Aaron Hagen is the Community Content Coordinator for the Daily Globe. He began at the Globe in June 2007 as a sports reporter. After a year, he became the sports editor before taking his current position in the summer of 2011. His main responsibilities are the social media and multimedia for the website, as well as covering the city beat for Worthington.
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WORTHINGTON -- As a young adult, my Christmas season is changing. Toys and games used to await a younger version of me on Christmas morn, as the tradition of leaving milk and cookies for Santa was still alive and well. This year, there were no cookies or milk. There were no toys awaiting an eager young child. This year, new dishes for my apartment, a vacuum and other grown up gifts were neatly wrapped under the tree. However, change is inevitable and does not necessarily mean for the worse.
LUVERNE -- A month ago, Adrian and Luverne were each vying for a football title in Class A and Class AA, respectively, at the Prep Bowl. Friday night, the two met in a non-conference boys' basketball game, but the contest was just as physical.
WORTHINGTON -- Just four and a half minutes into Thursday's Southwest Conference girls' basketball game, Worthington's Gabby Boever picked up her third foul -- forcing her to the bench for the remainder of the first half. "I didn't like it at all," Boever said of being banned to the bench. "I hate sitting on the bench.
LUVERNE -- The Luverne Cardinals faced so many roadblocks Monday night that it seemed more like an obstacle course than a basketball game. Despite a triple-double from Murray County Central's Emily Bose, and facing an uphill battle for most of the game, the Cardinals (4-3) took the lead at the right time -- earning a 59-54 victory over the Rebels (4-2) in a non-conference girls' basketball contest.
WORTHINGTON -- With all 11 Worthington players scoring, the Trojans stayed perfect on the season with an 84-47 Southwest Conference girls' basketball victory over Windom Friday. "Tonight what was really important was that our bench came alive," Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said. "I thought that Kayla VanderVeen came out and just decided that it's going to be a night to take the ball to the basket." VanderVeen scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds off the Worthington bench that scored 36 points on the night.
ADRIAN -- Down by seven with just over a minute to go in the first half, Adrian's Sam Lynn took over. Lynn hit a trey and followed with a layup as the Dragons pulled within two points. Lynn then hit a 3-pointer from the right wing before the halftime buzzer sounded, giving Adrian a 37-36 lead at half. "You just have to do what you have to do to come back," Lynn said. "They were a good team, and we just needed to get past it." The Dragons (2-1) opened up a big lead in the second half en route to a 77-56 victory over Harrisburg, S.D., Monday in a non-conference girls' basketball game.
WORTHINGTON -- Ellsworth returns as the defending boys' class A state champions, but with many teams losing multiple starters to graduation, the Red Rock Conference championship is up in the air this season. Here is a look at the teams in the Red Rock Conference and the lone area team in the Camden Conference -- Tracy-Milroy-Balaton. Ellsworth The Ellsworth Panthers lost just one game last year in their state championship run, but look to replace three starters from the team that finished 32-1 last season.
WORTHINGTON -- Westbrook-Walnut Grove senior Joe Doubles was recently named to the 2007 Minnesota 9-man All-State Football team as a defensive end. "With his 19-and-a-half sacks in a year, I haven't had anybody quite rack up that many," W-WG co-head coach Leo Theisen said. "But his biggest attribute is that he just went full go all the time." Doubler finished with 88 tackles, including 27 tackles for loss. Teammate and fellow senior Austin Quade was named as an honorable mention for his play this season. "Both of them are very deserving," co-head coach Carter Ross said.
WORTHINGTON -- With nearly half of her team's first-half points, Alyssa Smith finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Worthington girls' basketball team to a 74-59 victory over Fairmont Tuesday. "I felt like I couldn't miss," Smith said. "I felt like everything was working and that everybody was helping me out." Smith scored 15 points in the first half as the Trojans (3-0) had a 32-25 lead at half. "When you talk about offense, you first have to talk about Smith," Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said. "She's a kid that's undersized, but she works hard.
WORTHINGTON -- Even with a 28-point performance from Eddie Marrs, the Minnesota West men's basketball team couldn't catch Northland in the Pioneer's 80-70 victory Friday night. "We had two or three guys scoring, and we just didn't have a very balanced scoring attack tonight," Minnesota West head coach Justin Heckenlaible said. Along with Marrs' 28, Devon Harrell scored 19 points for the Bluejays. "We had a pretty good defensive game," Northland head coach Rick Nikunen said. "Marrs is a tough player.