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Using a pressure defense combined with productive shooting, the Cleveland Clippers easily defeated host Tri-City United 71-34 Friday in non-conference boys basketball action for their first win of the season.

Snapping a five-game drought for their first win of the season, the Minnesota River boys downed host Windom 6-2 on Saturday.

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Wyatt Olson scored 30 points to lead the St. Peter Saints to an 83-58 home victory Thursday over New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva.

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With occasional bursts of velocity on Thursday, the Minnesota River boys hockey team resembled last year’s team at times, but those moments were not enough, and the Bulldogs lost to 6-3 to visiting Hutchinson.

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After an 0-2 start and a 12-day break, the Cleveland girls basketball team got on track Thursday with a 50-40 win over host New Ulm Cathedral.

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Unbridled, the Cleveland boys basketball team fell hard to host Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 104-37 on Tuesday.

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St. Peter broke open a tight first game of the season with an 18-6 run to open the second half en route to a 79-65 victory Tuesday at Glencoe-Silver Lake.

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In their season opener against tournament host Wabasso Friday, the Cleveland Clippers battled back from a 10-point halftime deficit, got their transition game rolling to take a 4-point lead in the second half, but succumbed to the Rabbit’s hot shooting and fell 83-80.

Saints senior setter Paige Hewitt finished her stellar career with 2,014 assists, and at a recent year-end banquet for the volleyball squad, she finally got the chance to take it in, as she and her teammates were honored for their accomplishments.

Moving up to Class AAAA brought stiff competition for the 2019 St. Peter Saints football team. But a passing attack led by quarterback Wyatt Olson still made for a strong season, despite the 3-6 record.

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St. Peter’s second game of the girls basketball season was the polar opposite of the first, with plenty of scoring and solid all-around play.

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UPDATEDIt wasn’t easy or pretty at times, but the St. Peter Saints girls basketball team survived thanks to Morgan Kelly’s 23 points and a smothering defense to earn a 55-46 non-conference win Friday at Mankato East.

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While a year ago, the Clipper girls lost to Sleepy Eye 68-58 and to Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 80-56, this year, the Clippers, showing their youth at the SESM tip-off tournament, succumbed to SE 65-26 on Friday and to SESM 80-38 on Saturday.

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With the Clipper volleyball team earning a Valley Conference championship while reaching kill, dig and set milestones along the way, 2019 will go down as perhaps the most successful season since the program began in the mid-1970s.

Tom Blaido and company were hoping they could sneak a few shots past New Ulm’s young goalie and have some kind of a chance against the conference leading Eagles on Thursday.

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Keely Olness is hopeful that Minnesota River’s easy-peasy 6-2 win over visiting Windom Area on Tuesday will segway the Bulldogs’ from two-straight losses last week to a strong showing against rival New Ulm this coming Thursday.

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Four Saints seniors signed collegiate letters of intent to participate in athletics at their respective choices during a Wednesday photo shoot at the high school.

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With Waconia coming to town on Thursday, the Minnesota River girls hockey team had a chance to get off to a 4-0 start, but the Wildcats scored three first-period goals en route to a 3-1 final.

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Other than their players being young, head coach Tom Blaido didn’t know a lot about this year’s version of Rochester Century going into the Minnesota River girls hockey team’s first game Thursday.

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St. Peter senior Lauren Feder qualified for the state Class A diving tournament by placing fourth out of 23 divers in the Section 1A championships Thursday at Rochester John Marshall High School.

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They don’t know if they will continue on in the sport, but preschoolers through sixth-graders got a chance to try wrestling for free.

APPLETON – The Gustavus men’s hockey team got an opening weekend sweep Saturday night as they defeated Lawrence 4-3. With the win the Gusties move to 2-0 overall, while the Vikings fall to 0-3.

NORTHFIELD – Tierney Winter (Sr., Waterville) became the second fastest runner in the 6k-era of Gustavus women’s cross country history, taking second place and leading the Gusties to a fourth place team finish at the MIAC Championships on Saturday.

NORTHFIELD– The Gustavus men’s cross country team earned fourth place Saturday at the MIAC Championships. Garet Grant (So., Winona) and Andrew Stumbo (Jr., Boone, Iowa) headlined the Gusties with All-Conference performances. Grant finished 12th in 25:44.7 and Stumbo took 14th in 25:53.7.

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