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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MONTEVIDEO — A week after its season was set to begin, Worthington was shut out Tuesday in its season opener at Montevideo. The Thunder Hawks were perfect on the singles side, winning each of the four matches in straight sets. The Trojans put up a hard fight in doubles competition, but was unable to come away with a win as Montevideo claimed a 7-0 nonconference victory. “We got an eye-opener tonight,” Worthington coach Mike Marquardt said. “Obviously losing seven players that’s going to happen.”
WORTHINGTON — Cliches often become what they are because they’re true. Tuesday, Minnesota West found itself on the wrong end of two of the most used phrases in sports. That led MCAC Southern Division losses of 9-6 and 19-10 to Ridgewater. “In the first game, we hit the ball hard but we hit it right at them,” Lady Jays coach Jeff Linder said. “In the second game it was another old cliche: They hit it where we weren’t.”
ADRIAN — Ryan Elias and Sarah Madsen earned medalist honors Monday, helping the Adrian boys and Heron Lake-Okabena girls to wins at a Red Rock Conference triangular. The Dragon boys tallied a 197 to earn the team title with Southwest Minnesota Christian/Edgerton and HL-O notching a 232 and 243, respectively. Madsen led the Wildcats to a 210 on the girls’ side. That score bested Adrian’s 219 and the Flying Dutchmen’s 256..
HERON LAKE — If Monday’s season opener was any indication, Jackson County Central’s pitching might be a force this spring. Darrius Johnson, Keegan Klontz and Chris Gumto nearly teamed up for a perfect game against Heron Lake-Okabena. As it stood, they held the Wildcats hitless in a 10-0 victory for the Huskies. “That’s not bad, to start the season with a no-hitter,” JCC coach Mike Wierson said.
SANBORN — It’s fair to say Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove’s line score was a bit strange Monday. The Falcons thumped Redwood Valley 18-5 in a nonconference battle. What made this game particularly distinct, however, was the fact they scored all of those runs on just three hits. The home team led 9-5 going into the bottom of the fourth. That is when it plated nine runs to put the game away early.
AVON — The plan going into Sunday’s doubleheader against Mesabi Range was to get Zach Devon some time in his closer role in preparation for division play. Minnesota West led the Norsemen 3-0 heading into the seventh, and Devon came in to close it out. What made this unique, however, was that starter Ricky Garcia had a no-hitter going.
WABASSO — Murray County Central finished the afternoon with a pair of wins and just one loss Saturday at the Lady Rabbits Invitational. The Rebels took wins of 16-12 and 7-2 over Wabasso and DeLaSalle, respectively. Their only loss came at the hands of Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian in an 11-0 final. That was the lone victory of the day for the Flying Dutchmen, who lost 8-6 against Wabasso and 4-2 to eventual champion Benilde-St. Margaret’s.
MANKATO — The Worthington girls track and field team came away with a trio of gold medals Tuesday at the Mankato West Indoor. Anna Kill was victorious in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.48 seconds with Meredith Moore taking the title in the 1,600-meter run at 5:53.13. Emma Thuringer added a title when she crossed the finish line at 1:07.38 in the 400-meter dash. The Trojans did particularly well in the hurdles.
LUVERNE — A battle of the birds turned out to be not much of a contest at all. Luverne — despite a bit of a makeshift lineup due to absences — quickly dispatched of Vermillion (S.D.), 7-0, Tuesday in its season opener. “We were in control from the opening serve,” Cards head coach Greg Antoine said. “Everybody stepped up and played really well.” Erik Wohnoutka (No. 1 singles) and Isaac Gillette (No. 3 singles) won shutouts, winning 6-0, 6-0. Mark Robinson claimed a 6-1, 6-1 triumph at second singles with Layne Curtis winning by forfeit at No. 4.
ADRIAN — Worthington took advantage of the extra outs Adrian gave it. The Trojans scored four unearned runs in the top of the third inning on their way to an 8-4 nonconference victory to open the season. Tyler Linder and Logan Huisman both reached on errors to open the inning before Shawn Hurley cracked a two-run single to give Worthington its first two runs of the season. He later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Nathan Braaksma. Tucker Sorerson walked and eventually made it 4-0 on a basehit by Easton Sauerbrei.