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EDGERTON -- Red Rock Central made its presence felt immediately in its Minnesota 9-man football debut as it took down perennial power Edgerton/Ellsworth 35-24 in a season-opening clash on Thursday. The Flying Dutchmen looked like they were going to give the Falcons a rude welcome early as they turned a Brayden Kuiper fumble recovery at the 14-yard line into a 9-yard touchdown pass from Landon Buckridge to Trey Gilbertson to make it 6-0 with 8 minutes to go in the first quarter. But the Dutch lead didn’t last long.
WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West Lady Jays volleyball team wants to be a strong and quick offense in 2017 and thinks it has the pieces to do it. The squad returns three players in Katherin Ihnen, Nichole Rowe and Hannah Neuman, and six freshmen round out the squad.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- The first play of the game for Sheldon was a sign of things to come in the Orabs’ 55-0 defeat of Sibley-Ocheyedan Friday in a season-opening Iowa high school football matchup. On the first play from scrimmage, Orabs quarterback Jaden Kleinhesselink hit receiver Kyle Boerhave in stride on a seam route for a 66-yard touchdown. Boerhave split the safeties and outran the defense up the middle of the field to the end zone.
WORTHINGTON -- For a team with high aspirations this season, Worthington’s 7-0 season-opening boys soccer victory over Fairmont on Thursday at Trojan Field was a good first step. “This gives us a boost and keeps us hyped up to keep going this season,” said junior forward Jon Keodouangsy, who scored four goals. “We’re trying to go to state this year and try hard enough to one up what we did last year (making the section finals).”
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington boys soccer head coach Smitty Ektnitphong isn’t shy about stating his goals for this season. “The goal is to win the state championship,” he said.
WORTHINGTON -- According to the coach, the Worthington girls tennis team has a chance to improve on a two-win 2016 campaign. But it’s going to take some work. “Everybody wants to be better, but there’s work that has to be done first,” head coach Mike Marquardt said. “If we can hit the serves and get that to become comfortable. It should be like the free throw line, shooting hoops. It should come naturally. And right now we haven’t put in enough time. We just have to hit and hit and hit.”
WILLMAR -- After defeating Duluth East 2-1 on Thursday, the Luverne VFW baseball team split a pair of games on Friday at the state tournament in Willmar. Post 2757 fell to Woodbury 3-2 in a second-round game and defeated Rochester 8-6 in a loser’s bracket game. Luverne will play New Ulm Gold today (Saturday) at 2:30 p.m.
Expectations for this year’s Worthington Trojans boys soccer team are high … very high. And they should be. The team returns almost every player from a squad that went to overtime in the Section 2A championship last fall, and is comprised of players that just won U17 and U18 Minnesota Youth Soccer Association state titles this summer. Clearly they are talented.
WORTHINGTON -- Not even a torn ACL and medial meniscus in his right knee can keep Worthington outside linebacker Karter Honius off the gridiron. He played six games last fall with the injury, and didn’t know it was torn until it swelled up at hockey practice. Now, about 10 months after injuring his knee in football practice, Honius is preparing for his senior season. On the Wednesday before the Trojans’ Sept. 23 tilt with Tri-City United, the linebacker ran up to make a play with 10 minutes left in a non-contact practice and heard a pop.
WINDOM -- The beginning of the Big South Conference volleyball season has a new look this year. On Aug. 26 at Windom Area High School, the league is set to debut the Big South Conference Showcase which will feature seven games between the 13 conference schools as well as Martin County West of the Valley Conference in a single location.