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Thursday sports roundup: Mankato West outplays Worthington

Thursday area sports roundup:


Mankato West 85, Worthington 62

MANKATO -- Early foul trouble for Worthington’s post players has been the monkey on the back the Trojan girls basketball players can’t seem to shake off. Worthington fell to Mankato West 62-85 on Thursday night, and foul concerns again played a part.

Madisyn Huisman had a phenomenal game, however, averaging a double-double. Huisman scored 26 points, connecting on 8-of-13 from the field, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Evelyn Othow scored nine points, and junior guard Payton Sauerbrei scored an additional seven points. Sophie Wietzema had eight rebounds for the Trojans.

Lani Scoper and Ashley Gustavson scored 17 points each for Mankato West. Briana Stoltzman scored 16 points.

Worthington had 26 turnovers, and Mankato West had 18 turnovers.

Worthington plays next against Windom Area in a double-header with the boys basketball team on the upcoming Friday (Jan. 18).

WHS 31 62

Mankato West 48 85

Luverne 61, Windom Area 52

WINDOM — Freshman Brooklynn Ver Steeg and senior Gabi Ferrell each had 18 points to boost visiting Luverne to a triumph over the Eagles.

The Cardinals built a 34-18 halftime advantage and held on from there. Ver Steeg also contributed six steals in the fame, while Mallory Thorson and Ferrell had five apiece. Thorson and Ferrell also each pulled down six rebounds. Jaydn Anderson and Grace Sweeney both had five boards.

Allison Letcher had 14 points to boost Windom Area offensively, and Autumn Hauge added 11. Delaney Smith had a game-high seven rebounds for the Eagles.

Luverne 34 61

Windom Area 18 52


Adrian 74, Fulda 73

FULDA — Christian Weidert drilled a 3-point basket at the buzzer, capping the Dragons’ rally from a 20-point halftime deficit.

The Raiders, who led 49-29 at the break, were victimized in the second half by an Adrian half-court trap that resulted in multiple turnovers as well as colder shooting. Weidert, a senior guard, led all scorers with 27 points, while junior center Lancer Luettel added 18 and junior guard Noah Reyne contributed 14 for the Dragons.

Sam Cheadle and Payton Marquardt each tallied 17 points for Fulda, with Marquardt connecting on five 3-point field goals. Cory Renneke chipped in with 16 points of his own.

Adrian 29 74

Fulda 48 73

W-WG 76, SWC 62

WESTBROOK -- Westbrook-Walnut Grove outplayed conference opponent Southwest Christian in a Red Rock Conference match.

Ethan Mischke led all scorers with a game-high 23 points for the Chargers. Nathan Ross scored 20, Wyatt Christians scored 13, Andrew Quade scored 12, and Parker Freeburg scored six. Freeburg led W-Wg in rebounds with 12, and had four blocks.

The Eagles leading scorer was Avery Pater with 13 points, Kade Fey scored 12, and Jacob Van Dam scored 11.

SWC 24 62

W-WG 41 76

MCC 61, Ellsworth 27

ELLSWORTH — Nate Everson scored 19 points, with 15 of them coming on 3-pointers, to help guide the Rebels over the Panthers.

Jack Pierson contributed 12 points for MCC, which also benefited from six rebounds by Blake Schmitz and three steals apiece from Cameron Kresko and Everson. Kresko, Everson and Noah Boerboom also had three assists apiece.

Brandon Kramer’s eight points was best for Ellsworth offensively. Kramer also collected eight rebounds, while teammate Noah Kruse had seven. Peyton Lewis and Kade Boltjes had three steals apiece.

MCC 31 61

Ellsworth 20 27

H-BC 68, HL-O 65

HILLS -- Preston Wilhelmi scored 32 points for Hills-Beaver Creek. Wilhelmi connected on 2-of-3 shots from beyond the arc, and 12-of-16 two-point shots. The Patriots were able to sneak out a win over conference opponent Heron Lake-Okabena to improve to 4-0 in league play.

Eli Fest led all scorers with a game-high 33 points. Brandon Hinkeldey scored 13 points, and Andrew Madsen scored 11 points.

Jax Wysong scored 20 points for H-BC.

H-BC 35 68

HL-O 33 65

Red Rock Central 74, Edgerton 52

EDGERTON — Spencer Halland and Sam Helmer each scored 25 points — nearly equalling Edgerton’s team total — in the Falcons’ win.

