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Austin • Lyle-Pacelli • Grand Meadow • Southland • Blooming Prairie • Hayfield • LeRoy-Ostrander • Austin Bruins


Austin....................3-11 Austin Bruins............11 LeRoy-Ostrander......11 Keeping the streak alive.......5

The Austin Packers dance team has been to the state meet 11 straight seasons. They look to keep up the tradition

Back at It.......3

The Austin basketball and gymnastics teams are looking to repeat last years success when they were in the hunt for state titles.

Five Stories to Watch........9

The Austin boys basketball team’s quest for a third Big Nine title and the Lyle-Pacelli girls basketball team’s growing success are just two of the top five stories to watch this winter.

Hayfield.....................14 Southland......................15-16 Grand Meadow..............17-18 Lyle-Pacelli....................20-21

Breaking down a Goalie........11

Blooming Prairie...........22-23

Sprain or Strain........19

Gophers basketball and hockey schedules.......24

Eat to Compete........19

State Tournament dates.....17

Austin Bruins goalie Nick Lehr demonstrates the proper technique of being a good goalie and having the right attitude Athletic trainer Kris Dutton with Occupational Therapist Registered Jay Collier look at the difference between the two injuries. Registered dietitian Jen Haugen talks the right fuels for athletes and how much they need.

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Austin gymnast Sela Fadness won the individual state all-around title last year. This years she’s hoping her team can win a state title. AUSTIN DAILY HERALD - WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW

ast winter the Packer boys basketball team and gymnastics team captured the attention of Austin as they both completed historic runs. The basketball team rattled off 30 straight victories before falling to De La Salle in the Class ‘AAA’ state title game and the gymnastics team advanced to its third state meet in the past four years, took third in the state, set a state record in the floor exercise, and had its first individual state all-around champion in program history. Last winter, however, is now a memory and these two teams are hoping to have successful campaigns once again this season. The basketball team graduated its frontcourt of Joe Aase and Tom Aase, but it is still hoping to make some noise this season, while the gymnastics team is hoping for an even better run this season. The gymnastics squad brings back most of its lineup, including Sela Fadness, who won the state all-around title last season. This year, Sela Fadness is hoping the entire Packer team can win a state title. “Last year we wanted to medal, but this year we want to win,” Sela Fadness said. “We’re working hard and we’re coming back from a hard summer of training. We’re looking better than any other year right now.”

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Austin head coach Mark Raymond said that Sela Fadness’s attitude could help out his entire team as it must replace Abby Snater and Cassidy Bawek, who graduated last year. “Sela has had some really good success, but the part that impressed me the most is her No. 1 goal is a team state championship,” Raymond said. “It’s fun to have state-caliber girls whose goals are team-driven and not individual.” The Packer boys basketball team is already off to a strong start as it opened the season with big wins over New Prague and Marshall. Austin will have one of the best backcourts around in Zach Wessels, Ajuda Nywesh and Bret Lukes as all three of them have plenty of big game experience. Austin hasn’t lost a home game since 2012 and it won all of its regular season contests last season. “I like our team and we’re going to win more games than we lose. How many more is to be determined,” Austin head coach Kris Fadness said. How far the Packers will go will depend on the depth the team can develop throughout

the season. The Packers likely won’t replace Joe and Tom Aase, but they’re hoping to at least get some of that production back. Fadness is hoping the Packers can get their third straight Big Nine title. “JM is the most talented team, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to win it,” he said. “I think we’ve got a shot to win it and I think we’ve got the best backcourt in the conference.”

Ajuda Nywesh played a big role off the bench for the Packers last year and will be asked to use that experience this year. Herald file photo

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Madison Wuertz and Shayla Pacholl perform for the Austin Packer dance team at the Class ‘AA’ state meet in Target Center last season. Both girls return to the team this season. Photo Provided by Rhonda Besel

Schedule Dec. 7: at Apple Valley, TBA Dec. 14: at Fridley, TBA Dec. 21: at Academy of Holy Angels, TBA Jan. 11: at Lakeville South, noon Jan. 18: at Big Nine meet in Faribault, TBA

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Keeping Up Tradition The Austin Packer dance team has changed coaches, but it’s hoping it doesn’t change its tradition of getting to state on an annual basis. The Packers, who have been to 11 straight state dance meets, are turning to Austin alumni and former dance team member Kayla Sellers to lead the way this season. Sellers said the team has responded well to the change and she’s liked the work ethic of her team so far. “It’s going really good. The girls make it so easy because they’re a great group,” Sellers said. “There is not one dropped expectation. We push them just as hard if not harder than they’ve ever been pushed.” Austin will get a boost from its senior captains this season, who are Madison Wuertz, Kendra Miller, Tori Simonson, Hannah Bergstrom and Erin Dankert. Wuertz is hoping the team can get back to state, but she knows other squads will be monitoring Austin this season. “It’s a lot of pressure because we know everyone’s watching us because we have new coaches,” Wuertz said. Simonson said the role of captain is one she takes seriously and she’s ready to be a leader. “It was scary at first, but we kind of took control the way we’re supposed to,” she said. Austin’s assistant coach is Sara Alms, who was on the Packer dance team when this year’s seniors were eighth-graders. Alms, who had coached the JV team for the past three years, is excited to coach with this group and they have gotten used to having her as a coach. “It’s kind of different having a coach that used to be a teammate, but overall it’s been good,” Miller said. Bergstrom said the Packers have learned to adjust to having younger coaches. “It’s hard to have change, but we’ve really worked as a team and we’ve made it work,” she said. “We can relate to them, but we still have to take it serious.” Dankert said Sellers and Alms can relate to the team and they have a good idea of what the team wants to use in its dances. “The dances are closer to our age group,” Dankert said. “They’re more fit to the era.” The Packers will host the Section 1A meet

this season on Feb. 8 and that should give the squad an advantage. “It’s huge and it’s awesome to be on your home floor,” Sellers said. “There’s nothing better and it’ll be a lot more comfortable.”

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The Packers get ready to tip off against Marshall in the Minnesota State 2A semifinals last season at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Herald file photo

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he Packer boys basketball team has a lot to replace from last year’s season, but it also brings back a quite bit of talent. Austin will lean heavily on senior guards Zach Wessels, Ajuda Nywesh and Bret Lukes this season as the team will undergo a change in identity. Last season, the Packers went 30-1 overall and took second in state with help from the shooting of Joe Aase and the defense of Tom Aase. Now those two are gone, and the Packers will likely have to play a little small-ball this season. Austin head coach Kris Fadness said Wessels, Nywesh and Lukes will all be asked to do big things this year. “On defense they set the tempo with our pressure up top, and offensively they’re able to control tempo with the way they handle the ball and the way they can handle and shoot it,” Fadness said. “They’re very skilled, and everything we’re doing is centered around those three guys.” Austin junior Gach Gach will also play a bigger role this season as he looks to help out in the paint. Gach saw playing time last season and said he learned a lot. I’m really excited,” Gach said. “We lost Tom and Joe, and

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The Pack will have a new look this year it hopes to repeat last season’s success

New Identity we’ve got some big spots to fill. We’ll have to work on our rebounding, and that’s our weakness. I’ll play more inside this year. I look forward to the challenge.” The hopes are still high with the Packers as they’ll look to get out and run and force a fast tempo. Lukes said the new offense will give guards plenty of chances to make things happen.

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“It might be a little different style of play, but we still have the same expectations.” -Bret Lukes, Austin guard AUSTIN DAILY HERALD - WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW


“We want to go back to state.” -Kris Fadness, Austin head coach

Carolyn Hackel performing in the team floor exercise at last year’s Minnesota State Gymnastics meet at the University of Minnesota.

