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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MANKATO — First-year Luverne head coach Kullen Schroht lauded his team for its balanced play Monday. The Cardinals, who are accustomed to getting big scoring out-puts from first line standouts like Jaxon Nelson and Chaz Smedsrud, got everyone involved Monday. The result was a 9-0 nonconference win over a solid Mankato East squad. “It was nice to see the second line get going tonight,” Schroht said. “During the last few games they’ve had chances but just couldn’t stuff it in. Tonight we just kept things simple and they got the job done.”
LUVERNE — Don’t look now, but Windom Area is on a roll. The Eagles took their fifth straight victory Monday night with a 72-45 Big South Conference triumph over rival Luverne. After a 4-3 start, Windom Area has won eight of its last nine dating back to Dec. 21. As the case has been for most of the season, the Eagles’ success hinges on its ability to shoot from outside. Monday, they were on fire.
WORTHINGTON — The inability to stay out of the penalty box during the second period was once again the downfall of Worthington on Saturday. In a battle of winless teams, a pair of high-sticking penalties during the ill-fated frame provided Winona the spark it needed to pick up its first win of the season, 5-1 over Worthington.
JACKSON — In a loaded, seven-team field at Saturday’s Sweetheart Invitational, Worthington came away with second place. The only team to beat the Trojans — Class AA No. 1-ranked Owatonna. “We were super excited,” WHS head coach Joni Reitmeier said. “The girls performed extremely well. We had to juggle our lineup around a little bit because we were dealing with an injury to Maria Contreras, but the other girls stepped up. It was a total team effort.”
ZUMBROTA — Worthington took on some top-tier competition and came away with two wins in three tries Saturday at the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Dual Tournament. The Trojans earned a 35-26 win over Caledonia but dropped a tough 34-25 decision against Class AA’s third-ranked team, Albert Lea. The match of the day for Worthington, however, was against Owatonna, a perennial powerhouse that is currently ranked eighth in Class AAA.
ST. CLOUD — A rough first half was more than Minnesota West could overcome Saturday against St. Cloud Tech. The Bluejays made only 32 percent from the field and 7-of-12 free throws during the opening 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the Cyclones were 18-for-35 from the floor (51.4 percent) and knocked down 75 percent of their shots from the charity stripes. Turnovers were also an issue with West committing 10 more miscues than its host. Those resulted in 27 of the Cyclones’ points.
TRACY — Wrestling fans at the Plum Creek Team Tournament were treated to a potential preview of the Section 3A title match Saturday when Class A’s sixth-ranked team, Adrian, matched up against No. 1 Minneota. The match lived up to its billing and then some.
WASECA — The Luverne hockey teams came away with a pair of victories Saturday after a long road trip to take on Big South Conference foe Waseca. Three Cardinals tallied four points as the boys dominated the Bluejays in a 9-0 victory, getting them back on track after a shocking defeat at the hands of Redwood Valley on Thursday. The Cardinal girls did all of their damage in the second period when they won a 3-1 contest during which the goalies combined for 107 saves. Boys