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WORTHINGTON -- This time of year has outdoor enthusiasts itching for something to do. The early Canada goose season starts in a few weeks as does the very controversial dove season. That doesn't solve the 'what can I do now' dilemma. I have been shooting sporting clays all summer, but that is not hunting, so I decided to try my hand at an outdoor pursuit that I had never participated in before; I went prairie dog hunting. Now, there are no prairie dogs in this part of the world, so it meant taking a little drive out to central South Dakota. I jumped in a big passenger van with Marlin Boot
WELCOME -- In just their second year of existence, the Fox Lake Foxes will make an appearance in the Class C state amateur baseball tournament. Fox Lake is the runner-up out of Region 13, and will play St. Francis, the champion of Region 1, Sunday night at 5 p.m. in Norwood. Fox Lake advanced to the state tournament after defeating Wilmont in four games in the best-of-five, region playoff series. Luverne defeated Fox Lake in the Region 13C title game, 7-4. A pair Windom Pirates -- brothers Kody and Kirby Johnson -- are two of the draftees for Fox Lake.
LUVERNE -- After rallying back from a 2-0 series deficit against the Jackson Bulls with three straight victories in the Region 13C playoffs, the Luverne Redbirds are a confident bunch as they prepare for the Class C state amateur baseball tournament. Luverne, champion of Region 13, opens the tournament with a first-round game against Princeton Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. in Norwood. Princeton is the runner-up out of Region 1. The Redbirds claimed the top seed out of the region with a 7-4 victory over Fox Lake, which plays Region 1 champion St.
WORTHINGTON -- I was driving home from Sioux Falls, S.D. in 1989 and was the lucky recipient of some attention from a well-dressed highway patrolman. He thought that I was driving a little fast and rewarded me with a ticket to remind me of this fact. I was in fact speeding 15 mph over the limit. I couldn't even make up a good excuse. My dad pretended to be asleep, but the smirk on his face gave it away that he found humor in my situation. I can't remember how much the fine was, but I paid it and learned a lesson for this price of admission.
LUVERNE -- Striking early with four first-inning runs and later plating a trio of runs in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie Saturday night, the Luverne Redbirds defeated Fox Lake, 7-4, in the Region 13C championship game at Redbird Field. Both teams play at the state tournament in Norwood next Sunday night. Fox Lake plays the Region 1 champion at 5 p.m., while Luverne plays the Region 1 runner-up at 7:30 p.m. The teams also receive an additional draft pick for the state tournament.
WORTHINGTON -- As an outdoors columnist for the Daily Globe, I have the opportunity each week to write about a subject matter that I hope is of interest to you -- and in the process -- make you a little better informed reader in matters regarding our precious natural resources and outdoor issues. Not a week goes by that someone doesn't comment on one item or another that appeared in a previous week's column. Many folks have additional questions or can relate to my writing in one way or another.
JACKSON -- Riding the veteran arm of Kent Woelber and the hot bat of Jeff Sehr Thursday night, the Luverne Redbirds captured a 5-2 victory in Game 5 of their Region 13C playoff series with the Jackson Bulls to advance to the state amateur baseball tournament. The victory completes Luverne's series comeback, as Jackson led 2-0 after the first two games of the best-of-five series. Luverne hosts Fox Lake at 7:30 p.m.
ADRIAN -- Last weekend in Springfield, Adrian's American Legion baseball team defeated Blue Earth, 7-6, in an eight-inning thriller to claim the Second District championship, sending Post 32 to this weekend's state tournament in Ely. Twice in the 1970s, Adrian experienced legion baseball playoff success, advancing to the district tournament in both 1976 and 1979. "We were young in '76," recalled Jim Lutmer, who was a key player on both of those squads.
LUVERNE -- Jared Pick and Kirby Johnson locked up in another pitchers' duel Tuesday night, but this time, Pick and his Luverne Redbird teammates prevailed after scratching out two runs in the bottom of the ninth to earn a 3-2 victory in Game 4 of their Region 13C playoff series with the Jackson Bulls. The best-of-five series is now tied at two games apiece, and Game 5 will be played at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Jackson The winner of that game will advance to the state tournament. Pick and Johnson each hurled strong games in Game 1 of the series -- a 3-0 Jackson victory.
JACKSON -- In a high-scoring game, with a football-like final tally, the Luverne Redbirds prevailed Sunday afternoon at Wacker Field, 17-10, forcing a fourth game in the best-of-five Region 13C playoff series with the Jackson Bulls. Jackson (17-13) still leads the series, 2-1 and can clinch a state tournament trip with a victory in game 4 -- which will be played at 7:30 p.m.