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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BLUE EARTH — The best wrestlers seem to know how to peak at the right time, and the Jackson County Central Huskies assured everybody watching — and themselves — that they’re amongst that company Saturday at the Section 2A Individual Wrestling Tournament. Ushering six strong grapplers onto the championship final mat at Blue Earth Area High School, the Huskies saw all six earn wins, section titles and trips to the state wrestling tournament scheduled begin this week at the Xcel Energy Center in St.
LUVERNE — With plenty of work yet to be done, the Worthington Trojans have an impressive sum of eight wrestlers in today’s semifinals of the Section 3AA Individual Tournament at Luverne’s Cardinal Gym. The tournament got under way Friday night with its first two rounds and wrestlers losing early in the tournament are still alive today in wrestlebacks. “With eight through to the semis, you have to be pretty happy with that. That’s over half of our team who are guaranteed a placing,” Trojans head coach Mark Prunty said.
MINNEAPOLIS — For a couple of area gymnastics teams, emotions were likely of the bittersweet variety at last Saturday’s Section 3A meet in Marshall. Both Jackson County Central and Worthington — as powers of the Southwest Conference this year in the regular season — felt as if they were both contenders to win the section and nab a state tournament berth as a group. Martin County Area dashed both of their dreams, but the Huskies and Trojans will each have representation at this Saturday’s individual state meet nonetheless. State competition begins at 11 a.m.
WORTHINGTON — On their Senior Night, the eight seniors of the Worthington boys basketball team made a choice that they wouldn’t go down easily, so they didn’t. In a game where the group weathered several storms, Worthington finally saw the outcome it sought when the final horn sounded.
SIBLEY, Iowa — Toting an exciting six-game winning streak from the regular season, Sibley-Ocheyedan couldn’t carry its good fortunes into the playoffs. North Union — a relatively new consolidation of Armstrong-Ringsted, North Sentral-Kossuth and Swea City — came to Sibley Saturday evening and commanded attention in the paint, getting things done there on both the scoring and rebounding ends of the contest to come away with a 55-40 triumph in the opening round of Class 2A, Region 1 action. “We certainly weren’t ready to play,” Sibley-Ocheyedan head coach Jeremy Leusink said after the game.
LAMBERTON — Wrestlers and coaches of Class A’s fifth-ranked Adrian Dragons had absolutely nothing to hang their heads about as they stepped off the mat at Red Rock Central High School Saturday following a loss in the Section 3A final against Minneota-Lincoln-HI. Winning nine of the dual meet’s weight classes, the Vikings — seeded first in the tournament and currently ranked fourth in their class — put together a solid enough effort in those weights won to earn a 36-23 victory and a trip to the state tournament. “Minneota is no slouch, and accordin
WORTHINGTON — Following an impressive first half in which the Worthington Trojans hung right with Marshall, a five-minute lapse led to a loss in boys basketball action on their home court Friday night. Southwest Conference leader Marshall proved its worth late in the first half and early in the second by taking advantage of several miscues to pull away and defeat Worthington, 85-63, to win the league outright.
SPENCER, Iowa — Six wrestlers for Minnesota West Community and Technical College will take their first steps into postseason action Sunday at the National Junior College Athletic Association’s North Central District Championship. The tournament features 10 teams in all. Five are Division III non-scholarship programs and the others are Division I scholarship programs from Iowa. Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. at Spencer High School. “We’ll be taking six healthy wrestlers.
ADRIAN — As many wrestling duals have gone between Adrian and Windom/Mountain Lake, Thursday evening’s Section 3A opening round tilt between the schools at Adrian High School did not come without its share of excitement. Following dramatic swings on and off the mat, Adrian advanced a 31-27 victor with a fall earned in the night’s final match. The Dragons will wrestle Wabasso/Red Rock Central in the section’s semifinal round Saturday at 1 p.m.
WORTHINGTON — Step one has been cleared for the Worthington Trojans as they wrestled well against Luverne in the second round of Section 3AA’s South Sub-section Tournament to advance along the tournament trail. With their 50-19 win against the Cardinals, the Trojans move to 1-0 in the postseason. They will wrestle Quad County Friday evening in Granite Falls.