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FINALLY! Sanow is a champ

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Aaron Sanow has come close so many times — but the title has always disappeared in the summer sun — earning him the moniker, “Always a bridesmaid — never a bride.”
But this time, he sucked it up, ignored the fierce pain in his back and won the Countryside Golf Club Championship.
“It’s overdue, that’s for sure,” said Sanow.  read entire story. . . .

Through the willows

Larry Fox got a nice shot through the Willow tree during Countryside Golf Club’s annual tournament this weekend. He tied for fourth with a 128 in the championship flight. Staff photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Smiling through the frustration

Doug Moen had a frustrating few rounds, but he rebounded and lifted the ball toward the cup and finished the first 18 holes with a 91. But it got worse on the final nine and finished out of the running for the championship when he had a 50 on the final nine holes for a total of 141. Yet, he maintained his smile (pictured) as he came off the course. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .


Minneota’s volleyball team is getting ready for the 2016 season opener Monday at Ridgewater College in Willmar. They will play Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa with the B squad at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity. Senior Natalie Herigon gave the ball  a bump in practice as others also continued to gear up for the Minneota opener on Monday.  read entire story. . . .


Seniors Emily Gillingham (left) and Natalie Dinius will be back to lead the Canby-Minneota girls’ cross country team again this year. They open Monday, August 29 at Morris. File Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Scrimmage is Saturday

The 10th Annual Panther Football Scrimmage will be held Saturday, August 27 at Tracy.
All ninth through senior football players will participate. Minneota opens at 9 a.m. with Springfield. The next time Minneota plays is at 10 a.m. against Yellow Medicine East. They finish the day against Red Rock Central at 10:30 a.m.  read entire story. . . .

A Cool Shot

The ball was headed toward the flag as Brad Cool chipped it from behind the green during the club tournament on Sunday. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .

Raymond, Irish win in state play

The Minnesota Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament opened in Hutchinson and Dassel last weekend and two of the four area teams in action came away with wins.
The Milroy Irish defeated St. Benedict’s, 4-3 when they broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning and Fairmont Martins drafted pitcher Matt Lytle relieved Cody Mather, went six innings, two-hit the Saints and picked up the win.  read entire story. . . .

On the Bench with Byron Higgin: 'Hope' in the volleyball camp

A scrimmage of six teams at Minneota last weekend provided Minneota with a lot of hope for the upcoming season.
“We did well. I’d say we played better than anyone,” said Coach Steph Hennen.
The teams included Luverne, Pipestone, Worthington, Central MN Christian and Canby.
Hennen has been moving her players around the net. “I can’t seem to find the right combination,” she said.  read entire story. . . .

Remi the dueling dog

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

Tim Dropik remembers the call he got one day from a desperate family in Missouri. He could either take their black Labrador or they would have to put it down.
“This particular dog had been passed around to several families because it was aggressive and hard for them to train,” said Dropik.
“They had seen me racing my dogs on the ESPN Great Outdoor Games and they heard I liked this type of dog.”  read entire story. . . .


Remi landed with a splash into the cool, cool water as he dueled with another dog at the Lyon County Fair last weekend. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.  read entire story. . . .