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From left: Taylor Elton and Samantha Bratland
From left: Taylor Elton and Samantha Bratland
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10:42 AM
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.
  • 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.
  • Grinde verbally commits to Sioux Falls
    Spring Grove All-State senior Chase Grinde has given a verbal commitment to play basketball at NCAA Division II University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, SD.
  • Versatile Lions bring depth, experience to 2016 volleyball season
    The Spring Grove volleyball Lions bring back one all-conference player and five of the seven players used in the rotation last year as the team is hard at work preparing for the 2016 season. The Lions finished last season with 15 wins and a 9-5 conference record, good for third place in the Southeast Conference East Division.
  • Soccer girls rebuild around Hermanson
    The Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston soccer team will be young this year, but they should have good numbers to draw from. Head coach Chris Jandt welcomes 21 girls into preseason practice as they get set to start the 2016 campaign on August 26 against Osseo.
  • Experience fosters optimism for soccer boys
    The 2016 Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston boys soccer team returns eight of 11 starters from last year’s squad as well as 13 of the 17 players that were in the rotation. The team returns one All-Conference player and one of three that received Honorable Mention in 2015. Dan McGonigle is returning for his second year as head coach of the team.
  •  Mabel Liquor wraps up regular season crown; Soland takes tourney title


    Already crowned champion, Mabel-Liquor finished with a two-game lead as the regular season of men's slowpitch softball ended on Aug. 16 at Ralph Leistikow Field in Canton. Larson Well Drilling took the second-place showdown against Bunke Construction.
  • 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.
  • Stone success on the diamond continues into third generation
    Her father was one of the most decorated athletes in Spring Grove High School history, and her grandfather remains a pillar of Lion lore as a former championship coach and school administrator. Now, Caitlin Stone has established her own softball legacy as an all-section, two-time all-conference, team captain at Prior Lake. At 17-4, the Lakers were one of Minnesota's top Class AAAA softball squads.
  • Fall workouts underway; schedules change
    Volleyball, soccer and football coaches were permitted to begin formal workouts on Monday of this week. The Lion netters will scrimmage at Lewiston-Altura on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. The volleyball opener is Aug. 25 at Schaeffer Academy in Rochester.
  • Bunke Construction roughs up champs, sets up second-place showdown this week
    Bunke Construction avenged two previous losses to Mabel Liquor and ended the league champion's six-game winning streak by a convincing 18-run margin. 
  • Griffin grabs fifth checkered flag
    The Upper Iowa Speedway series moved back to its home track in Decorah, Iowa, last Saturday, Aug. 13. Only two more race dates remain for the 2016 season championships, followed by a September 17 Iron Man melee.
  • 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.
  • Grand Meadow grabs first all-sports title, third state grid crown
    A state championship was certainly admirable but not especially surprising as it was the third state 9-man football crown for Grand Meadow. But the 2015-16 school year was the first time that Grand Meadow finished atop this annual, unofficial calculation of the Southeast Conference all-sports evaluation. 
  • Mabel Liquor nails down second straight title
    Mabel Liquor blasted second-place Larson Well Drilling 16-4 on Aug. 2 to extend its league lead to three games with only two contests remaining. It is the team’s second straight slowpitch championship in the Canton Men’s League.
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