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.
WORTHINGTON -- For seven holes, Windom's Hunter Johnson was cruising through Monday's Sub-Section 3A golf tournament at Worthington Country Club. However, even with a double bogey and a bogey on Nos. 8 and 9, respectively, Johnson finished with a 73 to lead Windom to a team score of 316 to advance to the Section 3A tournament. "I had a double on eight and a bogey on nine; other than that, it was pretty smooth," Johnson said.
TYLER -- The Luverne Cardinals gave Marshall a run for its money Monday at the Sub-Section 3AA golf meet at the Tyler Golf Club, but in the end, the Tigers were too much for the Cardinals. Marshall fired a 374 on the girls' side and a 309 on the boys' to advance to Friday's section meet in Willmar. The Luverne girls finished with a 379, while Worthington fired a 411 and Pipestone Area finished with a 417. Marshall's Kayla Johnson fired a 90 to win medalist honors, while Luverne's Jessica Dorhout finished third with a 91. Kaia Nowatzki finished with a 94, while Erika Rust shot a 96.
WORTHINGTON -- The early-season offensive struggles of the Worthington Trojan baseball team seemed like a distant memory Saturday. A night after scoring 14 runs against Edgerton, Worthington (6-6, 9-7) swept Redwood Valley, 15-3 and 8-6 in a Southwest Conference baseball doubleheader. "It was a good day," Worthington head coach Pat Shaughnessy said. "We did a good job all the way through the order. In the first game, a few guys carried us and had real good days.
WORTHINGTON -- It didn't matter if Worthington's Kristen Dierks was on the mound or at the plate Friday, she was dominant either way. Dierks allowed four hits and struck out nine batters, while going 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Worthington to a 20-0 five-inning victory over Lincoln County in the play-in game of the Section 3AA playoffs. "I thought I did pretty good," Dierks said.