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Packers aim for Austin’s first gymnastics title

Austin senior Sela Fadness completed a lifetime goal last season when she took first in the all-around competition at the Class ‘A’ state gymnastics meet. Now Fadness is hoping the Packers can celebrate a state championship as a team this season. Austin is coming off a season where it took third in the Class ‘A’ state meet that included setting a team record in the floor routine with a score of 38.175, but it brings back plenty of gymnasts with state experience, including freshman Maddie Mullenbach, who took fourth in the allaround at state last season, and junior Abby Bickler, who took ninth in the all-around at state last season. Austin also brings back Carolyn Hackel, Rachel Quandt, Logan Tischer, Jennifer Boyle and Paige Raymond. Fadness is putting her focus on a team title this season. “Last year was my year, and was I trying to (win it),” Fadness said. “This year it’s a relief to have the individual one down in Rachel Quandt performs in the my pocket, and this year I want floor routine during the state to focus on the team. I want to meet last year. The Packers domwin as a team. It’s my last year, inated the field on the floor, setand no one has ever (won a ting a state record in the process. team title before in Austin). I’m ready to break that.” Besides being loaded with veterans who have competed at the state meet, the Packers will also bring in a nucleus of younger gymnasts, who are learning the ropes. “We have a lot of older girls and a lot of younger girls,” Bickler said. “We made sure that there’s an expectation coming in that we like to win, and our younger girls are doing really good. They’re going to help the team a lot.” Austin head coach Mark Raymond said that he expects his varsity AUSTIN DAILY HERALD - WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW

team to compete for a state title this year, but he also is looking forward to having a very deep squad. The hardest part of Raymond’s job may be to decide who competes on the varsity squad and who has to compete with the JV team. “We’ll have an extremely competitive JV again this year,” Raymond said. “Our problem right now is we have varsity level kids that can’t find their way onto varsity, because we’re deep. They’ve been good about it and they understand that it’s a team concept.” Austin’s gymnasts spent much of their summer working out, and the team is feeling very confident heading into the season. If there’s an event that needs work, it would be the beam. “Last year at the state tournament we had a good beam set, but we did not have a great beam set,” Raymond said. “We need to elevate our game a little bit in that event so we don’t have to be perfect. We also have to get a little better on vault.”

“Last year at the state tournament we did not have a great beam set. We need to elevate our game a little bit in that event so we don’t have to be perfect.” -Mark Raymond, Head coach

Schedule/Home games in bold Nov. 30 Austin Winter Warm-up, Austin wins with a 141.15 Dec. 5 Austin 137.8, Mankato West 126 Dec. 14 at Prior Lake, noon Dec. 19 at Mankato East, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Brainerd, TBA Jan. 4 at Faribault invite, 11 a.m. Jan. 7 vs. Rochester Century,

John Marshall and Mayo, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Owatonna, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 vs. Faribault, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 vs. Winona, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Breck Invite, 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at Big Nine Meet at Rochester Century, 3 p.m. *Home meets at YMCA

“It might be a little different style of play, but we still have the same expectations. We want to go back to state and we want to win the conference,” Lukes said. “We might not block as many shots, but we’ll have to rebound really good and we’ll have to press the guards up top.” Fadness said that the team may end up having to play four or five guards at once as he’s still looking for some big men to step up. He said the lineup could change depending on who the Packers are playing. Although he’s not exactly sure of who will be playing at all times, Fadness still has high hopes for this year’s team. He’s not expecting them to go 30-1 again, but he thinks they have a chance to make some noise. “We want to go back to state,” Fadness said. “New Prague, Red Wing and Winona are all going to be really good, and Kasson is much improved. It’s not going to be easy, but it wasn’t easy last year.”

Schedule/Home games in bold Nov. 26 Austin 60, New Prague 45 Nov. 30 Austin 66, Marshall 46 Dec. 10 Austin 66, Albert Lea 53 Dec. 12 vs. Mankato West, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 vs. Bloomington Kennedy in Breakdown Classic in Minnetonka, TBA Dec. 17 vs. Rochester Century, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 vs. Mankato East, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 vs. Red Wing, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at tournament in Winona State, TBA Dec. 28 at tournament in Winona State, TBA Jan. 3 vs. Rochester Mayo, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 vs. Owatonna, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 vs. Caledonia, 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Faribault, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 vs. Rochester John Marshall, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 vs. Kasson-Mantorville, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 vs. Albert Lea, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Mankato West, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 vs. Winona, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Rochester Mayo, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Owatonna, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Mankato East, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Rochester John Marshall, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 vs. Faribault, 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

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Austin’s Sydney Murphy drives against Red Wing at Ove Berven Gym earlier this December. Herald file photo

Stepping Up

Schedule/Home games in bold

Austin’s Mer Gach shoots during the first half over Maddie Faas in Ove Berven Gym this December. Herald file photo

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Nov. 30 Austin 61, Stewartville 29 Dec. 3 Red Wing 66, Austin 39 Dec. 7 Austin 52, Northfield 45 Dec. 10 Austin 63, Albert Lea 54 Dec. 14 at Kasson-Mantorville, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Rochester Century, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Mankato East, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3 vs. Winona, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Rochester Mayo, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Owatonna, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Waseca, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 vs. Faribault, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 vs. Mankato West, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Rochester John Marshall, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Albert Lea, 7:30 pm. Jan. 31 vs. Rochester Century, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Winona, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 vs. Rochester Mayo, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 vs. Owatonna, 7:30 p.m Feb. 15 vs. Mankato East, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Faribault, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 vs. Rochester John Marshall, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Mankato West, 7:30 p.m.

Packer girls will rely on youth in 2013-14

The Packer girls basketball team is hoping the maturing of some of its younger players will help them compete on a consistent basis this season. Austin graduated two of its top scorers from last year’s team that went 10-16 overall and almost knocked off eventual state runner-up Red Wing in a 61-57 loss in the Section 1AAA semifinals. Austin junior Mer Gach is the top returner as she averaged 7.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season. “This year we’re working on getting better than we were last year,” Gach said. “We want to go far in sections.” Austin head coach Todd Johnson said Gach made some big strides over the summer, and he also looks for junior point guard Sydney Murphy, senior guard Merideth Fritz and sophomore forward Shayley Vesel to step up. The Packers are hoping to get solid production out of junior guard Alex Hansen, who tore her ACL at the end of last season. Hansen sat out the volleyball season, but she’s been practicing with the basketball team and appears ready to go. “She’s good to go and she’s cleared,” Johnson said. “It’s a high school Adrian Peterson-type situation we didn’t think we would have her back until after New Year’s. We’re taking it easy, and we’re not going to rush it. We’ve got to make sure she’s okay.” Austin should have a deep team this year

as seniors Tori Grev and Kristine Snyder will chip in as well as freshmen Amber Hansen and Ruth Koang, who is 6-3. “Ruth’s got a very, very good basketball sense. Her basketball IQ is pretty high, and we look for big things from Ruth,” Johnson said. “I think we’re sitting pretty good. I feel comfortable with our first ten. We have a pretty good group, where you’ve got kids pushing each other. I think we will be competitive in the Big Nine.”

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Finding ways to win

The Packer boys basketball team is hoping to win its third straight Big Nine title and third straight Section 1AAA title. Austin, which began the season ranked No. 5 in the state, definitely has a fighting chance to do both as it is loaded with quality guards. The Packers will have to find a way to get consistent interior defense and rebounding. If they can do that, they could be right back where they ended last season — at the state tournament.

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The Lyle-Pacelli girls basketball team put its program on the map last season when it gave top-seeded Goodhue a great game in the subsection semifinals in Rochester. Now the Athletics have their entire roster back as Ann Rysavy, who has more than 1,2000 career points, will be wrapping up her long varsity career, and sophomore standout Sarah Holtz is a year older and on the rise.

Looking to keep tradition

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Change of scenery

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The Austin Packer dance team has competed in the last 11 state dance meets, but the team will have a different vibe around it this year as first year head coach Kayla Sellers takes over. Sellers was a Packer dancer herself for Austin, and she knows what it takes to get to the state meet. She’s hoping she’ll find out what it takes to coach a team to a state meet. Both the Hayfield boys and girls basketball teams had big seasons last year as the girls won the HVL Gold Division and gave state champ NRHEG a good battle in the postseason, and the boys played in the state tournament. This year the Vikings will have a different set of opponents in the postseason as they have been moved from Section 2AA to Section 1AA. AUSTIN DAILY HERALD - WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW

Austin goalie Connor Poczos makes a save in the second period against Dodge County earlier this season at Riverside Arena. Herald file photo Austin is coming off its best boys hockey season in three years, but the Packers must replace its goalie, two top scorers and one of their top defenders from last year, if they want to keep the program’s improvement going. Austin brings back Tony Baudler, who had 12 goals and eight assists on last year’s team that went 7-16-1 overall, but a lot of other spots will be filled by younger players. “We’re young, but we’re fast. The juniors and sophomores won at the Bantam levels,” Austin head coach Erik LaRock said. “There’s energy now and that’s a good thing. You’ve got guys that want to go out there

Schedule/Home games in bold Nov. 23 La Crescent 7, Austin 2 Nov. 26 Albert Lea 3, Austin 0 Dec. 3 Dodge County 3, Austin 4 Dec. 5 Mankato West 7, Austin 1 Dec. 12 vs. Rochester Century, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 vs. Waseca, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 vs. Winona, 7:30 p.m.

There’s energy now and that’s a good thing. You’ve got guys that want to go out there and compete and win.

