Luverne Sports

Susan Bork
The 2017 fall sports season brings three coaching changes to teams from the Star Herald coverage area. The Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek volleyball programs have new mentors, and Adrian has a new football coach. Susan Bork brings past experience as a head coach to the Luverne volleyball program....
The 2017 fall sports season is shaping up to be an interesting one for area teams. As I was conducting interviews for the Fall Sports Preview that will be included in the Aug. 31 edition of the Star Herald, I realized this should be a unique campaign. With a number of different storylines to keep...
Luverne’s Rozilyn Oye strikes a forehand during Saturday’s season-opening tennis triangular in Luverne. Oye, who was playing at the varsity level for the first time, went 1-1 at first doubles with Emilie Bartels.
The Luverne girls’ tennis team opened the 2017 season by hosting a triangular meet Saturday. The Cardinals posted a 6-1 victory over United South Central in the opener before falling 4-3 to Lac qui Parle Valley in the finale. “You can tell how close both matches were by the huge number of super...
Luverne senior Kasyn Kruse (front, left) won the overall championship of the Cardinal Pride competition Monday. Other event winners include Matt Ziegler (front, middle), Jed Dooyema (front, right), Declan Beers (back, left), Matthew Sehr (back, middle) and Ben Serie (back, right).
A Luverne High School senior emerged as the champion of the 2017 Cardinal Pride competition on the first day of football practice Monday. Kasyn Kruse, who placed second in the event last year, compiled 1,912 points to win the overall competition by a healthy margin over fellow senior Declan Beers,...
Melissa Sandbulte (middle) won her fourth consecutive Women’s Club Tournament title Saturday. Mary Jo Graphenteen (left) and Sharla Reisch (right) placed second and third respectively.
Melissa Sandbulte turned a strong start into a successful finish during the 66th version of the Women’s Club Tournament staged Saturday at the Luverne Country Club. Sandbulte, who had won three consecutive championships heading into Saturday’s event, was spot-on in her play during the opening nine...
Chris Nowatzki (right) won the Seniors’ Club Tournament championship for the fourth consecutive year Saturday at the Luverne Country Club. Joe Dorhout (left) won the low net title.
A format change didn’t completely influence the outcome of the 2017 Seniors’ Club Tournament staged Saturday at the Luverne Country Club. Tournament officials scrapped the old format of divisional competition (50-59 division, 60-69 division and 70-and-over division) in favor of grouping all entries...
Wendy Evink
Two golfers joined club champion Melissa Sandbulte as flight champions when the 66th version of the Women’s Club Tournament was complete at the Luverne Country Club Saturday. While Sandbulte took top honors in the championship flight, Wendy Evink and Marla Van Dyk captured the president’s flight...
Luverne's Isaiah Bartels prepares to snag a throw from catcher Declan Beers during Thursday's tournament win over Duluth East in Willmar.
The Luverne VFW baseball team turned in a record-setting performance during the Minnesota State VFW Baseball Tournament in Willmar last week. The Luverne squad established a program standard by winning three games at the state attraction. Luverne went 3-2 overall and placed third in a 10-team field...
KQAD/K101 won the championship of the Rock County Kids Golf Scrambler for the second consecutive year Monday at the Luverne Country Club. Team members include (from left) Anthony Graphenteen, Mary Jo Graphenteen, Steve Graphenteen and Mark Iveland.
There was a repeat champion of the 20th annual Rock County Kids Golf Scrambler staged Monday at the Luverne Country Club. One year after shooting a five-under-par 31 to claim the team title, KQAD/K101 turned in a gross 32 and won the team title with a net score of 28.65 strokes. Steve, Mary Jo and...
Declan Beers is one of a number of local players who will receive the opportunity to play in the second consecutive Minnesota State VFW Baseball Tournament this week.
The Luverne VFW baseball team will make its ninth appearance in program history at the state tournament Thursday. The 2017 Minnesota State VFW Tournament is set for Aug 10-13 in Willmar, and the Cardinals open the event at 2:30 p.m. Luverne takes on District 8 champion Duluth East in the opening...

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