winter lingers

It was a fairly mild winter. April, for the most part, feels more like winter than spring.

Some days, like last Monday, we actually have an occasional event. Other days we almost have events. The Worthington Trojans, for example, were almost were able to play their baseball game against Luverne on Tuesday, but a light rain fell in the afternoon and the field was deemed a little too wet. Wednesday was cold. Thursday was cold, with snow, forcing more cancellations and postponements across the region.

Looking forward to the weekend seems almost pointless, but several events were optimistically on the agenda for today (Saturday April 9). The Worthington boys’ tennis team is set to host Lac qui Parle Valley, Pipestone Area and Yellow Medicine East in the Worthington Invitational beginning at 9 a.m. And the Trojans girls’ golf team was to host 12 other teams in its own tournament.

Also Saturday in baseball was Jackson County Central at Hayfield, Mountain Lake Area/Confrey vs. Windom Area at Augustana University and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton at Adrian/Ellsworth. Hills-Beaver Creek and Southwest Christian/Edgerton were scheduled to be at a track meet in Garretson, SD

Many regional events are on the program Monday and Tuesday. The Trojans are to host St. Peter in a baseball doubleheader, the softball team has a doubleheader in St. Peter, the golf team is hosting Luverne, and the tennis team is at the Fairmont.

That’s the plan, anyway. If the weather continues to refuse to cooperate, maybe someone can plan a giant badminton tournament at a local gym.

Opiew, Sharp Scheitel-Taylor in Luverne

LUVERNE — The strength of the Worthington Trojans in the middle distance race was evident Monday at a six-team track meet in Luverne. Mason Bobb, Filmon Wolday, Fanuel Wolday and Mikele Walu of The Trojans combined for a first-place finish in 8:50.00 in the 4×800-meter relay, beating second-place Jackson County Central (9:48.42) by nearly one minute.

Southwest Christian/Edgerton and Worthington won the Tag Team Championships. The SWC/E boys totaled 97 points, followed by Luverne with 95, JCC 72, Worthington 47, Hills-Beaver Creek 40 and Adrian/Ellsworth 8. Worthington scored a first-place finish of 102.5 points on the girls’ side, followed from SWC/ E 83, JCC 56.5, Luverne and Adrian/Ellsworth 53 and Hills-Beaver Creek 25.

WHS boys Marenono Opiew won three individual events: the 110m hurdles (17.38), the 300m hurdles (45.44) and the high jump (5-10). SWC/E’s Micah Schaap also won three individual events: the 400 meter hurdles (51.52), the long jump (21-6) and the triple jump (43-11.5).

The Trojan girls took two wins from Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor in the 200 meters (27.17) and triple jump (32-8.25) while also running a leg in the 4×100 meters relay (34.37).

For full results, go online to athletic.net.

Baseball A/E gets a wake-up call

The Adrian/Ellsworth High School baseball team has already had four scheduled games postponed due to inclement weather, but on Monday the Dragons were able to take on MACCRAY.

The Dragons hoped to start like they finished in 2021, where they posted a losing record in their sectional tournament before catching fire and qualifying for the state tournament. Instead, they were down 9-3, allowing four runs in the top of the first inning. MACCRAY scored all of his nine points in the first four frames.

The Dragons practiced inside the local elementary school on Wednesday due to inclement weather, and head coach Joe Kruger said the game may have been a wake-up call for his team. He saw a preseason poll where A/E was ranked 10th in Minnesota’s Class A. He hoped his team wouldn’t wait for the tournament to play as if they were able to play, but there’s still plenty of time to get together – weather permitting, of course.