U18 team wins twice at Schwan’s Cup

BLAINE -- The Worthington 18U soccer team finished strong in its final tournament of the season, splitting four games in the prestigious Schwan’s Cup international tournament in Blaine over the weekend.

Worthington won its first game 3-2 against a team from Wisconsin, then lost 3-1 to a team from Sweden. The locals rebounded well in their third game, a 10-0 win over a team from Illinois. Then in a playoff they were edged 1-0 to a very strong Minneapolis United Premier squad.

“That was a good experience for us,” said Worthington 18U coach Jose Euceda. “We played well. We scored 14 goals and only gave up five or six. This was a good experience for us.”

In Game One, Worthington’s goalkeeper was ruled ineligible for the second game for using his hands. Because Worthington was only to bring one true goalkeeper to the tournament, the second game was a real challenge.

For the season, Worthington won its league title and also the Apple Valley Tournament.

Division 2 Legion tourney begins Monday

Luverne and Windom will continue their American Legion baseball seasons next week as the Division 2 Southwest Sub-State Tournament opens in St. James.

In the first round on Monday, Luverne will take on Wabasso at noon. Then it’s Wells and Minneota at 2:30 p.m., Truman vs. Windom at 5 p.m. and Springfield playing St. James at 7:30 p.m.

Action in the double-elimination tournament continues with games on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The championship will be determined on Saturday, July 28.

Jaxon Nelson traded to Omaha

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Hockey player Jaxon Nelson, a 2018 graduate of Luverne High School, recently traded from the Sioux Falls Stampede to the Chicago Steel, was dealt on Thursday to the Omaha Lancers.

The Lancers acquired Nelson for defenseman Jim Dowd, forward Josh Groll, center Cole Quisenberry, a 2019 first-round pick, 2020 first-round phase 2 pick, and a 2020 fourth-round phase 1 pick.

Omaha head coach David Wilkie said Nelson brings the size that the Lancers have been looking for. Nelson, from Magnolia, scored 35 points in 112 career games with the Stampede and is committed to play NCAA  hockey at the University of Minnesota.