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For another year, Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 football belongs to Barnesville. The Trojans won their third straight section title 34-23, beating rival Hawley in the title game for the third straight season. It was fitting that quarterback Adam Tonsfeldt put the finishing touches on the game, streaking for a 37-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to push the lead to two scores. Tonsfeldt couldn't play quarterback for the first six weeks due to injury, but played on defense three of those weeks he was hurt.
Mahnomen-Waubun needed 5 yards for a victory and the co-op's first Minnesota Class 1A, Section 8 football championship Thursday at the Fargodome. The ball was at midfield, the Thunderbirds were holding on to an eight-point lead and they were looking at a fourth-and-5. M-W head coach John Clark called a timeout with a little over two minutes remaining. There's no way he was punting the ball.
Norman County East-Ulen Hitterdal was staring at the possibility of blowing a three-touchdown lead in the second half of Thursday's Minnesota Class 9-man, Section 6 football championship at the Fargodome.
Staci Klemetson loved hanging the laundry on the clothes line outside the farm in Ulen, Minn. She said the house smelled like fresh air when she would bring in the clothes for the family of seven. Klemetson spent a Saturday in September of 2011 doing just that. She took a ride out to the field in the afternoon to watch the soybean harvest in full motion. Tired from chemotherapy, part of a fight with cancer in her brain, lungs and bones, the 38-year-old Klemetson decided to take a nap.
HAWLEY, Minn. — Hawley quarterback Jacob Vetter watched from the sideline last year during Hawley's last offensive drive of the football season. He tore his ACL, his meniscus and broke his tibia during the game and could not play the final drive. He watched as Barnesville celebrated a Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 championship and there was nothing he could do about it.
PERHAM, Minn. — Ron Berns has been taking stats for the Perham High School football team since he was a sophomore at Perham. That was 1977. Berns went to college for three years, coming back each weekend from the University of Minnesota-Morris for one year and Moorhead State (now Minnesota State Moorhead) for two years for Perham football games. He wasn't the main stat guy during his college years, but he helped. He's been the main guy ever since he decided to move back to Perham in 1982.
Perham, Minn. Perham senior quarterback Jenson Beachy stood with fellow senior Quenten Schumacher just outside the football field last week. Schumacher had Perham's football field at the top of his wish list for places he'd like to take his senior pictures. Schumacher is not on the football team. He is confined to a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy.
Former Bemidji State and Wadena-Deer Creek football standout Jake Krause always liked watching former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward when he was growing up. Krause's dad was the reason he got into football and was a Steelers fan, so naturally he gravitated to Pittsburgh. Krause loved watching Ward not because of his statistics over 14 seasons with the Steelers or his two Super Bowls. He loved watching Ward because he would come up smiling after getting hit the hardest.
Detroit Lakes girls golf and gymnastics dynasties The Detroit Lakes girls golf team won its sixth Class 2A state title in the last seven years. The Lakers won by 26 strokes after leading by six strokes after Day 1 of the two-day tournament. The Lakers gymnastics team won its fourth straight Class 1A state title as well. Mahnomen-Waubun open co-op with a section title
Fergus Falls, Minn. Heidi Fisher cries when she talks about her bowling team at Moorhead. She's been the coach of the adapted bowling team for the Spuds since the program began two years ago. The tears come from thinking about people like Katie Cragg, who said she had never waved and said good luck to a bus with her son Mitchell on it until he joined the team. Katie estimates she or her husband are with Mitchell 90 percent of the time. Mitchell is a seventh-grader and has a chromosomal condition called trisomy 13. He's nonverbal and has physical impairments.