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MINNEOTA — Alec Engler of Minneota got the best of Jared Willaby of Windom/Mountain Lake Tuesday in a high school wrestling matchup of state-ranked wrestlers, and the Vikings also prevailed in the team matchup, 45-12. Engler, ranked No. 2 at 145 pounds in Class A, decisioned Willaby — ranked No. 5 at 138 — by a 6-2 score.
EDGERTON — Southwest Minnesota Christian was hot in the shooting department Saturday and Luverne just couldn’t quite keep pace. The Eagles drained 26-of-54 shots from the floor (48 percent) and turned the ball over only 13 times compared to 24 by the Cardinals. That led them to a 68-60 nonconference victory. Luke Nibbelink was 8-for-13 from the floor for SWC. He finished the game with 23 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists. Jay DeBoer poured in 17 points to go with seven boards and five dimes.
WABASSO — After four consecutive victories to open the season, the Fulda Raiders fell 10 points short of the undefeated Wabasso Rabbits (5-0) Saturday afternoon. Despite a late 17-7 run, Fulda trailed by four points (36-32) at halftime.
MARSHALL — There was no reason to think that the Worthington Trojans were going to upset the state-ranked Marshall Tigers in girls basketball Thursday night. So when the Trojans did just that, head coach Eric Lindner explained it in a way that ... well ... defied explanation. “This was a heart game. This was one of those effort games where fundamentals didn’t matter a lot. It was just chaos,” he said. The Tigers, ranked fourth in Minnesota Class AAA, fell to 3-1 on the season as the Trojans improved to 2-3. Worthington’s victory was truly a team effort.
SLAYTON — A big night from Grant Rohrer paved the way for Murray County Central to pick up a clutch overtime victory over Southwest Minnesota Christian 58-56 in boys basketball action Thursday. Rohrer scored 17 points while grabbing a massive 19 rebounds. Grant Everson contributed 13 points to go with five rebounds and five assists. Logan Kluis tallied 12 points while Jaden Boerboom scored corralled 10 rebounds. Spencer Stroeh scored 18 for the Eagles to go with eight rebounds. Luke Nibbelink added 17 and six rebounds.
WASECA — A hat trick for JP Eykyn paved the way for the Waseca Bluejays to defeat the Worthington Trojans in high school boys hockey action Tuesday night, 12-2. Michael Priebe and Wyatt Krampitz added two more goals each for the Jays. Daniel Strota, Jackson Priebe, Cody Ulfers, Richard Volkmer, Collin Volkman and Zach Monshaugen all got on the score sheet with one goal. Despite the one-sided scoreline, Worthington kept battling.
JACKSON — Jackson County Central took advantage of Worthington’s turnovers and picked up a narrow Big South Conference girls basketball victory Tuesday night, 59-55. Kaylee Burmeister had a big night for the Huskies. The senior racked up 21 points. Sydney Eddy added 20. The Eddy and Burmeister duo accounted for a large majority of JCC’s scoring. Worthington was led by Achan Alwal with 16 points.
WORTHINGTON — In a tight game throughout, the Minnesota West men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a tough Iowa Lakes team Tuesday night. Neither team was able to open up more than an eight-point lead as Iowa Lakes earned a 63-55 victory. “We left too many opportunities out there,” MW head coach Justin Heckenlaible said. “I think we missed five or six layups. You can’t do that and they beat us back in transition a few times. That’s what they do. They also rebound very well.
WORTHINGTON — To say Minnesota West struggled from the field in the first half would be an understatement. The Lady Jays made only four field goals and shot 14 percent in the first 20 minutes of Tuesday night’s women’s college basketball game against Iowa Lakes. But the second half was another story as the Lady Jays rallied for a 69-60 victory. Melissa Gehl, who was 0-for-5 shooting in the first half and scored one point, led the Lady Jays with 17 second-half points while shooting 50 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes. “I suppose the first half, I was just looking to shoot and
WINDOM — The Worthington Trojans stifled Windom Area with intense defensive pressure Friday to earn their first win on the season by a score of 59-38 in girls basketball action. Windom struggled with Worthington’s full-court press as the Eagles committed 20 turnovers in the first half. With Worthington leading 16-13 in the first half, the Trojans turned up the intensity and ended the half on a 20-1 run capped off by a jumper off a nice post move by Achan Alwal with seconds left. Coming out of the break trailing 36-14, Windom scored the first four points as the Trojans had trouble decipherin