Luverne Sports

Five athletes claimed event titles during the Cardinal Pride competition staged on the first day of football practice Aug. 13. They are (from left) Kaden DeSollar, Eric Thorson, Kameron Keene, Zach Ahrendt and Jed Dooyema. Dooyema claimed the overall championship.
A strong performance by a Luvene High School senior stood out during the annual Cardinal Pride competition Aug. 13. Jed Dooyema dominated the eight-event competition to win four individual titles and the overall championship on the first day of football practice. Dooyema won the cleans (195 pounds...
With the 2018 fall sports season about to get underway in our corner of the state, I’m expecting big things from a couple of squads. It’s hard to say which teams will accomplish what, due to varying factors that could change a program’s fate in a hurry. At the same time, I have a hunch some area...
A Luverne man registered the fourth hole-in-one of the season at the Luverne Country Club August 16. Mike Lammert is not a regular member of the Wednesday Night Late Nine-Hole League, but he accepted the invitation when Brent Schepel asked him to fill in for his partner that. It proved to be a...
Luverne senior Carissa Cunningham posted a pair of victories at first singles when the Cardinal tennis team opened the 2018 season by hosting a triangular meet Saturday.
The Luverne Cardinal tennis team opened the 2018 season by hosting a triangular Saturday. United South Central nipped the Cardinals by one point in the first match of the day. LHS rolled to a five-point victory over Lac qui Parle Valley in the finale. “We made some beginning of the season mistakes...
Chris Nowatzki (middle) won his second consecutive Men’s Club Tournament title and his third title in the last four years Sunday. Wade Whitacre (left) and Joe Dorhout (right) share second place.
For a man who didn’t know if he would be able to play golf this weekend, Chris Nowatzki put on a pretty good show during the Luverne Country Club’s 67th version of the Men’s Club Tournament over the weekend. Nowatzki overcame a four-shot deficit entering play on Sunday to become a repeat winner of...
The calendar hanging in my work cubical lists that fall officially begins on Sept. 22, but it arrives much earlier for me each year. I believe summer ends when the high school athletes begin preparing for the upcoming fall sports season, and that day came and went on Monday. I’ll be spending a...
Denise Iveland
The Luverne Country Club yielded its third hole-in-one of the 2018 season on July 31. After a pair of men registered aces on the par-3 seventh hole on June 27, a female found the cup on the par-3 third hole during a league round on the final day of July. LCC manager Denise Iveland was playing a...
Six men joined club champion Chris Nowatzki as flight winners during the Men’s Club Tournament staged at the Luverne Country Club over the weekend. They are (from left) Dan Kern, Mike Smith, Jared Pick and Derek Elbers. Missing are Joey Pick and Dave Iverson.
Six other men emerged as flight champions along with Chris Nowatzki during the 67th edition of the Luverne Country Club’s Men’s Club Tournament staged on Saturday and Sunday. Nowatzki repeated as the winner of the championship flight, while Mike Smith, Dan Kern, Dave Iverson, Jared Pick, Derek...
Mary Jo Graphenteen (right) won the championship flight title of the Women’s Club Tournament by dethroning four-time defending champion Melissa Sandbulte (left) at the Luverne Country Club Saturday. It was Graphenteen’s second title overall and first since 1992.
A lot of things have changed over the past 26 years, but something has remained the same for one Luverne woman. Mary Jo Graphenteen’s quest to win her second Women’s Club Championship has never wavered over the past quarter of a century. Graphenteen made a bid to win a number of club titles since...
Debbie Kooiker (left) and Wendy Evink (right) won the second and first flight titles respectively during the Women’s Club Tournament at the Luverne Country Club Saturday.
The 67th version of the Luverne Country Club Women’s Club Tournament produced a total of three champions. Along with Mary Jo Graphenteen’s conquest in the championship flight, Wendy Evink and Debbie Kooiker captured the first and second flight titles respectively. A strong opening round lifted...

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