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Hennen hauls home awards

Garrett Hennen with the awards he was given at Awards Night on Monday in Minneota.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Minneota’s wounded warrior, Garrett Hennen, almost needed a U-Haul to carry away all his hardware.
The Vikings all-time single-season rushing leader (2,070 yards this year) Monday was named the state champs Most Valuable Teammate, Hardest Worker, Offensive Most Valuable Player and earned a bevy of other honors.  read entire story. . . .

Swinging quickly into the winter season

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Here we go again! Another sports season is about to begin — this time with one Minneota team defending a state championship and the other two entering unknown territory ... Class 2A.
State Champion Coach Joel Skillings acknowledges his wrestling team has a, “Tough schedule, a lot tougher than last year.”
Then he added, “Is it a tough schedule or is it preparing you for great things?”  read entire story. . . .

Wrestlers start season ranked #1

The Minneota Viking Wrestling Team started practicing this week. They are hoping to defend their state title this season. They start the season being ranked number one according to the Guillotine.  read entire story. . . .

Busselman's fight for mom

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

If the Minneota football team had not continued its run deep in the playoffs this season, chances are that the boys’ basketball team would now have a new head coach.
Dave Busselman, now in his fourth season as head coach, had a tough decision to make as his wife of 17 years, Tammy Busselman, was in the ICU in Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls after it was discovered in early October that she had been bleeding in the back of her brain.  read entire story. . . .

Mustangs fall in conference tourney

The No. 2-ranked Southwest Minnesota State Mustang volleyball team had to rally to win their first  match over Augustana — but couldn’t come up with the same magic in the semifinals and they lost to Winona State.  read entire story. . . .

Sideline Slants with Scott Thoma: Not Chippy!

By Scott Thoma

Before joining the Mascot staff, I was a sports reporter and sports editor at a daily newspaper in Minnesota for nearly 30 years.
During that time, the newspaper I worked for initially covered 35 school districts, which were eventually whittled down to 21 with pairings.
The majority of those school districts were similar in size to Minneota, meaning they offered around 12-15 sports on the average per school. Those school districts combined to have around 400 sports programs per year, making the total number of sports teams I covered during my tenure there was well over 10,000.
Some of those teams were on the high end of the sportsmanship class. New London-Spicer girls’ basketball teams, for example, were among the upper echelon when it came time to talk about sportsmanship.  read entire story. . . .

Hennen becomes Vikings all-time rushing leader

Garrett Hennen ran low as he tried for more yards against Goodhue. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Goodhue did their best to stop the Minneota running back they dubbed, “Herschel Walker.”
An article in the Red Wing Republican-Eagle newspaper, written by former Marshall Independent Sports Editor Joe Brown, hung in the Minneota locker room all week, announcing Goodhue’s intent to “stop” Herschel Walker.  read entire story. . . .

Kyle Hennen's big day!

Kyle Hennen had a big hand in Minneota's victory over Minneapolis North, 35-18 for the state title Saturday.
He caught three passes for 50 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown pass. On defense he intercepted a pass for 30 yards, had six solo tackles and broke up three other pass attempts. Here he caught the ball in front of North's Antwan Cobble.  read entire story. . . .

Isaac fills in for brother Garrett

With a state title on the line, sophomore Isaac Hennen did what his all-time Viking season-leading brother Garrett couldn't do.
He ran the ball 24 times for 108 yards, caught two passes for 21 yards; had 70 yards on four kickoff returns and scored three touchdowns and an extra point run conversion. He also had three tackles on defense.
Not a bad day for a fill-in brother. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Basketball games postponed

The Edgerton boys basketball game set for November 24 at home has been postponed and will be made up at a later date.
The boys game on December 1 against Canby has also been moved to a different date.  read entire story. . . .

Reiss 'Freshman of the Year'

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Despite the fact she’s played just over half the season so far, Taylor Reiss of Minneota has been named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) “Freshman of the Year.”
In addition, Reiss and Mustang Megan Larson of Minneota were named to the all-conference team.  read entire story. . . .

Buysse tradition-winning titles

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Anyone who has watched Leo Buysse play for Minneota over the past three seasons will agree that he leaves everything on the field.
That aggressiveness mirrored the play of his father, Brian, a linebacker/fullback who helped Minneota win state titles in 1986 and 1987 with the same type of tenacity.  read entire story. . . .

