The Free Press, Mankato, MN


December 20, 2013

It's been another interesting year from sideline

It’s been an interesting 2013, filled with many special moments and achievements, witnessed from the sideline.

In the spirit of year-end, Top-??? lists, these five events/accomplishments rank at the top of this last year.

5. New Ulm won its second consecutive Class AA softball championship. Didn’t see the Eagles play during the regular season but caught the state-championship game.

When played well, fastpitch softball can be very exciting, and this 1-0 victory over Kasson-Mantorville was played in a championship manner. Eagles’ pitcher Sydney Schuck allowed five hits, but each time that Kasson-Mantorville threatened, she came up with a clutch pitch or the defense made a nice play.

New Ulm took advantage of its best scoring chance when Schuck delivered an RBI single in the fifth inning. The game ended with the tying run on third base.

4. Carlie Wagner dominated the state tournament for the second straight year, broke scoring records, some of which she set as a junior. She scored 50 points as New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva defeated Braham 60-59 in the championship game, outdueling Braham’s Rebekah Dahlman, Wagner’s only state peer in scoring.

Wagner set the record by scoring 129 points in three tournament games, but the best part is that it helped her team win a state title. It seems like the University of Minnesota is getting an exceptional player.

3. St. Cloud State defeated Minnesota State 54-48 in a regional football game last month. Though the locals might not have liked the outcome, there’s little doubt that this was the most exciting game played in the 50-plus seasons of football played there.

The teams combined for 1,153 yards of offense, with 41 plays of 10 or more yards and 16 plays of 20 or more yards. There were 15 touchdowns scored, 11 of which covered at least 10 yards and five that went for 50 or more yards.

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