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.
WORTHINGTON -- With a plethora of pitchers and an athletic lineup, the Worthington Trojan baseball team is looking to improve from last year's 8-12 season. With seven players vying for time on the mound, senior Joe Ahrens will provide experience to the pitching staff this season. "Joe has been a two-year starter on the mound for us, so we expect a good season out of him," Worthington head coach Pat Shaughnessy said.
WORTHINGTON -- Playing on the field for the first time all year Tuesday, the Worthington Trojans had a sluggish start and could not recover in a 12-4 loss to Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove in a non-conference softball game. "For the first game, Audra (Schmidt) threw well, and the bats hit the ball about as well as we can expect right now," RRC/W-WG head coach Derek Stevenson said. "Our first day outside was yesterday for about 45 minutes to an hour, so this is a new experience for us, but we have a lot to build on.
WORTHINGTON -- With the snow starting to disappear, the baseball season is quickly approaching for area teams.
With three double-digit victories at this year's Class A boys' state basketball tournament, the Ellsworth Panthers were crowned champions for the second consecutive season under head coach Markus Okeson. In just his third season at the helm of the Panthers, Okeson already has a pair of state championships and a state runner-up finish on his resume.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Entering the state tournament, Ellsworth head coach Markus Okeson told his team defense would win the Panthers a championship. Nothing could have been more true. The Panthers held a high-scoring Minnesota Transitions Charter team well below its average in an 81-63 victory Saturday to earn Ellsworth its second consecutive Class A boys' basketball championship. "We came out, and we defended well night in and night out," Okeson said.