WORTHINGTON -- Behind 22 points from Gabby Boever, and 21 from Holli Aggen, the Worthington Trojan girls basketball team opened with a 76-69 victory over Fulda in a non-conference match-up Tuesday night. "They need to do that," Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said of Boever and Aggen.
MINNEAPOLIS -- While the Goodhue Wildcats celebrate victory, Adrian can only look at the missed opportunities. Adrian managed just 252 yards of total offense as the Dragons finished as Class A runners-up in the state with a 28-7 loss to Goodhue Friday in the Prep Bowl. "I don't think we played our best game today," Tony Thier said. "We had a good season, but today wasn't that much fun." With a 2-1 advantage in time of possession and a Prep Bowl record of 26 first downs, Goodhue used an effective ground game to control the clock and the momentum.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Caledonia quarterback Kody Moore entered Friday's Prep Bowl with more than 2,000 yards passing and a 50 percent completion rate this season. Moore completed just two passes for just 16 yards against Luverne (12-2), but made each of them count. Moore's only completions against the Cardinal defense were to Andy Bauer (five yards) and Zach Gran (11 yards). "A big challenge that we had in front of us was to stop their passing game," Luverne head coach Todd Oye said.
RTHINGTON -- While most people are celebrating Thanksgiving with families, the Adrian football team celebrated with each other. "We'll spend Thanksgiving night together," Adrian head coach Randy Strand said. "We'll just go out and find a turkey dinner someplace, so they can celebrate Thanksgiving a little bit." But chances are, no one will be complaining about spending the holiday away from home. "It's one of those moments that maybe we might not experience again," Strand said.
WORTHINGTON -- Even though the Luverne Cardinals are returning for the Prep Bowl for the second consecutive year, head coach Todd Oye insists the team isn't feeling any pressure. "Last year, we kind of surprised people to get as far as we did, and this year, we had two close games with Triton and Pierz to get there," Oye said. "I don't think we feel pressure.
WORTHINGTON -- After tasting the sweetness of success last season, the Worthington girls' basketball team is hungry for more this year. With an 18-8 record, and a trip to the state tournament a year ago, the Trojans are poised to make a repeat run this year. "It puts a hunger in the kids to want to succeed," Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said. "Any time you come off that, you have kids with high expectations. We want them to have that, but we them to be realistic about it.
WORTHINGTON -- With five of its seven teams over .500 last season, the Southwest Conference will once again be very competitive on the girls' basketball court. Last season, Marshall won the conference title with a spotless 12-0 record, but Pipestone Area and Worthington both qualified for the state tournament.
MINNEAPOLIS - The last time Adrian and Cook County met on the gridiron, the Vikings squeaked out a double overtime victory. This time, the two teams were separated on the field by about as far as they are geographically. Adrian used a stifling defense and played a nearly flawless first half en route to a 21-0 victory over Cook County in the Minnesota State High SchoolClass A semifinal football game Friday at the Metrodome. With the victory, the Dragons (11-2) advance to Prep Bowl XXVI against Goodhue at 1 p.m. Friday for a chance at a state championship.
MINNEAPOLIS -- It was everything that a state semifinal game is supposed to be. With 48 minutes not enough to decide a winner, the Luverne game with Pierz came down to one play in overtime. Leading 29-22 in the first overtime period of Friday's Class AA state semifinal game, Luverne's Zach Olson came up with the play of a lifetime. Pierz's Scott Janson dropped back and threw toward the end zone, when Olson stepped in front to intercept the ball and seal the victory. "It was a coverage," Olson said.