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  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    April 10, 2024
    The Luverne Cardinals and Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots girls’ golf teams played in the Worthington Invite Saturday, April 6, for their first meet of the season. The girls played 18 holes in wind gusts upward of 50 miles per hour at times. “This was a tough day to be our first meet,” Luverne head coach Chris Nowatzki said. “But the girls hung in there and we’ve got some stuff to work on.” The…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    April 10, 2024
    The Luverne baseball team traveled to Fairmont for their first game of the season, beating the Fairmont Cardinals 4-2 Monday, April, 8. Senior Conner Connell took the mound for Luverne, striking out 10 batters, surrendering three hits and two runs over 6 1/3 innings while walking two batters. LHS got their first run in the top of the second inning with a single by junior Layke Miller scoring…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    April 10, 2024
    With the announcement of Jaxon Nelson, a native of Magnolia and LHS hockey standout, signing a one-year entry-level hockey contract with the NHL Boston Bruins, Luverne has two more hockey players from the 2014 state hockey team who attained professional hockey status. They are Chaz Smedsrud and Toby Sengvongxay. Both played alongside Nelson in the Cardinals’ 2014 appearance in the Minnesota…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    April 03, 2024
    The Luverne High School track and field team traveled to Brookings to compete in the Scott Underwood Invitational Monday, April 1, at the South Dakota State University Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. The LHS boys’ team finished in sixth place out of 23 teams with 37.5 total team points. Sioux Falls Christian took first place with 82 points, O’Gorman was second with 67, Milbank placed third…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    April 03, 2024
    Magnolia native and Luverne Cardinal hockey alumnus Jaxon Nelson has signed a professional hockey contract in the NHL with the Boston Bruins. “It’s a surreal moment for myself and my family,” he told the Star Herald Tuesday morning. His announcement comes on the heels of a thrilling hockey weekend in Sioux Falls where he played a starring role on the Minnesota Gophers team in two regional…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 27, 2024
    The Luverne High School track and field team opened its 2024 season traveling to Brookings to compete in the Ruth Marske Invitational Saturday, March 23, at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex. Luverne was one of 29 high school teams from South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa competing in the meet. According to head coach Pete Janiszeski, LHS had 31 personal records broken at the meet. Nine…
  • By Jason Berghorst
    March 27, 2024
    Luverne High School Student Council members hosted their 2024 March Mayhem tournament and fundraiser Tuesday, March 19, in the Cardinal Gym. The event involved five student basketball teams, each coached by a Cardinals basketball player, competing in a tournament. Junior and senior non-basketball players who wanted to participate in the tournament were able to  sign up ahead of the event and…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 27, 2024
    The Blue Mound Figure Skaters presented their “Family Game Night” Ice Show March 22 and 23 at the Blue Mound Ice Arena. The local arena on both Friday and Saturday was packed with family, friends and fans of the performers. This year’s show, “Family Game Night,” includes themed performances of classic games, game shows and video games. Beginner through advanced freestyle skaters took to the…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 20, 2024
    Have you ever heard the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Well, try reteaching an old(er) dog, (young)er tricks. After years and years of not playing golf, I (the older dog), have joined the Luverne Country Club and taken up golf (the younger trick) again. I was on the school golf team when I first learned the sport of hitting a small ball into a small hole that was placed far…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 20, 2024
    Spring sports are just around the corner, and local athletes in Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek high schools are starting their new routines in great weather. With temps in the 50s and 60s recently, Cardinal track and field athletes, as well as softball players, began practicing outdoors during the week of March 11. LHS baseball and golf, as well as H-BC track and golf, started practicing the…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 20, 2024
      The Big South Conference released its 2023-24 All-Conference boys’ hockey team and girls’ basketball selections.   LHS boys’ hockey Luverne seniors Tyler Arends, Elliot Domagala, Patrick Kroski and Owen Sudenga were named to the boys’ hockey Big South All-Conference Team this season. Junior Blaik Bork and sophomore Landyn Lais received Honorable Mention. The Luverne boys’ hockey team took…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 20, 2024
    The Blue Mound Figure Skaters will present their 33rd Annual Ice Show “Family Game Night” this weekend at the Blue Mound Arena in Luverne. They perform at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, and at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23. This year’s show, “Family Game Night,” includes themed performances of classic games, game shows and video games. Beginner through advanced freestyle skaters will take to the ice for…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 13, 2024
    The Luverne boys’ basketball team finished its 2023-24 season Thursday, March 7, falling 93-66 to Redwood Valley in the Section 3AA quarterfinals in Windom. In a physical and fast-paced game, Luverne fell behind Redwood 38-20 in the first half. In the second half LHS was able to score 46 points, but Redwood added another 55 to win the game 93-66. Missed shots and turnovers hurt LHS throughout…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 13, 2024
    The Big South Conference released its 2023-24 All-Conference girls’ hockey, gymnastics and wrestling team selections.   Hockey The Luverne girls’ hockey team had three All-Conference players and one Honorable Mention player. All-Conference honors went to junior Payton Behr, freshman Tenley Behr and eighth-grader Ellie Van Batavia. Honorable mention went to freshman Macie Edstrom. With a…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 06, 2024
    The Rocks rolled their way into the 2024 Minnesota Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul March 1 and 2 and left their mark on the competition. Senior Sam Rock took fifth place in the 172-pound weight class. His sisters, sophomore Bernie Rock in the 112-pound weight class and freshman CeCe Rock in the 148-pound weight class, both finished in second place in…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    March 06, 2024
    The No. 5 seed Luverne boys’ basketball team upset No. 4 seed Fairmont 65-57 Saturday, March 2, on the road in Round 1 section action. After falling to Fairmont twice in the regular season, Luverne got redemption by knocking Fairmont out of section play. LHS ended the first half with a commanding 36-25 lead. In the second half Fairmont made a run and eventually took over the lead from Luverne…
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