WORTHINGTON -- If the Worthington Trojan football team is going to make the playoffs, it's now or never. "We're in last place, so if we continue losing, obviously, we'll stay in last place," Worthington head coach Dennis Hale said. The Trojans (1-3, 1-5) find themselves looking from the bottom up in a nine-team section. Only the top eight teams will advance to the playoffs this season, and Hale described the playoff outlook as "bleak." Worthington did not help its cause in a 28-0 loss last week at the hands of Marshall. "The Marshall game did not go well, period," Hale said.
SLAYTON -- One night after suffering its first conference loss of the season, the Murray County Central Rebel volleyball team rebounded with a sweep over Adrian Tuesday night in a Red Rock Conference match-up. "I was a little bit (worried) that they would think about last night, but before the game, we talked about it," MCC head coach Donna Johansen said. "We don't want that to happen again. They came out ready to do their thing." MCC (8-1, 14-5) won the first game, 25-14, before coming back with a 25-11 victory.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojan volleyball team continued its winning ways with a sweep over Edgerton Monday night in a non-conference match. The Trojans (12-4-1) won the first two games in close contests, 25-22, and 25-23. Worthington then completed the sweep with a 25-14 victory in Game 3. "Until the last game, I was pleased with a lot of our game," Edgerton head coach Randy Butson said. "I thought we started out pretty strong, and then we actually got a little stronger.
TRACY -- As Isaac Dolan relaxed on the field after the game, no one could argue that the junior quarterback had earned some time to rest. "Isaac Dolan had a really good game, and threw some deep balls that the kids were coming down with," Tracy-Milroy-Balaton co-head coach Derek Flann said. "He made a lot of good reads, and wasn't careless.
ADRIAN -- In a close match in which every point was highly contested, the Fulda Raiders defeated the Adrian Dragons 3-1 in a Red Rock Conference volleyball match Thursday evening. "It's a big win, especially when you only play every team once in the conference, you want to have a good performance every time we have a conference game," Fulda head coach Jessica Hogan said. "It's a big win because they are a good team. This will propel us into another busy week." Adrian (6-2, 10-9-1) won the first game, 25-23, before Fulda (5-3, 9-5-2) was victorious in Game 2, 25-18.
WORTHINGTON -- A week after facing an undefeated team, the Worthington Trojans will face another undefeated opponent in the Marshall Tigers. "I don't think they've lost to a Southwest Conference team the last three years," Worthington head coach Dennis Hale said. The Trojans (1-2, 1-4) host the Tigers (4-0, 5-0) tonight in Worthington's homecoming game. "If the kids can get more incentive because of the fact that it's homecoming, that's great," Hale said.
WORTHINGTON -- While this weekend marks the start of Viking Days at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., alum Floyd Nelson still remembers his playing days as a Viking. "I really enjoyed my years at the college," Nelson said. "They were good to me, and in turn, I think I was good to them." Known as "Baldy," Nelson graduated from Augustana in 1942. Nelson received his nickname from one of his father's employees. "I went into the office, and I said, 'Dad, I need 50 cents for a haircut,'" Nelson recalls.
ELLSWORTH -- Behind 11 kills from Audra Schmidt and 12 team aces, the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers gave interim head coach Kelly Quade her first victory Tuesday night against Ellsworth. "If they didn't win, I don't know if I could have gone to practice tomorrow," Quade said. W-WG defeated Ellsworth in four games, 23-25, 25-14, 25-6, 25-18. With head coach Natalie Ross on maternity leave and another coach in crutches with a broken foot, Quade has acted as the head coach for the past four matches. Schmidt led the way for the Chargers offensively and defensively.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington volleyball team took a break from Southwest Conference action to sweep Central Minnesota Christian Monday night. In three close games, the Trojans defeated the Bluejays, 25-19, 25-23, 25-20 to complete the three-game sweep. "I think that they played well, they were ready to play," Worthington head coach Jen Clark said. "We've been focusing and talking about celebrating and keeping that energy there. Tonight, they really worked hard at that, and it showed in our play. When we didn't do that, we fell behind in that second game.
LUVERNE -- Despite outgaining the No. 2 Class AA team in the state, the Worthington Trojans fell to the Luverne Cardinals, 31-7, in a Southwest Conference football contest Friday night. "It kind of went as I thought," Luverne head coach Todd Oye said. "Worthington is a lot better than their record shows. Their offense is really coming.