-3) in the Section 2A finals last weekend. The winner will advance to the state semifinals at the Metrodome Nov.
LUVERNE -- Having already achieved many of their team goals on the football field this fall, the Luverne Cardinals are healthy and ready to go after the ultimate team accomplishment: a state title. Luverne (10-1) will make its second straight Class AA state tournament appearance Friday night, as the Section 3 champion Cardinals will play 10-1 Triton (Section 2 winner) at Minnesota State-Mankato's Blakeslee Stadium. Friday's contest will be a rematch of last year's state championship game, which the Cobras won 70-21. However, the result of that game will have no bearing on this year's game,
NORTHFIELD -- After two years of not having the best experience at the state cross country meet, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton's Ryan Tholen more than made for it Saturday. Running his usual progressive race, the Panther junior moved up from about 50th place (in the 162-runner field) at the half-way mark of the 5,000-meter race until he was positioned in sixth coming out of the woods at the St. Olaf College course. "I passed a lot of runners in that stretch through the woods," said Tholen after the post-race award's ceremony, with his fourth-place medal draped over his neck.
NORTHFIELD -- Utilizing its exceptional team balance and depth, Adrian High School was the dominant program at the 2007 Class A state cross country meet Saturday. Running at the St.
LUVERNE -- Scoring twice in the game's first six minutes and later answering Jackson County Central's only touchdown with a scoring drive of their own Friday night, the Luverne Cardinals earned a 27-6 victory over the Huskies in the Section 3AA championship football game. Luverne (10-1) advances to the Class AA quarterfinals, where it will play Section 2 champion Triton at 7 p.m. Friday at Mankato in a rematch of last year's state title game.
WORTHINGTON -- Having gained more confidence as her successful sophomore season progressed, Worthington's Kaitlin Gerber ran her best race of the fall at Adrian Oct. 25 and qualified for today's Class A girls' state country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Gerber, who finished sixth -- out of 101 runners -- at the Section 3A meet, will compete in a projected field of a 150 competitors at the big event, which begins at 1 p.m. "Kaitlin has been very focused in practices, as well as meets," praised her coach Mike Traphagen.
WORTHINGTON -- Ryan Tholen, a junior at Tracy-Milroy-Balaton High School, leads the list of 11 area individual qualifiers to this year's state cross country meet, which takes place today at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The area will be represented by a total of 20 girls, as both Adrian and Luverne will each run full seven-member squads in the team competition, and six other individuals -- four from Section 3A and two out of Section 2A -- also earned qualification by claiming a top 10 finish at their respective section meets last week. The Class A girls' 4,000 meter race begins at 1p.m.