Daily Globe Sports
SLAYTON -- With a pair of top-notch pitchers back, the Murray County Central Rebels will strive to defend their Red Rock Conference fast-pitch softball title and get back to the Section 3A title game. Head coach James Wajer said his team will be inexperienced at some positions, as five-year starters Laura Beers and Janeane Robinson, along with Annette Magnus, Brooke Manderscheid, Cortney Platt, Caitlyn Petersen and Allison Carlson, graduated last spring. But with senior Maddy Robinson (9-2, 1.94 ERA) and junior Becky Blomendaal (7-2, 1.21 ERA) back to anchor the pitching, MCC (9-1 in the con
HERON LAKE -- Just prior to guiding her Madison Area Technical College Wolfpack to a fourth place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III women's basketball tournament in Utica, New York in the middle of March, Heron Lake native Jessie Pelzel was selected as the District C National Coach-of-the-Year. In her second-year as the head coach of the two-year college in Madison, Wisconsin, Pelzel also was named as the Region 13 Coach-of-the-Year, giving her a pair of major coaching awards in the same season. "We really came on during the second half of the se
WORTHINGTON -- Six letterwinners return for the Worthington Trojans fast-pitch softball team this spring, and ninth-year head coach Sam Baumgartner is hoping his team can turn things around after a year of growth. Worthington loses just three seniors from last season's very young team, which went 1-11 in the Southwest Conference and 4-15 overall. Pitcher Karissa Ebbers, catcher Karli Malmgren and first baseman/designated hitter Haley Luetterman -- last year's seniors -- had batting averages of .320, .292 and .262 a year ago, taking much of the team's offensive production with them. "We gain
WORTHINGTON -- The ice on Lake Okabena is still very intact. I don't see anybody on the ice, which is good, but the mere fact that the ice is still here continues to frustrate me. Spring will show up at some point; I just hope that it won't wait until July to do so. With warmer temperatures there will be an emergence of the least desirable thing that has ever lived in Minnesota. I am referring to the mosquito. This insect is more than just an annoyance to me.
WORTHINGTON -- With 11 returning girl letterwinners and a grand total of 17 lettermen back for the boys, the Worthington Trojans appear to have both talent and depth as they approach the 2008 track and field season. Having already competed in a pair of indoor meets with good results, the Trojans are gearing up for a competitive outdoor season, which started with a meet at Brandon, S.D. Saturday. "We have been practicing for more than three weeks and have had the chance to compete four times," says co-head coach Mike Traphagen.
LUVERNE -- Sparked by a trio of individual first-place performance by senior veteran Travis Pedersen, the Worthington Trojan boys won the five-team Cardinal Relays Tuesday. Pedersen won both the 200 and 400 meter dashes with respective times of 22.96 and 52.75. He also took top honors in the triple jump, leaping 41-4. To complete a perfect day, Pedersen also anchored the Trojan 4 x 400 meter relay team to victory (3:40.66).
WORTHINGTON -- I have been following some potential regulation changes that have been floating around for the past month or so in regards to deer hunting. The suggested changes are a result of the recommendations that came from a citizens' input group that was challenged with the task of simplifying the hundreds of laws designed to manage the deer populations in Minnesota.
WORTHINGTON -- For the third year in a row, and the fourth time in the past six years, the tiny town of Ellsworth has played in a boys' state basketball tournament championship game. That is an amazing achievement. After a runner-up finish in 2003 (to Mankato Loyola), the Panthers returned to the Class A state title game in 2006 and lost a close decision to perennial powerhouse Rushford-Peterson, giving Ellsworth its second second-place state trophy. But in 2007, the Panthers won three games at the state tournament and claimed the state championship in dramatic fashion with a one-point (74-
WORTHINGTON -- Nature is full of things that challenge your imagination. I will never know how an eagle can see as well as the Hubble Space Telescope or how a robin can feel a worm moving underneath its feet. Computer games and electronic gadgets will never cause the same wonder nor will they ever make you appreciate the smell of the fresh air after a rain. One of many interesting experiences that you can only get by participating in the outdoors is the unusual sightings of animals and different creatures that have been born as albino.
OKABENA -- Brand new sweatshirts with pictures of the four Beatles had just arrived at Cooper Sporting Goods in Worthington and were selling for $2.95. NBA star Bob Pettit, 32, was announcing his upcoming retirement after a stellar 11-year career with the St.