Rock County Sports

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...
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...
Wes Boomgaarden stops for a photo in Montana during his 3,550-mile bike ride across the country this spring and summer.
Wes Boomgaarden is returning to Rock County for the Magnolia All-School Reunion that starts Aug. 31. All things considered, it will be a short trip compared to what the 1969 MHS graduate experienced this spring and summer. The son of Luverne’s Alvin Boomgaarden currently resides in Columbus, Ohio,...
The Minnesota Extreme Bull riding Company put on a show at the Rock County Fair Friday.
The second appearance of the Minnesota Xtreme Bull Riding Company at the Rock County Fair proved to be a big hit once again Friday. One year after drawing more than 1,150 spectators to the grandstands for the 2017 version of the event, more than 1,000 fans showed up for Friday’s show. “We were...
Luverne’s Eric Gaul won the Connell Car Care Enduro Race at the Rock County Fair Saturday night.
Good fortune favored Luverne’s Eric Gaul during the course of the Rock County Fair. Gaul, who to Luverne from Rushmore nearly two years ago, is a one-third owner of a car (along with Josh Fick and Steve Schouwenburg) that produced a combined three wins during the annual summer attraction. Gaul made...
Luverne’s Eric Gaul won a heat race and the feature title during the Concrete Creations of Minnesota factory stock competition at the Rock County Speedway Races Thursday.
A pair of Luverne drivers captured feature titles at the Rock County Speedway Races Thursday at the Rock County Fair. The 2018 version of the event attracted a total of 47 cars for five classes of competition. The night turned into a good one for Luverne’s Tom Kracht and Eric Gaul, who won the...
Luverne's Phoebe Flom participated in the first Tour de Donut Saturday.
The first Tour de Donut staged on Saturday proved to be a big hit. A total of 47 competitors in one of the events in either of the 55-, 33- or 17-mile divisions of competition, while others opted to take part in a 10-mile fun ride. All divisions of the Tour de Donut are timed events and everyone’s...
Luverne’s Jerilyn Britz (standing, left) was on the receiving end of a surprise sendoff inside the Luverne Country Club July 3. Britz is playing in the first U.S. Women’s Senior Open starting Thursday in Illinois.
Luverne’s Jerilyn Britz should be well into what she calls being in tournament mode right now. For the 1979 U.S. Open champion, tournament mode is a deep state of concentration, and it has served her well in the past. Being able to block out all of the distractions surrounding big events is...
Like many Rock County residents, I’ll do my best to keep up with what’s going on in Wheaton, Illinois, over the next four days. Luverne’s Jerilyn Britz is playing in the first U.S. Women’s Senior Open Championship at the Chicago Golf Club starting Thursday. Britz is one of 120 players taking their...

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