WORTHINGTON -- After three weeks of practice, the Worthington Trojan football team will finally take the field for its season opener at 7 p.m. tonight in Fairmont. "I think the first game you're really anxious every year," Worthington head coach Dennis Hale said. "You wait and you wait for that first game, you practice three weeks and it seems like it takes forever." Worthington has not played Fairmont recently, and because the Cardinals have a new coaching staff Hale said he doesn't know what to expect tonight. "We haven't played them now in a while in the regular season," Hale said.
ADRIAN -- For two coaches, Thursday night's match was the start of two new eras. Both Katie Prunty of Adrian and Teresa Van Epps of Jackson County Central were making their coaching debut with their respective teams in a non-conference match up in Adrian. Van Epps' Huskies came out on top in three games, 25-16, 25-20 and 25-12. "I was really impressed with how we came out the first two sets," Prunty said.
PIPESTONE -- After a third-place finish a year ago, the Pipestone Area Arrows are looking to repeat their performance and earn a trip back to the state tournament. The Arrows enter this season as one of four ranked teams from the Southwest Conference. PA is ranked seventh in Class AA, while Marshall is third and Jackson County Central is ninth. Windom is tied for second in Class A. "Just like every year, (the competition) is tough," Pipestone Area head coach Todd Texley said.
ROUND LAKE -- With a 3-0 victory over Round Lake-Brewster, the Worthington Trojan volleyball team earned their first win of the season Tuesday. "They played well and did some of the things that we talked about," Worthington head coach Jen Clark said. "They kept some of those things together, and it worked for us tonight." Worthington (1-1) won the first two games 25-18 and 25-16, respectively.
WORTHINGTON -- For the Worthington volleyball team, consistency is going to be a key this season. "We have to find the middle ground where we can be consistent and be solid and not have those high highs and low lows," Worthington head coach Jen Clark said. It was the highs and lows that haunted the Trojans in their first match against Fulda Friday night. After losing the first two games, the Trojans recovered to win the third and fourth games before losing in five. "I was impressed on Friday night," Clark said. "Overall, I think we did some really great things.
WORTHINGTON -- After losing the first two games, the Worthington Trojan volleyball team fought back to win the next two before falling in the fifth set Friday night to the Fulda Raiders. The Raiders (1-0), won the first two games, 25-17 and 25-23, before Worthington (0-1) rallied for a 25-16 victory in game three and a 25-22 victory in game four. Fulda finished the match with a 15-13 victory in game five. "We kind of have that habit where we start out slow and we come back," Worthington head coach Jen Clark said.
LUVERNE -- There is a little bit of everything for golfers at the Luverne Country Club. Golfers will encounter water, sand, trees and very difficult greens on this nine-hole course. Tucked just outside of Luverne, the LCC is a round of golf that will give you an opportunity to use many skills you won't need at other courses. The LCC provides a test for golfers of all ages and abilities, but will challenge even the most talented ball strikers. During this round, the sun beat down upon golfers, but a slight breeze helped cool a muggy day.
WORTHINGTON -- The first day wasn't even over yet, but the Worthington Trojan football team already had a new outlook on the fresh season ahead. But for head coach Dennis Hale, it was just like any other first day of fall practice. "I don't like the first day," Hale said. "The young guys don't know where they're going, so you spend a lot of time just pointing different directions." The Trojans kicked off the 2007 season with their first two-a-day practice Monday. There was no hitting the first day, but plenty of learning and conditioning. "We're pretty easy on them today," Hale said.
ELY -- Facing a six-run deficit in the third inning Saturday, Adrian had no intention of giving up. Playing in the consolation bracket at the American Legion Division II state baseball tournament in Ely, Adrian rallied, but fell short in a 12-5 defeat. With the loss, Adrian was eliminated -- ending its season with a 22-9 overall record. "I'm real proud," Adrian head coach Greg Kruger said.
ELY -- Facing the two-time defending state champions, Adrian could manage just two hits as Post 32 fell to Jordan 7-1 Friday in the opening round of the American Legion Division II State Baseball Tournament. "The way we've been swinging the bat, it's disappointing to only get one run," Adrian head coach Greg Kruger said. "But we have tomorrow yet. I hope we can come back." Adrian moves to the consolation bracket and will La Crescent at 12:30 p.m. today.