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Free throws help Canby shoot past Vikings

It was a rough, physical game. Amber Engels tried to guard Natalie Dinius of Canby on the press but got an elbow to the neck. Dinius  sank 12 of 15 free throws and had 21 points for the Lancers.

For the second straight game Minneota gave up a bevy of free throws and this time lost to Canby, 63-57 to go 0-2 on the year.
Canby hit 26 of 45 free throws on 34 Minneota fouls.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota boys win opener

Thomas Hennen scored 25 to lead Minneota. File Photo.

The Minneota boys basketball team defeated Edgerton, 68-52 to win their season opener.
They led at the half, 33-28 and went on to capture their first win.  read entire story. . . .

Wrestlers lose to Hutch; beat Minnewaska

Minneota's wrestling team dropped a thriller Hutchinson Thursday, 33-27 in a match that came down to the heavyweight match.
Minneota's TJ Esping lost 2-1 in overtime to Chandler Kurtz to secure the win for Hutch.
They came back to defeat Minnewaska 55-6 to end the day at 1-1.
 read entire story. . . .

How often do you score 81 points and lose?

Charlie Josephson fought for the ball on the floor against BOLD. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

BOLD scores 90 to spoil Vikings opener

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Okay, they scored 81 points and lost their season opener to BOLD, 90-81.
They committed 38 turnovers and BOLD converted 20 of 25 free throws off 19 Minneota fouls.
And BOLD’s MaKenna Steffel scored 36 points.
Yet, their heart was in the right place!  read entire story. . . .

'The Herigon Bear'

“The Herigon bear” is with them always. The Vikings teammate Natalie Herigon can’t be with them at the games because of her father’s illness. So instead, the girls adopted a “Herigon Bear,” with a shirt with the Herigon name on the back to represent their friend and teammate at the games. Natalie received an identical bear from her teammates.  read entire story. . . .

Wrestling team adds triangular

The Minneota Vikings wrestling team added a triangular meet Thursday at Lac qui Parle Valley and instead of opening the season at Litchfield Saturday, they will open on Thursday.
Minneota will wrestle Hutchinson at 5 p.m. at Lac qui Parle Valley and will then take on Minnewaska at 6:30 p.m. in the second match of the day.  read entire story. . . .

Three all-conference

Minneota placed three girls on the Camden All-Conference volleyball team this year.
All three are seniors. They are Charlie Josephson, Natalie Herigon and Amber Engels.
In addition, Herigon was named to the all-state team this year.
Minneota sophomore Lydia Sussner was an honorable mention recipient.
In the North Conference, Callie Switters of Central MN Christian was named the Most Valuable Player with MACCRAY Coach Terese Bourne the Coach of the Year.  read entire story. . . .

Differding in all-star game Saturday

Minneota’s Tanner Differding will play in the Minnesota Coaches Association All-Star Football game on Saturday at  U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Sponsored by the Minnesota Vikings, the 44th annual event has been moved from summer to Saturday, December 3.
It will be played at 3 p.m. on Saturday.  read entire story. . . .

Larson, Reiss garner more awards

The Conference Commissioner's Association (CCA) announced on Tuesday morning that Taylor Reiss and Megan Larson have been named to the 2016 Division II All-Central region first team.
Reiss was also named the CCA Central Region Player of the Year.
Reiss, a sophomore outside hitter from Minneota High School,  has averaged 4.94 kills (third in school history), 2.95 digs, and 0.54 blocks per set in 31 matches.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota runners receive awards

At the annual Canby/Minneota Cross Country Banquet, two Minneota runners were given awards.
Minneota senior Emily Gillingham was named the girls’ “Most Valuable Runner.”
Sean Dilley of the boys’ team was named “Most Improved.”  read entire story. . . .

Johnston named 'Coach of the Year'

Minneota’s all sub-district awards were handed out at the annual banquet held recently.
Six members of the Vikings were on the team along with two honorable mention.  read entire story. . . .

SMSU Roundup: Volleyball team wins

Volleyball
Taylor Reiss connected on a match-high 26 kills, while teammate Eisha Oden recorded 17 kills and hit .600, to lead No. 2 seed Southwest Minnesota State to a 23-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-19 victory over No. 7 seed Wayne State in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Region Tournament played at the Gangelhoff Center on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul.  read entire story. . . .

Herigon named to all-state team

Several sports-related items came up at Tuesday night's Minneota School Board meeting.
They included:
•Natalie Herigon was an all-state volleyball selection.
•Boys and girls basketball numbers are about the same, 51 students each. The girls have one more coach because their numbers inflated quicker, but the school board is looking at hiring another boys coach.
•Noted Minneota has had 22 teams in the state tournament since 2008.
*Approved Emily Stienessen as a volunteer girls basketball coach.
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Mustangs ranked second in sections

The Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball team will be making its 13th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance — and 14th all-time — as the team was selected as the No. 2 seed in the Central Region tournament announced on Monday evening.
SMSU (26-5) will face No. 7 seed Wayne State (24-7) in the quarterfinals on Thursday, Dec. 1, in St. Paul. Match time will be announced later this week.  read entire story. . . .

