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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 10:25 AM
The Mabel-Canton Cougar football team will bring back a good group of seniors who played a key role in last season’s 7-3 record. The Cougars were 6-2 in the sub-district, good for fourth place out of 10 teams. M-C only played in one close game last year, a 22-18 win over Houston, and all the other games were decided by an average margin of 37 points.
  • The Mabel-Canton Cougar football team will bring back a good group of seniors who played a key role in last season’s 7-3 record. The Cougars were 6-2 in the sub-district, good for fourth place out of 10 teams. M-C only played in one close game last year, a 22-18 win over Houston, and all the other games were decided by an average margin of 37 points.
  • The Lanesboro/Fillmore Central cross-country teams open up their fall schedules this week. Both teams bring back veteran runners for head coach Ellen Cullen, who’s entering her ninth season as the Burros’ coach.
  • “Every week, every game is a challenge,” said head football coach Jeff Johnson, who is starting his 11th year at the helm of the Chatfield football program. “Our kids came into the pre-season in great shape. It’s a privilege to coach these kids. Their work ethic is great.”
  • Trojan seniors look to lead volleyball season
    For the first time in several years, the Trojan volleyball team is packed with seniors, possibly leading R-P to one of their strongest seasons.
  • It’s 18 straight Southeast Conference championships and counting for the Mabel-Canton volleyball girls as they prepare to open up the 2016 season. Last year’s squad was a very impressive 35-3 overall and 14-0 in the SEC, finishing on top of the SEC East Division.
  • Elton, Bratland valuable to Norse championships
    One Luther College career closed just as another was beginning. Two accomplished athletes, senior cager Taylor Elton and freshman softball pitcher Samantha Bratland, both with extraordinary multi-sport careers behind them at Spring Grove High School, continued their award-winning excellence while playing for championship college teams in Decorah, Iowa, during school year 2015-2016.
  • Mabel-Canton cheerleaders find success at summer cheerleading camp
    The Mabel-Canton varsity cheerleading squad recently attended a summer camp at Winona State University. The trip was made possible with support from the community and everyone who drops cans in the squad’s can cage. The girls also received a $1,000 check from Al the Can contest for recycling cans in the state of Minnesota. 
  • Lion alumni trio ‘tackles’ college at Luther
    Spring Grove alumni had big roles on Luther College sports teams in the 2015-16 school year. Five of last year’s nine ex-Lion collegians were in Norse uniforms at Decorah, Iowa, - three playing defense on the gridiron.
  • Summer Rec baseball teams excel in tournament play
    The 10 and Under boys baseball team had a very exciting season. They went 10-1 in the regular season on their way to another division title. They went 3-0 in the league tournament, winning the championship. 
  • Lion boys drop two, win two at top-notch tournament
    The Spring Grove boys dropped two games to larger schools on Saturday, Aug. 6 before defeating two other small schools on Aug. 7 in the annual Pacesetter Sweet 16 Basketball Championships. In the highest-level, invitation-only summer tournament, the Lions were one of four Class A teams in the 16-team tourney bracket that also included four Class AA clubs, four AAA powerhouses and four largest-enrollment AAAA squads.
  • R-P/H athletes honored for State Championship
    Each season, when a team wins the state championship, it’s a big deal. To help commemorate Rushford-Peterson/Houston boys track state championship, Rushford Foods produced cereal boxes that have the team’s picture on it.
  • Lion boys knock off state champs
    It was only an off-season summer basketball game that will not merit headlines in the state’s major media; it will not be entered into the Spring Grove record book for team or individuals, but it very well could be considered one of the most prestigious victories for a program already packed full of achievement.
  • Hovden is first to surpass 1,000 points
    After a week off due to unfavorable weather, the Upper Iowa Speedway (UIS) series re-convened in Decorah, Iowa, on Saturday, July 30. 
  • On Sunday night, July 24, 100 parishioners from Rushford Lutheran Church (RLC) and Root River Community Church (RRCC) came out to play softball in Creekside Park.
  • Folz is MVP, all-section; five Lion players honored
    Spring Grove high school fielded its first standalone baseball team in seven years this past spring, and head coach Chris Strinmoen presented 2016 team awards on July 18.
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