An Olympian, a politician and a wrestling announcer walk into a room. And the punchlines were many at Saturday's induction into the Minnesota chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame at the Austin Holiday Inn.
After a combined six postponed games, the Owatonna girls' and boys' lacrosse seasons opened Saturday with a doubleheader at Mayo High School. The boys' game was moved from Owatonna High School, where the field is not ready, to Rochester, where they have a turf field.
Several local high school teams played their season openers Friday. At least a couple more will get their seasons underway Saturday. Outdoor baseball and softball should start soon. Many teams have had events and games canceled that won't be made up.
A pair of Owatonna players will continue their hockey season this weekend in an all-star festival at the Plymouth Ice Center. Zach Wiese and Casey Johnson were selected to play this weekend after their performances last weekend
The high school spring sports season began Thursday for a number of local teams, though postponements still outnumbered the events that got in. Owatonna's boys' tennis team won their season opener at Mankato West 5-2. The Huskies have had three meets delayed.
This is getting old for high school spring sports athletes. They have been cooped up in gyms since practice began, which was March 12 in some cases. In addition to working on drills and conditioning, some have gotten creative to pass the time and stay excited about coming to practice.
For Owatonna girls' basketball coach Lindsey Hugstad-Vaa, saying goodbye to the nine seniors on the 2017-18 roster is a difficult thing to do. The group has been there from day one for her. Many of them were members of the junior varsity team that she coached when she first arrived in Owatonna.…
Thursday was to be opening day for Owatonna High School baseball, softball and track and field. It was supposed to be the second match for the Huskies' boys' tennis team. None of those events occurred and when the spring sports season will begin remains anyone's guess.
His voice is synonymous with Owatonna wrestling specifically, and all wrestling in general. His exclamation, "Takedown! Owatonna!" is a legendary call. Dale Benjamin will enter the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a lifetime service honoree at a banquet on Saturd…