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'We needed that!' — Coach Steph Hennen

"We needed that!"
Coach Steph Hennen breathed a sigh of relief after Minneota had ended it's regular season by beating arch-rival Windom, 28-26; 25-20 and 25-15 Thursday night in Minneota.
"We need to play like this at this time of year," the coach said about the upcoming Section 3A Playoffs.  read entire story. . . .


This is it — it’s over.
The Little Sioux Conference no longer exists. Next year the Minnesota State HJigh School League has instituted a District format so the conferences will be gone.
As a result, Minneota, with it’s perfect 8-0 record, has WON the FINAL Little Sioux Conference championship. “That means something to us,” said Coach Chad Johnston. “We had our sites set on it,” he added.  read entire story. . . .

Youngster Pohlen leads assault on Adrian

Those expecting to see the rivalry between Minneota and Adrian renewed were disappointed Wednesday night when the Vikings won the final Little Sioux Conference crown with a perfect 8-0 record by shellacking Adrian (6-2), 68-0.
In so doing, they secured a No. 1 seed and first-round bye in the upcoming Section 3A playoffs.
Freshman quarterback Alex Pohlen passed for 154 yards, completing nine of 11 passes for 154 yards with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Nicholas Esping.  read entire story. . . .

C-M Running hard toward sections

There’s been little to worry about all season as the Canby-Minneota boys have chopped up opponents all season, ranking 11th in the state and setting a pace to repeat as Section 3A Champs.
Tuesday they won the Camden Conference crown by 14 points over Lac qui Parle Valley-Dawson-Boyd.
But they’ve set loftier goals, like placing in the state as a team.
All season senior Travis Dinius set the pace for his Canby-Minneota cross country pals.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings statistics very one-sided over Adrian

Minneota 68, Adrian 0
Adrian 0   0    0   0  — 0
Minneota 21 21 20 6  — 68
Minn-Andrew Behnke 80 kickoff return. PAT-Diego Mesa Palmer kick.
Minn-Alec Engler 11 run. PAT-Mesa-Palmer kick.
Minn-Engler 2 run. PAT-Mesa-Palmer kick.
Minn-Garrett Hennen 2 run. PAT-Mesa-Palmer kick.
Minn-Garrett Hennen 12 run. PAT-Mesa-Palmer kick.
Minn-Nicholas Esping 34 pass from Alex Pohlen. PAT-Mesa-Palmer kick.
Minn-Cole Hennen 50 run. PAT-Mesa-Palmer kick.
Minn-Brock Fox 11 run. PAT-Kick failed.,
Minn-Bryce Bruner 64 run. PAT-Mesa-Palmer kick.
Minn.-Isaac Hennen 17 run. PAT-Kick failed.  read entire story. . . .

Esping snatches touchdown pass

Minneota receiver Nicholas Esping reached for a pass, caught it and beat his defender to the end zone for a touchdown Wednesday night against Adrian.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings scoring nearly 59 points a game

Minneota's football team has reached new heights during a perfect 8-0 season.
One of those heights may well be, and it appears IS, a regular season state record of 469 points in eight games, for an average of 58.6 points per game.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota football gets No. 1 nod, first-round bye

Minneota's football team has reached new heights during a perfect 8-0 season.
One of those heights may well be, and it appears IS, a regular season state record of 469 points in eight games, for an average of 58.6 points per game.  read entire story. . . .

Double hit

Amber Engels and Taylor Reiss were ready to dig the ball at Apple Valley last weekend.

The dancin' Johansens

After winning the Camden Conference title on Tuesday, the dancin' Johansen's, (Mitchel, left) and McKinley (right), were joined by Anthony Wollum.
The twins set off a celebration amongst Canby-Minneota runners.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota ranked No. 2 in section volleyball

Central Minnesota Christian took the top rank in the upcoming North Section 3A Volleyball Tournament and the Minneota Vikings were ranked No. 2.
In  the south, Heron Lake-Okabena was ranked No. 1 with Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in the No. 2 spot.
Minneota will open the tournament against either Canby or Renville County West. Those two open on Monday, Oct. 20 to determine who will play Minneota.  read entire story. . . .

