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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DES MOINES, Iowa -- When George-Little Rock's Tyler Starr packed for the state tournament, he prepared for the entire week. "When I got ready to leave for state, I brought a suitcase and a couple of bags," Starr said. "Everybody else is bringing two bags and they are like 'why do you have so much stuff?' and I said that I'm planning on staying the whole week, fellas.
MANKATO -- With all the big-game experience on the Worthington Trojan squad, it was a sophomore who provided the spark Saturday night. Kaitlin Gerber scored 16 points off the bench to lead Worthington to a 73-55 victory over Willmar in a girls' section 2AAA semifinal basketball game at Bresnan Arena on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. "You ain't kidding (Gerber) sparked us in the first half," Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said. "She hit the three right off the bat, and had some nice penetration and finish, and those were big baskets.
WORTHINGTON -- Before Tuesday's opening-round game of the Section 2AAA girls' basketball tournament, Worthington head coach Eric Lindner wanted to make sure his team was prepared. "We just put things into perspective," Lindner said. "Everybody's starting 0-0, and everybody has a chance. I thought we did a pretty good job of preparing for them defensively." The Trojans (20-4) used a stifling defense and a high-powered offense Tuesday to dismantle St. Peter (5-19), 88-41. "We're a streaky team," St. Peter head coach Jack Hartfiel said.
ROUND LAKE -- The magic number was 17 for Murray County Central Monday night. The Rebels used two 17-2 runs and an up-tempo transition game to defeat Round Lake-Brewster, 71-48, in a boys' Red Rock Conference basketball contest. "We were trying to slow things down a bit, and we kind of did," RL-B head coach Lon Eichenberger said. "We weren't getting back and they did a very nice job of getting down the court and getting some fast-break buckets." RL-B (3-12, 7-14) had an early lead on the Rebels (8-7, 13-10), but MCC's Eric Wieneke used a hot shooting hand to bring the Rebels back.
WORTHINGTON -- Despite making just five 3-pointers in 30 attempts, the Adrian Dragons cruised to a 66-48 victory over the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen in the second round of the 3A South sub-section girls' basketball tournament Saturday. "It wasn't our best outing, I guess," Adrian head coach Randy Strand said. "We'll take the win; we're moving on, and hopefully, we'll get ready to play the next round." The No. 1-seeded Dragons (21-6) advance to face the No. 5 seed, Southwest Christian, after the Eagles defeated Red Rock Central. The teams will face off at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Luverne.
WORTHINGTON -- After falling behind by five points in the second half, Southwest Christian went on a 15-2 run en route to a 54-39 victory over Red Rock Central (18-6) in the quarterfinals of the South Sub-Section 3A girls' basketball tournament Saturday. "We had a lot of nerves in the first half, like everybody else. But we finally settled down and played some basketball," SWC head coach Denise Nerem said. "There's always moments where you work on things, and you don't see them come together, but I'm pleased with our efforts." The Eagles (13-10) advance to face Adrian at 6 p.m.
OKABENA -- In the closing seconds of Friday's boys' Red Rock Conference basketball game, Round Lake-Brewster head coach Lon Eichenberger took a timeout with his team was down 10 points, and senior Cole Baumgard just shy of 1,000 career points. "In the very last timeout, I said, 'do you want it here, or at home?'" Eichenberger said.
ELLSWORTH -- Hills-Beaver Creek's Jayme Plimpton couldn't have picked a better time to find her rhythm. The freshman guard scored eight of her team-high 10 points in the final three minutes to lead H-BC to a 48-47 victory over Ellsworth (11-14) in the opening round of the girls' 3A South Sub-section basketball tournament.
ELLSWORTH -- After Ellsworth's Cody Schilling scored 18 first-half points, Southwest Christian's Ryan Pronk wanted the defensive challenge in the second half. "Ryan came up to me at halftime and told me that he wanted to guard Cody in the second half," SWC head coach Jamie Pap said. "So I said, 'all right, he's yours.' I thought he played one heck of a ballgame. He's our floor leader and he kept us going.
ADRIAN -- With the girls' Red Rock Conference title on the line, the Fulda Raiders went into Adrian and defeated the conference-leading Dragons, 65-58, in a close basketball game Monday night. "I feel very fortunate to be able to coach these girls," Fulda head coach Gregg Slaathaug said. "They did a great job all year.