Daily Globe Sports
GARRETSON, S.D. -- Playing on the new artificial turf at Garretson, the Luverne Cardinals scored four rushing touchdowns and secured an undefeated Southwest Conference championship with a 26-12 victory over Redwood Valley. Luverne (6-0, 7-1) churned out 351 yards on the ground, including a 157-yard effort from Phil Paquette (on 15 carries).
SLAYTON -- Starting with a 20-yard touchdown reception by Tanner Loosbrock early in the third quarter Wednesday night, the Adrian Dragons scored 24 second-half points to close out the Little Sioux Conference football schedule with a 30-6 victory over Murray County Central. Adrian (6-2) finishes as the league runner-up and is the No. 2 seed in Section 3A. The Dragons host seventh-seeded Red Rock Central Tuesday at 7 p.m. MCC (3-5) is the No. 6 seed in the Section 3A tournament and will visit third-seeded Southwestern United Tuesday at 7 p.m.
OKABENA -- Fueled by a 10-0 surge early in Game 1 Tuesday night, the Southwest Star Concept volleyball team earned a dominating sweep over the Murray County Central Rebels, 25-9, 25-12, 25-15, to finish second in the Red Rock Conference standings. SSC (10-1, 18-7) finishes a game ahead of the Rebels (9-2, 17-9) in the league standings, while Southwest Christian (11-0, 20-7) won the conference crown. "We played a beautiful match tonight," SSC head coach Rick Haberman said.
LUVERNE -- Running on the soggy grounds of the athletic complex west of Cardinal Field Tuesday afternoon, the perennial powerhouse Marshall Tigers won a pair of close team races and repeated as Southwest Conference cross country champions. Both the girls' and boys' races were contested affairs between the three teams that were expected to contend in both divisions. But when the final scores were calculated, the Tigers had the winning tally both times. "We had a solid all-around performance today," MHS head coach Mike Jacobs said after the post-race awards ceremony.
SLAYTON -- On a cold, wet day -- when several area junior varsity football games were postponed or canceled -- the Red Rock Conference cross country meet was run as scheduled. As expected, the Adrian Dragons dominated the event, winning both team titles and claiming an impressive 14 of the 20 all-conference individual awards. The Dragons had the individual champion in the girls' 4,000 meter race and had a 1-2-3-4 finish in the longer boys' 5,000 meter run. "It was a great day for us," declared AHS head coach Doug Petersen.
WORTHINGTON -- While defending champion Adrian is a heavy favorite to repeat as team champions in both the girls' and boys' races at today's Red Rock Conference cross country meet, tomorrow's Southwest Conference Meet figures to be a closely-contested battle for team honors. The Red Rock Conference holds its meet at the Slayton Country Club this afternoon, with the junior high races starting at 4:30 p.m. With both quality runners that will contend for individual honors, as well as outstanding team depth, Adrian is expected to win both team titles.
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.