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Luverne’s Gannon Ahrendt goes up for a layup during a game against Hills-Beaver Creek last season. Ahrendt is one of the many prep athletes that are dealing with the delay to the start of the winter sports season.
The four-week pause that Gov. Tim Walz put in place for youth sports on Nov. 21 has been extended another two weeks. The four-week pause was originally set to end on Dec. 18. With the extension, youth sports are expected to pick back up again on Jan. 4. That means Luverne basketball, hockey,...
The Minnesota Vikings announced their 2020 All-State team. Hills-Beaver Creek's Rex Metzger (left) was named Coach of the Year and senior Gavin Wysong was named to the all-state team.
The perfect season that Hills-Beaver Creek put together this fall has not gone unnoticed. The 7-0 Patriots were named the Associated Press Nine-Man State Champions, and now they have another prestigious award for their trophy case. On Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Minnesota Vikings released the Vikings All...
Kamryn Van Batavia led the Cardinals in goals and points last season as a freshman. She’ll look to build off that success in 2021 as a sophomore.
The Luverne Cardinals girls’ hockey team in 2020 reached state tournament play for the second time in program history. With a strong core returning for the 2021 season, the Cardinals could be in store for another epic season on the ice. Six seniors, Regan Feit, Shelby Kracht, Rylee Gee, Brynn Thier...
Brennen Rupp
As it stands right now, the winter sports season for the Minnesota State High School League is scheduled to begin on Dec. 21. The first contests are scheduled to take place on Jan. 4. If and when the winter sports season starts, it should be an exciting one in Rock County. The Luverne girls’ hockey...
I consider myself a pretty die-hard outdoors man. I have been spending many late afternoons chasing ringnecks across the southwest portion of the state. Populations in this part of the state are normally higher than elsewhere, but I don’t often see many other hunters. That changed in the past few...
Hills-Beaver Creek’s football coach, Rex Metzger was named District Coach of the Year for the 2020 season. Metzger coached the Patriots to a perfect 7-0 season. The Patriots ended the 2020 season with a section championship victory over Mountain Lake Area. The Patriots were recently awarded the...
The 2020 fall sports season in Rock County was like no other, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the start of the fall sports season, it appeared the football and volleyball seasons would be played in the spring. That meant cross-country and tennis would stand alone as the only prep fall sports in...
Hills-Beaver Creek’s Taryn Rauk signs her letter of intent to play basketball at Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa. Pictured (front, from left) are Tami Rauk, Taryn Rauk, Chad Rauk, (back) Jordyn Rauk and Brynn Rauk.
Taryn Rauk has been around the game of basketball since she can remember. As the daughter of a coach, she fell in love with the thrill of competition at an early age. “Basketball has been a huge part of my life ever since I was a little girl,” Rauk said. “My dad (Chad Rauk) coached basketball. I...
Luverne’s LaShad Smith earned all-district honors for his efforts during the 2020 season. Smith was one of seven Cardinals to be named to the all-district team.
The South Central District announced their all-district team for the 2020 season recently and the Luverne Cardinals were well represented. In total the Cardinals had five players receive all-district honors. LaShad Smit, Zach Ahrendt, Bailey Cowell, Cade Wenninger, Peter Baustian and Ethan Beyer...
Luverne’s Elise Ferrell passes the ball during the team’s Nov. 16 match against JCC. Ferrell was recently named to the Big South All-Conference team.
The Big South Conference announced its fall sports all-conference teams for volleyball on Monday, Nov. 30. The Luverne Cardinals had three players recognized. Senior Gracie Zewiske and junior Elise Ferrell both received first-team all-conference honors. Junior setter Reghan Bork received honorable...

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