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On a court inside the New Ulm Recreation Center earlier this week, Ryan Hulke encouraged six young basketball players as they went through an hour of ball-handling and shooting drills. It’s a little less intense than a high-school practice, but he also makes sure he gets his point across.

MANKATO — The Mankato White VFW Post 950 baseball team's Southwest Subdistrict game scheduled for Wednesday was postponed due to unplayable conditions at Wolverton Field.

AKRON, OHIO — The Aussie Peppers rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth on Monday to down the Cleveland Comets 5-3 and salvage a split of an NPF women's softball doubleheader. Cleveland won the rain-abbreviated second game 4-0.

CLEVELAND — A three-run rally in the top of the third inning was more than enough for the Aussie Peppers Sunday as they downed the Cleveland Comets 3-1 in an NPF women's softball game.

MANKATO — The Mankato MoonDogs started fast and received solid pitching Sunday in a 5-0 shutout of the Waterloo Bucks at Franklin Rogers Park.

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Kevin Buisman respects those football supporters who offer criticism and complaints about Blakeslee Stadium, but one morning, when he arrives at his office, the Minnesota State athletic director would love to see a long line of problem-solvers who had the funding solution to a multi-million-…

MANKATO — Mankato rallied from a 4-0 deficit on Saturday to down the Waterloo Bucks 8-4 in a Northwoods League baseball game at Franklin Rogers Park.

CLEVELAND — Cheyanne Tarango fired a five-hit shutout Saturday, leading the Cleveland Comets to a 4-0 shutout over the Aussie Peppers in an NPF women’s softball game.

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Going into the last high-school season, the Mankato East boys basketball team had some big holes to fill. Coming off a state-tournament appearance, the Cougars need to replace a bunch of seniors, including Damani Hayes, Uhana Ochan and Edmond Oyet.

NEW ULM — The Mankato White VFW Post 950 baseball team jumped to a 5-1 lead and then held on for a 5-4 win over New Ulm Wednesday at Mueller Park.

NORTH MANKATO — A four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning of Game 1 helped the Aussie Peppers split an NPF women’s softball doubleheader with the first-place Chicago Bandits Wednesday at Caswell Park.

NORTH MANKATO — Jade Wall, Michelle Cox and Madeline Cameron each drove in runs Tuesday, leading the Aussie Peppers to a 5-1 win over the first-place Chicago Bandits in an NPF women’s softball game at Caswell Park.

MANKATO — A first-inning momentum shift at Franklin Rogers Park lifted the Mankato MoonDogs to an 8-3 Northwoods League victory over Bismarck Tuesday night before a crowd of 1,270.

FARIBAULT — Owen Atherton singled and drove in two runs but it wasn’t enough as Faribault defeated Mankato American Post 11 4-3 in a Legion baseball game on Tuesday.

MANKATO — After starting the second half of the Northwoods League season with an impressive four-game road sweep of Bismarck, the Mankato MoonDogs seemed ready to tangle with their main nemesis the Willmar Stingers.

HOPKINS — Trailing 4-1, the Mankato White VFW Post 950 baseball team erupted for six runs in the fourth inning and held on for a 7-6 win over Hopkins on Monday.

WILLMAR — Josh Elvir and Dayton Dooney belted two hits apiece but it wasn't  nearly enough as the Willmar Stingers defeated the Mankato MoonDogs 8-2 on Sunday in a Northwoods League baseball game.

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The rain, the wind and a two-goal deficit weren’t enough to knock the Mankato United Soccer Club out of the playoff hunt.

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Tanner Craig of the Mankato MoonDogs steps into the batting cage and places his feet precisely where he wants them.

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NORTH MANKATO — Laing Harrow may be a long way from his native country of Australia, but Mankato is definitely home for him at the moment.

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A disappointing first half of the Northwoods League season came to an end Tuesday night for the Mankato MoonDogs as Eau Claire rolled to an 11-3 victory in front of 989 fans at Franklin Rogers Park.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild zeroed in on Mats Zuccarello as free agency approached, desiring his competitive drive and playmaking skills for a top-six forward group in need of a new look.

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Minnesota State and six other universities are moving forward “expeditiously” toward a new men’s college hockey conference, the consultant working with the schools said on Monday.

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The Western Collegiate Hockey Association in its current incarnation is a collection of left-behind programs cobbled together when college hockey’s Great Schism began to take place in 2011.

MANKATO — Eau Claire kept its Northwoods League’s first-half title aspirations alive Monday night with a 9-2 win over the Mankato MoonDogs in front of a sparse crowd of 655 at Franklin Rogers Park.

NORTH MANKATO — A two-run rally in the top of the fourth inning proved to be the difference as the Cleveland Comets slipped past the Aussie Peppers 3-2 in an NPL women’s softball game on Saturday at Caswell Park.

ST. CLOUD — Jack. Schneider tossed a six-hit shutout over seven innings Saturday, leading the Mankato MoonDogs to a 4-0 win over St. Cloud in a Northwoods League baseball game.

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Each year’s annual trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is an excuse to try out at least one new piece of equipment. Lightweight, high quality backpack camping equipment is often both high technology and expensive.