Daily Globe Sports
JACKSON -- Kirby Johnson and Ryan Rasche combined to throw a four-hit shutout Wednesday night, as the First Nite League champion Jackson Bulls opened up their best-of-five Region 13C playoff series with a 3-0 victory over the Luverne Redbirds. A draftee from Windom, Johnson (four hits, four walks, three strikeouts) went 7 2/3 innings and out dueled Luverne's Jared Pick. The Redbirds' ace left-hander also hurled 7 2/3 innings, striking out 15 Bulls and allowing just five walks, three hits and one run. "Pick is one of the premier pitchers in our region," Bulls manager Scott Bahr said.
WORTHINGTON -- Adrian's Chris Reisdorfer pulled away from Jackson's Matt Kocak to win the 83-finisher 5-K event at the 26th annual Worthington YMCA Fun Run at Olson Park Wednesday evening. Reisdorfer, who will be a junior at Adrian this fall, clocked a winning time of 18:55 for the 3.1 mile distance. Kocak, who will be a sophomore at Jackson County Central, finished the course in 19:03. Both Reisdorfer and Kocak are gearing up for their upcoming cross country seasons. "It was hot and humid," said Reisdorfer after the race.
JACKSON -- Scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Jackson Bulls defeated the Heron Lake Lakers, 8-2, Friday night, earning the right to challenge Fox Lake Sunday for the First Nite League championship. Riding the steady pitching of lefty Ryan Rasche, the Bulls turned a couple of key defensive plays and kept the Lakers off the scoreboard most of the game. Heron Lake, which pulled a pair of upsets to get to this game, finishes its season with a 6-15 record.
LUVERNE -- Featuring a 20-player roster, filled with good athletes that display versatile baseball skills, the Luverne VFW team enters today's four-team, double-elimination, District 3 Tournament with a solid all-around ball club. Having won the championship of the South Sub-District last weekend, Luverne opens district competition against Olivia, the runner-up of the North Sub-District. The game is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start at Pipestone. The tournament begins at 11:00 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Last weekend I spent some time with family and friends at the state park on the shores of Lake Shetek. I stayed at the wolf campground and was really impressed with the facilities and the set up in general. I took my three musketeers and the other house dog Tina along, as pets are allowed as long as they stay on a leash. I was not the only one who thought that bringing fido along would be fun.
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 -- 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.
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