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WORTHINGTON -- As a dog owner of the Three Musketeers -- Decoy, Ace and Gunner (my three black labs) -- it makes me wonder what I would do if something happened to them as a result of my negligence. I never allow them to run at large in any situation, except while hunting, and in town they are almost always on a leash unless they are in my fenced backyard. There are exceptions, but they are very rare and I am always watching to insure their safety. When I see a dog running free I often wonder who the owner is and if they are out looking for the dog.
WORTHINGTON -- Drilling six 3-pointers on his way to 21 points Thursday night, Mike Vorwald also dished out eight assists to orchestrate the Worthington Trojans to a 76-56 victory over the Windom Eagles in the nightcap of a Southwest Conference doubleheader. "We certainly needed this win tonight," Trojans head coach Ron Vorwald said following the game. "The guys had redemption on their minds, as they were ready to play.
WORTHINGTON -- Holding Windom scoreless for more than 10 minutes in the first half Thursday night, the Worthington Trojans girls' basketball team built a 39-10 halftime lead and rolled to an 85-54 victory in the first game of a Southwest Conference doubleheader with the Eagles. "Our pressure defense was really working for us tonight," Trojans head coach Eric Lindner said following the game.
WORTHINGTON -- I was really hoping I would make it through the entire winter without having to use my snowblower. I guess my wish was not a realistic one. It now looks a lot like every other winter in Minnesota. The timing has really made this an easy winter for almost all of the creatures that call southwest Minnesota home. Pheasants and deer are all in great shape, and with only about 60 days of true winter left the winter of 2006-07 appears as though it will be another great year for wildlife survival.
WORTHINGTON -- Winning the final six matches of Friday night's dual meet with Itasca Community College, the Minnesota West wrestling team scored a 41-9 victory to head into today's Worthington Open with a lot of confidence. The victory also puts the Bluejays in sole possession of second place in the Minnesota Community College Conference with a 3-1 league record (6-5-1 overall). "This was a great win for our team tonight," Bluejays head coach Bob Purcell said following the dual.
It has always amazed me how people can remember what a winter was like three decades ago. People tell stories about this blizzard or that rain storm or the Wizard of Oz tornado back in '29. Now, my memory is as good as the next guy's is, but old weather events just don't stay with me very long. The winter of 2006-2007 just might be different. As of Thursday, Lake Okabena -- which is just out the front door of my office at Rall Financial Services -- is about one-third open water.
WORTHINGTON -- Christmas has come and gone, and the New Year has arrived. I can remember as a child after opening my presents at Christmas, I would put everything in a pile and then decide which gift I would play with first. We weren't what I considered wealthy growing up, but I still felt fortunate compared to many others. Many kids today can't count all of their gifts as there are just too many of them.
WORTHINGTON -- What a year it was for local high school athletics. The 2006 sports season was filled with highlights and special moments for area high school teams, coaches, players, fans and communities. As a part-time sports writer who was a high school athlete just two years ago, I enjoy following all the local teams compete throughout the entire sports year. I was able to cover many of the area teams over the course of the past year, and I definitely saw my share of outstanding games and incredible performances. Several area teams competed in state tournaments and events, with three Mi
LUVERNE -- Outscoring Southwest Star Concept 41-14 in the second half Friday night, the Luverne Cardinals boys' basketball team won the Luverne Cardinal Holiday Classic with a 59-39 victory over the Quasars. Trailing 25-18 at halftime, Luverne started the second half with a 16-0 surge over the first 5:22 to take a 34-25 advantage. That run was keyed by Weston Sawtelle (12 points, seven steals), Jake Clark and Andrew DeBoer, as the trio scored eight, five and three points, respectively, before the Quasars scored their first second-half points on Ben Scheevel's putback hoop with 12:09 left. L
LUVERNE -- Keyed by a deep 3-pointer from Mindy Nieuwboer with 4:26 left in the second half Friday night, the Luverne Cardinals girls' basketball team outscored Southwest Star Concept 12-2 down the stretch to claim the Luverne Cardinal Holiday Classic with a 58-51 victory over the Quasars. In a game in which no team led by more than six points until the final minute, it was the Cardinals who came up with more clutch plays to earn the victory. With SSC leading 49-46 after a nifty pass from Sydney Place (five assists, three steals) to Brooke DeWall (20 points, 12 rebounds) for a layup with 4:4