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Short takes for May 11

May 11, 2012
Marshall Independent

Conference switch would be the Wright move for Tigers

THUMBS UP: Marshall High School is exploring the option of moving the football team to the Wright County Conference - a potential move that, besides extra travel, has no downside. The Tigers currently are the only AAAA school in the Southwest Conference; with enrollment at 699, they are the largest school in the conference by a long shot (Worthington's second at 563 students). Moving to a conference with similarily-sized schools would also put the Tigers in a better position when postseason rolls around, as they would enter the playoffs with potentially higher QRF rankings - they were undefeated last year in the regular season and couldn't get better than a No. 3 seed in the playoffs. Playing against larger schools will remedy that. It's nice to be the big dog in a conference, and the program should be proud of its accomplishments during the last number of years, but we believe it's time for the Tigers to take the leap.

Spring weather

THUMBS UP: After a dry late-summer and fall period and a winter that provided little in the way of snowcover on area fields, farmers in southern Minnesota came out of the winter with some major drought concerns. But it appears those concerns have been washed away with plenty of rainfall during the last three weeks, and that things, at least for now, appear much more positive for a good spring planting season. Three months ago, 96 percent of the state was in a moderate to severe drought; now, after some real soakers during the last month, a week or so of dry weather would go a long way to getting this year's crop off to an auspicious start.

Bad news baseball

THUMBS DOWN: As nice as it is to have Twins baseball back, it sure looks to be a long summer in Twins Territory in 2012. They have the worst record in baseball, just demoted their one-time apparent future star third baseman to the minors, and have removed a former ace-like pitcher from the starting rotation. If you don't know what rock bottom looks like, check out a Twins game sometime. It's time for the team to try to pull off a major deal to bring in some young talent in exchange for broken-down "stars."



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