Zach is the Daily Globe sports reporter. He has previously been a sports editor at both the Waseca County News in Waseca, Minn., and The Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Kansas. He is originally from New Richland, Minn., and now lives in Worthington with his dog; a beagle-corgi mix named Homer. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, pontooning on St. Olaf Lake and watching professional and collegiate sports.
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WORTHINGTON — The Worthington boys golf team set a goal of breaking 160 strokes as a team Tuesday in its home triangular. It pretty much obliterated that total.
ROCHESTER — Minnesota West ran into a juggernaut Tuesday when it faced off with Rochester Technical and Community College, the seventh-ranked team in the nation. Still, the Lady Jays gave their hosts a battle. In the first game, the Yellowjackets clung to a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth when they plated three runs. Four more in the sixth led to an 8-0 loss for West. The RCTC bats continued to roll in the nightcap when it finished off a sweep with an 18-4 victory.
WORTHINGTON — A steady rain and increasingly soggy course couldn’t keep Worthington and Luverne from squaring off in a Big South Conference dual Monday afternoon. Both teams came away with a victory. Tyler Van Hove earned medalist honors to help lead the Trojan boys to a 164-184 victory. The Cardinals were able to nip their hosts by three strokes, 195-198, on the girls’ side. “It got really wet, to the point it was a struggle to just hang onto the club,” WHS boys coach John Koller said. “It just comes down to mental toughness.”
REDWOOD FALLS — Worthington started out hot, fell behind, but regained steam Monday in a Big South Conference contest against Redwood Valley. The Trojans scored five in the first inning, only to see the Cardinals holding a 13-8 lead going into the sixth. They responded by scoring four in the sixth and one more in the seventh to send the game to extra innings. It was there, however, the home team was able to plate one more to hand Worthington a tough, 14-13 loss.
MOUNTAIN LAKE — Darrius Johnson, Chris Gumto and Nate Monson combined to throw a perfect game for Jackson County Central Monday. Not that the Huskies needed it. The offense was also firing on all cylinders as JCC took a 25-0 nonconference win over Mountain Lake Area. The visitors smashed 10 hits and scored 12 runs in the top of the first inning. Ten of those hits were singles as 16 total batters stepped into the box. Ryan Christopher and Keegan Klontz had the extra-base hits with a triple and a double, respectively.
MONTEVIDEO — Luverne kept its perfect start to the 2016 season intact Saturday with a pair of Section 3A wins against Montevideo and Yellow Medicine East. The Cardinals opened with a tight, 4-3 victory over Montevideo before a short bus ride to Granite Falls, where they defeated their hosts 7-0. In the opener against Montevideo — a rematch of last season’s section championship — the team score was knotted at 3-3 with just one contest yet to be decided. That was between a pair of seniors in Luverne’s Jacob Jarchow and Taylor Landmark of the Thunder Hawks at second singles.
MARSHALL — Worthington had some tough competition Saturday in its first 18-hole tournament of the season at Marshall Golf Club. The Trojan girls took fourth place out of seven teams with a team total of 417 while the boys ended their day in sixth of eight with a 338. The hosting Tigers came in with a 353 — carding five scores below the century mark — to win the girls’ team title. Mankato East shot a 303 for first place on the boys’ side.
PIPESTONE — A doubleheader sweep of St. James Area improved Pipestone Area to 5-0 so far in 2016. In both games, the Arrows received masterful pitching performances. First, it was Austin Moeller shutting down the Saints in a 6-1 victory. After that, Michael Friese took the hill and was equally as dominant in a 3-1 win. Moeller allowed just one run on four hits and struck out 11 in the opener. His offense didn’t waste any time giving him a cushion, either.