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WORTHINGTON -- It has been six weeks since a "Blast-from-the-Past" has run in these pages. There will be another feature coming soon. The story of the 1982 Westbrook Wildcats has been building in the "hopper" for the past four weeks. After a remarkable campaign in the fall of 1981, Westbrook was stunned by a fast and deceptive Starbuck team in the state semifinals, finishing 11-1.
WORTHINGTON -- Kent Knutson's three-point play with 1.4 seconds remaining Tuesday night lifted the Worthington Trojans to a 54-52 victory over the Adrian Dragons in a non-conference boys' basketball game. Knutson's basket and free throw capped a late-game rally for the Trojans, who trailed for most of the game's final nine minutes. "We struggled tonight, but it was huge to get the victory," Worthington head coach Ron Vorwald said afterwards.
WORTHINGTON -- Jordan Cunningham scored all of his game-high 22 points in the second half Saturday night, sparking the Mankato East Cougars boys' basketball team to a season-opening 59-50 victory over the Worthington Trojans in a matchup between the two Section 2AAA schools. Cunningham, tabbed as one of the top five players in the section by Minnesota Basketball News, knocked down a trio of three-pointers during the final 18 minutes of action and scored seven straight points over a 46-second span to turn a 34-31 Worthington lead into a 38-34 advantage for the Cougars. Erik Johnson (16) and S
WORTHINGTON -- Scoring six goals in the first period, the Worthington Trojans jumped out to a 6-1 lead on Sleepy Eye Friday night in the team's home opener and found the net seven more times in the next two periods, claiming a 13-1 Southwest Conference victory. Trojan senior Tim Roos scored two of those first period goals and finished with four for the night, as he was on the receiving end of several fine passes by his teammates. "Timmy had a nice game for us," Trojan head coach Gary Brandt said. "I was pleased with how all the boys played.
EDGERTON -- Outscoring Southwest Christian 21-6 over the last seven-plus minutes of the first half Friday night, the Ellsworth Panthers opened the boys' basketball season with a bang -- earning an impressive 89-59 victory over the Eagles in a highly-anticipated showdown featuring a pair of Red Rock Conference juggernauts. Ellsworth (ranked second in initial Class A state rankings) was 13-for-26 from three-point range and had five players score in double figures to defeat the Eagles, who came into the contest as the fourth-ranked Class A team in the state. Senior Cody Schilling (6-5 guard) sc
WORTHINGTON -- Paced by 13 second-half points from junior Holli Aggen Thursday night, including a trio of key three-pointers, the Worthington Trojans won their Southwest Conference girls' basketball-opener with a 75-72 victory over Redwood Valley. Aggen finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while three other Trojans -- sophomore Gabby Boever (17), senior Sarah Boever (16) and senior Alyssa Smith (11) -- also scored in double figures. A total of 15 players found the scoring column in the game, as the Cardinals' Carolyn Smith (five rebounds, five assists, four steals) was the night's leadin
WORTHINGTON -- With more than two weeks until Christmas, there is no reason to get too excited yet about shopping for your outdoor enthusiast. I think that the best shopping can be done in the last part of the month. This is when I am most successful. I do have a few unusual ideas for the hunter of fisherman on your list. If you like any of my ideas you may have to start a little sooner than normal in order to make the holiday deadline. My wish list items are not of the normal generic variety. All I can tell you is that I either have these items already or really wish that I did.
WORTHINGTON -- While graduation took a heavy toll on both Luverne and Pipestone Area, several experienced players return for both Jackson County Central and Windom, as the four area boys' basketball teams prepare for the upcoming season. Playing in the seven-team Southwest Conference, along with Marshall, Redwood Valley and Worthington, the Cardinals, Arrows, Huskies and Eagles each appear to have the athletes and basketball tradition to compete in what may be a closely-contested, evenly-balanced league chase. Here is a brief look at four of the Southwest Conference boys' teams: Luverne Car
WESTBROOK -- Alyson Drooger ripped the nets for 27 points and pulled down 19 rebounds Tuesday night to help lift the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen girls' basketball team to a 59-52 Red Rock Conference victory over Westbrook-Walnut Grove. W-WG led 26-24 at halftime before Edgerton opened up a double-digit lead midway through the second half and held on for the victory. Edgerton's Katie Hadler contributed 11 points and seven assists, and Hailey Van Kley had 10 points and five steals. Audra Schmidt sparked W-WG by scoring 25 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking three shots.
WORTHINGTON -- With six of its top eight players from a year ago returning to the court this winter, the Worthington Trojans boys' basketball team is gearing up for its season-opener Saturday at home against Mankato East. "We had a great first week of practice, as the kids are buying into what we're trying to teach them," WHS head coach Ron Vorwald said before Monday night's practice.