Daily Globe Sports
WORTHINGTON -- I just received an e-mail from John Linquist, the regional director of Pheasants Forever in northwest Iowa. He was giving me a heads up on a Trumpeter Swan release in Osceola County that will take place at Rush Lake, two miles east of the great city of Ocheyedan, Iowa. This release will include four swans consisting of two mated pairs. These swans find a way to bond to the release site, and if they are lucky, to return year after year. These releases have been ongoing over the years and are similar to the ones done in Minnesota.
WINDOM -- Advancing at least 10 girls and 15 boys, the Worthington Trojans enjoyed a banner all-around day at Thursday's Sub-Section 9 high school track & field meet, sweeping both team championships in the process. The Trojans won five individual gold medals and claimed one relay victory, while racking up 165 points to win the girls' team title by 47 points. Windom (paced by double winner Christy Nepp) and Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin (sparked by Kaitlin Feil's 26 individual points) tied for team runner-up honors with 118 points each. The combination of Springfield, Cedar Mountain and Co
WINDOM -- Junior outfielder Abby Halter stroked a pair of run-scoring doubles and teammate Audra Schmidt twirled a three-hit shutout, as second-seeded Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove won its Section 3A quarterfinal girls' fast-pitch softball game Tuesday, defeating seventh-seeded Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, 8-0. The winning Falcons plated six runs in an explosive third inning and made defensive plays behind Schmidt all game long, keeping the Panthers off the bases -- and off the scoreboard. "This was a good game for us," Schmidt said after the contest.
STILLWATER -- Once again utilizing exceptional balance, the Luverne girls won the state True Team track and field championship Saturday, outscoring eight of the best Minnesota Class A teams -- finishing 30 points ahead of runner-up Blue Earth Area. "We had great efforts and solid performances from all the girls," declared LHS head coach Craig Nelson.
WORTHINGTON -- The phone has been ringing off the wall this week with many concerned property owners and fisherman asking if I knew any thing about all the crappies dying in Lake Okabena and Sunset Bay. These dead fish started to show up in substantial numbers a few days ago and were washing up on shore. I received a call from the area fisheries biologist who was on his way to Worthington to collect a few samples of the dead fish. I went along to check this out. We did indeed find a substantial number of dead and dying crappies.
REDWOOD FALLS -- With nine first-place performances Thursday afternoon, the Worthington Trojans boys' track and field team captured the team title at the Southwest Conference meet. "Both our boys team and our girls team performed very well today," Worthington co-head coach Mike Traphagen said after the meet. "Our boys came in as the favorites and stepped up to the challenge, while our girls gave Luverne a good run." Worthington, which also won the Southwest Conference meet championship in 2006, scored 185.5 points to take home the first-place trophy.
SLAYTON -- Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin's girls' track and field team continued its mid-season surge and the Murray County Central boys utilized its depth Thursday, as the Wolverines and the Rebels won Red Rock Conference team championships. Fulda claimed team runner-up honors in each division. ML/B-O won the girls' team title in convincing fashion, racking up 134 points. Fulda edged Southwest Christian, 102½ to 96 for second, while MCC (90½) just nipped Southwestern United (88) for fourth. Adrian (78), Westbrook-Walnut Grove (61) and the combination of Hills-Beaver Creek/Edgerton/Ellswo
WORTHINGTON -- Paige Olson's two-out RBI-single in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday afternoon scored Christy VanDyke from third base to give the Luverne Cardinals a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Worthington Trojans in the second game of a Southwest Conference softball doubleheader. Worthington (3-9, 6-12) claimed a 5-3 victory in the opener before Luverne (4-8, 6-9) came from behind to earn the split. "We're playing our best ball of the season right now," Worthington head coach Sam Baumgartner said after the second game.
SLAYTON -- In the spring when Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater was seeking the Republican Party's nomination to challenge incumbent Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson in the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election, Worthington freshman Jerry Fiola was being honored as the Spartan Junior High Honor Student of the Year. In that same spring when former Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (South Dakota) and Kansas University distance runner Billy Mills -- then training with the United States Marines -- was gearing up to complete his "dream" of making the U.S.
WINDOM -- The host Windom Eagles and the Westbrook-Walnut Grove/Red Rock Central Chargers won the team titles of the Eagle Invitational track and field meet Monday. Winning five events, Windom racked up 152 points to win the girls' division by an 18-point margin over Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin. W-WG/RRC won nine events and scored 189 points to easily win the boys' team championship, while ML/B-O was a solid second with 126 points. Southwestern United (85) edged W-WG/RRC (83) for third place in the girls' division of the six-team meet, while Martin County West (50) and Wabasso (46) compl