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Sports Briefs: WHS cross country ranks fourth, Ellsworth pitcher makes Softball Hall of Fame

The Worthington High School boys cross country team is ranked fourth in Class AA in this week’s Minnesota Cross Country Coaches poll.

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WHS fourth in Class AA cross country

The Worthington High School boys cross country team is ranked fourth in Class AA in this week’s Minnesota Cross Country Coaches poll.

St. Paul Highland Park is the No. 1 AA boys team, followed by Big Lake, Monticello, Worthington, Dassel-Cokato, Mankato East, St. Thomas Academy, Delano, Marshall, Annandale, Willmar and Rock Ridge among the first 12.

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The Worthington Trojans boys cross country team, decked out in red, leads the pack at the start of the Turkey Trot in Worthington. (file photo)

The Trojans are the highest-ranked Section 2AA team. The two other ranked teams from 2AA, Mankato East and Marshall, are ranked sixth and ninth, respectively.

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St. Paul Highland Park is the top-ranked Class AA girls team. Marshall is ranked fifth.

The Section 2AA meet is scheduled for Oct. 26 at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista. The state meet is Nov. 6 at St. Olaf College.

Trojan gridders face Waseca Friday

The second-to-last weekend of high school regular season footbal l gets under way this week, with some games happening Thursday night and others happening on Friday.

The Worthington Trojans, winless in six contests, will host 5-1 Waseca on Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. Waseca’s only loss this year was against Fairmont, 28-15.

On Thursday around the area, Fairmont is at Luverne, New Ulm Cathedral is at Adrian/Ellsworth and Red Rock Central is at Hills-Beaver Creek. Other Friday games have Jackson County Central at Pipestone Area, Windom Area at Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial, Westbrook-Walnut Grove at Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda, Murray County Central at Minnesota Valley Lutheran, Ridge View at Sibley-Ocheyedan and Harris-Lake Park at North Iowa.

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Huisman in Softball Hall of Fame

ELLSWORTH -- Dan Huisman, one of southwest Minnesota’s best men’s fast-pitch softball pitchers in and around the 1980s, will be inducted into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame on Oct. 30 at the Westwood Cove Golf Club in Albert Lea.

Huisman spent most of his lengthy career pitching for Ellsworth and he will be remembered especially for his outstanding drop ball, which earned him a great many strikeouts over the years. Huisman, who pitched 80 or more games in a summer during his heyday, never kept his personal statistics, but he said, “I do know that some years I averaged 14 or 15 strikeouts a game.”

The cost of the banquet is $45. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 651-451-3140 or online at https://msf1.org/?p=14899 .

“I loved softball,” Huisman said. “I loved the competition. But the biggest thing was the softball family. Even with the opposing teams, you got to be like a family with some of them.”

Perry Hansen, who pitched for Lucan, is one of 17 others who will be inducted into the Hall along with Huisman. In one game in Okabena, Huisman recalled, he and Hansen were locked in a 21-inning marathon.

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