ADRIAN -- Jordon Kontz hasn't missed a step since the end of the high school season. Kontz had four hits and drove in four runs to lead Adrian past Edgerton 12-4 in an American Legion baseball game Tuesday night. Kontz started his night with a two-run home run in the first and followed with two doubles before hitting a bloop single in the fifth. "It was pretty good, I was seeing the ball well," Kontz said of his night.
WORTHINGTON -- After not playing a game in more than two weeks, it took a while for Worthington's Joe Ahrens to shake off the rust. However, once the right-hander found his groove, he was nearly unhittable as Worthington opened its Legion baseball season with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Okabena Monday. "We came from behind and had some clutch hits," Worthington coach Joe Rezek said.
ST. CLOUD -- It was a game of opportunity Friday in the consolation bracket at the Class AA state baseball tournament. Mora didn't capitalize when it had the chance, but Pipestone Area's Greg Quist made the most of his every opportunity. Quist threw a complete game and drove in four runs to lead PA to a 7-3 victory over the Mustangs early Friday afternoon. "They surprised me a little bit," PA head coach Rick Zollner said. "But we came out and Greg was sharp. He walked some guys, but he didn't give up many hits.
ST. CLOUD -- Annandale starting pitcher Bert Marsnik didn't have Hall of Fame numbers in the opening round of the Class AA baseball tournament Thursday, but that didn't stop his coach from comparing him to a legend. Marsnik wasn't overpowering and allowed seven runs, but threw well enough to send Annandale to a 10-7 victory over Pipestone Area. "That's Bert, all year long," Annandale head coach Ron Starke said. "He might have an inning where they figure him out a little bit and then he'll come to another level mentally. He doesn't overpower people, but he mixes his pitches.
ST. CLOUD -- The trip to St. Cloud is a familiar one for the Pipestone Area baseball team. For the fourth consecutive year, the Arrow team qualified for the Class AA state tournament, and will open its quest for a state title today. "We've had a nice run of athletes and they've performed when they needed to," PA head coach Rick Zollner said. "It's been kind of a neat thing to go four in a row." After finishing fourth a year ago, the Arrows (19-7) will face Annandale (18-6) at 12:30 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Luverne's Kaia Nowatzki has come a long way since her days in the back yard with plastic golf clubs. Nowatzki, along with Windom's April Buhler, signed to play golf at Minnesota West Community and Technical College Monday. "It's going to be awesome," Nowatzki said. "April and I are friends.
SLAYTON -- Slayton's Eric Wieneke felt right at home in the batter's box Monday night. Wieneke had three hits and scored four times, but Slayton (1-2) couldn't overcome an early Worthington lead as the visiting Worthington team defeated Slayton, 8-6, in a VFW tilt. "We knew we had to jump on them right away," Worthington's Mitchell Jensen said.
MANKATO -- The Pipestone Area Arrows knew defending their state championship wasn't going to be easy. However, through the first two games of the Class AA softball tournament the Arrows handled every challenge that was thrown their way. But in the championship game, the Orono Spartans jumped out to an early lead and held off a furious Arrow rally to defeat PA 4-3 and capture the state championship. "When you look at the faces of the girls, it's just so happy with the way that they are feeling," Orono head coach Steve Fedie said.
MANKATO -- The last time Pipestone Area and St. Anthony Village saw each other in a state softball tournament game, the Arrows needed 17 innings to score off the Huskies' Rose Tusa. Thursday, in the opening round of the 2008 Class AA tournament at Caswell Park, the Arrows needed just four batters to score a run en route to a 6-2 victory over the Huskies. "I thought we played really, really well," PA's Brooke Henderson said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- With two losses Thursday at the Class A boys' state tennis meet, Worthington's Danny Penaredondo and Tim Roos ended their playoff run. "We both had our ups and downs and we both had to carry each other through," Roos said. "At the end of the day, they stuck through it a lot better I think." In the first round, the Trojan pair lost a close match to Adam Cook and Dan Burke of Aitkin, 6-0, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, to send Penaredondo and Roos to the consolation bracket. "I think the first guys we played were better," Roos said.