Luverne Legion in state tournament

LUVERNE -- The Luverne American Legion baseball team will open state tournament competition on Friday, but it’ll be quite a road trip.

The squad, coached by Skyler Wenninger, will play its first game Friday against Caledonia in Ely.

Luverne’s first state Legion baseball appearance in five years was made possible Saturday with a 9-2 win over Springfield. Derek Lundgren pitched four innings and earned the victory. Declan Beers drove in four runs and Cade Wenninger drove in two. Jake Haugen had a two-run single.

Luverne is 15-5 on the season.

Coach Wenninger said Monday that he’s optimistic about the team’s chances at state. Good senior leadership and solid pitching are hallmarks of the team, which is also capable in the hitting and defense departments.

Erickson moves up at Nobles County Speedway

WORTHINGTON -- Duke Erickson of Sioux Falls, S.D., won the Big Orv’s Modified feature race Saturday at Nobles County Speedway. Erickson held off Andrew Ahlers of Baltic, S.D., to win the race for his first Modified victory, which gave him a 9-point lead over Jason Fisher in the standings.

Darrin Korthals of Rock Rapids, Iowa, won the Worthington Glass USRA Stock Car feature. Luke Sathoff, who was second, shares the standings lead with Korthals with 386 points each.

Kole Nordquist of Beresford, S.D., was a winner in the Altenburg Construction and Slat Replacement Professionals USRA B-Modified feature. Former track champion Dan Strandberg won the DeRuyter Pallets USRA Hobby Stock A-Main, and his son Jaeden captured the Sybesma Graphics Sportsman feature.

Scott Espey won the Afterhour Graphics, Tees & More USRA Tuners feature.

More action at the Speedway is on tap Saturday.

Macy Winter to play volleyball for Navy

LAKEVILLE -- Macy Winter, daughter of Trevor and Heidi Winter of Lakeville, and granddaughter of Keith and Connie Winter of Slayton, will play volleyball for Navy this fall.

Winter, a Lakeville North High School graduate, will also undergo six weeks of basic midshipman training as part of Plebe Summer. She is one of 1,200 candidates selected from more than 16,000 applications for the Class of 2022.

Heidi’s father, Trevor Winter, graduated from Slayton High School in 1992 and is considered by many to be one of the top basketball players southwest Minnesota has produced. The 7-foot center went on to play at the University of Minnesota and for the Fargo-Moorhead Beez in the International Basketball Association. He had a one-game career, in 1999, in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves.