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Wild Insanity on the diamond

It could only be called, “Wild Insanity.”
After 57 runs; 29 hits; 14 errors; biting cold and softballs flying out of the Minneota park — it finally ended.
Minneota swept MACCRAY 15-14 and 15-13 in a zany, free-for-all that mercifully ended for both teams.
Minneota-Canby did something nice for MACCRAY, offering Coach Nancy Thoma a check for $233 for funds they raised to help defray expenses during the illness of her granddaughter Hadley. Pepsi Bottling of Pipestone also donated to the cause.  read entire story. . . .


A spent cartridge ejected from the gun as Shawn Buysse shot at the flying target during the Minneota Trap Team’s round last week. This past week, Minneota Trap shooters were led by Tony DeSmet, who hit 39 of 50 targets. He had rounds of 20 and 19. Travis Engels hit 18 and 19 for 37. Ann DeSmet was next with a two rounds of 18 for a total of 36 targets.  Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Mudhens open new season Saturday

File photo of Chris Berg.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

There’s a measurable sound of excitement in Tyson Sonnenburg’s voice as the new manager of the Minneota Mudhens prepare for the season opener at 2 p.m. Saturday in Lamberton against the Long Soxs.
“We’ve got a pretty good bunch together and we think we will have a good season,” said Sonnenburg.  read entire story. . . .

DeNucci brings ‘passion’ to the ring

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Twelve years ago, Tony DeNucci fulfilled a dream of owning the American Wrestling Federation. Now, he will be bringing that dream to the Minneota High School on May 7.
“This is still such a big passion of mine,” said DeNucci, 50. “I love entertaining people and seeing them have so much fun. It's hard to explain, but it's a self-fulfilling feeling.”
The upcoming wrestling performance in Minneota is being billed as “Viking Vengeance”. Proceeds benefit the Minneota Public School.
Tickets can be purchased at the door.  read entire story. . . .


Minneota-Canby fastpitch girls  Tuesday presented a check for $233 to MACCRAY Coach Nancy Thoma to help with expenses incurred with the illness of her granddaughter Hadley, who is two years old and taking cancer treatments in the Twin Cities.  read entire story. . . .

Gile heart attack adds to golf coaching problems

File photo of Greg Gile.

Minneota’s golf team was once rich with  coaches, but has suddenly come into dire straits.
Current assistant and former Ivanhoe Coach Greg Gile had a heart attack and on Monday had a quadruple by-pass at Avera Hospital in Marshall.
Gile has been on Coach Ralph Hagen’s staff since Minneota and Ivanhoe brought their golf programs together a few years ago.
They’ve become a good combination along with LeaAnne Bot and Michael Bliss.  read entire story. . . .

Quirky, but a win ... but shutout by MACCRAY

Preston Nuy pitched in relief in both games
By Byron Higgin, Mascot Sports Editor

The best way Coach Keven Larson could describe a 6-5 win over Yellow Medicine East was, “We had a couple of quirky plays, but survived.”
Minneota led 5-1 into the seventh when the “quirky plays” took over.
Quirky play No. 1: “They hit a pop-up between pitcher and second base for a hit and then had a bloop under second baseman Brant Buysse’s glove,” for quirky play No. 2.
Another time a fly ball over first, down the right field line found three Vikings converging on it but nobody could get it.
Quirky!  read entire story. . . .

Gillingham finds her way in the 400

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

After years of long distance running, including cross country, Minneota’s Emily Gillingham seems to have found her way.
And surprise, surprise, it’s the much shorter runs that are giving her success.
She’s a member of the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relay teams that are finding success, such as first place wins at Slayton in the Rebel Relays. In those races, she runs 400 and 800-meters as her contribution to the team.
But the biggest surprise is the 400-meter dash, in which she’s become a threat to competition. She took second at Slayton and she’s also won that event in the past. She ran a 1:14.2 to place second to speedy Sydney Sommers of Redwood Valley, who just nipped Gillingham by two-tenths of a second.
Her emergence as a 400-meter threat gives the Canby-Minneota track girls extra points and helps them in their drive to win meets.
The girls finished second at Murray County Central on Friday while their counterparts,  the boys, took third.  read entire story. . . .

Golfers second at Ortonville

"We shot 380 today which is an excellent score.”
“Last year, we were golfing like this in mid May, then had a run of even better scores,” said Minneota Golf Coach Ralph Hagen.
His girls’ team shot a 380 on 18 holes at the Ortonville Invitational and placed second to Lac qui Parle Valley, which shot a 372.
"LqPV was young and good last year, but have improved and are very good.   We know we are not golfing our best right now, so it seems very possible that an intense rivalry is going to develop in Section 5A/Camden Conference with LqPV,” said Coach Hagen.
Canby had four girls at 100 or below 100 and shot a surprisingly good score of 387.  read entire story. . . .

Hall of Fame: Eleven nominated for first class

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Nominations for induction into the Minneota Athletic Hall of Fame closed on April 15 and now a 12-member committee will decide who the inaugural recipients will be.
The nomination process began in February and the voting will be done on May 2. There were 11 total nominations submitted.
Those on the committee will peruse the nominations and then vote for those they feel best qualify. Each committee member will get one vote and may not cast a vote for his/her own induction or the induction of an immediate family member.  read entire story. . . .

Fastpitch girls split with LQPV

Split with Lac qui Parle Valley
It was just one play — but it endured Emily Pohlen’s teammates to her.
In the seventh inning of the second game against Lac qui Parle Valley, Minneota led, 6-5.
The Eagles had two runners on base with no outs and Morgan Croatt hit a liner to centerfield.
Pohlen had no choice but to dive for the ball. She caught it, rolled over and held on.  read entire story. . . .

On the Bench with Byron Higgin: Golf concerns

LAST THURSDAY, the girls were the only one of the three teams at the Lakeview Triangular with a full team.
They golfed a 199 with Lakeview and MACCRAY with incomplete teams.
Heidi Guttormsson hit a 47 to lead the field with Nicole Evers right behind her at 48.
But after that, it fell off to Brooklyn Downing at a 51 and Allison Bot at 53.  read entire story. . . .