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NEW ULM — Worthington had a tough order when it opened the season against defending Section 3A champion New Ulm Tuesday. The Eagles brought back a strong contingency from last year’s state tournament team and it showed. They scored eight goals in the first period and went on to hand the Trojans a 15-0 Big South Conference loss. To add insult to injury, it was the third time out this season for New Ulm while the Trojans were getting their first live action. The scoring started 5:37 into the first period when Brittany Denn scored off of assists from Brook Schugel and Vanessa Anderson.
ST. PETER — Minnesota West knew its schedule to open the season would be no picnic. Tuesday, it learned that the hard way when it went up against a tough Gustavus Adolphus College junior varsity squad. Although no statistics were kept, Lady Jays head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka estimated her team was “well into the 20s” in terms of team turnovers. The Golden Gusties took full advantage, knocking off Minnesota West 96-36. “They were big, much stronger than us,” Hayenga-Hostikka said. “They had several upperclassmen that came down and played and they put a lot of pressure on our guards.
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — The Sheldon volleyball team’s season came to an end Monday in the first round of the Class 3A-Region 1 Tournament. The Orabs had a tough assignment when they took on Class 3A No. 3-ranked Sioux Center. The Warriors were too much, taking the match three sets; 25-14, 25-9 and 25-17. Nicole Johnson and Bizzy Feekes finished with nine and eight set assists, respectively for Sheldon.
WESTBROOK — A key Red Rock Conference matchup lived up to its billing Monday. Southwest Minnesota Christian and Westbrook-Walnut Grove entered as two of the top teams in the conference. Their match was a back-and-forth battle that eventually saw the Eagles needing two extra points to secure a 17-15 victory in the fifth set for a 3-2 win. “The people who came to watch were never disappointed,” W-WG co-head coach Sue Herding said. SWC ended up winning by scores of 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 20-25 and 17-15. Hope Veldkamp had a huge night defensively for the Eagles.
WORTHINGTON — When Minnesota West dropped its regular-season finale 36-28 on Friday at Fon du Lac, it looked like its season was over. The Bluejays entered the game needing a win along with a loss by M State-Fergus Falls to clinch the fourth seed in the MCAC Western Division playoffs. Not only did West lose, but the Spartans also won 34-16 against Vermillion. Season over, right? Wrong. Jays’ head coach Jeff Linder received word Sunday that M State had to forfeit its 18-15 win over West on October 3.
HILLS — Top-seeded Hills-Beaver Creek defeated the No. 8 Heron Lake-Okabena in the first round of Section 3 9-man playoffs 58-28 Tuesday. The home Patriots began with an outstanding first quarter which the Wildcats couldn’t recover from. Cooper Vaughn was the most dynamic player for his dominating offense. On the opening kickoff, the senior received the ball and ran it 84 yards for a touchdown. Vaughn went on to score four more times on receptions of 26 yards, 64 yards, 28 yards, and 15 yards.
SLEEPY EYE — Kodan Kosak rushed for 189 yards and scored three touchdowns as Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s defeated Murray County Central in the first round of the Section 3A playoffs. Kosak scored the game’s first two touchdowns, both on runs of 41 yards. He added another score in the third quarter on a nine-yard carry. Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s, the section’s No. 3 seed, will travel to play No. 2 Adrian in the semifinals Saturday. Murray County Central scored single touchdowns in each of the first three quarters Tuesday night.
WESTBROOK — Westbrook-Walnut Grove improved to 7-1 in the Red Rock Conference with a sweep of Heron Lake-Okabena in Tuesday night’s volleyball match. Game scores were 25-22, 25-20 and 25-17. The Chargers, which move to 14-4 overall, were led by Cassidy Mischke, who had 12 kills and 17 digs. She was also 8-for-8 serving. Brittany Erickson had four kills, while Emma Woelber led W-WG with 20 digs.
EDGERTON — Luverne fell behind in its first set against Edgerton Monday, but the Cardinals eventually found their rhythm. The visitors ended the opening set on a 20-11 run and never looked back. They handed the Flying Dutchmen a 25-21, 25-14, 26-24 sweep. Edgerton junior Jordyn Smit served up a 6-0 run to put the Flying Dutchmen in control early at 8-3.
WINDOM — In a battle of top-tier Section 3A squads, it was all Windom Area Tuesday night. The Eagles got ahead early and never let up, winning a 25-10, 25-7, 25-15 nonconference battle against Westbrook-Walnut Grove. “When they got ‘em down they kinda just went for blood,” Windom coach Ron Wendorff said. Lauren Huset went 31-of-32 serving with three aces, 29 set assists and eight digs. Porsha Porath added 16 kills and five solo blocks while Morgan Hockel pounded eight kills and had seven digs.