Crusader football

Coach: Dean Aurich Assistant coaches: Fred Pawelk, Gary Loontjer, Dan Hoernemann, Tim Zupke, Mike Orth, and Jeremy Hegle Captains: Joel Burfeind, Cole Buttenhoff, and Nathan Weber Conference: Minnesota River Section: 4A – Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Kimball, Minneapolis North Community, and Lester Prairie 2012 finish: A 10-2 record gave the Crusaders the most [...]

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When only 33 players showed up for the first week of Mayer Lutheran football practice in August, head coach Dean Aurich was more than concerned. “When the year started, we were scared to death,” he said. In the smallest team Aurich has ever coached, the Crusaders knew that staying healthy and un-injured throughout the season [...]

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What looked like a strong start for the Mayer Lutheran football team turned to heartbreak on Nov. 9 as the Crusaders fell 51-20 to Jackson County Central in the first round of the Class AA state tournament. Roughly five minutes into the first quarter, the Crusaders put the first points on the board with a [...]

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The domination of Maple Lake over Mayer Lutheran has ended. After three seasons of the Irish stomping the Crusaders out of the section tournament, Mayer Lutheran ended the Irish reign on Nov. 2 with a 23-13 win. The victory sealed the Section 4AA title for the Crusaders and also earned the team an entry into [...]

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They say third time’s the charm, but how about the fourth? For the last three seasons, the Maple Lake Irish have stopped the Mayer Lutheran football team from advancing to the state tournament. In 2011, a second round loss to the Irish knocked the Crusaders from the section tournament. In 2010, the two teams faced [...]

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Headed into last week’s final regular season game, three teams were vying for pieces of the Minnesota River Conference title. Sibley East secured its share with a 41-0 blowout over LeSueur-Henderson, leaving Mayer Lutheran and Watertown-Mayer to battle it out on Oct. 17. In a 21-14 victory at Watertown-Mayer, the Crusaders earned a slice of [...]

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