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WINDOM -- First cousins Mitch and Tyler Leopold stroked the big hits and after a shaky first inning, Heron Lake's Matt Franks pitched a gem, shutting out Windom over the next seven. Getting a total of 11 hits and a clutch relief performance from Jerry Haberman, the Heron Lakers defeated the Windom Pirates, 6-2 at Island Park, eliminating the top-seeded Pirates (11-8) from the First Nite League playoffs. Heron Lake (6-14) stays alive in the double elimination tournament and will face the Jackson Bulls at Jackson Friday evening.
HERON LAKE -- Fresh off four victories in the Southwestern Sub-District VFW baseball tournament, Heron Lake-Okabena -- sponsored by Lakefield Post 4743 -- will play this evening at Dassel in the eight-team District Two Tournament. HL-O will tangle with Chaska, the champions of the Southeastern Sub-District, at 6:30 p.m. "We've had a real good year," said HL-O manager Kevin McBreen. "We are older and more experienced this year, and we believed that we could compete with the better teams." The squad has played often, a total of 31 games, and has competed well.
WINDOM -- In February, while "Duke of Earl" by Gene Chandler was the nation's top rock and roll song, John Glenn became the first U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Three columns ago, the "Blast-from-the-Past" featured several area high school athletic accomplishments from the spring of 1977 and set the table for the following week's account of the '77 Worthington Trojan girls' golf team that played in Minnesota's inaugeral state meet in that sport. Two weeks ago, the tremendous success experienced by Southwestern Minnesota in the '06-07 school year was highlighted. A couple of points of emphasis -- and omission -- from that feature would include the fact that a total of 19 area teams had top eight state finishes and that for the second t
WORTHINGTON -- In reviewing what has been covered in this column in the past several months, boys' basketball -- 1967 style -- was a high priority and, more recently, spring sports highlights from 1977 were featured. Those topics "from the past" are what makes writing this column such a "blast." But this week, I am going to venture back just a short ways in time -- and recap the amazing 2006-07 school year, which was highlighted by six area state championships. It has become a well-established fact that success at the state level is something that has become more and more common for the rep
WORTHINGTON -- Having one dog can be challenging when you want to take a trip or go on some sort of get away. This problem gets proportionately bigger when you have four dogs, and finding someone who is willing to come over to the house and tend to them gets even harder. When it comes to the three musketeers and the non-hunting house dog Tina, it is just easier, and in most cases more fun, to take them along. This is of course if there is no flying involved. My main source of transportation used to be a Chevy Suburban.
WORTHINGTON -- Last week I wrote about the possible negative effects of lead fishing tackle on loons and other diving birds. I have always been interested in these unusual birds, so I decided to brush up on the subject. I learned many interesting facts about the Minnesota State bird. The common loon has always been a symbol of Minnesota. It graces the cover of countless magazines and literature that promote Minnesota. I learned that there are more loons in Minnesota than anywhere else, except Alaska. I would not have guessed that Alaska would have beaten us out for the title.
MARSHALL -- With a steady rainfall dropping on American Legion Field in the bottom of the seventh Saturday, Pipestone Area's Seth Garrett doubled to deep right field to score the game-tying and game-winning runs, capping a four-run rally that gave the Arrows a 6-5 victory over Lac qui Parle Valley in the winners' bracket finals of the Section 3AA baseball tournament. The victory moves the Arrows (19-5) into the section championship game Thursday at 5 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- It started out about 20 years ago when the wildlife biologists determined that there was a significant number of waterfowl dying every year from lead poisoning. This research was done in the field and the results were indisputable. Different waterfowl feed on the vegetation that grows on the bottoms of lakes and streams. If one of these feeding ducks accidentally swallowed a lead pellet or two it had a better than average chance of dying from this action.
WINDOM -- Southwestern United and Murray County Central each won an elimination game Tuesday night at Island Park, staying alive in the Section 3A baseball tournament. Third-seeded MCC defeated No. 5 Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin in the opener, 12-4. Fourth-seeded SWU held on for a 7-5 victory over No. 6 Springfield in the nightcap. MCC (13-8) and SWU (10-11) square off tonight in another elimination game at 7 p.m.