Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Sports

 OHS junior defensive back Collin Vick makes a tackle in the first half. The Huskies defeated Rochester Century Friday night at home, 16-14. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
The Owatonna Huskies took home their first win of the season in a dramatic 16-14 finish against Rochester Century. The game came down to the wire as a fourth-down stop deep in Owatonna territory gave the Huskies the ability to take a knee and run out the clock victorious. “Coach Achterkirch is...
Head Coach Miles Otstot updates Quinn VanMaldeghem of her mile pace early in the race.  Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
It’s not every day that a high school coach can say a definitive leader on the team is an eighth-grade athlete, especially not one who qualified for the state in their first year of competition. Bursting onto the scene as a NRHEG seventh-grader during the 2020 season, Quinn VanMaldeghem did just...
Blooming Prairie defeated Hayfield 57-6 Friday, with most of the points coming in the first half. After Hayfield led 6-0 in the first quarter, the Awesome Blossoms rang up six touchdowns in the second quarter to make the score 42-6. Drew Kittelson had a big night for the Awesome Blossoms, passing...
The Owatonna Huskies suffered their first loss in the season opener against a very tough Rochester Mayo Spartans team. The tone of the game was set early, as the Spartans leaped out to a 7-0 lead thanks to a long touchdown run. After a Huskies punt on the ensuing drive, the Spartans capitalized on...
Friday Night Lights return on Sept. 3 with area football teams kicking off their 2021 regular season play. Action is scheduled across the Big Nine and Gopher conferences. Every coach interviewed before the season opener had the same answer when asked about their feelings going into the season: “We’...
Johnnie Phillips has been named sports editor of the Steele County Times. A recent graduate of St. Thomas University, Phillips assumed his new role last week. He will be responsible for sports coverage in Blooming Prairie, Medford, New Richland and Owatonna. “Johnnie will be bringing a fresh...
With fall sports on the horizon, the Gopher Conference will have a new look in 2021. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
The Gopher Conference will have a new look in 2021 when the fall sports season opens next week. Members schools, including Blooming Prairie, Medford and New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale- Geneva (NRHEG), are preparing for some new competition. During the previous academic year, the Gopher Conference...
Owatonna’s Briley Highfield, center, celebrates with Alec Harris (14) and Nathan Theis after giving Post 3723 a 6-4 lead on an RBI single by Ethan Armstrong in the top of the ninth inning of its second-round state tournament game. Owatonna scored two more runs in the ninth, which were critical as Mankato scored two runs in the bottom half of the ninth but Post 3723 won 8-6 to advance to the state quarterfinals.  Staff photo by Alex Nuehring
Having won 10 of its last 12 games, the Owatonna VFW baseball team was looking to continue its positive momentum throughout this past weekend’s state tournament and early on it did just that beating Hermantown 12-2 and Mankato 8-6. However, in the state quarterfinals Post 3723 lost to Elk River 12-...
Owatonna VFW Post 3723 celebrates its second-place finish in the District 1 tournament. By earning second place, the boys advance to the state tournament, which begins Thursday, Aug. 12 in Austin.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
After last year’s state tournament was cancelled, Owatonna VFW Post 3723 proved its run to the state tournament in 2019 was no fluke by qualifying for the 2021 state tournament by finishing second in the recent District 1 Tournament. Securing at least second place was critical as only the top two...
NRHEG pitcher Sophie Stork goes into her windup during a game this past spring. After pitching every inning of every game and leading the Panthers to a 22-4 record, she was named first-team All-State by the Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches' Association.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
It was something New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva pitcher Sophie Stork never saw coming. But after pitching every inning of every game and leading the Panthers to a 22-4 record, the best in school history, she was one of just 14 Class AA softball players named first-team All-State by the...

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