Monday, September 27, 2021

Sports

Blooming Prairie junior Abby Hefling tips the ball over the net at practice.  Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
The Blooming Prairie volleyball team sported a new look in the middle of the frontcourt last week as juniors Haven Carlson and Abby Hefling look to fill the role of injured junior captain Sierra Larson. Larson, the team’s regular middle hitter and an experienced varsity athlete, broke her finger in...
Head Coach Marc Kruger hoists the Golden Brick trophies in celebration with his team, after defeating JWP 42-0 on Friday. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
The NRHEG Panthers reclaimed the Golden Brick trophy with a  42-0 win over Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton (JWP) Friday, bringing the trophy home for the first time since the two teams last met in 2019. The rivalry game victory is Marc Kruger's first as head coach of the Panthers. "It feels really...
Quarterback Drew Kittelson plants hard on a cut to evade a defender.  Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
Blooming Prairie quarterback Drew Kittelson shows no signs of slowing down this season. He finished his first game of the season completing 10 of 12 passes for 242 yards, six touchdowns and an interception in a 57-6 victory against Hayfield. And in last week’s game against Lester Prairie, Kittelson...
 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...

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