HERON LAKE — It was with great sadness on Thursday afternoon when I learned that my next-door neighbor, Don Steen, had passed away Wednesday evening at the Good Samaritan Center in Westbrook.
WINDOM --- Combining a determined team defensive effort with a sparkling 18-point second-half offensive performance by senior all-around athlete Wyatt Minion, the Windom Area Eagles changed a 41-34 halftime deficit into a 73-61 victory Saturday evening in Section 3AA South quarterfinal tournament action.
MARSHALL — Rallying from a seven-point deficit in a well-played game with impressive runs by each team, Southwest Minnesota Christian prevailed with a final surge over the final seven minutes to claim a 74-66 victory over Hills-Beaver Creek and win its third consecutive Section 3A South girls basketball championship Friday at Southwest Minnesota State University.
EDGERTON — Once again returning a solid nucleus of talented and experienced players, Southwest Minnesota Christian will likely be among the best high school girls basketball teams in the area.
FORT DODGE, Iowa -- Thirty-seven years after he ran in his first Turkey Day 10K, Heron Lake native Craig Carlson was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Iowa Central Community College, not as a runner -- as a coach. Carlson, who coached the women’s basketball team at Iowa Central for nine seasons (from 2005-2006 through 2013-2014), was one of five new inductees honored at this year’s ceremony at the Triton Café in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Sept. 16 -- Turkey Day in Worthington.
WINDOM — With the regular season completed, 10 of the 14 competing teams in the First Night and Gopher Leagues — which make up Region 13C — begin amateur baseball playoffs tonight.
HERON LAKE — Effectively patrolling center field Sunday, Heron Lake’s Rolando Ramos came up with eight putouts, including a spectacular diving catch in the top of the ninth inning, sparking the Lakers in a 3-2 First Night League victory over Fairmont.
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WINDOM — From once getting chewed out by Chicago Bears football coach Mike Ditka to announcing a state high school volleyball championship, Dirk Abraham has enjoyed a multitude of experiences during his lengthy career as a sports director for several radio stations, including his nearly 20-year current stint with KDOM in Windom.
WORTHINGTON — Having played as an offensive center in the National Football League for 13 seasons (1969-1981), Carl Mauck now lives in Lincoln, Neb. and has remained good friends with Worthington’s Joel Krekelberg.