WORTHINGTON -- While some boys' tennis teams have had an entire season together to prepare for Thursday's Class A state tournament, Worthington's Tim Roos and Danny Penaredondo have had only a few matches to prepare. But that doesn't bother them. "Danny and I have been wanting to play with each other for a while, and now we get a chance to do it and let our light shine, so to speak," Roos said. As just the second group of Trojans boys to head to state, Roos and Penaredondo have made the most of their senior year. "This is pretty special," Penaredondo said.
WORTHINGTON -- Qualifying for state three times in the last four years, the Luverne Cardinals couldn't get even a little luck in their first round opponent. When the Luverne tennis team takes to the court at 2 p.m. today at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis, the opponent will be St. Paul Academy and Summit School -- the defending state champion. "We'd like to win one match," Luverne head coach Greg Antoine said. "We didn't have a good draw; we play the defending champion in the first round. You never know with them, and you want to win once up there." St.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- So far this season, the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals have been just on the edge of winning games. That trend continued Monday as West Lyon scored a first-inning run and held on for a 1-0 victory over S-O in a Siouxland Conference baseball game. "We played pretty good baseball in all honesty," S-O head coach Daryl Tutje said.
MARSHALL -- In a roller coaster of a game, the Redwood Valley Cardinals fell behind early, rallied, fell behind and finally held on to an 11-9 victory over Luverne Saturday in a Section 3AA baseball playoff game. Luverne ends its season, while RV advanced to face New Ulm, which it ended up losing 10-0, as both teams bowed out of the playoffs. "I said all along that Luverne has a great team," RV head coach Dennis Boe said. "If we were fortunate enough to beat them, we felt that we could beat anybody.
WORTHINGTON -- After spending seven years as an assistant, Melissa Schutz is finally getting her chance. As a graduate of Worthington High School, Schutz will take over as the new head volleyball coach in the fall. "It's exciting to get a chance to be a head coach at Worthington because I graduated from this high school," Schutz said.
WINDOM -- Playing for the second time in the Section 3AA baseball playoffs, Luverne and Worthington found themselves in a win or go home situation Wednesday night at Island Park. Luverne's Brent Dinger was nearly perfect on the mound, and the Cardinal offense provided more than enough support in a 10-0 victory over the Trojans in five innings. "We hit well, and we played defense well," Luverne's Phil Paquette said.
WINDOM -- After a rough pair of games to start the Section 3AA baseball playoffs, Worthington senior Joe Ahrens was looking to get back on track. Ahrens had three hits, drove in three and scored a run Tuesday as Worthington defeated Fairmont 9-4 to stay alive. "I struggled Saturday, and I just wanted to stay confident," Ahrens said. "I was locked in today and looking for pitches I could hit and pitches I could drive, and I got those pitches today." The Trojans will face Luverne today in Windom at 7 p.m.
PIPESTONE -- With teams needing only one victory to advance to the second day of the Section 3AA baseball playoffs, Luverne's Zach Olson made sure the Cardinals (13-7) were going to live to see another day. Olson picked up the victory on the hill and also drove in the game-tying run as Luverne edged Worthington 3-2 in the opening round Saturday. "I can't explain it," Olson said. "Everything felt good today.
SLAYTON -- For Southwest Christian's Jordan Spronk, the obstacles this season have been more than just the other competitors. After pulling his hamstring earlier this season, Spronk will be one of many runners advancing from Thursday's Sub-Section 10 track & field meet. "(The hamstring) doing fantastic, and I think it's healed up again," Spronk said.
WINDOM -- It was the type of inning that all teams want to start their tournament with. Murray County Central sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight times in the first inning en route to a 16-7 victory over Adrian Area Tuesday in the opening round of the Section 3A softball tournament. "We came out swinging, and that's the thing, we're going to be aggressive," MCC head coach James Wajer said.