On the Bench with Byron Higgin: A whole new season

This off-season has been the longest I can remember.
I guess that’s because our football and volleyball teams were not in a state tournament for the first time I can remember since 2009.
Minneota girls’ basketball Coach Chad Johnston doesn’t usually get ANY time between coaching football and girls basketball.
“This year, I had time to do a little hunting and had some family time,” he said.
It’s a luxury he doesn’t usually have. In the past, he’s jumped right from the football playoffs to coaching basketball.
But now it’s all behind us, and Tuesday night, we started, “A whole new season.”  read entire story. . . .

Three-point ace now dishing out advice

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Emily Stienessen spent five years launching three-pointers and dishing out assists for highly successful varsity basketball teams at Minneota.
Now, the Southwest Minnesota State University sophomore has launched a new interest by dishing out advice as a volunteer coach at her alma mater.
Stienessen inquired about helping the Vikings out as a volunteer coach last season and enjoyed it so much that she volunteered her services again on a more full-time basis.
“She approached me last year when she decided to transfer to SMSU,” said Minneota Head Coach Chad Johnston.  read entire story. . . .

Strong dancers return to Sensations

Special Report
By Ryan Feiock
Canby News

Thechr(8200)Canby/Minneota Sensations look to improve on their fifth place finish in sections last year with 14 returning letter-winners.
Jordyn Kalthoff returns as the head coach and will be assisted by Morgan Krug and Shauna Vernlund.
They again are in the Camden Conference and a part of Section 3A.
Last year, they placed second at the Renville County West competition, first at MACCRAY and fifth in the Section 3A tournament.
Varsity kick’s captains are Katie Friehl, Stephanie Kimpe and Madison Verhelst, all juniors.  read entire story. . . .

Youngsters making their move

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

The hope is this year will begin a “drive to respectability” for the Viking boys’ basketball program.
A year ago, the seniors were inexperienced and the youngsters were very young. The result was an inauspicious 7-19 season.
This year ­— it’s all youngsters, with one eye on a not-too distant future.
The only senior starter back is Brock Fox, and he’s coming off a rehabilitation of his knee after a football injury.
Isaac Hennen is now a junior after starting as a sophomore with sophomore Thomas Hennen back after a year of starting. Freshmen Nolan Boerboom and Logan Sussner got some time on the varsity last year, as did sophomore Sam Buysse.  read entire story. . . .

Skillings rank high in state

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

When it comes to state wrestling records — Minneota is ranked among the best.
Minneota Coach Joel Skillings is the 11th ranked coach in Minneota history with a 508-175-4 record. That’s a 73.9 percent winning mark. He’s coached for 29 years.
That’s especially impressive when you count former Canby Coach Gerry Gingles was 42nd on the list with a 338-73-9 mark over 25 years.  read entire story. . . .

Captains of the Ship

The time has come for Charlie Josephson and Amber Engels to take control of the destiny of the Minneota Vikings girls’ basketball team.
“They are willing to do it,” said Coach Chad Johnston. The two seniors, “Will need to step up in leadership on the court,” said the coach.  read entire story. . . .

Building a new team

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Ranked fourth in the state, the Minneota Vikings  may have to prove that ranking is worthy after a heavy loss of wrestlers left them a little short on depth.
Coming off a first place and fourth place finish in Class A the past two years, Coach Joel Skillings doesn’t find the cupboard bare — but he does feel Minneota doesn’t have the depth they’ve had the past few years.  read entire story. . . .

Going it alone, without Herigon

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Everything in Natalie Herigon’s high school career pointed toward a good senior season on the girls’ basketball team.
Then along came the Stage 4 cancer suffered by her father Bret and everything changed.
She struggled through the volleyball season with Bret at most of her games. “One of her worries was that he’d try to come to watch her play when he should be at home resting,” said Coach Chad Johnston.
“I totally agree with the decision,” said the coach, who ultimately felt it was, “The right thing to do.”
Herigon will be able to spend more time with her father during his illness.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota celebrates 50 years

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Minneota is celebrating its 50th Year of Wrestling this year.
They are commemorating the event with special T-shirts with the 50th year logo on the front and names of all past varsity Viking wrestlers on the back.
Wrestling was started the fall of 1966. The first coach was Pete VanVooren. The first MHS wrestler to win an individual District 9 title was Robert (Bubba) DePestel in 1970.
The first MHS wrestler to advance to the state meet was Terry Kronabetter in 1971.
The first match was held December 19, 1966 when Minneota lost to Lake Benton, 38-16.
The team won its first trophy at the Bird Island Invitational on November 29, 1969 and its 100th dual win against Madison in December of 1978.  read entire story. . . .

Basketball pre-season rankings released

The pre-season rankings have been released and Central Minnesota Christian of the Camden Conference is ranked No. 3 in Class 1A.
The Bluejays have been in the state tournament the past two years.
The only other team from the area ranked in Class 1A is Springfield in eighth place.  read entire story. . . .