Daily Globe Sports
WORTHINGTON -- Another Red Rock Conference track and field season is set to begin. While every team has lost some key performers, there are many returning athletes who will look to help their squads succeed this spring.
LUVERNE -- Senior Ben Uphoff, who runs both hurdle races and ran a key leg on Luverne's school record-setting (3:27.23) 4 x 400 meter relay team, is the only returning member of the "Magnificent Seven" -- the group that claimed the Class A boys' state track and field championship last June at Hamline University in St.
PIPESTONE -- Over most of the past decade, the Pipestone Area Arrows have been a perennial powerhouse in girls' track and field. With nine girls returning with state meet experience, PA appears to be loaded again this year. "We are looking for our girls to be real competitive," says veteran head coach Todd Tinklenberg.
WORTHINGTON -- With 33 girls (grades 7-12) participating, including 14 experienced letterwinners, the Worthington High School girls' track and field team could be poised for another fine season this spring. "We have excellent experience returning," says Trojan co-head coach Mike Traphagen, who is again teaming with Ken Henkels to guide the program. "We could have a very good season if we can fill all of the events.
WORTHINGTON -- Last spring was a stellar season for the Worthington High School boys' track and field program. The Trojans, paced by the scoring abilities of nine seniors, won the Southwest Conference championship with exceptional depth and balance. Six of last year's top 15 scorers on back this spring, giving WHS co-head coaches Ken Henkels and Mike Traphagen reason for optimism in 2007. "We have some outstanding individuals who will score well in the open events," declared Traphagen about this year's prospects. "We need to work on putting together competitive relay teams.
LUVERNE -- A pair of teams that are somewhat surprise entrants in this week's State High School boys' basketball tournament tangle at 1 p.m. Thursday at Williams Arena, on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Playing in the second game of the quarterfinal round of the Class AA tourney, the Luverne Cardinals (20-7) square off against the Plainview-Elgin-Millville Bulldogs (18-12). In their first-year as a consolidated program, the Bulldogs have been on a roller coaster ride in the win-loss column most of the season.
MARSHALL -- As usual, Cody Schilling delivered clutch play after clutch play and long-range shooter Aaron Van Der Stoep drilled timely 3-pointers, but at game's end it was the shooting touch of Josh Nolte and Wayne Jansma that extended Ellsworth's lead and sent the Panthers back to the boys' state basketball tournament. In a rematch of last year's Section 3A championship game, Ellsworth repeated as gold medalists with a thrilling, 68-60, victory over Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Thursday at Southwest Minnesota State University.
MARSHALL -- Trailing by six points (14-8) with 11 minutes 14 seconds to play in the first half of the Section 3AA championship boys' basketball game at Southwest Minnesota State University Thursday night, the Luverne Cardinals went on an impressive 17-5 run over the next seven minutes, earning a lead they would not relinquish. That surge put the state tournament-bound Cardinals up by a 25-19 margin four minutes before intermission, LHS extended its lead to as much as 49-35 with 6:32 to play in the game, then held off a furious Benson rally and claimed a 60-50 victory over the Braves. It was
MARSHALL -- Displaying its whole basketball package -- passing, 3-point shooting, strong inside moves, helping team defense and rebounding -- the Ellsworth Panthers repeated as boys' basketball champions of Section 3A South Saturday, defeating Red Rock Conference rival Southwest Christian, 81-65. It was the school's fourth South title in six years. The top-seeded Panthers roared to an impressive 22-6 lead in the game's first six minutes, fought off a pair of strong rallies by the Eagles, and then tallied 14 unanswered points early in the second half, earning a 53-34 lead with 14:42 to play i