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 -- 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.
WORTHINGTON -- Leading by just three points heading into the locker room at halftime, Minnesota West head women's basketball coach Mike Fury's message was simple. "Every game, we talk about how big the first five minutes of the second half are," Fury said. "I think the first half we couldn't get anything going offensively.
WORTHINGTON -- With two pins in the first four matches, the Ellsworth Community Collegegrapplers built a 9-0 lead and never looked back in a 28-12 victory over Minnesota West Wednesday night. "We went against a Division I program that usually finishes in the top 10 of the Division I nationals, and we were in that match," Minnesota West head coach Bob Purcell said.
WORTHINGTON -- Behind 22 points from Gabby Boever, and 21 from Holli Aggen, the Worthington Trojan girls basketball team opened with a 76-69 victory over Fulda in a non-conference match-up Tuesday night. "They need to do that," Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said of Boever and Aggen.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Caledonia quarterback Kody Moore entered Friday's Prep Bowl with more than 2,000 yards passing and a 50 percent completion rate this season. Moore completed just two passes for just 16 yards against Luverne (12-2), but made each of them count. Moore's only completions against the Cardinal defense were to Andy Bauer (five yards) and Zach Gran (11 yards). "A big challenge that we had in front of us was to stop their passing game," Luverne head coach Todd Oye said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- While the Goodhue Wildcats celebrate victory, Adrian can only look at the missed opportunities. Adrian managed just 252 yards of total offense as the Dragons finished as Class A runners-up in the state with a 28-7 loss to Goodhue Friday in the Prep Bowl. "I don't think we played our best game today," Tony Thier said. "We had a good season, but today wasn't that much fun." With a 2-1 advantage in time of possession and a Prep Bowl record of 26 first downs, Goodhue used an effective ground game to control the clock and the momentum.
RTHINGTON -- While most people are celebrating Thanksgiving with families, the Adrian football team celebrated with each other. "We'll spend Thanksgiving night together," Adrian head coach Randy Strand said. "We'll just go out and find a turkey dinner someplace, so they can celebrate Thanksgiving a little bit." But chances are, no one will be complaining about spending the holiday away from home. "It's one of those moments that maybe we might not experience again," Strand said.
WORTHINGTON -- Even though the Luverne Cardinals are returning for the Prep Bowl for the second consecutive year, head coach Todd Oye insists the team isn't feeling any pressure. "Last year, we kind of surprised people to get as far as we did, and this year, we had two close games with Triton and Pierz to get there," Oye said. "I don't think we feel pressure.
WORTHINGTON -- After tasting the sweetness of success last season, the Worthington girls' basketball team is hungry for more this year. With an 18-8 record, and a trip to the state tournament a year ago, the Trojans are poised to make a repeat run this year. "It puts a hunger in the kids to want to succeed," Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said. "Any time you come off that, you have kids with high expectations. We want them to have that, but we them to be realistic about it.