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Spring sports: Practice has begun

WORTHINGTON -- The whoosh of a well-swung club slicing through the air. The ping of a ball colliding with an aluminum bat. The thud of footsteps beating the hard, rubbery surface of the track. Those are all unmistakable, tell-tale signs that spri...

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Worthington boys golf coach John Koller works with his players on their backswing during practice Tuesday at Worthington High School. The Trojans open the season at Luverne on April 4. ZACH HACKER/DAILY GLOBE

 

WORTHINGTON - The whoosh of a well-swung club slicing through the air. The ping of a ball colliding with an aluminum bat. The thud of footsteps beating the hard, rubbery surface of the track.
Those are all unmistakable, tell-tale signs that spring is here. And this week, they could all be heard once again at Worthington High School.
Four of the five Trojans spring teams have officially started practicing for their upcoming spring 2015 campaigns. Worthington’s track and field and softball teams opened practice on March 10 with the golf and baseball teams joining them one week later. The only team that is yet to begin is the boys tennis team, which fires up on Monday.
Despite the nice weather outside, the Trojan squads are taking their time in getting outside. They first must be sure they are in playing condition before letting loose. Worthington baseball coach Stacy Sauerbrei said that even though his team could be outside, it’s best not to rush things along.
“We always stay inside for at least the first few days,” he said. “If we go outside right away, guys have a tendency to want to play long toss or start throwing as hard as they can right away. Staying in here helps us ease into things a little more.”
Tuesday, on its second day of practice, the Trojan baseball team worked through some of the key, early-season drills. Players in grades 9-12 traded off between batting stations and medium-length throwing in the high school gym. Pitchers and catchers worked on their craft as the hurlers went through their motions off of portable mounds.
They weren’t the only ones. Down in the wrestling room, the boys and girls golfers worked on nearly every facet of their games. A net set up along one wall allowed players to swing at match speed while putting and chipping stations surrounded the far corners of the room.
The Worthington baseball team opens its regular season on March 31 on the road against Heron Lake-Okabena while the golfers will hit the links on April 4 in Luverne. The Trojans softball team will have a tough task on March 31 when it travels Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian, which took third in the Class A State Tournament last year. The track and field squad has a little more time to prepare. It doesn’t begin until April 7 in Luverne. That is the same day the Trojans boys tennis team begins its season at home against Montevideo.

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