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EDGERTON -- Austin Quade's 73-yard touchdown burst in the third quarter Friday night lifted the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers to a 14-6 victory over the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen in a showdown between the two Southwest Ridge Conference leaders. The victory pulls W-WG (4-1, 6-1) even with Edgerton (4-1, 5-2) atop the league standings and also puts the Chargers in the driver's seat for one of the top two seeds in the Section 3 9-Man tournament. "This was a fun game and a big victory for us," W-WG co-head coach Leo Theisen said following the game.
SLAYTON -- In an important game as far as both the Little Sioux Conference standings and the upcoming sectional playoffs are concerned, the visiting Minneota Vikings rallied for a 24-8 victory Thursday evening over Murray County Central. Minneota did not cross midfield until 8:42 remained in the first half, as the host Rebels had superior field position in the game's first 15 minutes. But once the Vikings got untracked, they scored four unanswered touchdowns, overcoming MCC's early 8-0 lead. "MCC played outstanding defense in the first half," declared Minneota head coach Chad Johnston.
WORTHINGTON -- This is the time of year my phone starts ringing off the hook. With the pheasant and deer seasons just around the corner there are always a fair number of folks who need to get a firearms safety certificate in order to purchase a license in the next few weeks. For the adults in this group, there is some hope. The DNR offers adults an online course to prepare them for a test that has to be taken with a certified instructor. Many can squeeze in this requirement and still make it in time for opener.
ADRIAN -- In a meet that was a near preview of the upcoming Section 3A cross country race, the host Adrian Dragons won both team titles Tuesday at the annual running of the Adrian Invitational. The Dragon girls, paced by the spectacular individual performance of junior veteran Morgan Lynn, topped the 15-team field by 64 points. Adrian's top five finished in team places 1-4-9-13-17, giving the Dragons a low score of 44 points. "We had a fantastic lead run from Morgan and both our seventh-graders ran solid races," AHS head coach Doug Petersen said.
BREWSTER -- Sparked by the second-half rushing of Tyler Obermoller Tuesday night, the Southwestern United Wildcats earned a key 24-20 victory over the Lakeview Lakers in Southwest Ridge Conference football action. Lakeview scored a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter and controlled most of the first half, building a 14-0 lead at the intermission. However, Obermoller, after playing at wide receiver in the first half, carried the ball 17 times for 246 second-half yards and three touchdowns to help lift the Wildcats to a 21-14 lead. Octavio Jimenez (3-for-3 on PAT kicks) then booted a 31
REDWOOD FALLS -- The girls' tennis season came to an end Monday for most area players, as the first rounds of the Section 3A individual tournament were played on the courts at Redwood Valley High School. Luverne's Kaityln Deragisch won a pair of matches and earned advancement to Thursday's semifinals, which will be played in St. Peter.
SLAYTON -- In a match that was originally scheduled for Thursday -- but was moved up three days because of the football schedule -- the Southwest Christian Eagles defeated the host Murray County Central Rebels, 3-2, in a clash between the leaders of the Red Rock Conference. Both teams entered the match undefeated in league action. But now, the Eagles (8-0, 15-4) stand alone at the top, while the Rebels (7-1, 13-5) are tied with Southwest Star Concept for second. The Quasars host MCC Oct. 16. After splitting a pair of closely-contested opening games, the Eagles won big in game three.
WORTHINGTON -- Playing under the Trojan Field lights for the second time in five days Monday evening, the sixth-seeded Worthington Trojans earned a 4-1 victory over No. 11 Madelia-St. James in the opening round of the Section 2A boys' soccer tournament. "We started to play much better late in the first half and then carried that into the second half," Trojans head coach Vilath Lovan said. "The key for us was controlling the ball and making the extra pass.
PIPESTONE -- Caleb Lines rushed the football 20 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns Friday night, leading the Jackson County Central Huskies to a key Southwest Conference victory over Pipestone Area, 42-13. Lines' effort was part of the 279 ground yards for the Huskies -- who scored 28 second-half points to pull away from the Arrows. Torey Stewart, who scored a pair of touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions, contributed 107 rushing yards on 16 carries. Lines had a 16-yard touchdown dash in the first quarter before plunging in for a one-yard score in the second quarter.
WORTHINGTON -- Spreading the football among 10 rushers, the undefeated Marshall Tigers racked up 331 yards on the ground and dominated the first half -- scoring on their first four possessions -- as they claimed a 28-0 Southwest Conference football victory over the Trojans Friday night on Worthington's Homecoming. Trey Welch, a junior running back for the Tigers, scored three touchdowns and topped Marshall's rushing chart with 110 yards on 11 carries, including a 46-yard TD burst midway through the second quarter that made the score 26-0 with 4:15 remaining in the first half. "He is a regula