Former MVL coach reaches milestone

NEW ULM – Former Minnesota Valley Lutheran boy’s basketball coach Jim Bauer won his 500th game last week when his Lakeside Lutheran Warriors beat Evansville 84-79.

Bauer coached at Minnesota Valley Lutheran from 1981-1999 and had a 17-year record of 274-143 with the Chargers.

Bauer had players from his past teams in attendance at the historic win including Brad Schaper and Roddy Melzer from his MVL coaching days.

Incidently, two current MVL coaches are nearing the 300-career win mark. Girl’s basketball coach Dave Biedenbender has 290 wins with boy’s coach Craig Morgan at 260 career wins.

NEW ULM GIRL’S HOCKEY ON A ROLL: The New Ulm girl’s hockey team is off to its best start in memory at 7-0 following a win against St. Peter/LeSueur-Henderson/Tri-City United last Tuesday, which was also its first conference win of the season.

Among the wins for New Ulm are victories against northern schools Eveleth and Moose Lake.

Senior Lexi Weiss said the trip was one that fostered team bonding while playing quality opponents.

“I was surprised that we won both of those games – that was when we started to come out and play dominant hockey,” Weiss said. “We came together as a team and we really built some good team chemistry.

“I have been on the varsity for five years and I have not had this kind of a start (7-0).”

New Ulm coach Kristin Faber said she was not surprised that her team won both games up north.

“I think that it was a challenge for us and it was a good test for us,” Faber said. “We saw two teams [that] we played well and played our best two games that we have played yet this year, which was good to see coming off of a five-hour bus ride and then staying overnight.”

Faber said that it is nice to be 7-0 at this point of the season.

“We have a group of talented girls who are making it happen,” Faber said. “We have had numerous tight games already this season – it comes down to the girls wanting it. They push themselves to get better in practice every day. We are making strides every day.”

Faber also said that one of the strengths of the team this year is the chemistry.

“One of the things that the girls put down at the start of the year is that this team is not cliquey – everyone works together and everyone working for each other, working as a team and winning as a team or losing as a team,” Faber said. “It is not about our first line, it is us as a team. That is what I like to see because that is important.”

The Eagles will play two road games – at Fairmont on Tuesday and then at Dodge County this Friday – before returning home to face Chaska-Chanhassen on Dec. 13.

HOCKEY DAY IN NEW ULM: Dec. 7 is “Hockey Day In New Ulm” at the New Ulm Civic Center.

There will be hockey games all day beginning at 9 a.m. and going until late afternoon.

All fans are welcome to see hockey all day and look at some future hockey players for the Eagles.

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