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.
ELY -- It's safe to say that Tom and Lisa Diekmann have seen their share of baseball this season. Even before their sons, Brandon and Adam, took the field at the American Legion baseball state tournament, Tom and Lisa estimate they have seen somewhere between 120 and 130 baseball games. "Two years ago we kept track, and I went to 99 games and she went to 106, and we never got tired of it then," Tom said.
ELY -- If you've never seen the sunrise while riding on a charter bus for seven hours across the entire state of Minnesota, then you've been missing out. For the Adrian legion players, coaches and a few parents, that was the sight Thursday morning before the eight teams descended upon Ely, a small town in the middle of nowhere in an area farther north than I ever knew existed. Don't get me wrong, Ely appears to be a great town if you are here for a select list of things: fishing, canoeing, camping or just enjoying nature.
SLAYTON -- With hills, water and trees to contend with, the Slayton Country Club is a very demanding and exciting 9-hole course. Beaver Creek runs through the course on most of the holes, and will swallow balls if you're not careful. Between the creek and the hilly terrain, the SCC is a nicely designed course. During this round, moisture on the ground limited roll in the fairways and roughs, but softened the greens.
ADRIAN -- A seven hour bus trip, nearly 500 miles and the defending champions is all that stands in the way of the Adrian American Legion baseball team this weekend at the Division II state tournament in Ely. Adrian Post 32 (22-7) will face Jordan (27-1) at 5 p.m. Friday. Jordan qualified as the champions from the Third District. "Jordan is 27-1, but anybody can beat anybody," Adrian head coach Greg Kruger said. "I think we'll be ready to play.