Thursday sports: Fairmont, MCC football teams prevail

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Thursday night high school sports roundup:


Fairmont 28, Luverne 6

FAIRMONT -- The Luverne Cardinals outgained Fairmont in total offense, but the host Cardinals used two defensive scores to pick up a victory here Thursday night.

Fairmont scored on a fumble return and an interception return.


Luverne scored first when Carter Sehr threw a 48-yard touchdown strike to Gannon Ahrendt. But the extra point was no good.

Fairmont’s first touchdown came on a fumble return in the final minute of the first half. Fairmont improved to 5-2 and outscored Luverne 21-0 in the second half.

Luverne won the battle of total offense, 223 yards to 165. Sehr was 6-for-13 passing for 96 yards, while Conner Connell was 6-for-11 for 33 yards. LHS was intercepted a total of three times.

Kaleb Hein and DJ Rock combined for 77 yards rushing for Luverne. Anyuon Atem led the defense with seven solo tackles and two assists.

Luverne 0 6 0 0 -- 6

Fairmont 0 7 14 7 -- 28

MCC 22, MVL 14

SLAYTON -- Tanner Graphenteen returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown to break a tie and lift Murray County Central to a come-from-behind victory over Minnesota Valley Lutheran here Thursday night.


Abe Paulzine threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Deacon and Ross Engelkes scored on a 1-yard plunge as the Rebels improved to 5-2 on the season.

Minnesota Valley Lutheran, also 5-2, scored on a pair of Cole Thompson runs en route to a 14-0 lead. The Rebels tied it with two scores late in the first quarter.

Graphenteen’s long interception return came midway through the third quarter.

Minnesota Valley Lutheran had 278 yards of total offense, while MCC finished with 262. Engelkes rushed for 74 yards. He also led the Rebel defense with seven solo tackles.

Paulzine was 6-for-13 passing for 95 yards. The senior quarterback also rushed for 58 yards. Graphenteen, Christian Tentinger and Dylan Doeden each had four tackles for the MCC defense. The Rebel victory marked the return of star Carter Benda, who suffered a separated shoulder a month ago and was thought to be lost for the season. He ran the ball seven times, caught a pass and made three tackles defensively.

The Chargers’ Thompson had 98 yards rushing on just seven carries.

Minnesota Valley Lutheran 14 0 0 0 -- 14

Murray County Central 14 0 8 0 -- 22


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Boys soccer

SW Christian 2, Mankato Loyola 0

EDGERTON — Aiden Schaap scored two goals in the second half and the Southwest Minnesota Christian boys soccer team beat Mankato Loyola 2-0 in a first-round Section 2A game.

Schaap scored his first goal off a Clayton Blankers header. The second came on a scrum at the front of the net.

Goalkeeper Jarrett Kuipers only handled two shots.

Mankato Loyola 0 0 — 0

Southwest Christian 0 2 — 2


Pipestone Area 3, W-WG 0

WESTBROOK -- Westbrook-Walnut Grove’s Isabella Rentschler was 11-for-11 and had 14 digs while Shelby Foster was 11-for-11 serving in a three-set loss against Pipestone Area. Set scores were 13-25, 18-25, 19-25.

Natalie Wahl finished with 11 kills and Carlie Ross had seven kills. Macie Christians ended with nine digs. Addeson Jenniges finished with 22 set assists.

W-WG's overall record is 13-9 and 5-2 in the conference.

Luverne 3, Adrian/Ellsworth 1

LUVERNE -- Adrian/Ellsworth’s Sadie Kraling was 26-for-27 with 12 kills in a four-set loss against Luverne Thursday night. Set scores were 15-25, 25-22, 23-25, 17-25.

Hali Bullerman finished with 23 digs and Maddie Wagner had 11 kills.

A/E’s overall record is 11-9 and Luverne’s record is 13-7.

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