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Prep sports: Weekend roundup


ALBERT LEA — Four different boys soccer players scored goals for the Worthington Trojans Saturday in the championship game of the Albert Lea Tournament.

The Trojans moved to 5-1-1 on the season with victories over host Albert Lea 4-1 and Fairmont 4-0.

Josh Kleve scored an unassisted goal to open the scoring in the title contest against Fairmont as WHS moved out to a 3-0 first half lead. Tony Lopez scored next on an assist from Jose Bahena. And Andrew Johnson, on an assist from Victor Mesa, closed out the first half scoring. Worthington added a fourth goal in the second half from Mesa, assisted by Johnson.

In the first game against Albert Lea, Worthington led 3-1 in the first half. Randy Lopez opened the scoring on an assist by Mesa. Kevin Sanchez scored later on a Jesus Ordaz assist.

Albert Lea brought the score to 2-1 on a penalty kick, but the Trojans answered with an unassisted tally by Mesa.

WHS head coach Smitty Ektnitphong was happy to see his team perform well on the road. He said he spoke to the Trojans throughout the week on the importance of creating opportunities and finishing them.

“To have the team play the way we did on a Saturday, with the host crowd at their back, we were just hoping the kids would perform like they should perform, and they did,” Ektnitphong said. “It just assured me that the kids were focused.”

Worthington will face another stiff challenge on Tuesday on the road again, against a 6-1 New Ulm team. Ektnitphong said New Ulm is a solid offensive team, and the Trojans will try their best to disrupt their rivals’ offense.

WHS is playing well defensively, said the coach.

“We pride ourselves on defense. In our last six games we allowed six goals,” Ektnitphong said.


Marshall makes a statement

LUVERNE —The Marshall Tigers’ 22-7 football victory over Luverne Friday showed that it’s too early to dismiss the Tigers and their ability to control the Southwest Conference.

Marshall, the defending conference champion, had posted a 27-4 record over the previous three years. But it graduated 26 seniors from last year’s team and began the 2013 campaign losing its first two games against nonconference opponents.

Luverne opened with victories over New Ulm and Worthington.

The Cardinals looked sharp early in Friday’s contest, too, scoring the game’s first touchdown on a one-yard run by Andrew Verhey. But trailing 7-6 at halftime, Marshall scored 13 third quarter points and held LHS scoreless.

Marshall finished with a 12-7 advantage in first downs and 154 rushing yards to Luverne’s 46. Luverne had 65 yards passing and Marshall had 30. The Tigers were penalized just four times for 25 yards compared to Luverne’s seven for 50.

Verhey led Cardinal rushers with 33 yards on 10 carries. Sam Marshall carried 20 times for 69 yards for Marshall and teammate Brad Bahlmann carried 17 times for 54.


JCC Tournament

JACKSON — Minneota won the Jackson County Central Tournament Saturday.

Pool play and tournament play scores follow:

Pool A — Cannon Falls beat Windom Area 22-25, 25-16, 15-13; Cannon Falls beat Red Rock Central 25-19, 25-19; Red Rock Central beat Windom Area 25-22, 10-25, 17-15.

Pool B — JCC beat Mankato East 23-25, 25-12, 15-5; JCC beat Westbrook-Walnut Grove 25-11, 25-10; Mankato East beat Westbrook-Walnut Grove 25-18, 25-22.

Pool C — Minneota best Rochester Mayo 22-25, 25-19, 15-6; Minneota beat Martin County West 25-7, 25-22; Rochester Mayo beat Martin County West 25-17, 26-24.

Tournament play Gold Division — JCC beat Cannon Falls 20-25, 25-12, 15-10; Minneota beat Cannon Falls 25-14, 25-9; Minneota beat JCC 25-22, 24-26, 15-8.

Silver Division — Rochester Mayo beat Mankato East 25-18, 25-16; Rochester Mayo beat Red Rock Central 25-15, 25-15; Mankato East beat Red Rock Central 25-14, 25-22.

Bronze Division — Windom Area beat Westbrook-Walnut Grove 25-23, 20-25, 15-10; Windom beat Martin County West 25-21, 25-15; Martin County West beat Westbrook-Walnut Grove 25-0, 25-0 (forfeit).

Dayna Comnick led W-WG with 40 kills and 28 digs, and she was 23-for-23 serving with four aces. Teammate Abby Herding was 23-for-24 with two ace serves and 18 digs. Cassidy Mischke was 21-for-22 serving with one ace and had 24 digs and eight kills.

Central Lyon Tournament

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — Harris-Lake Park won three matches and lost two Saturday in the Central Lyon Tournament.

The Wolves defeated West Lyon 21-19, 17-21, 15-5, then lost to Boyden-Hull 21-19, 21-16. Next came a 21-19, 24-22 victory over West Sioux, followed by a 21-11, 21-13 win over Ellsworth and a 21-19, 14-21, 15-12 loss to Central Lyon.

H-LP’s Miranda Brueggeman and Grace Winters had 30 and 22 points on serve, respectively. Noreen Morrow had 61 kills and four blocks. Macy Gunderson led the Wolves with 80 set assists.