Area Sports Headlines

Former Adrian Dragon Jordon Kontz named NSIC Player of the Week


Southwest Minnesota State University senior infielder and former Adrian Dragon Jordon Kontz has been named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week for his performance in helping SMSU earn five victories last week.

A native of Lismore, Kontz led SMSU to a 5-1 record during the week and helped the Mustangs clinch a spot in the NSIC tournament for the first time since 2010.

Kontz batted .600 (12 for 20) with three doubles, a home run, nine RBIs, eight runs scored, an on-base percentage of .680 and a slugging percentage of .900. He was hit by three pitches...

Bents sets USF Shot Put record at Drake Relays


Former Worthington Trojan Jordon Bents continues to have a great junior season for the University of Sioux Falls Track And Field Team.

Bents finished 13th overall in the Shot Put with his NCAA provisional qualifying and USF school record toss of 55 feet, 3.5 inches (16.85m) at the Drake Relays. In addition to breaking the 21 year old school record, Bents mark is the 17th best mark in Division II and the second best mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference this season.

More information can be found on the University of Sioux Falls athletic website at...

Changes coming to Worthington Football Schedule for 2014 and beyond


With the beginning of the new Big South Conference just on the horizon, there will be a new look to the Worthington Trojan Football team's schedule beginning next season.

The Big South Conference features teams from the Southwest Conference and the South Central Conference. Worthington's 2014 schedule will all be Big South Conference games, facing 4 teams from the former Southwest Conference and 4 from the former South Central Conference.

The 4 former Southwest Conference rivals the Trojans will face in 2014 will be Marshall, Windom, Redwood Valley and Luverne. So in 2014...

2 area athletes sign on to wrestle for SMSU


Two area athletes signed national letters of intent to continue their wrestling careers with the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs in Marshall.

Last week Worthington’s Anthony Luft signed on to wrestle for the Mustangs. Luft was a 4-time place winner at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament. As a freshman, Luft finished in 6th place at the 103 pound weight class at the Class AA State Tournament. As a sophomore, Luft finished in 5th place at 106 pounds. Anthony Luft won his first state championship as a junior, winning the 120 pound state championship in triple...

Tiffany Gehl named a NJCAA All-American


Minnesota West Sophomore Tiffany Gehl continues to add awards to her list of accomplishments as the Fulda native has been named a National Junior College Athletic Association Division III All-American

Tiffany Gehl was chosen as a First-Team All-American selection. Gehl averaged 22.9 points per game this season in helping to lead the Minnesota West Lady Jays to a 22-6 record and a runner-up finish in this year’s Region 13 tournament. Tiffany Gehl also became the Lady Jays’ all-time leading scorer, passing Sam Lynn’s 1,147 points. Gehl averaged 20.6 points per game as a freshman,...

Bents named NSIC Field Athlete of the Week


University of Sioux Falls thrower Jordon Bents was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Field Athlete of the Week by the conference office announced on Monday morning.

The Worthington, Minn. native came away with a third place finish in the Shot Put at the Wayne State Wildcat Classic in Wayne, Neb. on Saturday. Bents was the top Division II finisher at the meet and also holds the 17th best mark in Division II this season with his NCAA provisional qualifying launch of 52-10.25 (16.11m). Bents also competed in the Discus where his throw of 136-3 (41.52m) placed him 22nd...

Minnesota Coaches Association Academic Awards


The Minnesota Boys and Girls Basketball Coaches Association have released academic awards for the 2013-2014 season.

The Minnesota Boys Basketball Coaches Association has released their 2013-2014 Academic All-State Teams. In Class AAA & Class AAAA, Worthington’s Will Dudley was chosen as an Academic All-State Honorable Mention selection this season. In Class A & AA, Southwest Christian’s Leighton Sampson and Mountain Lake Area’s Carter Kirk were both Academic All-State Selections.

The Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association has recognized players from area...

Southwest All-Conference Girls Basketball Team


The Southwest Conference has released their 2013-2014 All-Conference Girls Basketball team.

Ana Boever, Worthington
Brooke Henning, Worthington
Paige Gravenhof, Worthington
Abbie Landgaard, Worthington
Kaylee Burmeister, Jackson County Central
Rachel Sorenson, Windom
Kenzie Beekman, Marshall
Hannah Bennett, Marshall
Sarah Buysse, Marshall
Callie Graff, Marshall

Honorable Mention:
Rachel Johnson, Jackson County Central
Kelsey Hanefeld, Windom
Libby Schneider, Pipestone

Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-State Teams


The Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association has released their 2013-2014 All-State Girls Basketball Teams.

Class AAA All State
Kenzie Beekman, Marshall
Grace Coughlin, Benilde-St. Margaret's
Bryanna Fernstrom, Chisago Lakes
Brianna Rasmusson, Fergus Falls
Bailey Strand, Fergus Falls
Michaela Rasmussen, Holy Family Catholic
Claire Ziegler, Mankato East
Chase Coley, Minneapolis Washburn
Grace Sawatzke, Monticello
Cayla McMorris, Park Center
Brooke Yaggie, Thief River Falls (Lincoln HS)
Anna Schmitt, Waconia...

MCAC Fall Academic Award Winners


The Minnesota College Athletic Conference has released their 2013-2014 Fall Sports Academic Award Winners. Athletes can receive MCAC academic recognition if they have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or better at the end of the semester in which the majority of the sport season occurs and they have enrolled in and completed a minimum of 12 credits during that semester.

Minnesota West had a number of student-athletes receive Fall Academic Award honors this season. They include:
Travis Beeck, Football
Sean Benton, Football
Edgar Blackbull, Football
Daniel Devivo,...