Area sports heating up for a busy next week

Worthington boys basketball and wrestling will host several events next week

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The schedule-maker, colluding with Old Man Winter, has organized the pre-Holiday high school sports agenda so that Worthington High School has hosted only one boys basketball game and one wrestling match until now.

But that’s about to change as we enter the 2023 calendar year.

The WHS boys basketball squad will return to the friendly confines of Worthington on Saturday, Jan. 7, with a home game against Albert Lea. The Trojans are home again on Jan. 9 as they play Luverne. And they’re home again on Jan. 13 as they host New Ulm.

In fact, the Trojans have seven home games scheduled for January.

January will be a month where local fans can stay home and watch more wrestling, too. The Trojans host New Ulm on Jan. 3. And on Jan. 6, they’re home again to host Fairmont/Martin County West and Fulda/Murray County Central in a triangular.


Looking ahead, here are some other events area fans might want to circle on their calendar next week:

Jan. 2: Jackson County Central at Southwest Minnesota Christian boys basketball. This matches up two conferences, the Big South’s Huskies against the Red Rock’s Eagles. JCC started well, going 3-1 before the Christmas break. Southwest went 4-1 before Christmas and figures to be a tough out for the rest of the new year.

Jan. 3: The Worthington girls and boys basketball teams are on the road to Western Christian. The Trojans girls and boys hockey teams are home against Marshall. In another interesting matchup, two girls basketball teams that started well this year lock horns as Marshall travels to Pipestone.

Jan. 5: Worthington’s boys hockey team is home again as Fairmont/Martin County West comes to town. Meanwhile, the WHS girls travel to play Fairmont/MCW. The WHS gymnastics squad hosts longtime rival Jackson County Central.

The Worthington Trojans girls’ and boy’s hockey teams both played home games on Thursday night. The girls’ team celebrated Senior Night and played the non-conference Austin Packers. Austin beat Worthington 6-1.
Trailing at halftime, the Worthington High School girls basketball team outscored Albert Lea 49-27 in the second half Thursday night in Worthington
Boys basketball team challenged by Indians down low, but play solid second half to improve to 11-2

Jan. 6: Another intriguing girls basketball game is on tap, as Marshall travels to play Luverne. The host Cardinals might be even better than they were last year when they went 23-5. Marshall is ranked No. 4 in Minnesota Class AAA.

Jan. 7: It’s a good day for college basketball as the Minnesota West women and men host St. Cloud Tech (women at 1 p.m., men at 3 p.m.). The Trojans are also busy as Albert Lea is at Worthington in boys basketball, the gymnastics team competes at the New Prague Invitational, and both hockey teams are in Waseca.

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