Monday, January 17, 2022

Sports

Blooming Prairie girls basketball coach John Bruns earned his 300th win as a head coach last week in a game against Lyle-Pacelli. Immediately after the final buzzer in Blooming Prairie’s 60-43 win, his players swarmed him and celebrated the accomplishment. “It was fun, but you know, the biggest...
If you are a football fan, there is a good chance that you have heard of John Madden. The legendary Super Bowl-winning coach, sportscaster and NFL video game icon was one of football’s most beloved figures and arguably one of the reasons I am working in the field I am today. Madden was born in...
Blooming Prairie senior point guard Bobbie Bruns moves the ball down the court in the team’s season-opening game against Kingsland. Bruns started the season by scoring her 1,000th varsity point and recorded a career-high 30 points. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
Blooming Prairie three-sport varsity athlete Bobbie Bruns was preparing to meet her friends at Applebee’s last May after a softball game when her life changed “in the blink of an eye.” Just a quarter-mile from her house, she turned onto US 218 where a service truck was stationary in the middle of...
Gear for the annual New Year’s Day polar plunge hosted by the Owatonna Divers Club sits unattended on the surface of the ice. An initial hole was drilled in the ice, but the club decided not to expand it and instead cancel the event for the first time since its inaugural plunge in 1963.  Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
The Owatonna Divers Club called off its annual New Year’s Day polar plunge this year for the first time since 1963 due to illness, injury and the -8 degree temperature. The idea for the traditional plunge dates back to a New Year’s Day party that Don Matejcek attended in Owatonna back in 1963. “I...
Senior guard Colin Jordison keeps his eye on the ball on defense. Head coach Cameron Rutledge said that he tried to utilize Jordison’s height advantage in his matchup against Hayfield. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
The Blooming Prairie boys basketball team lost its last game before the holiday break, 80-49, against Hayfield. The Awesome Blossoms totaled 22 points in the first half and an additional 27 points in the second half but fell short against a Hayfield team that put up 40 or more points in both halves...
As 2021 comes to an end, I’ve been reflecting upon my year with a focus on how life has changed since becoming a reporter for the Steele County Times. It’s hard to imagine that it has been four months since I moved on from my life as a college student at the University of St. Thomas and jumped head...
Owatonna’s Jozie Johnson focuses on her positioning on the bars during her first routine of the event in Owatonna’s meet against Austin last week. Jozie Johnson went on to tie with teammate Emma Johnson for the highest individual score of the meet with 34.35 overall points. Staff photo by Johnnie Phillips
As an athlete, my favorite times of any season were during holidays and breaks from school. Whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s or even spring break, there is nothing that compares to competing without worrying about school. With practice, class and homework on top of an already...
As an athlete, my favorite times of any season were during holidays and breaks from school. Whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s or even spring break, there is nothing that compares to competing without worrying about school. With practice, class and homework on top of an already...
Each winter season since moving to Minnesota, I long for the ponds to freeze so I can lace up my skates and hit the ice. In the state of hockey, pond hockey may seem commonplace. Not to me.  I laced up my first pair of skates and hit the ice just five years ago with my college roommates. Growing up...
Owatonna juniors Sarah Snitker and Nils Gantert will represent Owatonna High School as nominees for the 2021-2022 Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) ExCEL Awards. The ExCEL awards, short for “Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership” have been sponsored by the MSHSL for 26 years...

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