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Senior Legion team takes on Marshall

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The Worthington Senior American Legion baseball team will open postseason playoff competition on Tuesday as it contends with Marshall.

The 11 a.m. game will be at ISG Field in Mankato, the home of the Moondogs.

Post 5 is the No. 6 seed for the tournament and lost to Marshall 3-2 in its final regular season game on Tuesday of last week, after leading Marshall 2-0 in the fifth inning.

No matter what happens in next week’s opener, Worthington will play again on Wednesday.

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Jr. Legion team finishes 10-7

The summer season is in the books for Worthington’s Junior Legion baseball squad. The team finished 10-7, noticeably better than last year’s 4-14 record.

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“We really had some bright, shiny spots, and we had other times where we didn’t look so good,” said head coach TD Hostikka.

But the bright moments were many. Pitcher Tucker Brandner led a strong pitching staff, and he personally performed over an 18-inning stretch where he held opponents hitless.

Hostikka described his Worthington team’s hitting as “spotty” but the baserunning improved somewhat. Learning how to cope with adversity was an issue the team worked on throughout the season.

The district tournament is in Alexandria this year, and the Worthington squad chose not to participate. High hotel prices, high prices for car fuel required to make the long trip, and the fact that Worthington would be mixed in with much bigger Legion programs -- teams that the local squad hadn’t had exposure to during the regular season -- factored into the decision.

Fall WHS programs taking shape

WORTHINGTON -- Courtney Opdahl will take over the Worthington High School girls varsity volleyball program for the 2022-23 school year.

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Opdahl, who was an assistant coach with the team last season, fills a position vacated by Jessica Hogan, who will mentor the WHS girls varsity basketball program with the retirement of longtime coach Eric Lindner.

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“We’re excited to have Courtney taking over the program,” said WHS athletic director Josh Dale. “She’s a young, energetic coach that wants to put the time in to continue building our program.”

Opdahl teaches physical education at the middle school. She is a Fulda High School graduate.

Worthington continues to work toward hiring a new head boys basketball coach to replace CJ Nelson, who stepped down following the 2021-22 season.

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