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 —Fairmont’s girls hockey team put together a first period that proved too hard for Worthington to overcome Thursday night at the Worthington Ice Arena. The Cardinals used several players to score from several spots, posting a 5-0 lead after the opening 17 minutes. Worthington finished with six shots on goal for the night with a share of opportunities, but was unable to connect. Fairmont defeated the Trojans 11-0. Trojan eighth-grader Bailey Kruse stepped in net for senior Amanda Bristow through the final two periods to gain experience.
WORTHINGTON — Getting better together is the only true way a team will succeed, and the Worthington boys hockey team hopes to embrace that as the puck drops on its season Thursday night in Mankato. The Trojans come into their 2013-14 campaign from a 4-16 effort a year ago.
LUVERNE — A hungry animal is a dangerous one, and the Luverne Cardinals are as eager as anybody to take their girls hockey game to yet another level. Coming off two straight Southwest Conference crowns, Luverne sits at 2-0 on this early season. The Cardinals hope to possibly make a deeper run in the postseason than they ever have before, after six recent failed attempts in section final games. A lot of hockey is to be decided between now and then.
WORTHINGTON —The Worthington girls hockey team learned it has plenty to work on but lots to build off of, after a Friday night season opener at the Worthington Ice Arena against St. Peter/Le Sueur/Henderson. The Bulldogs came early and often and attacked the goal offensively, but Worthington held up well defensively, all things considered. St. Peter/Le Sueur-Henderson out-shot the Trojans by a wide margin en route to an 8-2 final, tacking on its first win of the early season.
Every step along his journey has stirred a great ambition for Anthony Luft to compete. A dream was fulfilled for the Worthington High School wrestler last season, as Luft finished atop his 120-pound bracket in Class AA at Minnesota’s state tournament. He used triple overtime to defeat Foley’s Tyler Funk 7-5 for the championship. It took a lot of work for Luft’s dream to come true, he said. “It’s fun to know that your hard work is paying off, but you always know that you have so much more to work on,” Luft said of winning the state championship.
WORTHINGTON —Minnesota West’s wrestling team took steps in the right direction, as they hosted Iowa Lakes Community College in their home opener Wednesday at the Center for Health and Wellness in Worthington. But the Bluejays surrendered too many weight classes, wrestling only six matches on the night. Iowa Lakes defeated Minnesota West 45-10. “I really enjoyed our wins on the night,” Minnesota West wrestling coach Bob Purcell said.
SHELDON, Iowa — Sheldon’s volleyball teams have proven themselves strong enough to reach Cedar Rapids in November more than once over the last decade. The Orabs have done it again this season. After defeating both Unity Christian and Garner-Hayfield/Ventura in Class 3A Region 1 play, Sheldon advanced to state. The first match for Sheldon (34-4) comes tonight at 6 p.m. against Mount Vernon (25-10) in the state quarterfinals. The Mustangs enter the state tournament after taking second in the eastern division of the WAMAC.
ROCHESTER — The deeper you get in the postseason the worse turnovers hurt. Jackson County Central felt that sting on Friday night at Rochester Community and Technical College, finding itself unable to come alive after halftime. Chatfield took advantage of JCC miscues down the stretch to down the Huskies in Class AA football’s quarterfinal round 32-6, advancing to the semifinals in the Metrodome. “Penalties and turnovers hurt us,” JCC football coach Tom Schuller said simply. “They had two defensive touchdowns. It is tough to recover from that.
GEORGE, Iowa — It was certain that one team would make its mark in history Wednesday night, in front of a standing room-only crowd in George. In a Class 1A Region 1 volleyball final between two teams who never have reached the Iowa state volleyball tournament, No. 10-ranked Harris-Lake Park and fourth-ranked Central Lyon settled the debate. The Lions swept Harris-Lake Park for their first trip to Cedar Rapids. The Wolves will have to wait for another year. Set scores were 25-23, 25-17, 25-20. “I thought it was a great effort by our kids.
ESTHERVILLE, Iowa — The Sheldon volleyball team executed the old adage of finishing what you start to perfection Tuesday night. On a snowy night, Iowa Class 3A’s second-ranked Orabs ran into a buzz saw against Garner-Hayfield/Ventura in their third set and trailed 15-13. Sheldon (34-4) did what was needed down the stretch, finishing the quick work it started and sweeping the Cardinals in the Class 3A Region 1 Final in Estherville for a trip to state. Set scores for the Orabs were 25-16, 25-18, 25-15. “With the snow and all, it was a rough start even getting here.