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With three returning All-Gopher Conference players returning and only one play gone from last year’s team, the WEM volleyball team should be a contender for the Conference, Sub-Section, and Section titles in 2023.

WEM finished third in the conference with a 9-2 record and was 18-14 overall, winning the Sub-Section Championship and losing in the Section 2A title game.

Seniors Claire Bohlen (1st Team All Gopher), Alayna Atherton (2nd Team), and Josie Volkmann (3rd Team) will be the team leaders for a squad which graduated only Jordan Green (Honorable Mention All-Gopher).

Two runs in the bottom half of the 12th inning lifted the Morristown Morries amateur baseball team to a 9-8 win over Blue Earth in the 13-60 League finale for both teams Saturday, July 15.

The win moved the Morries into 3rd place in the 13-60 League American Division standings and help them avert a post-season play-in game Saturday, July 22.

Morristown will play Eagle Lake in the league quarterfinals. A win or a loss and the Morries will play Sunday either at Waterville or at home against Minnesota Lake or Lake Crystal. Game times are 2 p.m. at the high seed.

With one Gopher Conference game to play, the WEM girls basketball team has a chance to finish in second place after two more conference wins last week.
The Bucs defeated JWP (50-32) and Faribault BA (64-50) to improve to 11-4 in the conference, one half game in front of Maple River and a game behind NRHEG. The Bucs will play at NRHEG Friday, Feb. 18.
The week opened with the 18 point win over JWP. The Bulldogs managed only nine first half points, seven by Claire Adams who finished with 12 points. WEM held an 18-9 halftime lead and never trailed.

WEM//JWP freshman Keegan Kuball had an outstanding week of wrestling for the Grizzlies.
Kuball improved his team-leading record to 31-2 and his team-leading pin total to 22 with three falls in a pair of events last week.
WEM/JWP faced Medford (11-2 overall) Thursday, Feb. 3 in a Gopher Conference dual in Waterville. Kuball earned the only victory for the Grizzlies in matches wrestled, pinning Kamilo Gonzales in 3:02.

The WEM boys basketball team split four Gopher Conference games over the course of the last two weeks. During those games a pair of players scored their career-highs.
Senior Jonathan Remme hit four three pointers and four free throws on his way to a career-high 16 points in a 53-50 win over United South Central January 25. This avenged a 59-52 loss to the rebels earlier in the season.

The WEM/JWP wrestling team picked up their most falls in a dual meet this year, pinning four Kenyon-Wanamingo wrestlers in a 48-32 loss to the Knights Thursday, Jan. 20.
Brady Murphy (106) opened the night with a fall in 3:04 over Ryan LaCanne.
Lucas Morsching (145) recorded a fall in 3:46 over Austin Avery.
Sam Carlson (220) pinned Charles Konkur in 1:39.
Heavyweight Keegan Kuball pinned Amari Stokes in 1:36.
Carson Petry (113) picked up a 15-0 technical fall over Masyn Hanson in 4:35.
Gavin Krause (138) earned a 9-3 decision over Landon Trump.

WEM seniors Brady Nutter and Michael Taylor each recorded historic accomplishments during a 92-58 win over Medford Thursday, Jan. 20.
Nutter finished with a triple double, scoring 20 points, grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds, and dishing out a career-high 11 assists. He hit 9-of-14 from the field and made both of his three-point attempts.

Freshman Keegan Kuball was a bright spot for the WEM/ JWP wrestling team during their quadrangular tournament in Chatfield Thursday, Dec. 23.
Kuball picked up three wins for the Grizzlies, including two by fall during the event.
Kuball received a forfeit against Ellsworth, WI. He pinned Caden Nolte of Chatfield in 2:54. He pinned Preston Horihan of Aquinas, WI in 4:23.
The Grizzlies lost all three duals and picked up only six individual wins.

Senior Michael Taylor took a pass from senior Brady Nutter with less than a second to play and layed the ball in, giving the WEM boys basketball team a 40-38 non-conference win over Tri City United Thursday, Dec. 16.
The winning play ended a run which the Bucs trailed by seven points late in the second half. TCU held a 21-17 lead at halftime in a game which neither team shot very well. Both teams hit only one three-pointer. It was Jonathan Remme’s three-pointer which pulled the Bucs to within two points late in the second half.

WEM senior Domanik Paulson was voted the Most Valuable Player and the Offensive Player of the Year on the Buccaneer football team.
He was one of five players who earned team honors during the Buccaneer football banquet held Monday, Nov. 15 in Waterville.

The opening two matches in the Section 2AA Volleyball Tournament were easily won by the No. 1 seeded WEM Lady Bucs.
WEM defeated No. 8 seed Blue Earth Area 25-10, 25-9, and 25-11 in the first round Thursday, Oct. 21. Monday, Nov. 1 Minnesota Valley Lutheran was the next team to end their season after the Bucs downed MVL 25-18, 25-21, and 25-14.

A 3rd place finish by the WEM/JWP boys cross country team was a very solid finish for a team competing against much bigger schools in the Waseca Invitational held Thursday, Oct. 7 at Lakeside Country Club.
The Grizzlies were the smallest school enrollment- wise among the eight teams entered.

The results from the WEM/ JWP Pie Run Invitational Thursday, Sept. 30 were about as good as they could get for the Grizzly runners.
The boys team won the six team invitational with a score of 31 points. NRHEG (59), Blooming Prairie (70), Maple River (75), and Blue Earth Area (120) followed the Grizzlies.
The girls placed second in the six team field with 63 points. NRHEG captured the title with 42 points. WEM/ JWP was followed by Blooming Prairie (67), Maple River (71), and Medford (90).

The Gopher Conference volleyball title will still need to go through WEM after the Lady Bucs started their 2021 season with three straight wins.
The Class A No. 8 rated team defeated state-rated Hayfield (15-25, 25-16, 18-25, 26-24, and 15-9) Tuesday, Sept. 14 and rolled past Randolph (25-21, 25- 15, 25-13) Thursday, Sept. 16.
The Buccaneers have been the dominate team in the conference for most of the last six years and their early season win streak in conference play bodes well for the rest of the season.

A little known high school extra curricular activity may have landed a pair of local fisherman into a national competition.
WEM senior Bryce Bohlen and Mankato West senior Payton Goettlicher advanced to the Minnesota Junior B.A.S.S. High School Fishing Championships by way of their performances throughout the conference season which was held this past summer.

The opening week of the volleyball season for WEM saw the Bucs split six matches.
The season started with a match at Class AA No. 3 rated Cannon Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The Bucs entered the contest rated No. 7.
The Bombers swept the Bucs 25-9, 25-13, and 25-13.
Claire Bohlen led the offense with seven kills. Riley Sammon added six kills and Alex Heuss added five. Bohlen also had two block assists.
Mikaya Schuster was 20-of- 21 setting.
Josie Volkmann finished with 40 passing attempts, 9-of-10 serving, and 10 digs.

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