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Sports briefs: Joe Kinley hired to coach Minnesota West baseball

Minnesota West Community and Technical College has announced that Joe Kinley has been hired as the new Bluejay baseball coach for Minnesota West. Kinley is an alum of Minnesota West, he also has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Dakota Wesleyan University.

Kinley hired for MW baseball

WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West Community and Technical College has announced that Joe Kinley has been hired as the new Bluejay baseball coach for Minnesota West. Kinley is an alum of Minnesota West, he also has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Dakota Wesleyan University.

Kinley played baseball for Minnesota West and Dakota Wesleyan with recognition as the Minnesota Community College Athletic Conference Academic Award Winner.

Kinley is also employed at Bedford Technology as a senior accountant.

Minnesota West Interim Men’s Athletic Director Jeff Linder notes, “Kinley is a former student-athlete at Minnesota West and that will give him insight on what it takes to have a successful program. He will do a great job.”

Bluejays hoping for first win

WORTHINGTON -- It’s almost certain that one winless college football team will get a victory Saturday at Trojan Field in Worthington.

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At 11 a.m., the 0-2 Minnesota West Bluejays will host the 0-2 Mesabi Range Norsemen, and at first glance the contest may be just the thing West needs to get its offense going. Last Saturday in a 21-0 home loss to North Dakota State College of Science, West’s offense was sluggish through four quarters.

But Mesabi Range, which lost its opener 23-22 to NDSCS and its second game 41-27 to Vermilion, gave up 25 first downs to the Ironmen along with 419 yards of total offense and 5.59 average gain per play.

The Rangers pose a test defensively for Minnesota West. The Norsemen quarterback, Charles Fiuza Jr., completed 26 of 44 passes for 325 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions last Saturday.

Area represented in volleyball, cc rankings

The Marshall Tigers are the No. 1.-ranked high school volleyball team in Minnesota Class AAA, and the Luverne girls top the field in Class A cross country.

Luverne is followed by Staples-Motley and Perham among the top three cross country rankings according to the Minnesota Cross Country Coaches Association. The Cardinals’ Tenley Nelson and Jenna DeBates are among the top girls individual Class A runners, as is Murray County Central’s Amanda Overgaauw.

The highest-ranked volleyball teams in the Minnesota Coaches Association poll are Mayer Lutheran in Class A, Southwest Christian in Class AA, Marshall in AAA, and Wayzata in AAAA. Jackson County Central is ranked fourth in AA.

Ag Bowl in Marshall Sept. 18

MARSHALL -- The 15th annual Ag Bowl is being featured in Marshall on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Schwan Regional Event Center and SREC parking lot on the Southwest Minnesota State University campus.

The Ag Bowl is a celebration of agriculture in Minnesota and features numerous events for kids and adults. Activities begin at 3 p.m. and include a petting zoo, tractor displays, hay rides, mini-golf and other ag-related booths, plus food and beverages.

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A free football clinic is hosted by SMSU football coaches and staff from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for the Kids Pedal Pull begins at 4 p.m. for children ages 4-11.

At 6 p.m. the SMSU football team hosts UMary.

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