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THIRD PLACE CHAMPS!

Minneota hoisted the third place trophy at the Class A State Tournament. Taylor Reiss held the trophy for her jubilant teammates, who gathered to celebrate the 65-59 win over Lyle-Pacelli for third place.  read entire story. . . .

Muhl watches her team win title

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

The ultimate goal of every athlete is to win. And when you reach the pinnacle of excellence, the experience is something that stays with you for life.
Ashlynn Muhl was relentless in her pursuit of a national women's basketball title. Not so she could call herself a champion; more so she could share the memories with the other players on the Morningside team, which had become more like family than teammates.  read entire story. . . .

The 3,000 points

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Reiss needed 11 points to break the 3,000-point barrier. She got 13 — her lowest output of the year, but it was enough.
“I knew it was really important. It wouldn’t have been the same for her if we lost,” said Michelle Jerzak.  read entire story. . . .

Playing for Pride!

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

“I look across this group and see 11 seniors. But as far as starters — we had just two girls back”, said Coach Chad Johnston at the welcome home celebration on Saturday.
“We told them to think about what they were capable of this year — and they worked so hard. I am really proud,” he said.
This team made 22 turnovers against Browerville — yet came back to win.  read entire story. . . .

Fans sport 3,000 points banners

It was a memorable tournament in so many ways. Taylor Reiss scored her 3,000th career point against Browerville in the first game prompting banners from the Minneota fans.  read entire story. . . .

Trophy lift

Payton Boerboom, who couldn't play due to a shoulder injury, got to help hoist the trophy along with seniors Emily Stienessen and Taylor Reiss. It came after they beat Lyle-Pacelli, 65-59 Saturday at Concordia College for third place in the Minnesota State Class A Girls Basketball Tournament.  read entire story. . . .

Bringing home the bacon

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

After trailing by as much as 28-17 in the first half — the Minneota Viking girls put on an incredible comeback rally to defeat Lyle-Pacelli, 65-59 Saturday to capture third place in the Class A State Tournament.
Riding the excitement of coming back against Maranatha a day earlier, the Vikings engaged a torrid press that produced the victory.
"I think knowing we came back against a good team gave us momentum to keep fighting. We knew we could win this game no matter what," said Viking Post Taylor Reiss.  read entire story. . . .

Jerzak turns in great tourney

LeAnn Jerzak, guarding against Maranatha Christian Academy, turned in three good games and helped the Vikings take home the third place trophy.  read entire story. . . .

Taylor Reiss MVP; Coach of the Year in Camden

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minneota’s 3,000-point scorer, Taylor Reiss, and the Coach that has taken his team to the State Tournament five straight times, were named as MVP and Coach of the Year of the Camden North Conference.
Also honored as All-Conference selections were Minneota seniors Emily Stienessen and Michelle Jerzak.  read entire story. . . .

Camden Conference 2015 All-Conference Team

CAMDEN CONFERENCE
2015 Girls Basketball All-Conference Team  read entire story. . . .

Minneota has two teams in Pacesetter playoffs

Area youth basketball teams will again converge on Redwood Falls this weekend to play off for the Pacesetter Region 3 championships.
One of the teams participating Saturday in the boys’ Seventh Grade tournament is the Minneota Seventh Grade.  read entire story. . . .

Thirteen wrestlers qualify for state

Minneota advanced 13 wrestlers to the 2015 NYWA State Tournament in Rochester on Thursday through Sunday.
The tournament at Windom went well for Minneota.
“We will also have a K-Sixth Grade Team competing at state and a Seventh and Eight  Grade Team there as well,” said Coach Matt Myrvik.  read entire story. . . .

New sport gets a boost

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

The Minneota Sportsmen’s Club will be “throwing” for the Vikings when Minneota kicks off its first “Trap Shooting” season this spring.
Doing the “throwing” will be a new machine the sportsmen purchased  to help the Vikings’ newest sport get off the ground.
“We wanted to try and help them,” said Troy DeSmet of the Minneota Sportsmen’s Club. “The club voted on purchasing the new equipment and here it is,” he said.  read entire story. . . .

