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MEDFORD -- Propelled by a strong second half, the second-seeded Medford girls basketball team opened the Section 2-AA tournament with a 71-51 victory over No. 7 Blue Earth Area.

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Despite finding itself unexpectedly entangled in a back-and-forth game against Mankato West, the Owatonna boys basketball team found a way to steal a 67-66 Big Nine Conference victory on Monday night at the OHS gymnasium.

Owatonna head coach Josh Williams called it the best defensive effort he’s seen in many years Friday following the Huskies’ 52-40 victory over Rochester John Marshall in Owatonna.

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Medford’s Charley Elwood advanced to the 132-pound championship match following a 14-1 major decision victory over Le Sueur-Henderson’s Dylan Novak and a 16-0 technical fall victory over NRHEG’s Clay Stenzel. Elwood will face Blue Earth’s Caleb Beeler in the championship.

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A late comeback fell short for the Medford Tigers on Thursday in a 43-39 loss to host Cleveland in non-conference boys basketball action. Each team was battling for a seventh win on the season.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alex Galchenyuk scored the tying goal and the shootout winner as the Minnesota Wild beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Wednesday night and delivered new coach Dean Evason his first win as an NHL coach.

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — The woman had been waiting for her opportunity for more than an hour, which was no big deal because, technically, she had been waiting 40 years. She went to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on a frigid night earlier this week with a folder containing a stack of pe…

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Owatonna’s already in for the Class 3A team state tournament meet but now spots in the individual tournament are up for grabs beginning Friday at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester at noon. The finals will take place Saturday at the Mayo Civic Center beginning at 10 a.m.

BLOOMING PRAIRIE — Five Blooming Prairie boys basketball players scored at least nine points as the Awesome Blossoms cruised to a 73-45 Gopher Conference victory over Medford on Friday night.

MAPLETON — Emma Kniefel threw on her cape and saved the Medford girls basketball team from a huge disappointment by scoring a season-high 35 points in the Tigers’ 56-51 victory over Maple River in Gopher Conference action on Tueday.

MANKATO — A late scoring barrage lifted the Owatonna boys hockey team to a 6-2 victory over Mankato East and officially kept the door open, albeit by a tiny sliver, for the Huskies to share of the Big Nine Conference championship.

WATERVILLE — Despite a myriad of things stacked against them, the short-handed Blooming Prairie boys basketball team was a last-second 3-pointer away from stealing a game on the road against the second-ranked team in the state.

BLOOMING PRAIRIE —Blooming Prairie’s resilience, defensive discipline and remarkable performance at the free throw line simply weren’t enough to counter a sluggish start on Tuesday night in a high-stakes Gopher Conference showdown against W-E-M.

If the youthful Owatonna girls basketball team was going to continue to improve at the rate it had shown over the second half of the season, some unfortunate contender was going to fall victim to the scrappy Huskies and its conference-title hopes were going to take a major hit.

Medford students Emma Kniefel (far left), Izzy Reuvers (middle) and Kiley Nihart smile for a photo during a short ceremony at Medford High School commemorating each one’s decision to play sports at the next level. Kniefel turned down a full athletic scholarship from an NCAA Division II schoo…

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