WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Junior Legion baseball team, with a schedule that will soon get tournament-heavy, received just what the doctor ordered Monday in its home game with Slayton. The locals pounded out 14 hits in a 15-4 five-inning victory. The bench was emptied and every starter had at least one hit. Nathan VanOrman, Isaiah Noble and Kent Lais had two hits apiece as Worthington moved to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in conference play.
WORTHINGTON -- The scrapbooks are safe. They’re stored in a cozy receptacle at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College gymnasium, sandwiched in there with banners, plaques, old film and other things used and/or forgotten.
WORTHINGTON -- It wasn’t easy to get noticed in Alexandria earlier this month when the Class 7A high school clay target championships got under way. The number of competitors was staggering. Many of the entries were from the Worthington area -- 37 of them, in fact -- but they were just a drop in the bucket when weighed against the 996 registered shooters altogether. “The competition was beyond stiff,” said one Worthington coach, Aaron Sieve.
A lesson for my grandchildren: Sometimes things don’t always start so well. But hang in there. They usually work out just fine in the end. The 2019 spring high school sports season began horribly. It came on the heels of a horrible winter, so just when we were settling in for our longed-for spring and the athletic events that go along with it, weather patterns persisted in disrupting our fun.
WORTHINGTON -- As the summer heats up, so do the players on Worthington’s four summer girls softball teams. Girls can begin as young as 8 years old on the 10U squad. There is also a 12U team, a 14U team and an 18U team. For players considering Worthington summer softball, opportunity still exists. And a good place to inquire is with Rachel Ponto (call 507-360-1842), president of the Worthington Girls Softball Association.
WORTHINGTON -- Isaiah Noble scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Brock Bruns, and the Worthington Junior Legion baseball team edged visiting Luverne 7-6 Monday night to improve to 9-3 overall and 4-0 in conference play. The game began as if it were destined to be an easy win for the home team. But a 6-0 lead became 6-6 in the sixth inning.
I know perfectly well that I have my contrary ways. I’m reminded of it when I’m watching movies with my family, and when everybody applauds some funny thing the main character does, I’m the one shaking my head saying, “Nobody would ever do that.”
WORTHINGTON -- What started out as a pitcher’s duel ended in a 12-9 loss for the Worthington Cubs amateur baseball team Wednesday night. The Cubs and the Ruthton Royals were knotted 2-2 after five innings. But in the end, after a total of 30 hits and 11 errors were collected between the two clubs, Ruthton walked off the local junior high field in victory -- dropping the Cubs’ record to 0-9.
SAINT PAUL -- It must have seemed like deja vu all over again for the Luverne High School girls 4x800-meter relay team.
SAINT PAUL -- The Ellsworth High School boys track and field program, not long ago, was hardly noticeable outside the southwest corner of Minnesota. But over the last couple of years, it’s hard to miss the Panthers.