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Viking boys have two-game winning streak

Isaac Hennen, who scored 23 points against YME put this one up against The Sting Tuesday night. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

“This team has never had the problem of not working hard. They’re trying to win,” said Coach Dave Busselman after the Vikings fell to 3-17 with a 55-38 loss to Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Friday night.
That “hard work” paid off the next day when they beat Fulda, 75-58 for their fourth win of the season. Then on Tuesday they made it a two-game winning streak with a 63-45 victory over Yellow Medicine East.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota basketball sweeps at Fulda

The Minneota boys and girls basketball teams swept a doubleheader at Fulda on Saturday.
The boys broke into the win column with a 75-59 win over Fulda and the girls took their game, 66-50 over Fulda.  read entire story. . . .

Vikings begin quest for back-to-back

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Now it’s time!
The regular season has expired, injuries (hopefully) have been healed, and now it’s time for the Minneota wrestling team to move into familiar territory ... in quest of a back-to-back state title.
Familiar? Well, no ... not for the wrestling team. Last year was their first title. But Minneota’s football team won back-to-back championships this year — and since most of them play football, well ... it’s familiar territory!  read entire story. . . .

Minneota wrestlers get No. 1 rank in section

Brendan Reiss wrestles for Minneota. Staff Photo by Byron Higgin.

Minneota received the No. 1 ranking in the Section 3A Wrestling tournament.
The tournament begins on Thursday, Feb. 11 when Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther (8) wrestles BOLD (9) at 6 p.m. in Minneota.
The winner then wrestles No. 1-ranked Minneota at 7:15 p.m., in Minneota.  read entire story. . . .

Four in double figures, free throws sink Lakers

Amber Engels guarded Lakeview's Sadie Stelter, who scored 31 points for the Lakers.

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Sports Editor

All of a sudden Minneota is a good free throw shooting team.
Thursday night they continued what they started at Canby and sank 16 of 21 in s 70-58 victory over Lakeview at Cottonwood.
Charlie Josephson, who was 11 of 11 at Canby, sank her first three for 14 straight before missing. She had three of five with 19 points.
But the real hero of the hour was the smallest girl on the floor, Amber Engels. She sank nine of 10, including eight of nine in the second half to preserve Minneota's lead and put the Vikings in the win column.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota wins triangular at Clara City

Alec Bueltel was on his feet but in a tough position. He recovered. He won two matches on Thursday night. File Photo by Byron Higgin.

Minneota won a triangular wrestling tournament Thursday at Clara City, beating Quad County 48-24 and Pipestone, 63-6.
Brant Buysse returned to the lineup after being ill last weekend and got a pin in 49 seconds over Quad County's Jaiden Jimenez.  read entire story. . . .

Art of free throwing saves Vikings

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Publisher

Free throw shooting.  Is it a lost art?
Ask former professional Shaquille O’Neal if it’s easy. He barely made half the free throws he shot in his entire career.
After a dismal middle-of-the season in which the cover seemed to be on the basket when Minneota shot free throws, suddenly Minneota is shooting 69 percent from the charity line in the last three games (49 of 71 free shots). They beat Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 63-42 Tuesday night, hitting 17 of 21 free throws.  read entire story. . . .

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest

Minneota Council 14420 Knights of Columbus free throw participants on Sunday at St. Edward School were: (bottom) Adam Dalager, Matthew Gamrak and Kylie Callens. Second row: Lauren Badgett, Faith Myhre, Grace Hennen and Gabe Sterzinger.  read entire story. . . .

On the Bench with Byron Higgin: Ninja photographer

Saturday’s Section 3A Dance Team High Kick and Jazz Competition at Montevideo turned out to be a very fun event for the dancers and the fans.
Minneota and Canby fans adorned themselves with head bands to denote the fact their Canby-Minneota Sensations, doing a Ninja Turtle act, were getting their support.  read entire story. . . .

Minneota youth do well at Gopher State Nationals

Here are the results from Gopher State Youth Wrestling Tournament in Monticello, which was held Saturday and Sunday.
Gopher State Nationals -  read entire story. . . .

Not for a lack of effort coach says of Viking boys

Thomas Hennen drove to the basket against RTR. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Sports Editor

"This team has never had the problem of not working hard. They're trying to win," said Coach Dave Busselman after the Vikings fell to 3-17 with a 55-38 loss to Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Friday night.
 read entire story. . . .

Minneota Youth Wrestling Team

The Minneota Youth Wrestling team has been putting up an impressive year. Here they posed at the Watertown Team Tournament.  read entire story. . . .

Real Bliss

MINNEOTA’s B squad won an exciting game, 55-51 over RTR.
Jacob Hennen sank two free throws, then two more with three seconds left to seal a win. The game had been tied at 51-51.
Hennen scored 21 points;  read entire story. . . .

Gold again for the gold girls

The Minneota Sixth Grade Girls’ Gold Basketball team won the Buffalo Lake-Hector tournament on Saturday. They are: (front row, left to right):  read entire story. . . .

No singing the blues for the blue team

The Minneota Sixth Grade Girls’ Blue Basketball team won the Renville tournament on Saturday. They beat Litchfield 31-4, Lakeview 32-5 and Marshall 36-24.  read entire story. . . .


Boys’ Basketball
Team       W-L  ALL
Central MN Christian Bluejays           15-0  21-2
Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks                10-5  13-7
Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles                8-7  11-12
MACCRAY Wolverines                6-9  7-14
Renville Co. West Jaguars                 5-10  7-15
Kerkhoven-Murd.-Sun. Saints           1-14  2-22
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers           13-1  20-3
Lakeview Lakers                   11-4  17-6
Canby Lancers                    9-6    15-7
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights             8-5    16-6
Minneota Vikings                     3-12   5-17
Yellow Medicine East Sting                 0-15   0-20  read entire story. . . .