The Austin gymnastics team brings back the majority of its lineup that took third in the Class ‘A’ state meet, including defending all-around state champ Sela Fadness and Abby Bickler and Maddie Mullenbach, who each finished in the top-10 in all-round at state last season. The Packers won’t be happy just to get back to state. They want to win it after they’ve competed in the meet in three of the last four years.

Dec. 21 at Mankato East, 2 p.m. Dec. 26 at Blaine Tournament, TBA Dec. 27 at Blaine Tournament, TBA Dec. 28 at Blaine Tournament, TBA Jan. 4 vs. LeSueur-Henderson, 3 p.m. Jan. 7 at Dodge County, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Owatonna, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Faribault, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Rochester John Marshall, 7:30 p.m.

and compete and win.” Austin has five seniors who played varsity hockey last season, and Baudler said the team is hoping for another solid season. “We’ve been building off what we picked up last year, and we’ve been fine tuning some stuff,” Baudler said. “The conference is down this year, and there’s a lot of teams that are really young. We’re looking to make some noise.” Austin lost 12 games by two goals or less last season, and the team is hoping to finish stronger this season. “We just need to figure out how to win those games this year,” LaRock said.

Jan. 18 at Albert Lea, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 vs. Mankato West, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Rochester Century, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 vs. Mankato East, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Winona, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 vs. Owatonna, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 vs. Fairbault, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 vs. Rochester John Marshall, 3 p.m. *Home games played at Riverside Arena FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

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A new coach and young players gives girls hockey team new life The Austin girls hockey team will have a new look to it this season. The Packers graduated the last remaining members of their 2008 state tournament team and they will turn to a new head coach as they look to improve on last year’s overall record of 8-19. Brett Vesel, who is also the head football coach at Austin, is taking over the head girls hockey coaching position this season. Vesel played hockey growing up, but coaching girls hockey took a little bit of adjusting for him. “I was not a fast player when I played,” Vesel said. “I was a checker and the game is so much different when you check. I’m trying to figure out how to use the body, but legally.” Some of the Packers weren’t sure what to expect from Vesel when he took over at the helm, but once they got used to his style, they adjusted quickly. Sophomore forward Chloe Summerfield said Vesel has brought a positive attitude to the team. “It’s different, but it’s a good change,” she said. “We’ve been doing some good stuff and working hard. We were a little intimidated, but once we got to know him, we learned how he coaches.” Summerfield will be one of the leaders on Austin’s offense this season, along with sophomore Madison Overby. The Packers will turn to Allison Hoban and Mara Overby in the net and Justina Talamantes returns as a long-time veteran on defense.

Overby has noticed some differences with this team and she sees that as a plus. “It feels completely different from what we’ve been used to. Our practices are completely different and I think that’s a good thing. We’ve been working on strengthening our weaknesses,” Overby said. “I think we’re learning how to work together a lot more. Last year, it seemed like we had a lot of individuals and this year, we’re really coming together as a team.” Vesel said he his hoping his squad gets in better shape throughout the season and he wants the team to keep improving. “We’re going to continue to make adjustments and get better in practice,” he said. “I think we’ve got some girls that can be some good hockey players. Everything just needs to be a little better.”

Schedule/Home games in bold Nov. 12 Austin 9, Waseca 5 Nov. 14 Rochester Mayo 4, Austin 2 Nov. 16 Owatonna 6, Austin 1 Nov. 21 Austin, 4, Faribault 1 Nov. 23 Rochester John Marshall 8, Austin 1 Nov. 26 Albert Lea 4, Austin 1 Nov. 29 Austin 4, LPGE/WDC Blue Devils 1 Nov. 30 Willmar 3, Austin 2, OT Dec. 7 Northfield 5, Austin 1 Dec. 12 at Rochester Century, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 vs. Mankato East, 1 p.m. Dec. 19 at Winona, 7 p.m.

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Dec. 26 Austin Tournament, TBA Dec. 27 Austin Tournament, TBA Dec. 28 Austin Tournament, TBA Jan. 4 vs. Rochester Mayo, 5 p.m. Jan. 9 vs. Owatonna, 7;30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Faribault, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14 vs. Rochester John Marshall, 7 p.m. Jan. 18 vs. Albert Lea, 1 p.m. Jan. 23 at Mankato West, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 vs. Rochester Century, 1 p.m. Jan. 30 at Mankato East, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 vs. Winona, 1 p.m.

Austin’s Mya Hoium approaches the goal in a game against Waseca in November of this year. Herald file photo

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New sheriff in town

Austin’s Brandon Cotter in a match against Albert Lea this season. Herald file photo

Interim coach takes over Packer wrestling program Schedule/Home meets in bold Dec. 5 Albert Lea 63, Austin 3 Dec. 7 at St. Ansgar Invite, 1-3 Dec. 12 at Mankato West, 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Columbia Heights Invite, 9 a.m.

Dec. 17 at Rochester John Marshall, 7 p.m. Dec. 19 vs. Rochester Century, 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at Mankato East, 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at La Crescent Invite, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 9 vs. Winona, 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Rochester Mayo, 7 p.m.

Jan. 18 at Lake Crystal-WellcomeMemorial Invite, TBA Jan. 23 at Owatonna, 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at South St. Paul, 10 a.m. Jan. 30 vs. Faribault, 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Mankato East Invite, 10 a.m.

The Austin wrestling team has some new leadership as it prepares for the upcoming season. The Packers will turn to interim head coach Jer Osgood, who had previously coached at Ellis Middle School, to lead the way. Osgood is familiar with most of the wrestlers as he coached a lot them when they were younger. “We’ve had an overall positive attitude, and the kids are hungry to improve,” Osgood said. “Overall, I’m impressed with the group. They’re buying into everything.” The Packers didn’t send a wrestler to state last season for the first time in 23 years. They’re hoping that doesn’t happen again this season as Braden Eggum, Brandon Cotter and Mitch Tebay have all stepped up as leaders. “We’re motivated to not have that happen ever again in a long time,” Eggum said of last year’s lack of state qualifiers. “It’s been very positive, and everyone’s been working hard. There’s a new

air in the room and everyone’s kind of excited about having a new coach.” Tebay, a senior, lost a state-qualifying “true second” match last season and Cotter, a junior, has been very competitive in his wrestling career. “I’m very optimistic and hopefully I can get to state this year. We’ve got a couple other guys that could go too,” Cotter said. Osgood has introduced crossfit training to the team after practices to help them stay in better shape, and the wrestlers have responded well to it. Osgood said it’s important for wrestlers to be mentally and physically strong. “It’s a good opportunity for kids to work their mental toughness after practice,” Osgood said. “You’ve got to be able to push through the physical demands of the sport.” The Packers may not be able to fill every weight class as the team is hoping for some bigger wrestlers to join the team.

AHS swimmers striving to find potential Confidence running high for overall success The Austin boys swimming and diving team graduated a few good swimmers from last year’s team, but it also brings back plenty of good athletes as it prepares for this season. The Packers bring back four swimmers with state meet experience in Ian Christopherson, Seth Clasen, Sawyer Myers and Craig Heimark. Austin competed in seven different events at the state meet last year, and it is hoping to repeat that success this season. “I think this year will be more about getting better than we were last year. We lost some really good

guys, but we can be all-around better this year,” Christopherson said. Christopherson is hoping to step up as a bigger leader to help out some of his less experienced teammates. “There’s a much bigger leadership

role for me this year,” he said. “Instead of just making goals for myself, I’m making team goals and trying to push them as hard as I can.” The Packers also return their top diver in senior Alec Anderson, who is

hoping to finally get to state in his last season. “I was close to state the last couple of years and I’m pretty motivated to get there this year,” he said. Anderson thinks the Packers will

be fine this year. “We lost a lot of big names, but there’s swimmers that can step up and fill in,” he said. “The potential is here for the team, we’ve just got to put it all together.”

Schedule/Home meets in bold

Austin’s Craig Heimark competes in the 200-yard freestyle last season against Faribault at Ellis Middle School. Herald file photo

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Dec. 5 Austin 94, Albert Lea 75 Dec. 12 vs. Mankato West, 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at Tiger Relays in Albert Lea, TBA Dec. 17 at Rochester Century, 6 p.m. Dec. 19 vs. Mankato East, 6 p.m. Jan. 4 Austin Invite; Diving at 9:30 a.m., swimming at 1 p.m. Jan. 7 at Winona, 6 p.m. Jan. 9 vs. Rochester Mayo, 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at Red Wing Invite, 8 a.m. Jan. 16 vs. Owatonna, 6 p.m. Jan. 18 ‘True Team’ Section 1A Meet in Austin, TBA Jan. 23 at Faribault, 6 p.m. Jan. 30 vs. Rochester John Marshall, 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at Big Nine Diving Meet at Mankato East, 5 p.m. Feb. 8 at Big Nine Swimming Meet at Mankato East, 1 p.m.

