Caleb Nelson is the Daily Globe sports writer. He hails from southwest Iowa and served as sports editor at the Audubon County Advocate Journal there for 2 ½ years before moving to Worthington in October 2013. Caleb trys to enjoy life and everybody that he meets. He enjoys music, playing guitar and drums, and is an avid sports fan.
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WORTHINGTON — With its doubles team of Carter Lindner and Andrew Johnson motoring all the way to the state boys tennis meet last season, Worthington hopes that with even larger...
SLAYTON — Last season was a special one for the Murray County Central boys golf squad, but if they’re able to repeat such an occasion this spring, it will be with some new faces. So it goes in the world of high school athletics, but the Rebels say they’re up to the challenge. Returning from a team last season that went all the way to the Class A State Golf Tournament and finished in second place, to lead this year’s team, are juniors Grant Everson and Adam Christensen.
ADRIAN — The sights, sounds and smells of the high school baseball season will all be welcome signs to naysayers of the brutal winter southwest Minnesota has endured. First games are Tuesday and Thursday, weather willing. Here’s a brief preview of what’s to come: The Adrian Dragons won a piece of the Red Rock Conference last season, with Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian, and they bring seven seniors back. The Dragons were 7-3 in the league last year and 8-7 overall.
LUVERNE — Luverne has made a big mark recently in the saga of area prep sports, and if they haven’t done that already, this year’s Cardinals baseball team wants to make sure baseball continues to grow into a worthy part of that conversation too. The Cardinals feel like they’re putting something special together with this year’s club, after they finished as Class AA’s state consolation champions last spring and won the Southwest Conference in runaway fashion ahead of Marshall. With seven seniors back, including many key players at key positions, the legacy may just march on, head co
PIPESTONE — Pipestone Area may have lost a large group of seniors from year’s softball team, but the Arrows have been preparing now for a season they hope will be just as strong as last spring. Pipestone Area, with the loss of those seniors after a 19-3 season, will now look to a lesser experienced but just as hungry group to get things done, head coach Troy Bouman said. “They had pretty much played varsity since they were sophomore and are returning two seniors this year to a group that will have a lot of new faces,” Bouman said.
Is your NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket busted? Mine isn’t completely done, but it has had its share of upsets thus far. My final four — Florida, Virginia, Arizona and Michigan — are all still alive. Some have had closer calls than others, however. I’m a competitive person but this time of year for me usually winds up being more about the upsets that can happen than it is about my domination — or lack thereof — in any bracket challenge, though I entered three of them. On Thursday upsets were celebrated by Dayton, Harvard and North Dakota State.
SIBLEY, Iowa — With the kind of history Sibley-Ocheyedan has found in golf over time, a state championship for the Generals’ boys team last spring came as little surprise. After carding a meet-low 673-stroke round at the Class 1A Golf Tournament last spring, anchored by juniors Ty Hanna (158) and Grant Juber (168), the Generals began practice once again Monday in search of more success this year. Until last year, Sibley last won a state boys golf championship in 1978.
WORTHINGTON — After making a positive splash in last year’s postseason Region 13 tournament by finishing third, Minnesota West Community and Technical College’s Lady Jays softball team has plenty of momentum they will carry into this season. But they’ll have to do it with a gathering of a lot of new faces around the diamond. The Lady Jays lost a pair of all-state players a year ago in Alayna Hall, an infielder from Glenville-Emmons, and infielder Stephanie Behrens of Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — Growing in the game of life or in your skill set within the game of basketball are both processes to be embraced and followed through with. So it went with over 500 young basketball players taking part in the 29th Annual Wild Turkey Shootout basketball tournament in Worthington Saturday. With a tournament bracket for fourth-grade teams through freshman teams, there was room for everyone in the tournament, which utilized 10 gym floors in seven different facilities throughout the city.
WORTHINGTON — The recent closing of the winter sports season sends a cue that spring isn’t far around the corner. In fact, two spring sports teams began practice Monday in Worthington. The softball team could be found at an indoor practice Thursday afternoon as their diamond at the Worthington Middle School is still unfit for play due to melting snow. The track team found itself in a similar situation as ice and snow still blanket parts of the track at Trojan Field. Either way, competition begins for both teams soon.