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Boys run into state

Kurt TeBeest of Montevideo ran the Section 3A course at the Madison Golf Course in 17:02.41 and his first place finish was enough to lead Montevideo to second place and a spot in the Minnesota Class A State Tournament next Saturday in St. Olaf.
But it wasn't enough to be Canby-Minneota, the reigning champion who repeated with 61 points and a section crown.
The Lancers beat Montevideo, 61-75 amongst 16 teams and 300 boys and girls running the race.  read entire story. . . .

McKinley's head band saga

McKinley Johansen always wears an orange headband.
It's become his identification mark.
Since he and twin brother Mitchel both run for Canby-Minneota, it's also been a way to tell them apart.
"McKinley has the bandana on his head," someone will say.
During the race — there he was, bandana in place for all to see.
But when the race ended and he'd finished third at the Section 3A meet to lead his team back into the state, the bandana was gone.
"I usually wear my headband but I took it off because it was so hot," McKinley said.  read entire story. . . .

Leos back in state

Minneota's Josue Leos and his teammates from Canby earned their way back into the state meet by winning the Section 3A boys' cross country meet at Madison on Thursday.
"They have worked extremely hard. They ran all summer," said Coach Beth Jessen.
Canby-Minneota won the boys' meet with 61 points and Montevideo finished second with 75. Both will compete in the state meet at St.Olaf College in Northfield next weekend.  read entire story. . . .

Girls miss state by two points; Dinius qualifies

The girls’ missed going to state by two points. Lac qui Parle Valley easily won the meet with Redwood Valley second at 121 and Canby-Minneota third at 123.
“It was just a few points. We knew it was going to be close, but it was not in our favor,” said Coach Jessen.
“It was probably one of their better races so that was good to see. You can’t ask more than that,” said Coach Jessen.
Top finisher for Canby-Minneota was Natalie Dinius. She placed 10th and qualified individually for the state tournament.
"When you try your best and you barely fall short you can't ask for more from a group of kids."  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. . . .

VIKINGS WIN FINAL LITTLE SIOUX

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. . . .

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. . . .

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. . . .

Football playoffs against United South Central

SATURDAY’S GAME
Minneota will host United South Central (Bricelyn, Easton, Freeborn, Kiester, Walters and Wells) at 3 p.m. Saturday in a Section 3A Playoff game.
United South Central beat Murray County Central, 14-13 on Tuesday.
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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. . . .

ON THE BENCH: Blast from the Past

Remember when you were a kid you wore these T-Shirts with the word Minneota on the chest.
You played baseball as a youngster in these shirts. And you were proud of them.
In fact, many thought they were the coolest uniform they have ever seen.  read entire story. . . .

Successful warmup over Windom

"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. . . .

SCOREBOARD

Football
Little Sioux Conference
FINAL STANDINGS IN FINAL YEAR
Team                                                   W-L   ALL
Minneota Vikings                8-0   8-0
Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks                7-1   8-1
Adrian Dragons                6-2   7-2
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers           5-3   6-3  read entire story. . . .