Happy Days are here again .... Vikings 3-1 at AV

Oh Happy Days are Here Again ... smiling, laughing cheer again ... Happy Days are here again!
There were plenty of smiles all around on Saturday as the Mnneota Viking Volleyball Team swept Rochester John Marshall 25-18 and 25-18, then in the ninth place game stopped Winona, 25-13 and 25-20.
Minneota ended the two-day October Classic at Apple Valley with a 3-1 record — and more important, a feeling they'd turned the tide and "come together" as a team.
"I thought we had a really nice weekend," said Coach Steph Hennen.
"Obviously, we hated to see Sienna go down but you never know what's going to happen," said the coach about a concussion injury to Sienna Mahan-Deitte in the first game against Blaine.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota splits two at Apple Valley openers

Minneota came up short in the opening game at the Apple Valley Tournament on Friday, losing to Blaine, 2-0.
But they bounced back beating Burnsville, 2-0.
They will play again at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday in the ninth place bracket.
They started the Blaine game without Senior Emily Stienessen, who is suffering from pneumonia.
By the time the'd lost to Blaine, 24-17 and 25-20, they'd lost another player.
Sophomore Sienna Mahan-Deitte was hit in the head with the volleyball as she dove for a stop and suffered a concussion.
Tests were given and she was deemed unable to continue in the tournament.  read entire story. . . .

Pohlen leads Vikings over MCC, 54-0

Minneota’s strong-armed freshman continued his assault on Little Sioux Conference teams by throwing for 183 yards and three touchdowns in a 54-0 win over Murray County Central Thursday night.
A 14-0 loss to Dawson-Boyd gave Adrian it’s first loss of the season to set up the 6-1 Dragons at Minneota (7-0) Wednesday at Minneota for the Little Sioux Crown in it’s last year of existence.
Next year the teams play a District Format instead of conferences so this is the last roundup for the Little Sioux Conference.  read entire story. . . .

Over the shoulder

Dylan Tolk took the pass from Alec Pohlen over his shoulder and went in for a touchdown against MCC Thursday night.  read entire story. . . .

On The Bench: Good weekend was ‘what the doctor ordered’

Minneota desperately needed to know they could play with anyone in the Section 3A Tournament that’s fast approaching.
So last weekend’s surprise 3-1 record against much larger schools was exactly what the doctor ordered.  read entire story. . . .


Eden Prairie defeat Chanhassen, 25-12; 25-19
Edina defeat Kasson-Mantorville, 26-24; 22-25; 15-12
Apple Valley defeat Blaine, 25-19; 27-25
Osseo defeat Jordan 25-19; 23-25; 15-12
Minneota defeat Winona 25-13; 25-20
11th PLACE
Rochester John Marshall defeat Wabasha-Kellogg 17-25; 25-9; 15-9
13th PLACE
Burnsville defeat Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 21-25; 25-20; 15-9
15th PLACE
Bloomington Jefferson defeat Hibbing, 25-19; 25-21
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Deer Hunt Expo offers family fun

Area hunters and families who want to participate in the Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener activities can do so for free by attending the Welcome to Camp Expo at the Sanford Center beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 in Bemidji.  read entire story. . . .

Mankato to host Governor’s Pheasant opener

Gov. Mark Dayton announced earlier this evening that the city of Mankato has been chosen as the host community for the 2015 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener.
“I want to thank the people of Mankato for putting together a fantastic plan to host next year’s Pheasant Opener,” Dayton said. “The communities of Montevideo, Marshall, Madelia, and Worthington have helped establish a great Minnesota tradition. I know next year’s event in Mankato will be just as outstanding.”  read entire story. . . .