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50th Wynston Boe title to Larson

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Jesse Larson may have won 11 of the Wynston Boe titles. It may have been his father’s (former Mayor Paul Larson’s) birthday. And, the tournament is named for his grandfather.
But with all that special stuff in mind, it was still extra special for Larson to return to his hometown to win the 50th Wynston Boe title and to do it playing against old friends Ben Derynck and Tim Stegner.  read entire story. . . .

Mudhens bounced from playoffs; turn triple play

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

"This is n'tthe way I saw this playing out," said Assistant Manager Beau Buysse.
He sat in front of the Dawson Dugout, trying to process then end of a 10-15 season after a 5-2 loss to Dawson in the playoffs.  read entire story. . . .

Mudhens turn back Granite Falls, 5-1

MINNEOTA OPENS THE PLAYOFFS
AT 7:30 p.m., tonight (Thursday, July 21 at Dawson).

Josh Bednarek dives for a ball a ball in front of the plate as pitcher Henry Pesch jumped over him. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

There’s few who can pronounce his name — and even fewer who realize he’s even there because he’s the “man behind the mask.”
But Wednesday Minneota Mudhen catcher Josh Bednarek slapped out a pair of singles and helped his pitching staff beat Granite Falls, 5-1.  read entire story. . . .

Mudhens beat Dumont in season finale

Adam Kovash waited to catch the ball in right field. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.

By Byron Higgin
(Contributor Rick Bot)

Peyton Nuy’s biggest obstacle Saturday at K. P. Kompelien Field wasn’t the opponent, Dumont.
Instead, he tangled with the fence post going after a pop-up and Nuy lost. He had to be removed from the game.
But his Mudhen pals didn’t lose. They shut off a ninth-inning Dumont rally for a 3-2 victory.  read entire story. . . .

Pacesetter action

The Minneota Ninth Grade boys competed in the Pacesetter Great Four State Tournament on Saturday at the Target Center. They took fourth place. Logan Sussner guarded an opponent from Austin (above). Special Photo.  read entire story. . . .

Seventh/Eighth team drops a thriller

Minneota’s Seventh/Eighth Grade team suffered a 9-8 loss in extra innings against Montevideo last week.
And that’s kind of how their season has been going as they sport an 0-6 record.
The Seventh/Eighth Grade Summer Baseball League consists of eight area teams.  
Against Montevideo, Josh Schuelke started on the mound and gave up four runs in four innings. Grady Moorse came in for the last six innings and pitched well, but gave up a two-run walk-off home run in the 10th to end the game.  
Moorse hit a home run earlier in the game.  read entire story. . . .

Derynck has great day at Wynston Boe tourney

Derynck seemed to be hoping his ball would move a little closer to the cup during the Championship Flight during the 50th Annual Wynston Boe Golf Tournament at Countryside Golf Club on Saturday. Derynck ended up in fourth in the Championship Flight with a score of 113. Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Going for the hit

It’s a busy place as Claire Rost bumped a volleyball through all the commotion as assistant coach Hayley Fruin watched. In position to bump the ball was Megan Krog, while Brynn Lozinski (pictured) kept her eye on the ball. Working hard to get to the ball was Mariah Buysse.
This is the first time they have ever touched a volleyball.  Some played JO but in junior high volleyball. They are just starting their volleyball careers.

The older girls are fun because we do not have to work so much on fundamentals. It’s the first year for this volleyball camp and we got 66 kids,
there are more in the older group than in the younger."
— Varsity Coach Steph Hennen.  read entire story. . . .

Volleyball camp hosts 66 girls

It’s a busy place (pictured) as Claire Rost bumped a volleyball through all the commotion as assistant coach Hayley Fruin watched. In position to bump the ball was Megan Krog, while Brynn Lozinski  kept her eye on the ball. Working hard to get to the ball was Mariah Buysse.
This is the first time they have ever touched a volleyball.  Some played JO but in junior high volleyball. They are just starting their volleyball careers.

The older girls are fun because we do not have to work so much on fundamentals. It’s the first year for this volleyball camp and we got 66 kids,
there are more in the older group than in the younger."
— Varsity Coach Steph Hennen.  read entire story. . . .

The race is on at Fiesta Speedway

Just like the old days, folks grab their basket of goodies, bring their love for racing and head for the nearest track every Friday night.
In this case, the Fiesta City Speedway in Montevideo is the destination.
Sometimes, a “special” race is thrown in for good measure. Such as the case Wednesday night at Fiesta.
Wednesday, July 13 was WISSOTA Modifies night and 24 racers came from all over for the Advantage RV Modified tour. They poured in from various Minnesota hamlets, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
It was a special night for Keith Thell of Foley, who took the lead and went on to win his first Fiesta City Speedway Mod 4 Feature race.
Scott Ward ran the 30-lap WISSOTA Modified feature in the lead the entire way to capture his second win of the year.  read entire story. . . .

Canby sends Minneota Legion into loser's bracket

Donnie Schuelke blased the ball into left field for a hit. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

Canby 11, Minneota 2
“If you’d have told me before the game we’d have just two strikeouts I would have said, ‘I’ll take it,’” said Minneota Coach Keven Larson.
But his team struck out just twice, yet Canby defeated Minneota, 11-2 in the second round of District 7 DII Southwest Sub-District Playoffs.  read entire story. . . .

Flamingo Man

The Wynston Boe tourney was indeed special for Dale Verschelde. He celebrated with a Fifth Flight championship and also honored late friend and Mayor Paul Larson, who’s cart was always adorned with flamingos. Verschelde had these club warmers in Larson’s honor. Oh, it was also Larson’s birthday. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

On the Bench with Byron: Minneota Legion loses a heartbreaker in extra innings

Minneota tried desperately to stay alive in the District 7, Southwest Sub-District tournament on Thursday.
They took the game with Montevideo into the 10th inning, but lost, 4-3.
The win set Montevideo up for a run to the finals.    Monte upset Canby, 9-8, then lost the championship to Cottonwood, 8-0.
It was a heartbreaking loss for Minneota, after playing well and leading 2-0 into the sixth inning.  They again took a lead, 3-2 in the ninth, but gave a run right back to Monte to send the 3-3 game into extra innings.  read entire story. . . .