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.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- For a course that not quite a teenager, the Sibley Golf & Country Club is a attractive course tucked away in northwest Iowa. The Sibley G&CC was remodeled in the mid 90s, and was named the Iowa Golf Association's 9-hole Course of the Year in 1999.
WORTHINGTON -- As the season ended for the Worthington VFW team last weekend at the district tournament, three members will have a chance for one last game this season. Matt King, Steven Kremer and Mitchell Jensen were three of 18 players selected by opposing coaches for the south squad at the VFW All-Star game in Marshall today. "It's pretty cool," Kremer said of the honor. "(There were just) three of us out of the whole team, so it means a lot." "It's a huge honor," Worthington VFW head coach Ryan Weber said. "Last year, we had two representatives.
WORTHINGTON -- The Barry Bonds' saga has all the makings for a quality remake of a classic movie. It is what my generation sees as the George Clooneys and Brad Pitts of "Oceans Eleven" to the older generation's Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin of the same film. This time, we have my generation's Barry Bonds to the real and honest Hank Aaron. Yet, with each passing day, this remake is becoming a flop. It's one of those movies where you've invested quality hours of your life to, only to realize this version is a fake.
PIPESTONE -- Playing for the second time in two days, Olivia defeated Luverne 9-4 Sunday at the 3rd District VFW baseball tournament -- advancing to face Redwood Falls for the right to go to the state tournament. Olivia was the visiting team, and jumped all over Luverne in the top of the first. The entire Olivia lineup came to the plate, scoring six runs, four of which came on an unorthodox play. With the bases loaded, Ross Nelson singled to score two.
SPRINGFIELD -- When Adrian starting pitcher Cody Kontz looked at the scoreboard before throwing his first pitch of the game, he liked what he saw -- a 5-0 Adrian lead. "That was pretty cool," Kontz said.
WORTHINGTON -- A 10-day layoff is something the Worthington Legion team has become accustomed to. Worthington last played on July 17, with a 3-2 victory over Adrian. "We actually had a 10-day layoff before that game, so I think we'll do just fine," Worthington head coach Todd Schroeder said of the district playoffs. The fifth seeded Worthington team will open its postseason tournament tonight at 7:30 in Sleepy Eye, against the fourth seeded Sleepy Eye squad. Sleepy Eye St.