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You shall not pass

Austin Bruins goalie Nick Lehr brings a simple philosophy to the game, that combined with a good technique, has made the Bruins one of the best teams in the North American Hockey League.

Vision trained up-ice. Read and react.

Jay Dickman and company have the defending NAHL Central Division champs once again ...

Lehr will have his glove up in a position that allows him to react quicker. Both stick and glove hands should be in front of the body.

Ahead of the rest The Austin Bruins are off to a solid start this season as they began the year 18-8-1 overall and are in first place in the NAHL Central Division. The Bruins won the Central Division last season and have played in the NAHL Central Division finals the past two seasons. They’re hoping to finally play in the Robertson Cup this year. Jay Dickman leads Austin with 30 points (12 goals

and 18 assists), and Josh Bretner has 20 points (5 goals and 15 assists). Nick Lehr has had a stellar start at goalie for Austin as he has a 16-5-1 overall record with four shutouts, a 1.47 goals against average and a save percentage of 949. He has 591 saves on the season.

Stick down for anything low.

*Information tallied through Dec. 8 Stance will be low, set and ready for the shooter. As the player nears the goal, Lehr will come out to the top of the crease, cutting down the shooter’s angle.

Lehr’s tips to a successful game:

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Enjoy the game. Have fun when stepping on the ice, whether it’s for pond hockey, practice or a game. Always have fun and enjoy the game.

Have a good mental attitude going into practice and games. Make sure to stay calm, show poise and show confidence with teammates. Make sure you’re working hard off the ice, on the ice and be respectful. Be an all-around better person.

Try to keep your mind free. Make that first save and go from there. Everything should be relaxed. Concentrate on the puck and keep it simple. You think too much, and it makes it that much harder.

Nobody likes to give up scores whether it’s basketball, football or hockey or anything else. What Nick says:

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Central standings

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Top five teams in the NAHL

1. Amarillo Bulls 20-7-1 2. Fairbanks Ice Dogs 19-8-0 3. Austin Bruins 18-8-1 4. Minnesota Wilderness 17-5-4 5. Port Huron Fighting Falcons 16-4-6

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Looking for wins LO doesn’t have a lot of depth, but the goal remains: Be competitive LeRoyOstrander returns top scorer in Zach Royston.

LO boys look to improve The LeRoy-Ostrander boys basketball team brings back its top scorer, but will turn to a new head coach as they look to improve on last year’s 5-21 overall record. LO will turn to first-year head coach Jim Hubka this season as the squad brings back senior forward Zach Royston, who averaged 14 points and 11.2 rebounds per game last year. The Cardinals also return Nate Bunne and Taylor Meyer from last season.

The LeRoy-Ostrander girls basketball team will rely heavily on a pair of seniors for leadership this season. The Cardinals, who finished 12-13 overall last season, will look to Becca Bunne and Laura Stevenson to step up on a team that will be starting two girls without any varsity experience.

Schedule/Home games in bold Dec. 3 Grand Meadow 67, LeRoy-Ostrander 46 Dec. 6 Spring Grove 65, LeRoy-Ostrander 45 Dec. 13 vs. Hope Lutheran Dec. 17 vs. Lyle-Pacelli, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 19 at Faribault Bethlehem Academy, 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at Mabel-Canton, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 7 vs. Lanesboro, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 9 at Glenville-Emmons, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 14 at Schaeffer Academy, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 16 vs. Houston, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 20 vs. Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 21 at Randolph, 7 p.m. Jan. 24 vs. Spring Grove, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 28 at Lyle-Pacelli in Lyle, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 31 at Hope Lutheran, 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at Lanesboro, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 4 at Southland, 7 p.m. Feb. 7 vs. Manbel-Canton, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 10 at Rushford-Peterson, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 13 at Houston, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 21 vs. Schaeffer Academy, 7:15 p.m.

The Cardinals have three players that are 5-feet, 10-inches or taller, so they have size on their side, but they don’t have a lot of depth as the team has just three players coming back with varsity experience. “We are looking to compete every game and put ourselelves in a position to win,” LO head coach said Aaron Hungerholt, who is in his fifth year at the helm.

Schedule/Home games in bold Nov. 26 Lyle-Pacelli 66, LeRoy-Ostrander 39 Dec. 5 Spring Grove 74, LeRoy-Ostrander 28 Dec. 6 LeRoy-Ostrander 52, Ricevill, Iowa 49 Dec. 10 vs. Laneboro, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 13 vs. Hope Lutheran, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Mabel-Canton, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 27 LeRoy-Ostrander vs. Randolph at the Grand Meadow tournament, 6 p.m. Dec. 28 LeRoy-Ostrander vs. TBA at Grand Meadow tournament, TBA Jan. 2 at Glenvill-Emmons, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 6 vs. Randolph, 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at Schaeffer Academy, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 10 vs. Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 13 at at Lyle-Pacelli in Pacelli, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 17 vs. Houston, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 21 at Lanesboro, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 23 vs. Spring Grove, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 27 vs. Glenville-Emmons, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 31 at Hope Lutheran, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 vs Schaeffer Academy, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 6 vs. LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 7 at Alden-Conger, 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 14 at Houston, 7:15 p.m. AUSTIN DAILY HERALD - WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW

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New section but same high

Hayfield wrestling

XPECTATIONS

The Hayfield boys basketball team brings back four key returnees from last year’s team that went 22-8 overall and played in the Class ‘AA’ state tournament. The Vikings’ main returner is senior point guard Cole Kruger, who averaged 19.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4 assists last season. Kruger has

Schedule/Home games in bold Dec. 3 Kasson-Mantorville 57, Hayfield 12 Dec. 10 vs. Jackson County, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 12 at Byron, 5 p.m. Dec. 19 at Lake City, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 21 at Fillmore Central, 10 a.m. Jan. 3 at Fillmore Central, 5 p.m. Jan. 4 at Maple River, 10 a.m. Jan. 7 at Medford, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 9 at Triton, 5 p.m. Jan. 10 vs. Goodhue, 5 p.m. Jan. 16 vs Zumb.-Mazeppa, Stewartville, 5 p.m. Jan. 18 Hayfield invite, 10 a.m. Jan. 23 at Dover-Eyota, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 25 at Lake City Invite, 10 a.m. Jan. 30 at Kenyon-Wanamingo, 5 pm. Feb. 6 at Pine Island, 7:15 p.m.

1,292 career points, which puts him second in Hayfield school history. Hayfield is making the move to Section 1AA this year, but its expectations are still high. “We want to win the the HVL Gold and make a return trip to state,” Hayfield head coach Chris Pack said.

Schedule/Home games in bold Nov. 22 Hayfield 68, Lake City 28 Nov. 26 Hayfield 44, Cannon Falls 40 Nov. 29 Hayfield 47, Goodhue 30 Dec. 3 Hayfield 68, Zumbrota-Mazzeppa 30 Dec. 6 Hayfield 76, Titon 41 Dec. 10 Hayfield 69, KM 26 Dec. 14 at Academy of Holy Angels in Minnetonka, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at Stewartville, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 19 vs. Maple River, 7 p.m. Dec. 27 vs. Lakeview at Redwood Valley Invite, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at Redwood Valley Invite, 6 p.m.

Jan. 3 vs. Southland, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 4 at NRHEG, 6 p.m. Jan. 7 vs. La Crescent, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 14 vs. Byron, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 17 at Kasson-Man., 7:15 p.m. Jan. 21 at Blooming Prairie, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Rochester. Lourdes, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 28 vs. Stewartville, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 31 at Pine Island, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 1 at St. Peter, 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at La Crescent, 7 p.m. Feb. 7 vs. Kasson-Man., 7:15 p.m. Feb. 11 Hayfield at Byron, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 13 vs. Roch. Lourdes, 7:15 p.m.

Hayfield’s Cole Kruger goes up for two in the first half against Esko in the quarterfinals of the Class AA Minnesota State Boys Basketball Tournament at Williams Arena last season. Herald file photo

Feeling good about 2013 With a host of returners, Vikes look to make statement The Vikings girls basketball team has a good reason to be optimistic as it returns six players from last year’s squad that won the HVL Gold Division. Hayfield will look for leadership from senior Dani Wagner, who averaged 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals last season, senior Jessie Foster,

who averaged 9 points and 3 steals last season and junior Jo Bungum. “We are looking to repeat as conference champs this year,” said Hayfield head coach Fred Kindschy, who is in his 11th year at the helm. Hayfield is looking for some of its younger players to step up

Schedule/Home games in bold Dec. 3 Hayfield 70, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 52 Dec. 6 Hayfield 64, Triton 29 Dec. 10 Kenyon-Wanamingo 51, Hayfield 47 Dec. 12 at Medford, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 13 at Goodhue, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 17 vs. Lake City, 7 p.m. Dec. 20 vs. Cannon Falls, 7:15 p.m.

