Prep weekend roundup: Tournament prowess marks Saturday sports action
ST. JAMES —The Worthington Trojans used a 21-4 run early in the second half to beat Springfield 65-38 Saturday and win the St. James girls basketball tournament.
The Trojans held a six-point advantage at halftime but rebounded better and spread out their attack offensively as they widened the gap later on.
Brooke Henning put up 20 points for the Trojans, and Ana Boever scored 14. Joeli Arnoldei scored 16 points for Springfield, and Therese Roiger added a dozen.
Worthington advanced to Saturday’s game after thumping Madelia 86-44 in the semifinals. St. James defeated Madelia in the tournament’s third-place game.
“Holding a decent team to 17 points in the second half was good on our part,” Trojans coach Eric Lindner said. “We’re starting to find a rotation of players that works well. That has really helped.”
Springfield 21 38
Worthington 27 65
Worthington (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) —Henning 0-8-4-20, Boever 3-2-1-14, Linder 0-4-0-8, Gravenhof 0-3-1-7, Ap. Alwal 0-2-2-6, Landgaard 0-1-2-4, Thongvanh 0-1-2-4, Gerber 0-2-0-2. Totals 3-23-12-65.
Springfield (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) —Arnoldei 4-2-0-16, Roiger 0-6-0-12, Davis 0-1-1-3, Finger 0-1-1-3, Thoreson 0-1-0-2, Feidler 0-0-1-1, Hoyt 0-0-1-1. Totals 4-11- 4-38.
Windom Area Tournament
Windom Area 74, BEA 63
WINDOM — Windom Area senior Rachel Sorensen and junior Jasmine Carlson each scored 22 points in helping to lift the Eagles to a championship in their own tournament.
Windom Area blasted Hope Academy Friday night and turned around to win the championship game the next day.
The Eagles trailed 30-29 at halftime and fought tooth-and-nail defensively in the second half to earn the victory. WA sophomore Katie Kelly added 11 points to the team’s effort while senior forward Jenna Stevermer scored 20 points to lead the Buccaneers.
Blue Earth Area 30 52
Windom Area 29 61
Edgerton 55, YME 43
MARSHALL – Breanna Nelson led Edgerton with 14 points as they beat Yellow Medicine East in a tournament game.
Tanner Gunnink had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Flying Dutchmen, and Jenny Nelson added 10 points.
Edgerton 36 55
YME 23 43
Fulda 61, Lincoln HI 31
MARSHALL — Vaulting out to leads of 11-4, 18-5 and 35-9, the Fulda Raiders had little trouble in rolling to a regular-season girls’ basketball victory over Lincoln HI at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Paced by what head coach Gregg Slaathaug called “an awesome performance” from senior forward Melissa Gehl, the Raiders improved to 5-2 with the dominant victory.
Gehl was a perfect 10-of-10 at the free-throw line and scored 28 points, claimed 11 rebounds and came up with a trio of steals. Seven of her rebounds were on the offensive end, and six of her points came on shots from behind the arc.
Sariah Cheadle (three assists) scored 14 points for Fulda, which held a 51-19 advantage with seven minutes remaining in the second half.
Courtney Tiesler contributed five points, three steals and a pair of assists for the Raiders.
Fulda 30 61
Lincoln HI 9 31
Windom Area Tournament
Mounds View 74, WA 63
WINDOM — Led by four players scoring in double figures, Mounds View slipped past Windom Area in the championship game of a boys basketball tournament in Windom.
The Mustangs hit eight three-pointers in the game and used a deep bench and high-flying tempo to wear down Windom Area, which is a much smaller school.
Bryce Bever led the Eagles with 18 points, and Victor Ogeka came off the bench to put up 11. Sam Huska and Jacob Gotto scored 10 apiece.
Mounds View 45 74
Windom Area 32 63
Marshall 70, T-M-B 38
MARSHALL — Tracy-Milroy-Balaton fell hard in a tournament game in Marshall. The Tigers grew a 10-point lead at halftime into a rout over the Panthers.
T-M-B, falling to 4-6 on the season following three losses at the tournament, was led with 11 points apiece from Josh Kirk and Spencer Smith. Smith grabbed a team-best five rebounds in the game. Marshall had three players scoring in double digits, including Riley Sharbono (22), Jordan Schroeder (16) and CD Douglas (13).
T-M-B 20 38
Marshall 30 70
Blue Earth Area Tournament
JCC 65, G-H-EC 64
BLUE EARTH — On a missed three-pointer with time expiring in the game, Jackson County Central held off Granada-Huntley-East Chain 65-64 in the third-place game of Blue Earth Area’s tournament.
Led by balanced scoring from Zach Schwarting (18), Jon Harmening (14 points, 15 rebounds), Darnell Taylor-Breck (10) and Brady Place (10), JCC hit nine three-pointers in the game.
GHEC 26 64
JCC 32 65
Rumble on the Red Tournament
FARGO, N.D. —The Worthington Trojans wrestling squad racked up 67 points and had two men claim fifth place at the Fargodome over the weekend in the Rumble on the Red Tournament.
Trojans senior Carson Hagen earned two pins in a row at 195 pounds in the tournament before beating Jamestown’s (N.D.) Eathan Gumke by 4-3 decision in the quarterfinals. Hagen lost to Foley’s Tyler Midas in the semifinals and to Windom/Mountain Lake’s Vince Johnson in the consolation semifinals. He rallied to defeat Dakota Johnson of Cambridge-Isanti in overtime for fifth place.
At 126 pounds, senior Anthony Luft also claimed fifth place. Luft earned major decisions over Central Cass’ Nathan Volk and Owatonna’s Alex Green before beating Travis Swanson of Cambridge-Isanti in the quarterfinals by 9-3 decision. After falling in two straight matches, Luft beat Gannon Volk of Apple Valley in sudden victory overtime.
Also, making it three matches deep on the championship side of the bracket, were Worthington’s Hser Eh Pwae (106), Zach Kempema (160) and Blake Schroeder (170). Hser Moo Pwae (113), King Blanchette (138) and Cody Michaelson (145) each earned one win for the Trojans on the weekend.
For Windom/Mountain Lake, four wrestlers came away from Fargo with medals, including Joe Fischenich (3rd-120), Jared Willaby (3rd-132), Vince Johnson (4th-195) and Wyatt Stevens (5th-152).
BLAINE — The Luverne Cardinals won the Schwan’s Cup boys hockey tournament in Blaine over the weekend.
On Thursday, the Cardinals beat St. Michael-Albertville 2-1. The game went into a shootout and all three Cardinal shooters scored to grab the win. On Friday, Luverne outscored Spring Lake Park 5-2.
In Saturday’s championship game, the Cardinals made use of their powerplay opportunities and beat Bloomington Kennedy 3-1.
Richfield Hockey Tournament
Becker/Big Lake 4, WA 1
RICHFIELD — The Windom Area Eagles couldn’t find their stride and lost the final game of their tournament over the weekend against Becker/Big Lake.
Zach Bartosh scored the lone goal for the Eagles, assisted by both Alex Leopold and Devin Nielsen.
Windom Area 0 0 1 —1
Becker/Big Lake 0 2 2— 4
Princeton 14, Windom 0
WINDOM — The Windom Area girls hockey team lost each of their games in their home tournament, losing their final game to Princeton.
Raegan Anderson, Erica Schramel, Ashely Brooke and Abby Smithling had two goals apiece for Princeton. Goalie Madison Willard stopped 60 of 74 shots faced in the championship game.