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  • By Jason Berghorst
    August 18, 2020
    The Luverne Redbirds will make their second consecutive and 12th overall appearance at the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball tournament this weekend. Luverne, which placed third in Region 13C, will open the 48-team single-elimination state tournament Saturday against the Mora Blue Devils at 11 a.m. in Springfield. The Blue Devils enter their fourth-consecutive state tournament with a 14-5 overall…
  • August 18, 2020
    REDBIRDS BASEBALL 2020   June 4      at Brandon Valley     4-3   W June 13    at Castlewood           9-5   W June 13    at Castlewood           9-0   W June 17    Tracy Engineers     12-1   WJune 24    Ruthton Royals       10-0   W June 26    Jackson Bulls         12-2    L June 28    Tracy Engineers     12-0   W July 1       at Milroy Irish            7-6   W July 5       at Adrian…
  • August 18, 2020
    The Luverne High School boys’ and girls’ cross country and girls’ tennis teams opened their fall seasons Aug. 17. Both programs will have fewer competitions and face a number of pandemic-related restrictions during the upcoming season. The Minnesota State High School League has postponed the football and volleyball seasons to spring due to coronavirus concerns.
  • By Jason Berghorst
    August 18, 2020
    Baseball is a nuanced game with many rules and even more details. Learning all there is to know about baseball can be a daunting task for young players and even longtime fans of the game. That’s where the Luverne Cardinal Kangaroo Court comes into play. Luverne High School varsity baseball coach Mike Wenninger has led the LHS program for over 20 years. He’s also coached the summer Junior Legion…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    August 11, 2020
    The Luverne Redbirds, the No. 2 seed in the Region 13C tournament, lost their Final Four series to the Hadley Buttermakers 2-1 (see related story). The Redbirds will have one more chance to continue their season and qualify for the 2020 Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament when they face the Milroy Irish in the best-of-three 13C Third Place series. The series begins Wednesday, Aug. 12, at…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    August 11, 2020
    There was no home-field advantage for the Luverne Redbirds and Hadley Buttermakers during the Region 13C Final Four playoff series played Wednesday-Sunday. Luverne, the tournament No. 2 seed, lost both games played in Luverne, and Hadley, the No. 6 seed, lost its home game Saturday. Winning two of three games in the series, the Buttermakers qualified for the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    August 11, 2020
    Beyer leads 19U season totals in batting, pitching   By Jason Berghorst The Luverne 19U baseball team filled the spot of what would have been the Luverne American Legion Post 123 team in a normal year. The team ended the season 14-3 and won the Southwest Minnesota 19U Tournament championship with a 12-2, six-inning victory over Minneota. Ethan Beyer led the team both in batting average and…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    August 11, 2020
    When the Minnesota State High School League announced plans for fall sports Aug. 4, much of the focus was on the football and volleyball seasons moving to spring. Cross country, tennis, swimming, soccer and other teams, however, were given the green light to compete this fall with various guidelines for athlete safety. Of those sports, Luverne High School offers cross country for boys and girls…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    August 11, 2020
    Local dirt-track racers competed at three local tracks this weekend. Colton Arends led Rock County drivers by winning the Stock Car A Feature race at Rapid Speedway Friday night. Locals also raced at Murray County Speedway in Slayton Friday and I-90 Speedway near Hartford, South Dakota, Saturday night.   Rapid Speedway Colton Arends of Luverne won his third feature race of the 2020 season Friday…
  • August 11, 2020
    BASEBALL 2020   Luverne Redbirds June 4      at Brandon Valley     4-3   W June 13    at Castlewood           9-5   W June 13    at Castlewood           9-0   W June 17    Tracy Engineers     12-1   WJune 24    Ruthton Royals       10-0   W June 26    Jackson Bulls         12-2    L June 28    Tracy Engineers     12-0   W July 1       at Milroy Irish            7-6   W July 5       at Adrian…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    August 11, 2020
    The Luverne 17U baseball team wrapped up its pandemic-abbreviated 2020 summer season by placing second at the Southwest Minnesota 17U Tournament played in Luverne Friday and Saturday. Luverne, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, defeated Minneota 10-0 Friday night and Worthington 5-1 Saturday morning before falling to Pipestone 5-0 in the championship game Saturday night.   Luverne 10, Minneota 0…
  • August 11, 2020
    Papik Motors won the 2020 Luverne Community Education Major League baseball championship. Papik’s defeated McClure Electric 9-8 in the title game played at Joe Roberts Field July 29.   Schomacker Cleaning won the 2020 Luverne Community Education Minor League Softball championship. The team defeated Salon 75 20-17 Wednesday, July 29, at Joe Roberts Fields in Luverne. Members of the third place…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    August 04, 2020
    The Luverne amateur baseball team took its first step toward returning to the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament this week. The Redbirds won their first best-of-three playoff series, defeating the Adrian A’s 15-1 Wednesday, July 29, and 9-5 Friday, July 31. Luverne, the No. 2 seed in the Region 13C tournament, will now play the Hadley Buttermakers, the No. 6 seed, in the final four round…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    August 04, 2020
    The Luverne 17U baseball team went 2-1 in their final week of the regular season. The Cardinals defeated Jackson 7-2 and Pipestone 11-2 before coming up short against Hadley The 17U team hosts an eight-team end-of-year tournament Friday and Saturday. Games will be played at both Redbird Field and the high school fields. Game times are at 1 p.m, 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., with team pairings to be…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    August 04, 2020
    The Luverne 17U baseball team went 2-1 in their final week of the regular season. The Cardinals defeated Jackson 7-2 and Pipestone 11-2 before coming up short against Hadley The 17U team hosts an eight-team end-of-year tournament Friday and Saturday. Games will be played at both Redbird Field and the high school fields. Game times are at 1 p.m, 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., with team pairings to be…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    August 04, 2020
    Rock County racecar drivers competed at four local tracks last weekend. In addition to the usual racing in Slayton, Rock Rapids, Iowa, and Hartford, South Dakota, the Rock County Speedway in Luverne hosted the annual Rock County Fair Enduro race Saturday night.   Rock County Speedway Eric Gaul of Luverne won his second LSR (Luverne, Slayton, Rock Rapids) Enduro Series race of 2020 Saturday night…
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