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 — The Worthington Trojan wrestlers fought toward falls from start to finish in their dual meet Tuesday with St. James Area. Under a spotlight hanging high above center mat, the black-and-red staved off two leads by the Saints, winning five out of the last five matches of the night to run away for a 43-22 conquest. “We thought we could win quite a few matches up on top.
I find it fun to watch athletes who are clearly sold out for the team and will do whatever is necessary to achieve the team’s goals, no matter who gets the credit. You would probably be hard pressed to find a coach who doesn’t agree with me, longing for players to buy into their preferred system. Few truly have a knack for this and a great deal do not.
GEORGE, Iowa —A dismal first quarter that produced just two points didn’t do George-Little Rock any favors in a non-conference girls basketball game against Harris-Lake Park on Thursday. The Mustangs fought tooth-and-nail but were unable to overcome the rough start. H-LP earned a 39-38 triumph and ran its record to 7-4 on the season. It was a gutsy one for the Wolves on a night where shooting was about as cold as temperatures looming outside the gym’s walls.
WORTHINGTON — Sibley East put together a solid defensive effort through the beginning of the second half and settled down to silence Worthington in a boys basketball game for third place in the 16th annual Daily Globe-Trojan Holiday Classic at WHS. The Wolverines had fallen hard to Perham the night before, in the first round of the tournament, but came back for the 77-72 triumph over the homestanding Trojans early Saturday evening. “I thought our second-half focus was a whole lot better than our first half focus,” Sibley East coach Daniel Meier sa
WORTHINGTON — A dominant effort in the paint both offensively and defensively can be demoralizing to face in the game of basketball. Mankato West’s boys basketball team used an effective brand of athleticism to earn a big halftime lead and eventually a 79-56 win Friday night over Sibley East to advance into today’s championship of the 16th Annual Daily Globe-Trojan Holiday Classic against Perham. “We really wanted to establish the inside game and worked really hard on the boards,” West coach Tom Boone said after the game.
WORTHINGTON — Many things have already been deterimined on wrestling mats across the area, but much more is yet to come in the New Year. Area grapplers have competed for almost a month’s time now and at least know what they need to work on as the second portion of the season and the chase for their respective state tournaments becomes nigh. At the top of the crop are Class A’s No. 1-ranked Jackson County Central Huskies but, in all, the Daily Globe coverage area features many wrestlers who are currently ranked in Minnesota and a few more are in Iowa.
LUVERNE —The Luverne boys hockey team is off to a spick-and-span 9-0 record after defeating Worthington Thursday night. The Cardinals have a senior group of 11 to go with a large group of other contributors from other classes. Amongst the top of the crop for the Cardinals, through their first nine games, have been sophomore Chaz Smedsrud, senior Logan Norman and eighth-grader Jaxon Nelson. Norman, a forward on the ice for Luverne, has eight goals and 23 assists for the season.
WORTHINGTON —The Worthington gymnastics team impressed everyone mightily at their home opener Thursday night at the local armory. The Trojans defeated Hendricks in a non-conference tussle 136.375 to 124.8. “Tonight went awesome. A 136 is our highest score so far this year,” Worthington head coach Joni Reitmeier said.
The successes that Southwest Minnesota Christian’s boys basketball squad has gained on the hardwood has been nearly unparallelled over the past 15 years. Only the nearby Ellsworth Panthers have come close, earning two titles of their own in recent years. With five state titles under their belts at SWC, accolades have neither come quickly or easily for the Eagles.
WORTHINGTON — Scoring the game’s final two goals was what it took for the Worthington boys hockey team to break a 3-3 stalemate and defeat Fairmont 5-3 Tuesday night in a game played at the Worthington Ice Arena. Despite what Trojans coach Nate Grimmius called a “sluggish” start, the Trojans found an answer for virtually everything thrown at them in the game. In every way possible, they were resilient and found a way to earm their second win of the season. “Overall we were a little sluggish and slow tonight,” Grimmius said.