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MANKATO — Leo Gellert felt like he was going to play well last week when he arrived at Mankato Golf Club for a late afternoon round with his buddies.

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Like many graduating seniors, Minnesota State men’s hockey player Riese Zmolek found himself facing a big decision this spring after the semifinal loss at the Frozen Four.

ST. CLOUD — The Mankato MoonDogs lost a seven-run lead but recovered to defeat St. Cloud 12-7 in a Northwoods League baseball game Sunday.

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As Minnesota State men’s hockey coach Mike Hastings stood at the 16th tee at the annual Dan Meyer Blue Line Club Golf Classic on Monday, there was a certain peace.

SLEEPY EYE — Ben Snaza pitched a complete game as Mankato American defeated Mankato National 7-2 in the championship game of the Sub-District 2 Legion baseball tournament Saturday.

MANKATO — Alex Baeza’s two-run homer in the second inning propelled the Mankato MoonDogs to a 4-1 win over Eau Claire in a Northwoods League baseball game Thursday at ISG Field.

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MANKATO — Blake Reilly met with the manager, who told him Tuesday that he would be the starting pitcher for the Great Plains team at the Northwoods League All-Star Game.

MANKATO — Adam Thielen confidently walked to the pitcher’s mound, glove in one hand and a baseball in the other.

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MANKATO — Leading up to the Northwoods League Home Run Challenge on Monday, there weren’t players on the Great Plains’ side lining up to hit last.

DULUTH — Luke Young and Carson Hamro combined on a five-hitter as the Mankato MoonDogs defeated Duluth 1-0 in a Northwoods League baseball game Sunday.

Matthew Higgins, Nolan Pender and Blake Reilly didn’t come to Mankato with the goal of playing in the Northwoods League All-Star baseball game.

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My pal Paul resides on a hobby farm that, among other things, provides a heap of open pasture space to train my dogs, shoot our hunting bows at 3-dimensional targets set-up against a wooded backdrop, and view myriad wildlife.

Like many Americans, Matt Mangulis and Coley Ries will generally be pulling for Team USA when the Olympics kickoff in Tokyo later this month.

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Minnesota State athletic director Kevin Buisman was recently looking through his notes and meeting agendas from last June and July, and as you can assume, they weren’t very uplifting.

MANKATO — Minnesota State men’s hockey player Todd Burgess has signed with the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose, an affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets.

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For years, Minnesota State associate athletic director/compliance & student services officer Shane Drahota has had to tell student-athletes the same thing over and over.

If Wednesday’s Northwoods League doubleheader between the Mankato MoonDogs and Waterloo Bucks is any indication, runs may be a bit more difficult to come by in the second half of the season than in the first.

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It was nice that local baseball players got to have something last summer, but “18U West” and “18U East/Loyola” just don’t have the same ring as “National” and “American.”

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Come late September, local soccer officials and fans hope to be sitting in new bleachers, cheering for Mankato West or Mankato East soccer teams in the annual Pack The Stands game on a new artificial field surface under upgraded stadium lights.

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Aaron Rozek was just hoping to have fun this summer, playing baseball for an independent-league team in Illinois.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run shot and a towering two-run drive, and the Chicago White Sox went deep six times to pound the Minnesota Twins 13-3 Wednesday night.

ST. CLOUD — Adrian Torres brought in the winning run with an infield groundout as the Mankato MoonDogs defeated St. Cloud 5-4 in 10 innings in a Northwoods League baseball game Wednesday.

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