Muhl named first team NAIA All-American

Minneota’s Ashlynn Muhl of Morningside College has been named to the 2014-15 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball All-American First Team.
In addition to Muhl’s selection to the first team, the Mustangs’ Taylor Bahensky was named a third-team All-American, Lexi Ackerman was named an honorable mention All-American.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings finally slow the Mustang gallop

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Minneota Coach Chad Johnston was happier with his Vikings after a 76-69 loss to Maranatha Christian Academy than he'd been the entire state tournament.
"I am so happy with the way this team came back," the coach said.
They seemed buried  at 70-48 — then put on a push to get the game back within seven points when it ended.
There was a general feeling time simply ran out on the resurgent Vikings.  read entire story. . . .

Blackjacks state champ golfer severs toe

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

March 9 started out like any other day for Dawson-Boyd senior Spencer Erickson.
But the way it ended may have changed Erickson’s golf career — and maybe even the team’s future forever.  read entire story. . . .

Golf reaching new levels

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

The popularity of boys’ and girls’ golf in Minneota is growing so much that the programs had to add an additional coach.
Michael Bliss, also an assistant boys’ basketball coach, was approved to be added to the golf coaching staff along with Head Coach Ralph Hagen and assistants LeaAnne Bot and Greg Gile.  read entire story. . . .

On the Bench with Byron Higgin: Excitement reigned at the state tournament

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Minneota Girls’ Coach Chad Johnston is one of those coaches who doesn’t always find victory the only satisfying moment as a coach.
One of those special moments came at the state tournament when Minneota came from a 23-point deficit to lose by only seven to Maranatha Christian Academy in the semifinals.
“I was more excited about the finish of this game than any other time out there,” said Coach Johnston.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings 'hang on' to stay in the tournament

By Byron Higgin & Scott Thoma
Mascot Sports Staff

Emily Stienessen had a close-up look at the shot that could have changed everything.
"I was standing right there in front of her (Browerville's Crystal Pearson) when she took that last shot. I thought it was going go in," said Stienessen. “I said a quick prayer ... But it didn't go in.”  read entire story. . . .

Early start for local golfers

By Scott Thoma
Mascot Staff Writer

The Countryside Golf Club usually opens for the season near the end of March.
Even though temperatures haven't been unusually above average so far, the golf course opened on March 13 this season.
“I think we opened around that time three or four years ago,” said Angie Hennen. “But normally it's at the end of March.”  read entire story. . . .

Viking in all-star game

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Minneota Senior Emily Stienessen will play in the annual Girls’ Basketball All-Star game.
The top 40 senior girls basketball players in the state will play against each other in two exciting all star games.  read entire story. . . .

4-H Wildlife Quiz Bowl teams reserve champs and advance to state

The 4-H Lyon County Junior Wildlife Bowl team, the Sharpshooters, earned Reserve Champion at the annual Regional Project Bowl held March 21 in Redwood Falls.  read entire story. . . .

Reiss among finalists for Miss Basketball

Minneota’s all-state post player Taylor Reiss has been named as one of the five finalists for the Miss Basketball of Minnesota award.
She was among the top 25 finalists and the list has now been narrowed to five and she’s on the list.  read entire story. . . .

Tolk is Camden Co-MVP

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Dylan Tolk’s election as Co-MVP of the Camden Conference South puts him in some pretty elite company.
The senior was named to the honor along with Tracy-Milroy-Balaton junior Josh Kirk. And, the two joined North Division MVP Michael Lee of Dawson-Boyd in that select circle.  read entire story. . . .

Tolk, Harrison make All-Camden Conference Team

CAMDEN CONFERENCE
2015 Boys Basketball
All-Conference Team
North Division  read entire story. . . .

Scoreboard

Girls Basketball
MINNEOTA STATE TOURNAMENT
Class A
Quarterfinals
Maranatha 65, Stephen-Argyle 50
Minneota 69, Browerville 68
Ada-Borup 71, Springfield 53
Lyle-Pacelli 66, Mountain Iron-Buhl 47  read entire story. . . .

Freestyle/Greco Season is starting again soon

The Mustang Wrestling Club started practice on Monday March 16.  
Practice is held on Mondays and Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. at the SMSU Wrestling Room.  
This program is run through MN/USA for ages 5-18.  read entire story. . . .

Undeafted

The Minneota Fifth Grade Girls Blue team was undefeated this season at 20-0. They traveled to tournaments all over including Milbank, SD, Ortonville, Granite Falls, and Montevideo.  read entire story. . . .