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 -- 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.
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.