Daily Globe Sports
WORTHINGTON -- Last spring, the Pipestone Area Arrows repeated as Southwest Conference girls' track and field champions, while Redwood Valley won the boys' team title, dethroning 2006 champion Worthington. While spring has been slow to arrive this year, the seven member schools of the Southwest have been gearing up for another competitive season and will strive to perform well at the conference meet, which will be held in Redwood Falls May 15. Worthington was previewed last week and here is a look at the other four conference schools in the Daily Globe coverage area.
JACKSON -- Chelsey Evans twirled a no-hitter in the nightcap of Tuesday's key Southwest Conference softball doubleheader between Pipestone Area and Jackson County Central, which ended in a split between the powerhouse teams. JCC won the opener 4-2 before the Arrows captured a 7-0 victory behind the pitching of Evans. JCC scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth in the opener, as Kate Rentschler (2-for-2 with a walk) and Sarah Luhmann delivered RBIs to propel the Huskies to the win. Rentschler earned the complete-game victory and fanned four batters for JCC. Bailey Bouman pitched a comp
WORTHINGTON -- Receiving a pair of pitching gems and pounding out 26 hits Monday afternoon, the Dakota County Blue Knights played errorless baseball and earned a sweep over the Minnesota West Bluejays in a Minnesota Community College Conference Southern Division doubleheader. Andy Fitzgerald held the Bluejays to four hits in five innings in the opener, as the Blue Knights ripped 15 hits and earned a 15-1 victory. Dave Geiger topped Fitzgerald's performance in the nightcap, as he twirled a two-hit shutout and fanned six batters in the Blue Knights' 7-0 victory. Dakota County is now 17-8 over
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.
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 -- 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.
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.