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and add depth. “We are a very quick team who can use pressure to our advantage,” Kindschy said. “We need to shoot the ball well this year to take our game to the next level. With our lack of size, rebounding is a real concern for us. For us to be a complete team, we need to attack the ball.”

Dec. 27 at St. Clair Invite, 6 p.m. Dec. 28 at St. Clair Invite, 6 p.m. Dec. 30 at St. Clair, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 3 at Southland, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 4 at NRHEG, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at La Crescent, 7 p.m. Jan. 9 vs. Planview-Elgin-Millville, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 14 at Byron, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 17 vs. Kasson-Mantorville, 7:15 p.m.

Jessie Foster is one of six returners for the Vikings.

Jan. 21 vs. Blooming Prairie, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 24 vs. Rochester Lourdes, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 28 at Stewartville, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 31 vs. Pine Island, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 3 at La Crescent, 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Kasson-Mantorville, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 11 vs. Byron, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 13 at Rochester Lourdes, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 18 vs. Stewartville, 7:15 p.m. AUSTIN DAILY HERALD - WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW


New faces in the crowd

The Southland boys “We set a goal basketball team will from day-one to have a new coach and a new look this season work hard each as it graduated seven day and get better players from last year’s each day.” squad that went 20-8 overall. -Matt Webber, The Rebels will turn to first-year head Head coach coach Matt Webber, who was an assistant coach at Lyle-Pacelli for six years, an assistant coach at Riverland Community College for four years and a freshman coach at Southland for five years. Southland will look to Lukas Anderson, Alex Reuchel and Trent Reinartz to emerge as leaders on the court. “We set a goal from day one to work hard each day and get better each day,” Webber said. “If we do that we will have success.”

Schedule/Home games in bold Nov. 22 Fillmore Central 73, Southland 65 Nov. 26 Kingsland 73, Southland 51 Dec. 6 Rushford-Peterson 80, Southland 39 Dec. 10 Caledonia 89, Southland 42 Dec. 12 at Triton, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 13 at Wabasha-Kellogg, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 vs. Blooming Prairie, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2 vs. Lewiston-Altura, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at Hayfield, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 7 at Southland, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Southland, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Goodhue, 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at Saint Charles, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Fillmore Central, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 vs. New Richland-HEG, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 vs. Kingsland, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Chatfield, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 vs. Rushford-Peterson, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 vs. Caledonia, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 vs. Wabasha-Kellogg, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 vs. Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Spring Grove, 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at Lewiston-Altura, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Southland, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Winona Cotter, 7:30 p.m.

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Southland to get new start with new faces The Southland girls basketball team graduated most of its players that helped them win back-to-back Three Rivers Conference titles, but it looks to rebuild this season. The Rebels, who went 22-4 overall last season, bring back McKenzie Kirtz from last year’s team, but the rest of the squad will feature a lot of first-year varsity players. “I expect us to be competitive,” Southland head coach Bob Sheehan said. “We’re going to be inexperienced, but we’ll get better throughout the season.”

“I expect us to be competitive.” -Bob Sheehan, Head coach Southland’s McKenzie Kirtz pulls up to shoot in front of the defense of Rushford-Peterson’s Hope Morrison, left, and Kendra Crawford during the first half earlier this December in Adams. Herald file photo

Schedule/Home games in bold Dec. 3 Chatfield 76, Southland 45 Dec. 6 Rushford-Peterson 68, Southland 56 Dec. 10 Southland 90, Caledonia 69 Dec. 12 vs. Triton, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 vs. Wabasha-Kellogg, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Blooming Prairie, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 vs. Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2 at Lewiston-Altura, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3 vs. Hayfield, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Winona Cotter, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Dover-Eyota, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 vs. Saint Charles, 7:30 p.m.

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Jan. 16 vs. Fillmore Central, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Kingsland, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 vs. Chatfield, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Rushford-Peterson, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Caledonia, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Lyle-Pacelli in Lyle, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Wabasha-Kellogg, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 vs. LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:30 p.m. Feb.7 at Plainview-Elgin-MIllville, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 vs. Lewiston-Altura, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 vs. Winona Cotter, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Fillmore Central, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at New Richland-HEG, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 vs. Kingsland, 7:30 p.m.

Schedule/Home meets in bold Dec. 7 at Springfield Invite, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19 at Central Springs, Iowa, TBA Dec. 21 at Northwood-Kensett, Iowa Invite, 10 a.m. Jan. 4 at GMLOK Invite in LeRoy, 10 a.m. Jan. 9 at North Butler, Iowa, TBA

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Jan. 11 at Plainview-Elgin-Millville Invite, 10 a.m. Jan. 16 vs. Blooming Prairie, 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at Hayfield Invite, 10 a.m. Jan. 25 at Roch. Century Invite, 10 a.m. Feb. 1 at Pine Island Invite, 10 a.m.

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Riding the momentum Grand Meadow girls hoping to carry success over from last season The Grand Meadow girls basketball team will turn to a new head coach as it looks to build momentum off of last year’s 16-11 overall finish. The new head coach is Lisa Glynn, who is a former assistant coach at GM and Austin. She also coached youth basketball and AAU for five years. The Larks graduated six players from last year’s team, but they do bring back four players with varsity experience in juniors Rachel Oehlke, Jamie Stevens, Allison Gehling and sophomore Rio Landers. “This team needs to find their own identity and understand their strengths so they can capitalize off that,” Glynn said. “We want to give every team we play our best effort

Schedule/Home games in bold Dec. 3 Grand Meadow 67, LeRoy-Ostrander 46 Dec. 6 Grand Meadow 74, Lanesboro 50 Dec. 12 vs. Spring Grove, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 13 at Pine Island, 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Schaeffer Academy, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 20 vs. Hope Lutheran, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 27 at Randolph Invite, TBA Dec. 28 at Randolph invite, TBA Jan. 3 at Lyle-Pacelli in Lyle, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 6 at Lewiston-Altura, 7 p.m. Jan. 9 vs. Houston, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 10 vs. Alden-Conger, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 14 vs. Glenville-Emmons, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 16 at Mabel-Canton, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 18 vs. Kingsland, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 24 vs. Lanesboro, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 28 vs. Schaeffer Academy, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 30 at Spring Grove, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 31 vs. Fillmore Central, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 3 vs. Lyle-Pacelli, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 7 at Hope Lutheran, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 11 at Houston, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 13 vs. Mabel-Canton, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 18 Blooming Prairie, 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Glenville-Emmons, 7:15 p.m.

“This team needs to find their own identity and understand their strengths so they can capitalize off that.” -Lisa Glynn, Head coach and feel that at the end of the game, we left it all on the court. We feel that with this attitude we will see the result in the win column.” GM has no seniors on its roster, and it has just 14 total players so the

team will need its underclassmen to step up. “We will take time to mold as a team but with the attitudes and efforts we are seeing we are optimistic about our season,” Glynn said.

Grand Meadow’s Rachel Oehlke shoots against Lyle-Pacelli last season in Grand Meadow. Herald file photo

Where the big games are in 2014

A listing of the Minnesota state tournaments and where they will be played. Boys basketball

Gymnastics

Boys swimming and diving

March 12-15: Target Center and Williams Arena, University of Minnesota

Feb. 21-22: Sports Pavilion, University of Minnesota

Feb. 27-March 1: University of Minnesota Aquatic Center

Girls basketball

Boys hockey March 5-8: Xcel Energy Center and Mariucci Arena, University of Minnesota

For more information visit the Minnesota State high School League’s website at www.mshsl.org for a listing of tournaments, teams, brackets and section breakdowns as tournaments kick into gear. Results can also be found here as each tournament comes to an end, as well as previous season results.

March 18-22: Target Center and Williams Arena, University of Minnesota

Wrestling Feb. 27-March 1: Xcel Energy Center

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Girls hockey Feb. 19-22: Excel Energy Center and Ridder Arena, University of Minnesota

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Grand Meadow gets late start

Superlarks aim to defend SEC West Division crown

Schedule/Home games in bold

The Grand Meadow boys basketball team had a late start to its season due to a long football run but they are still hoping to have some success on the basketball court as they bring back six players from a team that went 16-10 and won the SEC West Division. The Larks will look to Trenton Bleifus, Isaac Tangaen and Landon Jacobson to lead the way this season. “We should be pretty athletic, and our kids did a great job

Dec. 10 Grand Meadow 68, Lyle-Pacelli 49 Dec. 13 vs. Spring Grove, 7:15 p.m Dec. 16 at Lanesboro, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 17 vs. Fillmore Central, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 19 at St. Charles, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 vs. Hope Lutheran, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 Grand Meadow invite, 6 p.m. Dec. 28 Grand Meadow invite, 6 p.m.

