Thursday, January 27, 2022

Sports

One of the favorite parts about my job is interviewing athletes right after a big game. Watching the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat unfold before your eyes and finding out where everything went right or went wrong is a privilege. I’ve seen my fair share of tears, whether they be happy or...
Senior forward Evan Dushek focuses on the basket before a free throw attempt. Dushek finished the game against Mankato East with a team-high 22 points. Staff photo by Jonny Clubb
The Owatonna Huskies boys basketball team defeated Mankato East, 79-77, in an offensive battle over the weekend. Owatonna shot 60.9% from the field in the  first half, finishing 14 of 23 shots. Of Owatonna’s 14 field goals, five were three-pointers for 62.5% from beyond the arc. However, Mankato...
Westfield freshman Bo Zwiener works to drive an armbar to secure a dominant position and earn a victory by fall against NRHEG’s Deven Parpart. Zwiener went on to win the match by fall in the second period. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
Westfield Razorbacks freshman wrestler Bo Zwiener has begun his 2021-2022 season in blistering fashion already amassing a record of 21-2. Zwiener, Westfield’s go-to guy at 120 pounds, was a state participant last season for Westfield as an individual but did not place in the tournament. This year,...
For many Vikings fans, the firing of head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman brought a sigh of relief. Personally, I am a fan of the Vikings’ move to bring a fresh start to the organization and appreciate owner Zygi Wilf finally putting his foot down and letting the Vikings fanbase...
Owatonna junior wrestler Cael Robb looks for an opening against his opponent Carter Fecht from Waverly-Shell Rock High school. Robb went on to win the Jan. 7 match, 4-2. The following day, Robb earned his 100th win against John Hersey High School at the two-day tournament.  Submitted photo.
Owatonna wrestler Cael Robb earned his 100th win as a Husky earlier this month at The Clash XIX Wrestling Duals in LaCrosse, joining his older brother, Peyton Robb, in the school record books. The 132 and 138-pound wrestler has started off the 2021-2022 season with a bang after competing at the...
Westfield 160-pounder Sam Skillestad works to secure a pin against Pine Island’s Will Radtke. Skillestad was successful in his attempt and secured the pin in the second period. Photo courtesy of Mary Nelson.
The Westfield Razorbacks won their two dual meets 38-29 and 54-6 against Dover-Eyota and Pine Island to finish the weekend 2-0. “This was another great day of wrestling for our team.  We had seven wrestlers go 2-0 on the day and help guide us to two wins.  I’m really proud of the way our wrestlers...
Blooming Prairie girls basketball coach John Bruns earned his 300th win as a head coach last week in a game against Lyle-Pacelli. Immediately after the final buzzer in Blooming Prairie’s 60-43 win, his players swarmed him and celebrated the accomplishment. “It was fun, but you know, the biggest...
If you are a football fan, there is a good chance that you have heard of John Madden. The legendary Super Bowl-winning coach, sportscaster and NFL video game icon was one of football’s most beloved figures and arguably one of the reasons I am working in the field I am today. Madden was born in...
Blooming Prairie senior point guard Bobbie Bruns moves the ball down the court in the team’s season-opening game against Kingsland. Bruns started the season by scoring her 1,000th varsity point and recorded a career-high 30 points. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
Blooming Prairie three-sport varsity athlete Bobbie Bruns was preparing to meet her friends at Applebee’s last May after a softball game when her life changed “in the blink of an eye.” Just a quarter-mile from her house, she turned onto US 218 where a service truck was stationary in the middle of...
Gear for the annual New Year’s Day polar plunge hosted by the Owatonna Divers Club sits unattended on the surface of the ice. An initial hole was drilled in the ice, but the club decided not to expand it and instead cancel the event for the first time since its inaugural plunge in 1963.  Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
The Owatonna Divers Club called off its annual New Year’s Day polar plunge this year for the first time since 1963 due to illness, injury and the -8 degree temperature. The idea for the traditional plunge dates back to a New Year’s Day party that Don Matejcek attended in Owatonna back in 1963. “I...

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