Game Plan For Victory: “Now It’s Our Turn To Carry Him”

Leo Buysse (55), Isaac Hennen (24) and their teammates (including Everett Van Hecke (right) celebrated the Viking victory. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

Posted by John Millea (
Updated 11/14/2015 5:03:31 PM

The game plan for the Class 1A defending state champion Minneota Vikings on Saturday was pretty simple: Run the ball, eat the clock, score touchdowns … and keep Minneapolis North quarterback and future University of Minnesota player Tyler Johnson on the defensive side of the ball at safety.
When the Polars did possess the ball, Minneota’s defense needed to contain Johnson, who is as dynamic on his feet, as well as throwing the ball, as anyone in the state.
The Vikings’ offense has been powered for two seasons by senior Garrett Hennen, a 6-foot, 220-pound wrecking ball who came in with a school-record 2,056 rushing yards in 13 games. Hennen is also Minneota’s leading tackler, so his defensive headlights would be aimed at Johnson. (Hennen is the fellow wearing number 34 on the cover of the state football tournament program.)  read entire story. . . .

On the Bench with Byron Higgin: Questionable ethics on the playing field

Minneota’s State Championship win made a big splash across the state of Minnesota.
There was a lot of media coverage and those not at the game got to witness the event on their TV, or by listening to the radio.
As electrifying as it was to have Minneota’s top rusher, Garrett Hennen go out early with a knee injury and to have his brother Isaac and Bryce Bruner fill in for him with great running, there was another play that’s gotten state-wide attention since the game ended.  read entire story. . . .

North was at a loss against Leo Buysse

Minneota captain Leo Buysse had a stellar day on defense. He had three tackles for loss, all sacks, — totaling 19 yards he cost Minneapolis North int he 35-18 state championship win for the Vikings.
Buysse took down Patrick Dempley on this play. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Getting a kick out of the state championship

Minneota kicker Diego Meza-Palmer converted three extra point kicks, had a solo tackle and recovered a fumble to help the Vikings beat Minneapolis North and win the state title. Holding for him was quarterback Alex Pohlen. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Great day for Bruner!

By Byron Higgin Mascot Sports Editor

Three weeks ago Bryce Bruner's football season seemed to be in shambles.
The wrestler-running back has been fighting knee and leg injuries since he helped his wrestling team win the state title last March.
He injured his leg — but never quit playing, although he was used sparingly against Browerville-Grey Eagle when he hurt the knee on the second play of the game.
He saw action against Goodhue with both legs and ankles heavily taped.
Then on Saturday, he put all those injuries behind him, threw caution to the wind and help Minneota beat Minneapolis North, 35-18 for the Class A State Title.
With the Vikings leading rusher, Garrett Hennen out with a knee injury early in the game, Bruner cranked up his after-burners and ran 17 times for 107 yards and caught three pases for 48 yards.
Oh yeah, he intercepted the pass above with Tyler Johnson of North in hot pursuit. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.  read entire story. . . .

Brotherly love helps Vikings win state title!

Isaac Hennen couldn't hide his emotions when he hugged brother Garrett after the Vikings championship win over Minneapolis North. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

By Tim Leighton, MSHSL Staff

Brotherly-love and playing for a fallen comrade came through Saturday for the Minneota High School football team.
Senior fullback Garrett Hennen handled the lion’s share of Minneota’s rushing attack with 2,056 yards in leading the Vikings to the Prep Bowl for a second consecutive season. But when he went down with a knee injury in the first quarter, the Vikings didn’t panic.
With their rushing leader on the sideline, leaning on crutches and a heavy ice bag strapped around his left knee, his teammates marched onward.
Sophomore Isaac Hennen, Garrett’s younger brother, helped pick up the slack, rushing for 103 yards and scoring three touchdowns to propel the Vikings to a 35-18 victory over Minneapolis North in the Class A championship game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings named all conference in football & volleyball

Six Vikings named all-conference
Six Minneota Vikings were named to the Southwest District All West Sub-District team. Two more were honorable mention.
The West Sub-district of the Southwest District named seniors Garrett Hennen, Bryce Bruner, Kyle Hennen and Leo Buysse along with junior Everett VanHecke and sophomore Alex Pohlen.
Minneota’s two honorable mentions (HM) were sophomore  Isaac Hennen and senior Ryan Twedt.  read entire story. . . .


Boys Basketball
Team      W-L  ALL
MACCRAY Wolverines               0-0  1-0
Central MN Christian Bluejays 0-0  1-0
Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks 0-0  1-0
Yellow Medicine East Sting 0-0  0-0
Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles               0-0  0-0
Kerkhoven-Murd.-Sun. Saints            0-0  0-1
Renville Co. West Jaguars 0-0  0-1
Canby Lancers 0-0  1-0
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers 0-0  1-0
Lakeview Lakers 0-0  1-0
Minneota Vikings 0-0  0-0
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights 0-0  0-0  read entire story. . . .