Jonah Hansen contributed 13 points for RRC (3-6). Keegan Fey led the Dutchmen (1-7) offensively with 13 points, while Tannan Groen chipped in with 10 points and six assists. Brayden Kuiper added nine points and three steals for Edgerton, while Mason Gilbertson had nine rebounds.

RRC 36 74

Edgerton 31 52

JCC 66, RV 62

REDWOOD FALLS -- Jackson County Central earned a key conference victory over Redwood Valley.

The Huskies improve to 9-3 overall, but move to a tie atop the Big South West with a 5-1 record. The Cardinals fall to 5-6 overall and are also 5-1 in the conference.  

Luverne 90, Windom Area 84

WINDOM AREA -- In a high-scoring game, Luverne picked up a road victory over host Windom Area.

The Cardinals are now 7-5 on the season, while the Eagles drop to 2-8.


Adrian 58, Kingsley-Pierson 18

Adrian 60, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 9

HARTLEY, Iowa — Adrian won six matches by fall in recording its dual win over Kingsley-Pierson.

Winning via pins were 132-pounder Isaac Bullerman (31 seconds), 152-pounder Logan Sherer (3:44), 160-pounder Quentin Wolf (1:03), 106-pounder Bryan Anaya (1:50), 113-pounder Breyer Hieronimus (1:59) and 120-pounder Rilee Heidebrink (3:24). Logan Taylor (126 pounds) also won a 14-6 decision for Adrian, which also won three matches via forfeit.

Against H-M-S, Bullerman (1:59), Sherer (1:44), Wolf (1:52), and 170-pounder Cameron Wieneke (1:08) all picked up wins by fall for the Dragons. Adrian also earned 30 points via forfeits.


Fairmont 1, Worthington 0

FAIRMONT — Host Fairmont scored a single goal in the second period and made it stand up to record a narrow win over the Trojans (1-13).

WHS outshot the Cardinals, 26-23, in the game, but unfortunately for the Trojans it didn’t make a difference on the scoreboard.

“I thought we played a decent defensive game,” Worthington head coach Tyler Nienkerk said. “Our offensive game, though, wasn’t there. We put a lot of shorts at the goaltender’s chest, but give him credit for making all of the saves.”

Preston Thavixay made 22 saves in goal for the Trojans, who will next play Saturday in Waseca in a girl-boy doubleheader.

WHS 0 0 0 — 0

Fairmont 0 1 0 — 1

Windom Area 5, Redwood Valley 1

WINDOM — Kyle Espenson had a pair of goals and assists and Windom never trailed in its victory over Redwood Valley.

Alex Espenson’s goal 3:45 into the game — assisted by Kyle — opened the scoring, and Kyle made it 2-0 at the 12:03 mark of the first period (Alex and Tanner Pigman both picked up assists).

Kyle made it 3-0 2:12 into the second period on a goal that was assisted by Tylan Porath. Mikal Anderson’s goal at 9:53 of the second — assisted by Wyatt Haugen and Eli Becker — made it 4-0.

Keaton Storm scored on a feed from Matt Stubbe 8:36 into the third period for the Eagles’ final tally. Josiah Quintero had 20 saves for Windom Area, which outshot the Cardinals 28-21.

RV 0 0 1 — 1

Windom Area 2 2 1 — 5


Luverne 3, Morris Area/Benson Area 1

LUVERNE — The Cardinals scored two goals in the latter stages of the third period to break a 1-1 deadlock and emerge with a home-ice win.

Rylee Gee’s unassisted shorthanded goal at the 10:55 mark of the third stanza gave Luverne a 2-1 edge. Slightly more than four minutes later, Kamryn Van Batavia scored at 14:56 for the two-goal cushion.

The Cardinals’ Rehan Bork got her team on the scoreboard 13:37 into the first period, making it 1-0 in favor of Luverne. The next goal wouldn’t be scored until 1:17 into the third period, when Tayrn Picht knotted the score for Morris Area/Benson Area.

Luverne accumulated a whopping 48 shots on goal compared to just eight for the Storm. Leah Thompson had 44 saves in net for the guests; Cheyenne Schutz had seven stops for the Cardinals.

MA/BA 0 0 1 — 1

Luverne 1 0 2 — 3