Jan. 2 vs. Houston, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 7 vs. Glenville-Emmons, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 9 at Kingsland, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 13 vs. Schaeffer Academy, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 16 vs. Alden-Conger, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 17 at Mabel-Canton, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 20 vs. Schaeffer Academy, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 21 vs. Lyle-Pacelli, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 23 vs. Lanesboro, 7:15 p.m.

during the offseason of getting in the gym and getting better,” said GM head coach Bob Burmester, who is in his second

Jan. 27 Grand Meadow at Houston, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 30 vs. Rochester Home Schoolers, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 31 at Spring Grove, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 7 at Hope Lutheran, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Glenville-Emmons, 3 p.m. Feb. 19 vs. Blooming Prairie, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 11 vs. LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 14 vs. Mabel-Canton, 7:15 p.m.

year at the helm. “We do lack varsity experience so we’ll rely on some younger players playing key roles and minutes.”

GMLOK wrestling Schedule/Home games in bold Nov. 30 at Faribault Invite, 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at Jackson County Invite, 10 a.m. Dec. 13 at Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 5 p.m. Dec. 17 at Chatfield, 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at Fillmore Central Invite, 10 a.m. Jan. 2 vs. Dover-Eyota in Kingsland, 6 p.m. Jan. 4 GMLOK Invite in LeRoy, 9:30 a.m.

Jan. 9 at Wabasha-Kellogg, 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at Stewartville invite, 8 a.m. Jan. 17 at Lewiston-Alutra, 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at Hayfield Invite, 10 a.m. Jan. 27 at Fillmore Central, 6 p.m. Jan. 39 vs. St. Charles in LeRoy, 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at Wisconsin Dells Invite, TBA Feb. 7 vs. Caledonia in Grand Meadow, 6 p.m.

Grand Meadow-LeRoy-Ostrander-Kingsland’s Wyatt Richardson, seen here at the U.S. Open Greco Roman Junior Division national tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. in April, returns to the mat for GMLOK. Photo provided

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Wrist Sprain or Strain? Kris Dutton A.T.R., A.T.C. and Jay Collier, Occupational Therapist Registered

The wrist, because it is a complex joint, can be injured in several different ways. For purposes of this article, the focus will be on the difference between a sprain and strain. During winter sports, where athletes are competing indoors, the potential for sustaining a wrist injury is a possibility. Wrist injuries are not limited to just winter sports. Any sport in which there is high velocity, contact and running, an athlete may at some point fall and injure his or her wrist. The most common of these injuries occurs when an athlete is falling. The natural response is to put your hands in front of you to catch your fall. However, sometimes during this process the athlete may land wrong and force his or her hand into extreme extension. The results can be very painful.

Anatomy

The wrist joint is made up of the radius and ulna of the forearm which articulate with the carpal bones. The carpal bones are made up of eight different bones: the scaphoid, lunate, triquetral, pisiform, trapesium, trape-

Eat to Compete Eating a well-balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do to promote optimal performance. Eating a variety of high-carbohydrate, low-fat foods and consuming enough fluid to avoid dehydration are key. To increase endurance, muscle strength and speed, you must eat to compete! Fuel Up with Pre-event Preparation with familiar foods on competition day and allow adequate time for that food to digest. A large meal can take three to four hours to digest, a small meal can take two to three hours, and a snack will digest in one to two hours. A substantial pre-event meal will help prevent fatigue and ensure you have the fuel stores needed to power your way to peak performance. Include complex carbohydrates, lean protein, fruit and healthy fats. About two-thirds of your plate should be carbohydrates. Top off fuel stores with a carbohydrate-based snack one to two hours before competition. During the Event Continue to refuel during competition, as needed, with carbohydrates, electrolytes and fluid to preAUSTIN DAILY HERALD - WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW

zoid, capitate, hamate Strain: Involves the muscles of the forearms and tendons. This is when an athlete falls and puts the wrist into extreme extension. The muscles and tendons of the forearm on the underside become stretched, causing a strain of the muscle or soft tissues. When this occurs the muscles become very sore and tender and may limit range of motion and cause some pain. Usually within 24 to 48 hours following the PRICE principle of Protection Rest Ice Compression and Elevation, the wrist will heal pretty well on its own. The athlete that has sustained this type of injury may benefit from some modified workouts and possibly splinting and or Photo provided taping the wrist to support the wrist during competition. Sprain: A sprain to the wrist usually involves the eight little bones of the wrist, most commonly the scaphoid or lunate bone. These too are most commonly injured during a fall in which the wrist is put into extreme extension.

vent fatigue and prevent depletion of fuel stores. Chocolate milk and sports drinks can be great options during competition. Refuel to Recover Post-Competition Refueling begins immediately after competition with a recovery snack consisting of carbohydrate and protein to refuel stores and repair damaged tissue. Chocolate milk can be a perfect sports recovery drink as it contains the ideal ratio of carbohydrate and protein to refuel muscles. Continue refueling with a meal one hour after the recovery snack. Staying Hydrated Maintaining adequate hydration during performance is key. Dehydration can severely impair athletic performance, making it crucial to go into a competition well-hydrated. Consume fluids throughout competition day, then hydrate two to three hours prior to competition with 16 ounces of fluid and again 10 to 20 minutes before event with 8 ounces of fluid. Fluid should be consumed during competition and fluid replacement of all sweat loss should take place following competition.

The difference between a strain and a sprain involves the ligaments of the carpal bones. Ligaments are soft tissue which attach bones to bones and provide stability to the joint. In general, if an athlete has sustained an injury in which the ligaments are involved, the athlete will also have pain in the flexor muscles and tendons of the forearm. In addition it is likely he or shee will have some palpable point tenderness on or around the various carpal bones. The PRICE principle should also be applied here to protect the wrist from further injury. Both of the injuries discussed should not be taken lightly. In the event an athlete has sustained a wrist injury whether it is a strain or a sprain, it is always important to have the injury evaluated by the appropriate health care provider. Because there are so many different variables involved, X-rays may be needed to rule out any chance of fractures, displacement, and in some cases an MRI to rule out any possibilities of tears to muscles, ligaments or tendons. A consultation with an orthopedic surgeon is definitely warranted and possibly some rehabilitation with a certified occupational therapist whom specializes in hand therapy. Rehabilitation will help the athlete to strengthen the wrist and further protect it with either an over-thecounter brace or a custom-fit brace made by the hand therapist. The above mentioned information is not intended to replace normal healthcare and is by no means meant to be used as treatment for injuries. The purpose of the article is strictly informative. With any injury whether sport related or not, it is crucial to seek medical attention to properly diagnose and treat the injury.

Choosing the right fluid for hydration is important. Water is appropriate for mild to moderate intensity exercise lasting less than 60 minutes. Sports drinks are preferred for high-intensity exercise lasting more than 60 minutes. Soft drinks and fruit juices are best avoided.

High-Performance Snacks •Oatmeal with almonds, strawberries and low-fat yogurt. •Whole-grain wrap with turkey, spinach, tomato and pesto •Peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a glass of low-fat milk •High-protein energy bar and a piece of fruit •Whole-grain crackers and low-fat cottage cheese topped with fruit •English muffin with an egg, sliced tomato, lettuce and avocado •Low-fat string cheese and baked whole grain chips •1/2 whole grain pita stuffed with choice veggies, edamame and hummus •Trail mix made with nuts, whole grain cereal and dried fruit •Smoothie made with low-fat milk, yogurt and frozen berries •Banana dog – whole wheat tortilla with peanut butter and banana slices •Granola, yogurt and fruit parfait FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

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The Lyle-Pacelli girls basketball team has high hopes for this season as it brings back all of the key players from last year’s team that went 23-5 and played in the subsection semifinals. The Athletics will look for leadership from senior guard and 1,000-point scorer Ann Rysavy, who averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals per game last season, sophomore Sarah Holtz, who averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds last season, junior Madison Truckenmiller and sophomore Courtney Walter, who averaged11 points per game. “We’ve been talking about this season since the end of last year,” Walter said. “We’ve done a lot of preparing.” LP head coach Justin Morris is in his second year with the team and the Athletics will be looking to provide a lot of pressure on their opponents this season. “We obviously like to play a frantic, fast paced style,” Morris said. “We like to challenge teams full court and trap all over. Most teams struggle to handle our pressure for 36 minutes, which is advantageous to us and our athleticism.” The Athletics are hoping to finish even better than last season as they also look for some of their younger players to improve. Eighth-grader Brooke Walter was effective last season and Morris thinks she’ll take a bigger step this season. “You won’t find many eighth-graders of her caliber in southern Minnesota,” Morris said. “She’s certainly a superstar in the making.” LP hopes its versatile team can put it in position for a serious postseason run. “Our kids understand this is a year we’ve been building towards for a long time,” Morris said. “As a program, our goals are to compete for a conference championship and a state tournament berth. We believe we have the skill and work ethic to accomplish those high expectations.”

