News and observations from the sporting world:
Fey headed to Northwestern
Kade Fey, a senior at Edgerton Southwest Minnesota Christian High School, has signed to play basketball next season at Northwestern College of Orange City, Iowa.
Fey, a 6-6 forward, helped the Eagles to the Section 3A championship in March. He averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists as his team produced a 29-0 record (the Minnesota state tournament was canceled due to COVID-19).
“Kade is a long, athletic player who can shoot the ball,” said Northwestern head coach Kris Korver. “Kade loves to work on his game and be in the gym. He has been coached well and has the ability to elevate the play of his teammates. As he gets stronger and adjusts to the rigors of the college game, Kade will find ways to impact the game. He is a quality young man and we look forward to coaching him over the next four years.”
Fey was named to the All-Red Rock Conference team in both his junior and senior campaigns and is a member of the honor roll. He is the son of Ross and Nicole.
Best sports nicknames
While spring high school sports takes a holiday, the Minnesota State High School League website is featuring an entertaining “tournament” this week featuring the state’s most interesting prep team nicknames. It’s asking people to vote for their favorite teams in a series of matchups, which will eventually wind down to a single champion.
Voting has concluded in the 16-team Pretzel & Cheese Region where the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen defeated the Cleveland Clippers 83.4 percent to 16.6 percent. Other first-round winners were the Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms, the Fosston/Duluth East/New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds, The Elk River Elks, the Triton Cobras, East Grand Forks Green Wave, the St. Paul Johnson Governors and the Lanesboro Burros.
In the ThankARef Region, the Moorhead Spuds, Tri-County Northern Freeze and Aitkin Gobblers captured early victories.
Life’s good as a Gillis
Earlier this week, The Globe did a “Where Are They Now” story about former Storden-Jeffers high school coach Gary Gillis, who is now retired and living in Albertville. Gillis, a world-class talker, gave the newspaper much more copy than it had room for.
One of his many good stories was his recollection of Robert Weber, once one of southwest Minnesota’s top left-handed baseball pitchers, who bolstered Gillis’ pitching staff before graduating in 1983. Gillis said that Weber and his wife Ann (Robert is now a pitching coach at Burnsville High School) have taken Gary and his wife Jennifer to see a Minnesota Twins game every year since the Gillises moved from the S-J area to Albertville (except for one year when Gary had a health issue to take care of).
One of the best things about coaching high school sports, many retired coaches agree, is the special relationships developed with players that last a lifetime.
Remember Worthington State?
Here’s an interesting aside. We all know that the two-year college in Worthington is officially called Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Before that, it was Worthington Community College, and before that it was Worthington Junior College.
More than 40 years ago it was called Worthington State Junior College. In a 1971 Daily Globe story about the college’s state MJCAA men’s basketball triumph, sports editor Bill Brower referred to the school as “Worthington State.”
Worthington State. It has a powerful ring to it. Makes it sound really important. Perhaps we should lobby the Minnesota legislature to change the name again to Worthington State. Just. Simply. Worthington State.
Anderson moves on from PA
Pipestone Area activities director and head football coach Clay Anderson is set to leave the Arrows. He has accepted similar positions at Kimball High School.
Anderson led the Arrows football team to three Section 3AA championships. His teams made Prep Bowl appearances in 2016 and 2017.
Trojans open football season at home
The Worthington Trojans varsity football team will open the season with two home games at newly refurbished Trojan Field in 2020.
On Sept. 4, Luverne is scheduled to come to town, and on Sept. 11 the Trojans will entertain another Cardinals team, Redwood Valley.
The next two games are on the road, at Sibley East on Sept. 18 and New Ulm on Sept. 25. Worthington hosts Waseca on Oct. 2, travels to play Marshall on Oct. 9, travels to Jordan on Oct. 14 and finishes the regular season at home against St. Peter on Oct. 20, which is a Tuesday.
The playoff season begins the following week.