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Volleyball team wins, heads to playoffs

Natalie Herigon and Abby Hennen nearly collided on the court against Windom. Minneota survived to win, 3-1. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Sports Editor

"We always have a great match with Windom before we start the playoffs," said Minneota Coach Steph Hennen.
Her Vikings beat Windom Area on Thursday,25-13; 17-25; 25-14 and 25-16.
Minneota had a disasterous second game in which the back court digging literally fell apart.
But they recovered, came back strong and advanced their record to 23-6 for the regular season.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings survive scoring battle with Lakers

Minneota's Everett VanHecke reached out to block Lakeview's Seth Plotz as Isaac Hennen ran the ball during Minneota's 49-40 win over Lakeview. VanHecke was a force for the Vikings line all night and Hennen rushed and caught passes for 254 yards and he scored four touchdowns. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .


Minneota lineman Everett VanHecke jumped to congratulate Austin DeVlaeminck after a long catch by DeVlaeminck during Minneota's 49-40 win over Lakeview Tuesday night. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Isaac adds more yards

Isaac Hennen ran for 134 yards and now has 1,173 on the year in eight games. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

BOLD number one; Vikings two in Section 5A

Skylar Gilbertson runs back a 94-yard kickoff for a touchdown against Lakeview. It was the second straight game in which he ran back a kickoff over 90 yards.

By Byron Higgin, Sports Editor

BOLD (8-0), of Olivia, has gained the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Section 5A Tournament that starts on Tuesday.
The Minneota Vikings, also 8-0 got the No. 2 seed.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings take second at Apple Valley

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

The Apple Valley Classic has been tough on Minneota at times.
But Coach Steph Hennen knows the “upper-class” competition is just what her team needs as it nears the playoffs.
But this time, the ever-improving Vikings, now 21-6 on the year, proved they belong with the upper competition.
They turned back Minneapolis Washburn, Hibbing and Albert Lea, all 2-0, then floated into the finals against Osseo, a team now 19-2 on the year and up a couple divisions from Minneota.
They beat Jordan, Clayton, WI and Waconia to get a shot at up-start Minneota.  read entire story. . . .

Vikes roll past Rebels, 3-0

Minneota 3, Murray County Central 0
Minneota played without Lydia Sussner Tuesday and won, 25-11; 25-15 and 25-16.
Sussner was held out to rest her sore shoulder but is expected back by Thursday. Natalie Herigon stepped up with 16 kills and Lizzy Gillingham added nine and Sydney Larson four as the Vikings coasted to their 22nd win of the year.  read entire story. . . .

Listen up!

Senior captain and setter Charlie Josephson took a moment with eighth grader Abby Hennen, who has had to step up her role on the team since Jennifer Krog was injured. Josephson, the team quarterback, kept her squad moving  read entire story. . . .

Emily Gillingham fighting the odds

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Emily Gillingham knew what she was up against.
The Lac qui Parle Valley-Dawson-Boyd girls have set the pace all year — and only two of the three top teams in the section, Luverne, LqPV-DB and Canby-Minneota will go to state.
So Gillingham, trying to show the way for her teammates, took off in the Camden Conference meet and took on Lac qui Parle Valley-Dawson-Boyd’s best, Jordyn Sterud and Sadie Thompson.  read entire story. . . .

A grueling grind

Cross Country is a “grueling grind”, no matter how you cut it. It’s running in the wind, the heat and sometimes even the rain. And it’s running up hill, as Canby-Minneota boys’ runner Anthony Wollum found out in the Camden Conference run on Monday. It took a toll on him at the end. He took third. Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Get fired up!

Cross Country is a “grueling grind”, no matter how you cut it. It’s running in the wind, the heat and sometimes even the rain. And it’s running up hill, as Canby-Minneota runners found out. Coach Beth Jessen tried to rally her girls before their run. They are: (left to right) Natalie Dinius, Faith Traen, Emily Gillingham and Kalli Jelen (hidden). Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Fifth Grade football team fairs well at the Jamboree

Minneota’s Fifth Grade team was 2-2 at the Morgan Jamboree. They beat Redwood 3-1 and Pipestone 2-0 and lost to Cedar Mountain 2-1 and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, 3-2. They are: (front row, left to right)  Wyatt Myhre, Gus VanHecke, Alex DePestel, Stanley Siekmann-Adams, Daniel Leos and Kaden Guza. Second row: Ryan Dalager, Max Rost, Peyton Sheik, Drew Lipinski,  Keaton Jurrens, and Ben Schmidt. Back row: Coaches Kyle Hennen, Steffan Stiklestad and Brandon Anderson. Not pictured is Gavin Welsh.       Special photo.  read entire story. . . .

Sixth Grade Football team wins jamboree

Minneota’s Sixth Grade team was 4-0 and swept the Morgan Jamboree on Saturday. In terms of touchdowns, they beat Redwood 3-1; Cedar Mountain 4-0; Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 3-1 and Pipestone, 4-3. They are:  (front row, left to right)  Logan Myhre, Mason Bottelberghe, Dylan Vlaminck, Peyton Gillund, Jackson Lacek, Anthony Rybinski and Michael Popowski. Second row: Joe Verschelde, Garet DeBoer, Isaac Pohlen, Zack Fier, Lane Loyson, Hudson Scholten, Evan Popowski, Isaac Guza and Brandon Johnson Back row: Coach Nathan Pohlen, Devyn Hansen and Coach Wade Gillund. Photo by Chris Hansen.  read entire story. . . .

MINNEOTA NO. 1 in Section 3A North

Minneota and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton got the No. 1 nods in the Section 3A Volleyball Tournament.  read entire story. . . .

Returns pulls Vikes out of 'deep dark hole'

Skylar Gilbertson scoring in the end zone on a 91-yard run back. He's the inset in the photo. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Kenny Rogers once sang, “I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in. I watched myself crawlin’ out as I was a-crawlin’ in ...  read entire story. . . .

Pass broken up

This pass to Canby's Adam Durfee was broken up by Landon Abraham (left) and Thomas Hennen, right. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Hennen 4 TD's; over 1,000 yards

Minneota's Isaac Hennen scored four touchdowns, one on an 80-yard run. Here he steps past Canby's Justin Merritt. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

On the Bench with Byron Higgin: 1,000 for Isaac

Almost lost in Canby’s near-upset over Minneota and Skylar Gilbertson’s spectacular 91-yard run back was the fact the team’s junior running back, Isaac Hennen, gained his 1,000 yards this season — in just seven games.
Hennen, who has aptly taken the place of his graduated brother Garrett, ran for 185 yards and now has 1,039 with one regular season game and who knows how many playoff games to go.

Great Quote ...  read entire story. . . .

Hennen flies

Isaac Hennen flew through the air for more yards as Canby’s Justin Merritt (1) was left in the dust during Minneota's Thursday night win. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .