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Sam Henson came up big in his first start of the season and fellow lefty, Willie VonRuden, continued to baffle Big Nine Conference hitters in Owatonna’s 3-2 victory over the Rochester Redhawks (Mayo) in American Legion baseball action on Thursday night at Dartts Park.

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Hard at work last night, I didn’t have time to watch the Twins’ series-opener against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. Sometimes I play the game in the background on TV, but that’s not very conducive to getting much done. Lets just put it this way, I get distracted pretty easily.

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After three seasons on the job, Dan Paur will be leaving the Owatonna girls lacrosse program to accept a position as the head coach of the Minnesota State University men’s lacrosse team.

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BECKER — Blooming Prairie’s Kollyn Alwes polished off a solid opening round at the Class A state golf competition with an 11-over-par 83 at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker.

Rachael Luebbe

4x400 relay

Creating an cohesive relay team — one that can win a conference championship and earn a state meet invitation — is a lot more complicated than simply throwing the team’s four fastest athletes into a group and running circles around a track.

WINONA — Two individuals, one boy and one girl, will represent Medford at the Class A state track and field meet after earning gold at last week’s Section 1-A competition held at Paul Giel Field in Winona.

NEW PRAGUE — Fresh off a victory over Farmington in its Section 1-AAAA opener, the Owatonna baseball team couldn’t pull off its second straight upset and dropped a tight 1-0 game to No. 3-seeded New Prague on Tuesday evening on the road.

LAKEVILLE — A rough second quarter doomed the No. 7-seeded Owatonna boys lacrosse team in a 19-4 loss to second-seeded Lakeville South in the opening round of the Section 1 tournament on Tuesday.

The Owatonna Quarterback Club will host its 18th annual Ken Bey Football Classic on Saturday, July 13 at Brooktree Golf Course. The four-person best shot golf tournament is open to all former OHS football players, coaches and friends of Owatonna football. Play will start at 11 a.m.

AUSTIN — Falling into crooked hole in the first inning, the fifth-seeded Owatonna softball team was unable to recover and lost, 10-0, to No. 3 Rochester John Marshall in the Section 1-AAAA tournament on Friday evening.

WINONA — Playing through challenging conditions on an already-challenging course, the Owatonna boys golf team tangled with the elements and finished in eighth-place of 12 teams with a 361 at the annual Big Nine Conference meet on Thursday at Bridges Golf Club in Winona.

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