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.
ADRIAN -- Behind a four-hit shutout from starting pitcher John Archer, the Adrian American Legion baseball team defeated Luverne 8-0 Friday in Adrian. "Luverne's always been a tough team for us," Archer said. "I came in thinking that it was going to be a good game anyway. Greg (Kruger) came and told me to mix it up, and that was about all we had to do." Adrian head coach Greg Kruger said the key to subduing the Luverne offense was changing speeds of pitches. "Against the Southwest Conference teams, you have to mix it up," Kruger said.
WORTHINGTON -- Not even a passing rain shower could slow the Adrian VFW offense Thursday as Adrian came away with 9-1 and 7-6 victories over Worthington. Game 1 Adrian's offense got on the board right away in the first inning of the first game.
PIPESTONE -- The Pipestone Area Arrows baseball team hopes the third time's the charm. For the third consecutive year, the Arrows will have a shot at the Class AA state championship -- something they have been unable to capture in the two previous trips. However, they will face a tough opening-round opponent in the Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights at 10 a.m. today at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud. "We've been there the last two years," Pipestone Area head coach Rick Zollner said.
WORTHINGTON -- Ashley DeBates may be quiet and reserved off the softball diamond, but there is nothing quiet about her game. DeBates was recently named a first-team NJCAA Division III All-American. As a freshman, she led the Minnesota West Lady Jays in batting average, home runs and RBIs.