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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CALEB NELSON firstname.lastname@example.org ADRIAN —They say defense wins championships in the game of football, and Adrian used it effectively Saturday afternoon, taking a strong first step toward a Section 3A football championship. The Dragons stopped St. Clair time and time again in a bend-don’t-break defensive chess match under clear skies and a nippy north wind. Adrian triumphed over the Cyclones 18-2 to move on to the section’s final tilt, slated for Friday at 5 p.m. Also victorious in the section was Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.
WORTHINGTON —In a see-saw battle Friday night in Section 3AA volleyball action, Worthington survived a five-set ride in its home gymnasium over New Ulm. The Trojans won their south sub-section match 25-18, 13-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-9. They travel to face Marshall in the quarterfinals Tuesday. The top-seeded Tigers were victors in a sweep over Luverne Friday on scores of 25-10, 25-14, 25-11. Also in the south sub-section of 3AA Friday, Jackson County Central swept Fairmont and Pipestone Area edged St. James 3-2. “It was a four versus five match.
WINDOM — Windom Area volleyball coach Ron Wendorff remembered it vividly. St. Clair took an early 7-2 advantage over his Eagles Thursday night in 2A south sub-section quarterfinal action. It made him uneasy. The coach was just about to call a timeout, but he wouldn’t need to. Windom (17-9) took advantage of an error and, little by little, chipped away. Things came easier as the night went on for the blue-and-gold and Windom Area earned a sweep, advancing along the tournament trek.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — The Central Lyon/George-Little Rock Lions would surely like a home game to begin the Iowa high school football playoffs Wednesday, but they need a win in Week Nine at Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley to earn it. Central Lyon/G-LR (6-2 overall, 4-1 in district play) comes into the pivotal battle today (Oct. 25) with aspirations of climbing back into the win column after its first district setback of the season a week ago.
WORTHINGTON —Things will matter a little more for area volleyball teams as the postseason has arrived. The Worthington Trojans (11-12-3) will take to their home court Friday night at 7 p.m. and embark on 3AA Sub-Section Volleyball Tournament action. Their foe is New Ulm (13-13-1). Other area teams included in the Trojans’ sub-section are second-seeded Jackson County Central (20-7), third-seeded Pipestone Area (14-10-1), and eighth-seeded Luverne (10-11-2).
Lopsided contests were many across the region as the high school football playoffs began for area schools in Minnesota on Tuesday evening. Out of the four games in 9-Man football’s Section 3, Edgerton/Ellsworth, Mountain Lake Area, Hills-Beaver Creek and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley all advanced from the first round and will have opportunities to play on Saturday. E/E defeated Fulda 62-8, MLA thumped Hancock 70-8, H-BC outlasted W-WG 44-26 and C-M-B beat Renville County West 52-13. Second round games are scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m.
It was a tight race for the Red Rock Conference volleyball title this fall and Southwestern United finished its league schedule unscathed. Coming in closely behind was Murray County Central. The two teams battled each other earlier this month, and SWU prevailed in a five-set match. Both teams join a host of others as Section 3A postseason volleyball begins.
SIBLEY — It was a tale of two halves Friday night in Sibley. Sibley-Ocheyedan and West Sioux were deadlocked at 13-13 in a Week Eight clash in Iowa’s Class A District 1. The Generals fell apart in the second half, spotting their opponents two third quarter touchdowns en route to a 30-13 loss. A theme of not putting full games together has been around off and on all season, Generals coach Kyle Ewinger said.
WORTHINGTON — It was a game of momentum swings Wednesday night, in a regular season-capping football matchup in Worthington, and Jackson County Central’s final half of the game was enough for the Huskies to hold on for a win over the Trojans, 44-23. The Huskies stormed out to a 15-0 lead to open the game before Worthington came back to score the next 10 points, giving JCC just a five-point cushion as they thought things over at the break. JCC coach Tom Schuller said the 10-point swing actually did his club some good.
WORTHINGTON —Tied for the match with Worthington in the third set, it looked as if Windom Area senior Rachel Sorensen and her Eagles would fall behind 2-1 for the night and find their three-match win streak in jeopardy. Sorensen and the Eagles would fight, however, to turn the tables from a 20-17 deficit in that third set to beat Worthington 25-23 and set up an entertaining win in the fourth frame to put away Worthington 3-1 on its home floor. Sets went in favor of the Eagles 23-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-20 on Tuesday night. “It was just a really up-and-down match the whole night.