Victory League

The Region 8C tournament will have a familiar feel, as seven of the eight qualifiers from a year ago advanced into this summer’s bracket. That was the maximum number possible after division realignment. Whether or not the same four teams move on to the state tournament is still very much up in the air, however, [...]

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Three of the four regular season division champions advanced through the winners’ bracket unscathed in Victory League postseason action, July 12 – 13, setting the stage for a tense series of elimination games to round out the Region 8C bracket. The division playoffs come to a close July 19 – 20. Each division’s regular season [...]

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The Victory League regular season came to a close and the playoffs began July 5 – 6, with two more region tournament bids locked up. Buckman took care of business in a 16-2 pounding to clinch the East Division, while Nisswa received an assist to take the North Division regular season title. Both teams earn [...]

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With a little help from the rest of the East, Buckman entered Wednesday’s road game at Royalton two wins away from a regular season division crown. About as soon as Shawn Lanners hit an early homer to put the Billygoats on the board, it became clear that Buckman would move one win away from an [...]

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The Pierz Brewers squandered a 5-0 advantage after five innings, then had to rally from three separate deficits, yet found a way to edge past visiting Royalton 10-9 in 11 innings, June 21. Trailing by five, Royalton came up with three-spots in the sixth and seventh to go ahead 6-5. Pierz tied the game back [...]

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Sobieski rattled off two more wins as it improved to 8-0 in Victory League play on the season, as the Skis and Fort Ripley remain the only unbeaten teams left. Sobieski posted back-to-back 7-1 wins on the weekend, starting by winning over visiting Freeport, June 14. Tyler Jendro struck out 10 while allowing just one [...]

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Buckman scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to erase a 2-1 deficit and earn a 3-2 victory at Lastrup, Sunday. Shawn Lanners had the game-tying RBI and Nick Lochner had what proved to be the game-winner. Corey Egan added two hits and Mark Kahl homered for Buckman. Paul Herman went 4-for-5 [...]

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Upsala and Sobieski were among five teams that remained unbeaten for the season in Victory League play, May 17 – 18, with Upsala defeating Holdingford 7-1 and Sobieski defeating Randall 11-5. Other scores from the weekend included: Avon 5, St. Stephen 3; St. Wendel 4, Flensburg 3; Avon 7, Flensburg 5; Fort Ripley 4, Buckman [...]

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Two undefeated teams are left in each of the four divisions in the Victory League (VL), including Nisswa, Fort Ripley, the Pierz Brewers, Buckman, Upsala, Sobieski, Freeport and St. Stephen. Scores from May 10 – 11 were: Randall 11, Opole 3; Sobieski 8, Holdingford 0; Sobieski 14, Avon 3; Buckman 9, Royalton 0; Freeport 3, [...]

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