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of he Court With everybody back from last year, LP is poised for big things

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Lyle-Pacelli’s Ann Rysavy drives past Goodhue’s Meredith Watson during the first half of the Section 1A West Division semifinals last season in Rochester. Herald file photo

Schedule/Home games in bold Dec. 3 Lyle-Pacelli 69, Glenville-Emmons 13 Dec. 5 Lyle-Paceli 58, Blooming Prairie 19 Dec. 9 Lyle-Pacelli 76, Mabel-Canton 33 Dec. 14 at Hope Lutheran, 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 20 at Houston, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 3 vs. Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 6 vs. Triton, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 9 vs. Schaeffer Academy, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 14 at Spring Grove, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 16 vs. Lanesboro, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 18 at Randolph, 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at Glenville-Emmons, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 23 vs. Medford, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 24 vs. Hope Lutheran, 6 p.m. Jan. 28 vs. LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 31 vs. Southland, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 6 at Fillmore Central, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 vs. Houston, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 11 at Schaeffer Academy, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 13 at Lanesboro, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 18 vs. Alden-Conger, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 vs. Spring Grove in Lyle, 7:15 p.m. *Home games played in Lyle AUSTIN DAILY HERALD - WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW


Coming to play

Lyle-Pacelli’s Mark Manyuon drives past Glenville-Emmons’ Christian Voss earlier this year. Herald file photo

Schedule/Home games in bold Nov. 22 Glenville-Emmons 52, Lyle-Pacelli 51 Nov. 26 Lyle-Pacelli 66, LeRoy-Ostrander 39 Dec. 5 Blooming Pairie 87, Lyle-Pacelli 46 Dec. 10 Grand Meadow 68, Lyle-Pacelli 49 Dec. 14 at Hope Lutheran, 4 p.m. Dec. 19 at Houston, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 2 vs. Schaeffer Academy, 7:15 p.m.

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Jan. 6 at Triton, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 7 vs. Spring Grove, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 10 at Glenville-Emmons, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 13 vs. LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 17 at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 18 at Randolph, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 23 at Medford, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 24 vs. Hope Lutheran in Lyle, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 27 at Schaeffer Academy, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 30 vs. Alden-Conger, 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at Mable-Canton, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 4 at Spring Grove, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 6 vs. Houston, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 10 vs. Fillmore Central, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Goodhue, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 14 vs. Lanesboro, 7:15 p.m.

The Lyle-Pacelli boys basketball team will turn to a new head coach and a few new players this season. The Athletics graduated two 1,000-point scorers from last year’s team that went 14-12 overall and now will look to first year head coach Dean DeBoer, who has been an assistant coach at LP for two years, to lead a young roster. “I expect everyone to carry themselves well on and off the floor, and be a leader for their school and the team,” DeBoer said. “Our upper classmen numbers might not be good, but the kids that we do have are doing all of the right things and saying all of the right things.” LP will look to Jordan Hart, who enters his third year as a starter, for leadership this season. Braden Kocer, Jordan Cotter, Brennan Ruis and Mark Manyuon will also step up for LP. DeBoer said he wants his squad to compete for an SEC West title and he feels the team can be competitive, especially when senior Matt Kasel and sophomore Noah Jiskra come back from their injuries. “We’re trying to change that mindset that we can play with the bigger schools,” DeBoer said. “We have to get over that mindset that we’re a small Class ‘A’ school and we can’t play with Blooming (Prairie) or Goodhue. Hopefully we can start changing that from game one.” Hart said the younger players are starting to come around and he thinks the squad can stay competitive as well. “We have our time where our youth shows up, but we can overcome that,” Hart said. “We like to show teams that we’re not going to just lay down and we’re going to come out and play with them.”

*Home games played at Pacelli except when otherwise noted

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‘We want to be competitive’ Core group to lead BP into new season The Awesome Blossoms girls basketball team will rely on a few players with a lot of varsity experience to lead them this season. BP juniors Taylor Hagen, who averaged 14.7 points and 8.3 rebounds last season, and Madison Worke, who averaged 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds last season, have two years of starting experience. The team’s lone senior, Sara Noble, has played for two years on varsity as well. “We want to be competitive in each game, continue to improve and play consistently at a high level,” said BP head coach John Worke, who is in his 21st year of coaching. BP has a total of six players back from last year’s squad that finished 17-9 overall.

Blooming Prairie guard Madison Worke dribbles around Bethlehem Academy’s Hana Palmer during the second half of the Section 1A West Division semifinals last year in Rochester. LEFT: Taylor Hagen puts a shot up in the same game. Herald file photos

Schedule/Home games in bold Nov. 29 Blooming Prairie 51, Triton 21 Dec. 5 Lyle-Pacelli 58, Blooming Pairie 19 Dec. 6 Blooming Prairie 68, Randolph 49 Dec. 10 Blooming Prairie 64, Medford 32 Dec. 13 vs. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 17 vs. Southland, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 20 at Alden-Conger, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 27 vs. Byron, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 3 vs. Tri County United, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 7 at United South Central, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 10 vs. Faribault Bethlehem Academy, 7:15 p.m.

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Jan. 14 at Maple River, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 17 at New Richland-HEG, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Hayfield, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 24 at Blooming Prairie, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 28 at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 30 vs. Blooming Prairie, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 31 vs. Medford, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 3 vs. United South Central, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 7 Blooming Prairie at Faribault Bethlehem Academy, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 11 vs. Maple River, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 14 vs. New Richland-HEG, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 18 vs. Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 21 vs. Kenyon-Wanamingo, 7:15 p.m. AUSTIN DAILY HERALD - WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW


Stepping to the line The Awesome Blossoms bring back eight players from a squad that went 18-10 overall and played in the section finals for the first time since 1967. BP will look to junior John Rumpza, a 6-6 center, to lead the way as he averaged 21.5 and 12.4 rebounds per game last season. BP also brings back Weston Fiebiger, Jacob Decker, Anthony Nelson, Brett Wacek, Collin Yankoviak, Matthew Worke and Hunter Rudlong. “I really like the guys that are out this year and they are committed to getting better every day,” BP head coach John Bruns, who is in his 15th year at the helm, said. “Our biggest key to success this year is going to be finding ways to consistently score with the graduation loss of Michael Thomas. We have a lot of guys that are going to need to step up.”

Schedule/Home games in bold Nov. 26 Saint Clair 69, Blooming Prairie 57 Nov. 29 Blooming Prairie 71, Triton 46 Dec. 3 Blooming Prairie 81, Alden-Conger 60 Dec. 5 Blooming Prairie 87, Lyle-Pacelli 46 Dec. 6 Blooming Prairie 74, Randolph 48 Dec. 13 at Waterville-Elyisan-Morristown, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 17 at Southland, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 20 at Blooming Prairie, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 3 at Kenyon-Wanamingo, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 7 vs. United South Central, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 10 at Faribault Bethlehem Academy, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 13 vs. Goodhue, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 14 vs. Maple River, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 17 vs. New Richland-HEG, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 21 vs. Hayfield, 7;15 p.m. Jan. 23 vs. Tri-County United, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 24 at Randolph, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 28 vs. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 31 at Medford, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 3 at United South Central, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 7 vs. Faribault Bethlehem Academy, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 10 at Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 11 at Medford, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 14 at New Richland-HEG, 7:15 p.m.

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Gimbel returns to the mat The Blooming Prairie wrestling team brings back an old head coach to help it out this season. Chad Gimbel, who coached for a five-year stint in the late ‘90s is back at the helm for a team that has 10 wrestlers with varsity experience. The Awesome Blossoms will look to Zach Nirk, who had 22 wins last season, Mike Wytaske, Trent Strunk, Kyle Williamson and Albert Zamarripa to lead the way this season. “We have a number of experienced wrestlers coming back,” Gimbel said. “We have quite a few that have been wrestling varsity now for a number of years. They have a good attitude, they work hard, and they are competitive athletes, who work hard and want to get better.” BP will be short on numbers and will end up forfeiting some matches in duals this season.

