WORTHINGTON -- It's amazing what a difference a year can make. A year ago, I was finishing my college career and looking forward to getting a jump start on my new life in the real world. Now, fast forward to this year. Sunday night, a long way removed from my days of being a Wartburg student, I found myself at the Mr. and Miss Basketball presentation, sitting in Cody Schilling's corner. As I sat there in anticipation of what was to come, I began to think about the first time I heard about Cody. I had just finished the fall season and had begun to work toward basketball season.
WORTHINGTON -- With Worthington trailing by a run in the bottom of the fifth, Trojan Derek Busswitz came up with two runners on and two outs in the inning. The Trojan third baseman hit a long triple into right field to drive in two runs and later scored on the play -- giving Worthington a 9-6 lead en route to a 10-6 victory over Pipestone Area Tuesday in a Southwest Conference baseball clash. "I was seeing the ball really well," Busswitz said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite leading the Ellsworth Panthers to their second consecutive boys' Class A state basketball championship this season and becoming the state's all-time leading scorer along the way, it was not Cody Schilling that took home Mr. Basketball honors. Instead, Jordan Taylor of Benilde-St. Margaret's took home the award Sunday at the 34th annual awards banquet. "It's just cool being here," Schilling said following the awards banquet. "You're not really disappointed. I mean, you come up here and there are five great basketball players.
WORTHINGTON -- Coming off a pair of quality starts, Brandon Valley starting pitcher Katie Vandevoort was confident entering Tuesday's non-conference softball game against Worthington. The sophomore left-hander didn't disappoint as she shut down the Trojan offense as the Lynx (4-3) defeated Worthington 4-1. "I think I did OK," Vandevoort said.
WORTHINGTON -- Even though the Worthington baseball team has struggled to score runs this season, Monday's non-conference game gave the Trojan offense a chance to get back on track. Worthington (3-3) pounded out 11 hits and turned three double plays defensively to defeat Southwestern United, 18-2, on a cold and windy afternoon. "We started hitting the ball a little better than we have been," Worthington second baseman Mike Vorwald said. "We didn't make many errors in the field, and we had good pitching.
WORTHINGTON -- It was a day of missed opportunities for the Minnesota West Bluejay baseball team Saturday. The Bluejays had a chance to pull out a victory in Game 1 but couldn't get over the hump in a 5-4 defeat. Minnesota West could not recover against Rochester Community and Technical College in the second game as the Yellowjackets took a 12-2 decision in an MCCC South Division doubleheader. "We put ourselves right back in the hunt," RCTC head coach Steve Hucke said. "We're 7-3 in the conference and if we play well the rest of the year, who knows.
ELLSWORTH -- With months of heavy recruiting from colleges at all levels, the decision came down to the final night for Ellsworth's Cody Schilling. But late Thursday, the standout basketball player decided that next year he would play for Augustana in Sioux Falls, S.D. "It was tough," Schilling said after signing his letter of intent Friday morning in front of teammates, friends and family. "I kind of told Winona no first, and then last night I had to sit there and think a little longer.
BREWSTER -- On a bitterly cold day, the Worthington bats needed time to warm up Friday against Southwestern United. But once they did, the Trojans exploded for 10 runs in the final two innings in a 14-1 victory in a non-conference softball game. "We bounced back from yesterday's couple of tough losses," Worthington head coach Sam Baumgartner said.
WORTHINGTON -- With Jackson County Central on the verge of breaking Thursday's Southwest Conference baseball game wide open, shortstop Jason Cook only needed one good pitch in his seventh-inning at-bat. "I was looking for a good pitch to hit," Cook said. "(Kremer) threw me a curveball, and it was really good. I hadn't hit a curveball all game, and I knew it was coming.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojans still haven't found their offensive groove in the young baseball season. After being shut out Monday in their first game of the season, the Trojans managed a mere two runs Tuesday against Luverne in their Southwest Conference opener. However, that was all starting pitcher Joe Ahrens would need in a 2-1 Worthington victory. "Everything felt good; it was kind of tough with the wind to throw all the pitches, but it felt good for the first time on the mound," Ahrens said.