MADELIA — Madelia was scheduled to play a baseball game Saturday. Baseball and softball games at St. Clair were supposed to be held Tuesday, the same day that Maple River was scheduled to play games.

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Not even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the unprecedented step of postponing the world's biggest sporting event, a global extravaganza that's been cemented into the calendar for more than a century.

ST. PETER — Gustavus Adolphus’ Kayla Vrieze earned the MIAC’s Elite 22 Award for women’s hockey, the conference announced on Monday.

MANKATO — The Mankato East, Mankato West, Mankato Loyola and Nicollet/Loyola basketball teams combined for 89 victories this season, while the East boys and West girls each had 20-win seasons.

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Like everyone else, Shane Zylstra is hunkered down at home, waiting for the all-clear to resume a normal life, which for him includes working out daily, hoping to get an opportunity in professional football.

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Connor Mackey was invited to the Calgary Flames; summer prospect camp in 2017 following his final year of junior hockey and prior to starting his college hockey career at Minnesota State.

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Rebekah Kolstad and a few of her teammates were in Vietnam, enjoying a vacation during a two-week break from the hockey season for Chinese New Year, when the call came in:

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Marc Michaelis would rather have been preparing for the WCHA championship game and a trip to the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

During this week in March, Minnesota State men’s basketball coach Matt Margenthaler and his staff would usually be spread out across the Midwest, watching high-school state tournaments or junior college playoff games with an eye on potential recruits.

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MANKATO — The Minnesota State men’s hockey team continued to clean up on WCHA year-end awards with four players earning individual honors.

MANKATO — Bethany Lutheran women’s basketball player Hanna Geistfeld was named First Team All-West Region and Gustavus Adolphus’ Caitlin Rorman was named the region’s Rookie of the Year by d3hoops.com on Tuesday.

The Minnesota State High School League on Tuesday clarified its limitations on spring activity participation following Gov. Tim Walz’s emergency order closing the state’s schools starting Wednesday.

MANKATO — Minnesota State senior forward Marc Michaelis, junior defenseman Connor Mackey and sophomore goaltender Dryden McKay all received All-WCHA first-team honors on Monday, as the league announced its all-conference teams.

The Minnesota State High School League updated its spring activity participation limitations on Sunday following Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order closing schools effective Wednesday through March 27.

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High school sports ended a little early with Friday’s cancelation of the rest of the postseason, which included the girls basketball state semifinals and finals and the remaining boys basketball section and state tournaments, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s a collection of photos of …

When it was first reported that Utah Jazz’ Rudy Gobert had tested positive for coronavirus, Minnesota State men’s and women’s track field coach Mike Turgeon, along with wrestling coach Jim Makovsky figured they were in for a wild 24 hours.

MANKATO — Minnesota State’s spring sports are on hold right now, and the teams don’t know if or when they’ll return to competition.

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Seniors Hannah Potter and Rachel Breck were in the gym at Waseca High School, about to board the team bus to drive to the University of Minnesota for Friday’s semifinal game of the Class AA girls basketball tournament.

BURNSVILLE — The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference on Thursday suspended all athletic activities for each of its 16-member institutions, including Minnesota State, due to the latest developments and the continued spread of the coronavirus.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Coach Tyler Kaus knew that Thursday could be the last game for the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown girls basketball team, but he didn’t tell his players before they took the court.

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WATERVILLE — The volleyball and softball teams at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown have had plenty of success recently. The boys basketball, football and wrestling teams also have a rich history of state-tournament success.

MANKATO — It’s been four years in the making and junior Trenton McManus intends to make the most of his first trip to NCAA Division II wrestling nationals this weekend.

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The Waseca girls basketball team faced the undefeated Vikings from Pelican Rapids in a Class AA state quarterfinal game played at Williams Arena on Wednesday. In a tight first half, Camryn McQuery's layup to beat the clock was the only thing to separate the two teams at the half. In the seco…

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Age 90, died March 24, 2020, in Northfield. Survived by his wife of 64 years, June (Blanchard); sons, Eric of St. Paul, Hugh (Sherry) of Elko and 2 grandchildren. 25-year US Department of the Treasury employee. www.northfieldfuneral.com

Darlene "Dolly" Marie (Peterson) Melvin, 78, Mankato, and mother of Ricky, Susan, John and Lori, died Friday (3-27-2020). Private burial Calvary Cemetery with a celebration to be held later. Sign guestbook and leave a condolence, use www.mankatomortuary.com