Schedule/Home games in bold Dec. 3 St. Clair 27, Blooming Prairie 47; Maple River 77, Blooming Prairie 0 Dec. 7 at Springfield Invite, 10 a.m. Dec. 12 at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 14 at Kenyon-Wanamingo Invite, 10 a.m. Dec. 20 at Central Springs, Iowa Invite, 5 p.m. Jan. 2 vs. United South Central, 5 p.m. Jan. 4 at LeRoy-Ostrander Invite, 9 a.m. Jan. 9 at Triton, 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at Tri-County United Invite, 8 a.m. Jan. 16 at Southland, 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Invite, 9 a.m. Jan. 23 at Maple River, 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at Lake City Invite, 10 a.m. Jan. 30 vs. Medford, 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at New Richland-HEG, 7 p.m.

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Men’s Basketball Nov. 1: Gophers 79, Cardinal-Stritch 57 (Exhib) Nov. 4: Gophers 101, Concordia-St. Paul 67 (Exhib) Nov. 8: Gophers 81, Lehigh 62 Nov. 12: Gophers 84, Montana 58 Nov. 16: Gophers 74, Richmond 59 Nov. 19: Gophers 82, Coastal Carolina 72 Nov. 21: Gophers 79, Wofford 57

Maui Invitational Nov. 25: Syracuse 75, Gophers 67 Nov. 26: Arkansas 87, Gophers73 Nov. 27: Gophers 83, Chaminade 68 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Dec. 3: Gophers 71, Florida St. 61 Dec. 7: Gophers 80, New Orleans 65 Dec. 10: Gophers 75, SDSU 59 Dec. 20: vs. Neb.-Omaha, 8 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Oct. 29: Gophers 82, Winona State, 44 (Exhib) Nov. 2: Gophers 69, Minnesota St. Moorhead 54 (Exhib) Nov. 9: Gophers 73, Northern Iowa, 55 Nov. 13: Gophers 90, Charlotte 55 Nov. 16: Creighton 63, Gophers 52 Nov. 20: Gophers 70, Kansas 59 Nov. 24: Gophers 66, Navy 55 Nov. 26: Gophers 80, Loyola 36

Men’s Hockey

Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown Nov. 29: Gophers 63, Chattanooga 62 Nov. 30: Gophers 79, Colo. State 55 Dec. 1: Hawaii 77, Gophers 71 (OT) Big Ten/ACC Challenge Dec. 5: Gophers 74, Miami 67 Dec. 8: Gophers 46, North Dakota 44 Subway Classic

Oct. 18: Gophers 6, Bemidji State 3 Oct. 19: Gophers 5, Bemidji State 1

Nov. 15: Gophers 4, Minnesota State 1 Nov. 16: Gophers 3, Minnesota State 0 Nov. 22: Gophers 6. Minn.-Duluth 1 Nov. 24: Minn.-Duluth 6, Gophers 2 Nov. 29: Gophers 4, Wisconsin 1 Nov. 30: Gophers 4, Wisconsin 3 Dec. 6: Gophers 2, Michigan St. 2 Dec. 7: Gophers 3, Michigan State 2.

Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge Oct. 25: Gophers 3, Boston College 3 Oct. 27: Gophers 6, Boston College 1

Mariucci Classic Jan. 3: vs. Colgate, 7 p.m. Jan. 4: vs. Ferris State/RPI, 7 p.m.

Nov. 8: Notre Dame 4, Gophers 1 Nov. 9: Gophers 5, Notre Dame 4

Jan. 12: at Penn State, 6 p.m. Jan. 13: at Penn State, TBA

Oct. 5: Gophers 5, Lethbridge 1 (Exhib) Ice Breaker Tournament Oct. 11: Gophers 6, Mercyhurst 0 Oct. 12: Gophers 3, New Hampshire 2

Men’s Hockey

Sept. 26: Gophers 6, Team Japan 0 (Exhibition) Sept. 27: Gophers 7, British Columbia (Exhibition) Oct. 4: Gophers 3, Colgate, 1 Oct. 5: Gophers 8, Colgate 3 Oct. 11: Gophers 2, Wisconsin 1 Oct. 12: Gophers 2, Wisconsin 0 Oct. 18: Gophers 4, Minnesota Duluth 0 Oct. 19: Gophers 6, Minnesota Duluth 3 Oct. 25: Gophers 4, Bemidji State 0 Oct. 26: Gophers 4, Bemidji State 3 Nov. 1: Gophers 4. Minnesota State 1 Nov. 2: Gophers 7, Minnesota State 0 Nov. 8: Gophers 4, St. Cloud State 1 Nov. 9: Gophers 4, St. Cloud State 3 Nov. 16: Gophers 6, North Dakota 1 Nov. 17: North Dakota 3, Gophers 2

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Dec. 28: vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2: vs. Michigan, 6 p.m. Jan. 5: vs Purdue, TBA Jan. 8: at Penn State, 6 p.m. Jan. 11: at Michigan State, 1:15 p.m. Jan. 16: vs. Ohio State, 8 p.m. Jan. 19: at Iowa, Noon Jan. 22: vs Wisconsin, 8 p.m. Jan. 26: at Nebraska, 5 p.m.

Feb. 1: vs. Northwestern, 1 p.m. Feb. 5: at Purdue, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8: vs. Indiana, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 13: at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. Feb. 16: at Northwestern, 5 p.m. Feb. 19: vs. Illinois, 8 p.m. Feb. 22: at Ohio State, TBA Feb. 25: vs Iowa, 6 p.m. March 1: at Michigan, 5 p.m. March 8 or 9 (TBA) vs Penn State, TBA

Dec. 20: vs. UCLA, Noon Dec. 22: vs Auburn, 2 p.m.

Jan. 26: at Penn State, Noon Jan. 29: vs. Iowa, 7 p.m. Feb. 1: at Michigan, TBA Feb. 9: vs. Illinois, 2 p.m. Feb. 12: at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. Feb. 15: at Northwestern, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20: vs. Purdue, 7 p.m. Feb. 24: at Michigan State, 6 p.m. Feb. 27: vs. Indiana, TBA March 2: vs. Ohio State, TBA

Dec. 29: vs Oakland, 2 p.m. Jan. 4: vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m. Jan. 8: at Iowa, 7 p.m Jan. 12: vs. Northwestern, 2 p.m. Jan. 16: at Nebraska, 8 p.m. Jan. 19: at Indiana, 1 p.m. Jan. 23: vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m.

Hockey City Classic Jan. 17: vs. Ohio State, 8 p.m. (TCF Bank Stadium) Hockey Day Minnesota Jan. 18: vs. Ohio State, 5 p.m. North Star College Cup Jan. 24: vs. St. Cloud State, 7 p.m. Jan. 25: TBA Jan. 31: vs. Michigan State, 8 p.m. Feb. 1: vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m. Feb. 6: at Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7: at Wisconsin, 8 p.m.

Nov. 23: Gophers 5, Yale 1 Nov. 24: Gophers 4, Yale 1 Nov. 30: Gophers 6, Princeton 0 Dec. 1: Gophers 9, Princeton 1 Dec. 7: Gophers 9, Ohio State 2 Dec. 8: Gophers 5, Ohio State 1 Jan. 10: vs Ohio State, 7:07 p.m. Jan. 11: vs Ohio State, 4:07

Minnesota Gophers Basketball and Hockey schedules

Feb. 14: vs. Michigan, 8 p.m. Feb. 15: vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. Feb. 28: vs. Penn State, 8 p.m. March 1: vs. Penn State, 6 p.m. March 7: at Ohio State, 6:30 p.m. March 8: at Ohio State, 5:30 p.m. March 14: at Michigan, 5:30 p.m. March 15: at Michigan, 6 p.m. Big Ten Tournament March 20: TBA March 21: TBA March 22: TBA

Feb. 1: at North Dakota, 7:07 p.m. Feb. 7: vs. Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m. Feb. 8: vs. Bemidji State, 4:07 p.m. Feb. 14: at Wisconsin, 7:07 p.m. Feb. 15: at Wisconsin, 7:07 p.m. Feb. 21: vs. Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m. Feb. 22: vs. vs. Minnesota Duluth, 4:07 p.m.

Hockey City Classic Jan. 17: vs Minnesota State, 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19: at Minnesota State, 1:07 p.m. Jan. 24: vs. St. Cloud State, 7:07 p.m. Jan. 25: vs. St. Cloud State, 7:07 p.m. Jan. 31: at North Dakota, 7:07 p.m.

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