Maple Lake Lakers end St. Joseph Joes hopes 2-0

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com After getting into the state finals with high hopes, the St. Joseph Joes’ season sputtered to a close as they were shutout by the Maple Lake Lakers 2-0 in Hamburg. “We patched together a pretty competitive team after losing several of our starters to injuries and so on,” said Pat Schneider, the Joes’ coach. “Both pitchers

Clafton has happy memories of lacrosse-team fun

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com Although he just graduated and will leave high school forever, Jacob Clafton will carry many good memories with him, including the fun he had as a player on the Stormin’ Sabres boys’ lacrosse team. “I remember so well playing in the Grand Rapids tournament when we were just a club team,” Clafton said. “And I’ll always

Belling feels happiest on baseball field

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com Good batters, strong arms. That’s how Sartell Sabre Christopher Belling sums up his baseball team’s success. “We play well together,” he said. “We’re one of the top teams in the conference.” The Sabres started the season March 20 with their first practice game at Champion Field. The opening of Sabre baseball season is one of the

Good golf is ‘all mental,’ Pietrowski says

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com One day last summer, after his 5-iron connected with a smack to the golf ball, 17-year-old Austin Pietrowski watched the ball sail into the air, in a high arc, then land bouncing and rolling toward hole number 8, which was 198 yards away. He squinted, peering into the distance with stunned disbelief. Did the ball actually

Fibranz second in school history to win state title

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Sartell finished ninth overall in the Class AAA Individual State Tournament held March 3 and 4 in St. Paul. Three wrestlers placed. Sophomore Cole Fibranz won the 220-pound state championship. He is the second wrestler in school history to win a state title. Sophomore Jackson Penk finished third in the tournament at 113 pounds. Senior Rylee Molitor finished fourth in

Sabre swimmers take fourth at state

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell Sabre Blue took fourth place, Class A, in the state high-school swim-dive meet March 4 at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis. Sabres’ swimmer Mitchell Dockendorf was a stand-out at the meet, taking second in the 200 individual relay (1:55:84), fourth in the 100 backstroke (00:52:73) and was also a member of two