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Saturday roundup: RRC gridders fall; Trojan boys soccer team beats Loyola


NEW ULM —New Ulm Cathedral scored three touchdowns on their first three possessions in a Saturday high school football game in New Ulm, and went on to a 28-12 win over the Red Rock Central Falcons.

Austin Cooper scored two touchdowns for the Cathedral, one being a 75-yarder and one being a 27-yard rush. Gabe Knowles added two running touchdowns of his own, one a 52-yard rush and the other a 27-yarder.

Catching one of RRC’s two scores was Sam Halter, who caught a 23-yard pass from Thomas Blomgren. Jordan Schroepfer scored the Falcons’ other touchdown on a 52 yard run in the fourth quarter.

Cooper finished the contest with 176 yards rushing on 12 carries, and fellow running back Jacob Gangelhoff added 160 yards on 15 carries.

NU Cath. 14 7 0 7 — 28

RRC 0 6 0 6 — 12


Austin 2, Worthington 1

WORTHINGTON — Two weeks ago Austin defeated the Worthington girls soccer team 4-0. Trojans head coach Emily Ahlquist considered Saturday’s 2-1 loss an improvement.

“Overall, it was a great game. Much improved on what we’ve seen in the past. I’m proud of how the team played,” she said.

Austin scored the only goal of the first half on a bobble. The visitors got ahold of a rebound and put it in the net for a 1-0 lead.

Worthington scored its second half goal on a Jessica Alvarez shot that went over the goalie’s outstretched hands high into the net. Austin answered with the game-winner at the 10-minute mark.

The Trojans played a strong game, Ahlquist said, making passes, moving up the field and creating several opportunities for themselves at the net.

Austin 1 1 — 2

Worthington 0 1 — 1

Worthington 6, Mankato Loyola 2

WORTHINGTON—Angel Sanchez led the Trojans with one goal each half, as the Trojan boys won a 6-2 match over Mankato Loyola.

Ivan Rodriguez opened the scoring for the game, scoring at the 9-minute mark, with an assist credited to Jesus Ordaz. Mankato Loyola answered only four minutes later, with Patrick Busch scoring. At 19:00, Angel Sanchez scored his first goal of the contest, again assisted by Ordaz. Just before the half, Mankato Loyola scored at the 23-minute mark with the Crusaders’ last goal being scored by Will Cipos.

The Trojans scored four goals in the second half, started with an unassisted Victor Meza at the 42-minute mark. Junior Andrew Johnson followed with a goal of his own, assisted by Jose Castillo. Angel Sanchez finished his scoring with an unassisted goal at 61 minutes in. At the 66-minute mark, newcomer Milton Monterroso scored to finish off the scoring for the Trojans.

Worthington finished with 21 shots on goal, opposed to Mankato Loyola’s 5.

Worthington (3-1-1) plays in the Albert Lea tournament on Saturday.

Girls Tennis

Marshall Invite

MARSHALL —The Worthington girls tennis team started off a Saturday tournament in Marshall with a dominating 7-0 win over the host squad. In singles, Emily Williamson won her sets 6-3 and 6-2, Rachel Drietz won both of her games on scores of 6-3 and 6-0, and to finish off the top three singles players for Worthington, Annie Lesnar won her match 6-1, 6-1. Seniors Mackensie Carstenson and Sarah Janssen won a tough match with scores of 6-4 and 7-5, and the second doubles duo of Laura Wetering and Brianna Kempema won handily with scores of 6-0 and 6-1.

The Trojans followed their outstanding performance against Marshall with a tough 7-0 loss to Montevideo. Williamson lost by scores of 6-3 in both sets, and Drietz lost by scores of 6-2 and 6-1. On the doubles side, the matches were much closer. The Makensie Carstensen-/Sarah Janssen duo lost two tough sets on scores of 7-6 and 7-5, and at three doubles, Miranda LeBrun and Alicia Khatt lost a heartbreaker, winning the first game 1-6 but then losing with scores of 6-3 and 10-8.

The Trojan girls put up another strong effort against Morris, this time winning 5-2. Winning in the singles side of the match was Drietz and freshman Shelby Larson. Drietz lost her first set 4-6, but bounced back with two wins on scores 6-4 and 10-5. Larson won both of her sets 6-2. In doubles, Carstensen/Janssen won 6-4 and 6-3, Laura Wetering/Brianna Kempema won 6-2 and 6-3, and to finish it off, the LeBrun/Khatt team won 6-0 and 6-3.

Worthington plays next against Marshall Thursday in Marshall.


Mankato Tournament

MANKATO — The Worthington girls volleyball team played in Mankato West’s tournament Saturday. The Trojans finished the day with a record of 1-1-1.

The Trojans’ first match was against Minnesota Valley Lutheran. WHS ended up with a split, with set scores of 25-23 and 19-25. The Trojans played St. Claire next, winning with set scores of 25-12 and 25-17. The girls’ final match came against the hosting Mankato West team. They handed the Trojans their only loss, with set scores of 18-25 and 20-25.

Paige Gravenhof was 31-31 serving on the day, with 21 points and three aces. Betsy Thompson was 23-27 serving, finishing with 16 points and six aces. Paige Kinley was 22-26 from behind the line, finishing with 13 points, and Brooke Henning was 19-20 with 11 points and five aces.

Henning also finished with 25 kills on the day, Becca Linder following with 11 kills of her own. Gravenhof finished with 34 set assists for the Trojans, and Abbie Landgaard and Kinley finished with 18 digs apiece.

The Trojans (2-3) take on RRC (3-1) Tuesday evening in Worthington. It is the annual “Meet the Trojans Night.”