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Magic show at HL Library Saturday

Magic Bob and the Boo-tiful Lynn Marie will present a fun-filled magic show featuring hilarious comedy and masterful illusions. A quirky and interactive “play-scape” will inspire kids to use their imaginations and to discover that, through reading, anything is possible. For all ages. Registration not required. This event will be held at the library Saturday, Nov. 4 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Howard Lake Friends of the Library.

PREP SCOREBOARD: Tuesday, September 5

Prep scoreboard for Tuesday, September 5


Foley 3, Kimball 0

HLWW 3, Rockford 0

Maple Lake 3, St. Cloud Cathedral 1

LP/HT 3, Eden Valley-Watkins 0

Holdingford 3, Albany 2



Milaca 3, Spectrum 1

Hmong Academy 3, PACT Charter 1

SW Christian 3, St. Croix Prep 0

LP/HT 3, Eden Valley-Watkins 0



LeSueur-Henderson 3, St. Peter 0



HLWW 3, Rockford 0

Hutchinson 3, Dassel-Cokato 0

Benilide-St. Margaret’s 3, Holy Family 0

Shakopee 3, New Prague 0

Glencoe-Silver Lake 3, Sibley East 1

Watertown-Mayer 3, Big Lake 0



Mankato West 2, New Prague 0

SW Christian at Holy Family

Waconia 3, Rogers 0



Watertown-Mayer at Delano

Mankato West 8, New Prague 2



Mayer Lutheran 7, Jordan 0



Big Lake 7, Mayer Lutheran 0


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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Schank, Lakers show confidence, chemistry in third-straight win

HOWARD LAKE – It wasn’t easy, but the experience and chemistry showed once again for the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted volleyball team Tuesday night. In a matchup with the Rockford Rockets, the Lakers were pushed all match long as they earned a hard-fought 3-0 (26-24, 26-24, 25-19) sweep.

“I think that just shows that they are going to keep on fighting and they can do it,” Brooke Decker said about the success her team has had in close sets and matches this season. “I like the never give up mentality, because volleyball can go either way. If you’re going to show up to play, then you’re going to win. You can’t just expect to show up, especially with these teams we’ve faced already this year.”

If there’s one thing that the Lakers have struggled with this season, it’s getting off to sluggish starts. But even with some slow starts to begin sets, the Lakers have plenty of weapons who are confident to make a run.

“I think we have an older team, so we brought in a lot of confidence right away in the season,” senior Camden Schank said. “We’re old and we’ve all played with each other since we were in like eighth and seventh grade, so I think that really helps us and our team chemistry. We all get along really well and we have a lot of players we can lean on.”

Camden Schank helped lead the Lakers to their third-straight win with a 3-0 (26-24, 26-24, 25-19) sweep against Rockford Tuesday night.

Camden Schank helped lead the Lakers to their third-straight win with a 3-0 (26-24, 26-24, 25-19) sweep against Rockford Tuesday night.

Whether it’s the powerful spike from Schank, a tip from Lily Deboer, or a sneaky hit over on two from setter Lanney Loebertmann, the Lakers showcase on offense with multiple players who can hurt you. That’s something new for the Lakers this season.

“We try to use that to our advantage,” Decker said about Loebertmann’s sneaky tip game. “Especially having a 5-1 because they got to be able to respect that when she’s in the front row. A setter can definitely run the court, and being able to have her as one of our options, it just frees up the rest of our offense.”

On last year’s team, the Lakers relied heavily on the arm of Schank to provide the offense. This year, it’s been a more balanced attack, which is more than fine for Schank.

“In the past, I’ve been kind of a go-to hitter,” Schank said about having a more balanced team this season. “But now what we’ve got is, all our hitters are go-to hitters. There’s not one person we lean on in every game. There’s someone new every game and that really helps us with our confidence. I don’t mind the pressure. It makes the season a lot more fun for me just because I love celebrating my teammates. They give so much to me, and I love to give back to them. It just makes the game a lot more fun and even if I do have an off game, it does take a lot of the pressure off me because, like, if I do get frustrated with myself, there are players that are stepping up every single day and it’s always a new player.”

The Lakers were forced to rally in all three sets in their sweep after slow starts. In a close and contested set for all three sets, the Lakers biggest lead of the night was just six points, which ended up being the final score in set three. In sets one and two, the Lakers’ biggest lead was just two points.

“Every time between huddles, even if we win a set, we’re just like, what can we do better?” Schank said. “It’s always a conversation about to have more fun and talk more. We love being around each other, and I think it shows on the court. If I’m having a rough game, there’s five other players that are telling me you got this, or they’re going to be like, I’ll take the next ball. They help me out and I think that really helps us as a team.”

The Lakers improved to 7-1 on the season with the win. Although it’s a nice start, Decker and the Lakers are quite satisfied at their level of play, knowing they can be even better.

“It’s definitely something that we are going to continue to focus on. As we start winning games, I don’t want them to be contempt with just winning. I want them to content with getting to a next level. Just being able to bring our energy level, our communication, and entire level of play up every single game, that’s the kind of level I want to be at and not just be satisfied with winning games.

The Lakers are back in action Thursday night when they travel to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa for a matchup with the Jaguars.


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PREP SCOREBOARD: Monday, August 28

Prep roundup for Monday, August 28.



Rockford 1, Cambridge-Isanti 0

Lakeville North 3, New Prague 0

Glencoe-Silver Lake 3, Mayer Lutheran 2



Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran 7, St. John’s Prep 1

Farmington 6, New Prague 0

Mound Westonka 2, Willmar 1



Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran 7, St. John’s Prep 1


Glencoe-Silver Lake 3, Mayer Lutheran 2



It’s back to school time in Mayer

MAYER - Schools in Mayer will begin during the next two weeks.

• Students of Mayer Lutheran High School will start classes Wednesday, Aug. 23.

There will be a new student orientation session Monday, Aug. 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information or to enroll, contact the school at (952) 657-2251 or visit

• The first day of school for students at Zion Lutheran School will be Monday, Aug. 28.

The first day of preschool for 3-year-olds is Tuesday, Sept. 5, and the first day of preschool for 4-year-olds is Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Zion will be starting off the year with its annual “Back to School Picnic” Sunday, Aug. 27 at noon at the school. For more information, contact school administrator Josh Baumann at (952) 657-2339.

• Watertown-Mayer Public School will start the school year Tuesday, Sept. 5, except for the kindergarten classes, which will start Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Kids Company registration is almost full. To learn more about Kids Company in Watertown and Mayer, contact Amy Dimmler at (952) 955-0283.

Albright Mill book nears completion

WRIGHT COUNTY – Local author Karen Erickson is nearing completion of her book about the Albright Mill in Wright County. A meeting is planned for Sunday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Middleville Township Hall to discuss the completion of the book.

Erickson has been working on the book for several years, and is looking for any additional information or pictures that should be included. If you have pictures or information, it can be brought to this meeting, or please contact Erickson at (320) 286-6782 before the meeting.

Individual pictures will be taken at this meeting of everyone who is mentioned in the book, or has been a part of its creation. Dessert and refreshments will be served.