Holdingford

After a quick start by Aitkin, Pierz solidified its attack in the final two sets, but the visiting Gobblers were able to finish off a 25-13, 25-18, 25-19 sweep in Tuesday’s season opener. Senior Raychel Virnig slammed seven kills and senior Jessica Hawks had three kills and 11 assists to lead Pierz. Sophomore Becca Athman [...]

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Holdingford rode an immensely talented senior class to back-to-back Section 6AA titles, including a perfect regular season last fall. At the forefront of that was Mitch Messman, a four-year starter at quarterback who was equally effective as a runner and a passer. The Huskers will have a lot of work to do in order to [...]

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The goal isn’t to make opposing teams dislike them. But if Holdingford has its way, it will be a likely byproduct, as the Huskers look to develop a rigid block. “We hope to build a reputation for solid blocking,” Holdingford head coach Brenda Payne said. “This year’s motto is ‘mind over matter.’ Strong communication and [...]

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Having already been a performer on the state level as a sophomore, it might not be entirely accurate to term Andrew Zachman’s junior season a breakthrough year. However you describe it though, his eighth-place finish at last fall’s Class A meet inserted him in the discussion as one of the state’s best. And despite having [...]

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Holdingford may not have had the deepest roster a year ago. But the Huskers did do something many teams could not: advance multiple swimmers onto state. And both qualifiers will be back this fall, as senior Gabby Langerud and junior Meghan Mokhtary return for the Huskers, who will look to improve upon last year’s fourth [...]

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Pitcher/Infielder Eric Lampert, senior, Upsala-Swanville Area Lampert, the Record’s Player of the Year, was about as consistent as they come in all phases of the game for the Patriots. He went 5-1 with a 1.11 ERA, striking out a staggering 80 batters with only seven walks in 50 2/3 innings, recording back-to-back complete-game wins in [...]

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Pole Vault/Sprints/Jumps Rachelle LeBlanc, senior, Little Falls LeBlanc finishes off one of the best athletic careers in Little Falls history as the Record’s Athlete of the Year for the third time. LeBlanc proved a valuable point-earner in sprints and jumps, but her biggest impact was unquestionably in the pole vault, where she cleared 11-feet in [...]

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Throws Trysten Ross, senior, Little Falls Some athletes show marked improvement from year-to-year. Ross, the Record’s Athlete of the Year, did one better. Already one of the top throwers around when the year began, Ross turned himself into one of the best in the state, winning the Granite Ridge Conference shot put title, placing second [...]

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Infielder  Jacquline Nichols, senior, Royalton  Nichols, the Record All-Area Player of the Year, was not only a local standout, but one of the premier players in the state this spring, being selected to play in the Minnesota All-Star Series. Nichols was nearly impossible for opposing pitchers to retire, hitting .623 with an on-base percentage of [...]

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