Daily Globe Sports
LARCHWOOD, Iowa -- Both the Murray County Central/Fulda girls and the host Hills-Beaver Creek/Ellsworth/Edgerton boys rode the strength of an individual champion -- along with exceptional squad balance -- to claim team titles Monday at the Patriot Invitational Cross Country Meet at the Larchwood Golf Course. MCC/F's Laura Christensen, Minnesota's eighth-ranked Class A girls' runner, outdueled Pipestone Area's Ann Marie Dykstra in a contested battle for the gold medal, winning by two seconds.
FALCON HEIGHTS -- Competing in a huge field of 419 runners in the Maroon Division of the mammoth Roy Griak Cross Country Invitational at the University of Minnesota Golf Course Saturday, Ryan Tholen of Tracy-Milroy-Balaton moved up progressively through the 5,000 meter race, finishing an impressive second with a time of 17:06. Tholen's performance highlighted local runners in the large meet, which featured six college races and four high school races. The Adrian girls were the only area team that competed in the higher-level Gold Division high school race, while several area schools ran in t
WESTBROOK -- Limiting Southwestern United to 105 total yards of offense and taking advantage of four Wildcat turnovers Friday night, the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers remained undefeated with a 30-8 victory in a key Southwest Ridge Conference football game. W-WG (5-0) scored the first 30 points of the contest, as the Chargers were sharp in all phases of the game. Derek Eichner (six carries for 40 yards, 7-of-12 passing for 75 yards) scored the game's first touchdown on a 49-yard run in the first quarter to put the Chargers up 6-0. Josh Merrick (11 rushes for 51 yards, two receptions for 1
FULDA -- Playing under a full harvest moon Friday night on Fulda's Homecoming, Murray County Central won most of the battles at the line-of-scrimmage and claimed a 30-0 Little Sioux Conference high school football victory over the host Raiders. In improving to 3-2 on the season, MCC capitalized on a trio of pass interceptions -- two of them in the first half, that both led to Rebel touchdowns -- and rushed for a total of 294 yards on 52 carries. "Our line did a nice job on both sides of the ball," praised MCC head coach Chris Davis.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Great team balance by both the Windom/Southwestern United girls and the Jackson County Central boys produced team titles Thursday for the two promising young squads at the seven-team Redwood Valley Invitational Cross Country Meet. W/SWU put all five of its scoring runners among the top 11 and edged perennial powerhouse Marshall by one point, 36-37. Host Redwood Valley was a distant third with 63 points, while JCC (98) and Minnesota Valley Lutheran (129) also had complete teams scores. The combinations of Sleepy St.
OKABENA -- Kelsey Van Dyke and Brianna Spronk came up with big plays at the net Thursday night, leading the Southwest Christian volleyball team past Southwest Star Concept in a five-game thriller featuring two Red Rock Conference titans, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22, 18-25, 15-12. Both teams were undefeated in league action entering the match, and SWC (6-0, 11-4) remains tied with Murray County Central for the top spot in the standings.
WORTHINGTON -- Tomorrow is the waterfowl opener in Minnesota. This tradition is one I used to participate in with a passion. My duck-hunting interests have declined over the years as the duck hunting in farm country has also declined. I visited with the area wildlife manager a few days ago and was informed that if you want to see ducks you should probably consider Murray County.
SLAYTON -- Paced by the first-place finish of junior Laura Christensen, the host Murray County Central/Fulda girls breezed to an easy victory Tuesday in the seven-team MCC Rebel Invitational Cross Country Meet at the Slayton Country Club. Christensen, the state's eighth-ranked Class A runner, pulled away from the 32-runner varsity field, winning with a time of 16:06 over the 4,000 meter course, which features several challenging hills. Rebel teammates Lexy Gleis (17:13), Erica Drealan (17:22), Cassie Gleis (18:12) and Laura York (18:34) finished in places six, seven, 10 and 14, respectively,
MILACA -- Adrian High School is the two-time defending state champion in Class A girls' cross country. Saturday, the Dragon girls gave strong indication that a three-peat in early November is a strong possibility, as Adrian impressively repeated as team champions of the huge Milaca Mega-Meet, run this year at the Milaca Golf Course. In a field of 56 participating teams and 264 finishing runners, Adrian put all seven of its runners among the top 98. Each of the five Dragon scoring runners finished among the first 39 finishers in the field of 227 runners from the 37 complete teams. Adrian's b
WESTBROOK -- Rushing the ball 50 times for 272 yards and applying heavy defensive pressure Friday night, the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers maintained a one-game lead in the Southwest Ridge Conference football standings with a 40-27 victory over the Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Cougars. Austin Quade (19 carries for 136 yards) and Josh Merrick (21 carries for 117 yards) did the bulk of the rushing for W-WG, while Derek Eichner completed 10-of-13 passes for 150 yards. Joe Doubler (14 tackles and four sacks) and Justin Knakmuhs (11 tackles, three sacks, a forced safety and a fumble recovery) were tw