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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...
Alex Weis (third, right) had a large support group that included his family and his girlfriend (Mckenzie Besel, second right) during the 2017 Deaflympic Games last month in Samsun, Turkey. The delegation also includes Jim Hensley (left), Judy Weis (second, left), Natasha Weis (third, left), Tony Weis (middle) and Drew Weis (right).
For Alex Weis, the 2017 Deflympic Games proved to be the ultimate learning experience. The 2013 Luverne High School graduate didn’t receive the opportunity to pose on the medal stand at the event in Samsun, Turkey, as he was hoping to do. In hindsight, that really didn’t matter. Having the chance...
The Luverne High School Activities Eligibility Meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, in the Luverne Elementary School gym. This is a mandatory meeting for students and their parents/guardians in grades 9-12 who plan to participate in Minnesota State High School League athletic activities...
Redbird Field was the place to be on Sunday, and I had a great time taking in the proceedings. Although the day included mixed results for the Luverne teams playing meaningful games within the city limits, it probably was the single most important day at the field since Aug. 1 of 2014. If you don’t...

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