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 — A third period goal from Worthington’s Allison Kramer wasn’t enough to vault the Trojans past Waseca in a girls hockey game Saturday afternoon. The Trojans rallied from a rough first two frames but dropped their fifth game of the season 9-1.
WORTHINGTON — For over two decades, the Worthington Area YMCA has used swimming as one of the plethora of ways it instills the lesson of setting and achieving goals in the lives of area youngsters. The competitive swim team, known as the Stingrays, is coached by Donna Damm. The team boasts swimmers from nearly every area community and school district. It has athletes of all ages and abilities. They travel, competing in meets from November through March. “We’re happy with the kids we have,” Damm commented. “They work hard and have fun.
WORTHINGTON — Teamwork goes a long way toward winning. With six players scoring in double digits, Class AAA’s eighth-ranked Marshall Tigers used a decisive second half spurt to defeat Worthington 75-55 in a battle of unbeaten girls basketball teams Thursday night. “We just defended a whole lot better than we did in the first half,” Marshall coach Dan Westby said. “Worthington is a good team but we just felt like 32 points at the half was just too much. “They have the ability to score in bunches and we knew that coming in.
JACKSON — Jackson County Central wrestling coach Randy Baker thought his team had grown up a little bit after two straight days of wrestling. After mistakes were made at times in a narrow 38-30 win over Fargo Davies (ND) Friday night in a triangular meet, the top-ranked Huskies came back to score 221 points, win their own tournament and show evident improvement on Saturday in Jackson. “I had some kids wrestle the same kid today from Davies and they turned the match around,” Baker said.
WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West split a college basketball doubleheader Friday night at the Center for Health and Wellness in Worthington. The Lady Jays defeated Vermilion 88-62 in the first game and the Ironmen beat West 75-59 in the men’s game. With the win, the Lady Jays improved to 5-2 and host Mesabi Range this afternoon at 1 p.m.
WINDOM — Windom/Mountain Lake defended its home mat well Thursday night. The Cobras outlasted both Luverne and Worthington in a Southwest Conference wrestling triangular at Windom. The wins for the Cobras came in the face of adversity, as they lost two wrestlers to injury earlier this week in practice. “In both duals, we looked really good. Our guys showed up to wrestle,” W/ML co-head coach Nick Kulseth said. “We stepped up and had to make some adjustments.
WORTHINGTON — Patience is a virtue, and the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team employed it well Tuesday night. Worthington rallied on its home floor to stave off Fairmont 68-64 in the season opener for both clubs. “We tried to wear them down. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that sometime you’re going to make a run,” Worthington girls basketball coach Eric Lindner said. “Eventually things went our way.” Fairmont jumped out to an early lead from a strong defensive presence.
WORTHINGTON —If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. The Worthington girls basketball team enters its 2013-14 campaign with high hopes as they work to move on from a disappointing 66-64 loss taken in last year’s section final game against BOLD. The Trojans posted a 21-6 record last year that included a runner-up standing in the Southwest Conference behind Marshall.
WORTHINGTON — Featuring a large group of youngsters who will back up their lone senior in Paige Kinley, the Worthington Trojans gymnastics team is working toward another strong winter of competition. The team began practice at the local armory on Nov. 11. Their first competition is Tuesday on the road against Blue Earth. The team is slated to face three opponents in nine days to start things off. “I graduated some very good seniors, so I have a young group of girls this year,” Trojans gymnastics coach Joni Reitmeier said.
WORTHINGTON —It takes a big heart to fill a big man. Just look at Tawan Downs. A sophomore business and accounting major at Minnesota West, Downs stands at 6-foot-3, 288 pounds. He played for the Bluejays football team this fall but has arguably become more well-known for his involvement in the community over the past year and for how he cares so much for others.