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Viking boys win 'tale of 2 halves'

Logan Sussner blocked the way to the basket against KMS as Isaac Hennen looked on. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

Minneota won the first half, 38-11 and Kerkhoven-M-S took the second half, 21-14.
But the final result was all Minneota, 52-32.
Thomas Hennen led the Viking swith 17 and Brock Fox scored 12.
Jacob Hennen scored seven and Isaac Hennen six. Thomas Hennen led the team with 12 rebounds.
KMS had Tanner Rohner in double figures with 12.
Minneota is now 15-7 on the year and was to play Luverne Friday in Luverne for the regular season finale.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings lose heartbreaker to TMB

There was no happiness inside Beth Hennen and Lizzy Gillingham as they congratulated TMB on their overtime victory. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

It may have been a simple statement.
Coach Chad Johnston obviously wanted to beat the best team around — Tracy-Milroy-Balaton. And after nearly doing that, and losing 71-69 in overtime, he sat back on the bleachers and tried to reflect on the narrow loss.  read entire story. . . .

Girls defeat KMS

Minneota 63, Kerkhoven-M-S 46
Coming off a highly-emotional game like Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, Coach Johnston was expecting some “fire” from his girls.
He didn’t get it. “They just didn’t have any emotion,” the coach said about Tuesday’s 63-46 win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.
The girls ended the regular season with a 20-6 record.
In the first half, Minneota was down, 22-21 before they put on the pressure and vaulted into a 10-point lead at, 36-26.
While they continued to build a lead in the second half, the coach was feeling frustrated. “I pulled the press off with about 11 minutes to go because it wasn’t doing any good. They were just going through the motions,” he said.  read entire story. . . .

State dreams die at Pipestone

Minneota Coach Joel Skillings tried to put some perspective on the loss to Pipestone on Saturday. But he said, "There isn't anything I can say that will make them feel better." Pipestone won the Section 3A crown. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .


Minneota's Brant Buysse put a pinning hold on his Windom opponent Kade Samons. Buysse got a pin in :22 seconds. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Boys to open playoffs against Windom

Jared Josephson puts the brakes on an opponent. Photo for The Mascot by Brian Jeremiason.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot  Sports Editor

Minneota’s boys basketball team got a No. 4 ranking in the Section 3AA tournament and will play Windom Area at home on Saturday, March 3.
The Vikings (14-7) play the 8-16 Windom Area Eagles. “We were hoping to get ranked fourth so we could get a home game,” said Viking Coach Dave Busselman.  read entire story. . . .

WRESTLING NOTICE: Saturday only!

With the impending weather forecast in the Jackson area — there will be a change in the date and format for the Section 3A Individual Wrestling Tournament
The tournament will be changed to a single day tournament on Saturday February 25 at Jackson County Central High School.
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On the Bench with Byron Higgin: Vikings upset

Looking around the Pipestone gymnasium after the Arrows unseeded Minneota and landed their first-ever spot in the state wrestling tournament — I saw a lot of very stunned, perplexed and even hurt faces.
Fans, players, coaches alike were sharing the feeling.
After all, it looked to all the world like Minneota had the match, with four weights to go and some very good wrestlers on tap.
But it didn’t happen. The roof collapsed on Minneota and Pipestone is the Section 3A Champ.  read entire story. . . .

Four youth wrestlers place in Wabasso

In Wabasso on Sunday, the Minneota Youth Wrestlers placing were: (left to right) Peyton Gillund, runner-up; Zack Fier, Champion; Eli Gruenes, third place and Destin Fier, third place. Special photo.  read entire story. . . .

Good tourney for Third and Unders

Minneota Wrestling competed in a Third and Under Wrestling Tournament in Benson on  Sunday.
Minneota went 2-1 and finished in fifth place.
Minneota was defeated in the first round, 39-40 by New London-Spicer. They came back to win twice:
Scores were:
Minneota 57, TMB 24
Minneota 57, Alexandria 9  read entire story. . . .

Minneota girls open tourney against Luverne

Minneota’s challenges in the Section 3AA Playoffs is daunting — but challenging at best.
To earn a spot in the Class AA State Tournament, the No. 3 South Section Vikings will have to beat teams such as No. 2-ranked Pipestone, No. 1-ranked Tracy-Milroy-Balaton and possibly in the section finals, the North Sub-Sections No. 1-ranked team New London-Spicer.
But let’s start at the beginning, Minneota earned a home game to start the tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 against Luverne. The Cardinals are currently 10-13 on the year.  read entire story. . . .

BOLD forfeits hand Vikings Playoff win

Alec Bueltel picked up a tech fall win against BOLD. Photo for the Mascot by Brian Jeremiason.

Nine forfeits by BOLD made it easy for the Minneota Vikings to roll to a 72-6 win over the Warriors in the opening round of the Section 3A Playoffs.
Other Section 3A scores were:  read entire story. . . .

50 Years of Wrestling

There were 50 years of wrestling represented when former Minneota Vikings lined up for a photo at the Comedy & Dinner Show at KB’s in Ghent last weekend. The wrestlers ranged from last year’s team members to those from a long time ago. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .