Daily Globe Sports
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.
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 -- 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.
WORTHINGTON -- For the third year in a row, and the fourth time in the past six years, the tiny town of Ellsworth has played in a boys' state basketball tournament championship game. That is an amazing achievement. After a runner-up finish in 2003 (to Mankato Loyola), the Panthers returned to the Class A state title game in 2006 and lost a close decision to perennial powerhouse Rushford-Peterson, giving Ellsworth its second second-place state trophy. But in 2007, the Panthers won three games at the state tournament and claimed the state championship in dramatic fashion with a one-point (74-
WORTHINGTON -- Nature is full of things that challenge your imagination. I will never know how an eagle can see as well as the Hubble Space Telescope or how a robin can feel a worm moving underneath its feet. Computer games and electronic gadgets will never cause the same wonder nor will they ever make you appreciate the smell of the fresh air after a rain. One of many interesting experiences that you can only get by participating in the outdoors is the unusual sightings of animals and different creatures that have been born as albino.
OKABENA -- Brand new sweatshirts with pictures of the four Beatles had just arrived at Cooper Sporting Goods in Worthington and were selling for $2.95. NBA star Bob Pettit, 32, was announcing his upcoming retirement after a stellar 11-year career with the St.
WORTHINGTON -- For ever year older I get my patience for winter continues to fade. I was really looking forward to the day my Harley Davidson motorcycle could come out of hiding and start one of my favorite spring rituals that include various trips around the area checking out the spring wildlife. As I look out the window of my office today, all I see is a minimum two-week delay in my plans. This time of year offers residents of southwest Minnesota the opportunity to see wildlife that is only here for a short time each spring.
WORTHINGTON -- I would have a hard time trying to come up with the number of topics that have been covered in this column. The topics have ranged from four wheeling in the Black hills to shark fishing in the Florida Keys. The outdoors is my passion, and I hope that my health will allow me to enjoy those opportunities right up until the day I die.
WINDOM -- Switching at halftime from man-to-man defense to an aggressive, trapping 1-2-2 zone, the Pipestone Arrows rallied throughout the game's last 18 minutes and claimed a thrilling 51-49 victory over Martin County West Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Section 3AA South Sub-section boys' basketball tournament. With the victory, the Arrows (13-11) advance to Saturday's championship game against the Fairmont Cardinals, who defeated top-seeded Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in the second semifinal, 60-46. MCW, the second-seeded team in the South, ends a fine season with an 18-8 mark.
MANKATO -- After seeing their 18-point first-half lead vanish and losing the lead for the first time all game thanks to a gallant comeback effort by the fifth-seeded Worthington Trojans Tuesday night, the fourth-seeded and host Mankato East Cougars answered with a few more big plays down the stretch to earn a thrilling 67-60 victory over the visitors in the quarterfinal round of the Section 2AAA boys' basketball tournament. East improves its record to 13-14 and will face cross-town rival Mankato West (60-32 victory over St. Peter) in Thursday's semifinal round at 6 p.m. in St.