WORTHINGTON -- With enough trees, sand and water to challenge even the most astute golfer, the Worthington Country Club can make for a long day. With water or sand to compete with on every hole, the WCC can inflate scores with even one wayward shot. On this day, heat and humidity accompanied a slight breeze -- calm compared to most days in Southwest Minnesota. First impressions: Considering the lack of moisture over the past two months, the WCC was in amazing condition.
WORTHINGTON -- For 12-year-old Thomas Burns, it's the little things that make golf fun. "I enjoy getting a par and doing really well on the course," Burns said. "I like staying in the fairway and staying out of the water. Trust me, you don't like it when it happens." Burns, along with 67 other golfers between the ages of 5 and 15, have golfed at Prairie View Golf Links twice a week since June 14. Today, they will conclude their season with a year-end tournament.
WORTHINGTON -- I will admit; I do not watch NBA basketball faithfully. I find it boring and useless. Thanks to Tim Donaghy, the NBA is not just boring, it's boring and fixed. Donaghy is being investigated by the FBI for betting on games in which he worked as an official.
LUVERNE -- Spending all of four hours together prior to the 26th annual Border to Border Triathlon, team Easy Day will have a chance to spend a lot of quality time together. "It sounded like a good thing at the time," team member Greg Hayes said. "We haven't really trained much, and we've spent all of four hours together, so we're just going to go out and do it and have fun with it." If grueling biking, running, and canoeing is Hayes' idea of fun, he'll have plenty of opportunity over the next four days. The Border to Border Triathlon will start in Luverne at 6 a.m.
LUVERNE -- It was the situation big-time players live for. With no outs and two runners on, Luverne's Zach Olson relieved starting pitcher Brent Dinger in the top of the sixth, with Luverne leading Adrian 1-0. "I was a little nervous, they have hitters one through nine," Olson said.
For me, starting my professional career in Worthington is almost ironic. Many years ago, more than they would probably like to admit, my parents started their professional careers right here in this area -- making it almost fitting that this is where I'd get my start. I have found my way to the Daily Globe by way of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and Newell-Fonda High School prior to college. Going back to my days in high school, I have spent almost six years reporting sports.
WORTHINGTON -- Sometimes, a little brotherly competition is a good thing. Such was the case Tuesday night in Worthington. A night after Joe Ahrens threw a gem for the VFW team; Nick Ahrens one-upped his brother with a two-run complete game victory as Worthington defeated Adrian 3-2. "(We didn't' talk about it) too much, but I don't like getting shown up by him," Nick Ahrens said. Nick Ahrens allowed two runs -- only one of which was earned --while scattering seven hits, and walking just one. "Nick threw really well," Worthington head coach Todd Schroeder said.
LUVERNE -- In a field of over 30 wiener dogs, Kali came all the way from Rock Rapids, Iowa to run away from the field Thursday night at the fifth-annual wiener dog races in Luverne. Alex Rust, one of the owners of Kali, said he did not expect to win the event. "It feels pretty good, I'm real excited," Rust said.
WORTHINGTON -- Prairie View Golf Links definitely lives up to its name. As a link's style course, what makes Prairie View fun and challenging is what isn't there. You won't find a single tree or house lining this course. Instead, what you will battle is the gusting wind and the lengthy prairie grasses that seem omnipresent in Southwest Minnesota. Prairie View was first opened in 1983, and was designed by Worthington native and eight year PGA player Joel Goldstrand.
SHELDON, Iowa -- With a 12-2 loss to Unity Christian Monday in District 2 baseball action, the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals were eliminated, and end their season with an 11-15 record. "It's always a disappointment," Sibley-Ocheyedan head coach Daryl Tutje said. "Unless you're the state champion, you always end the season with a loss. It's always tough to make the adjustment to not playing baseball anymore." The Unity Christian Knights jumped out to an early lead in the second inning. Eric Faber reached on an error and advanced to second on a groundout.