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Worthington High senior tennis player Annie Lesnar makes a back-handed return during practice Monday in Worthington. The Trojans open up their season on Aug. 19 against Sleepy Eye. (ZACH HACKER/DAILY GLOBE)

Prep sports: Fall teams get to work

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WORTHINGTON — The fall sports regular season is just one week from being underway.

The Worthington High girls tennis team will officially usher in a new high school athletic season on Aug. 19. All of the teams at Worthington — with the exception of football, which began last week — and most of those at area schools began getting ready for the upcoming season on Monday. Some have their first scheduled games as early as next week.


“We’re used to our time being shortened in the fall,” said Trojans’ tennis coach Mike Marquardt. His squad hosts Sleepy Eye one week from today.

The Trojans do, however, have the luxury of a veteran group back this year with seven letterwinners in the fray. That should speed up preparation as they have only eight days between the first day of practice and the season’s opening match.

“We’ll use these first couple days to see where everyone is at and then we’ll get into some challenge matches,” Marquardt said. “That will give us a chance to assess our abilities as a team and we’ll go from there.”

With games that matter right on the not-so-distant horizon, the time for getting ready is obviously limited. For many teams, the first week of practice will be used to make sure players are in shape and have all of the fundamentals down.

That is the first priority for the Worthington girls soccer team according to head coach Emily Ahlquist.

“These first couple days we really just work on conditioning and ball control,” she said. “We have a scrimmage in Fairmont Saturday so that’s when we’ll start to look at splitting into teams and things like that.”

The Trojans open their regular season at home on Thursday, Aug. 21, against Mankato Loyola.

That’s the first of three straight days of games for Worthington squads in the season’s first week. The football team opens on Friday at Redwood Valley before the girls tennis team hosts a tournament Saturday.

Zach Hacker
Zach is the Daily Globe sports reporter. He has previously been a sports editor at both the Waseca County News in Waseca, Minn., and The Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Kansas. He is originally from New Richland, Minn., and now lives in Worthington with his dog; a beagle-corgi mix named Homer. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, pontooning on St. Olaf Lake and watching professional and collegiate sports.
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