Friday sports roundup: Worthington gymnastics wins Big South Conference

JCC boys basketball ends a 45 game losing streak to Marshall. The Huskies won by a score of 61-59 for their first victory against the Tigers since 2000.

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Members of Worthington Trojans gymnastics team poses with the Big South Conference championship plaque. Back row from left to right: Mia Nixon, Kelsey Soleta, Olivia Barber, and Jordis Weber. Front row from left to right: Hali Bullerman, Cristy Banegas, Addison Gerber, and Brooklyn Dykstra.
(Joni Reitmeier / submission)

Friday night area sports roundup:

Worthington 138.85, St. Peter 126.25

ST. PETER – Worthington won the Big South Conference gymnastics meet on Friday night with a team score of 138.85. Worthington competed against St. Peter for the title.

WCFC will play its first game Saturday, April 29 on the road in Maple Grove, Minnesota at 7 p.m.
The 2022-23 Red Rock Conference boys basketball season came to a close last Saturday as Southwest Minnesota Christian lost 98-57 to Russell-Tyler-Ruthton in the Section 3A semifinals
The Worthington High School gymnastics team, which just completed competing in the state tournament, had five athletes named to the 2023 All-Big South Conference team. And the WHS girls hockey team saw one player selected for its team, senior Riley Nickel.

The section meet is on Feb. 18 in Pipestone. Worthington will be competing for its ninth consecutive trip to the Minnesota Class A state tournament.

Worthington had an impressive regular season and went undefeated in conference meets. The Trojans also earned third place, their highest ever mark, at the Minnesota Class A True Team meet.


Boys Basketball
JCC 61, Marshall 59

MARSHALL – Jackson County Central snapped a 45 game losing streak against the Marshall Tigers in boys basketball. The win is the Huskies' first victory against Marshall since January 28, 2000.

Travis Rogotzke led the Huskies in scoring with 17 points. Freshman Roman Voss had 16 points. Erik Hesebeck and Weston Rowe had eight points each.

Scoring for the Tigers were Andrew Elton with 19, Omar Abdi had 12, and Alexander Franson scored 10.


JCC 31 61

Marshall 26 59

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"There are years where you have a lot of talent, and there are years where you have great kids and good team chemistry. But when they collide – we are here today and we have a trophy like that."
Meanwhile, last year’s point guard Ta’Lon Cooper heads to South Carolina
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Marenono Opiew was a key factor on a deep Trojans basketball squad. His work ethic and attitude helped guide WHS to a memorable season.

Windom Area 111, Luverne 97

WINDOM -- Offense was the story in the Windom Area-Luverne Big South Conference clash on Friday, and The Eagles flew just a little bit higher than the Cardinals.


Do-everything guard Henry Erickson led the winners with 41 points, hitting 17 of his 27 field goal attempts and four of five free throws. Abe McKibbin scored 26 points and Drew Rothenberger 25.

Carter Sehr tallied 35 points, Gavin DeBeer 27 and Gannon Ahrendt 21.

Luverne 52 97

Windom Area 66 111


MCC 61, T-M-B 53

SLAYTON – Trevor Smith scored his 1,000th varsity point for Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in a loss to Murray County Central.

Smith, a sophomore at T-M-B, scored the milestone on a 3-point shot, which were his first points of the game. Smith finished the game with 27 points.

Christian Tentinger was the leading scorer for the Rebels with 18 points. Tanner Graphenteen scored 16, and Aidan Dierks had 10.


Alex Munson scored 10 for T-M-B.

T-M-B 26 53

MCC 33 61

Girls Basketball 
Redwood Valley 47, Worthington 41

REDWOOD FALLS – A strong second half from Redwood Valley gave the Cardinals a Big South Conference victory against Worthington.

The Trojans led at halftime 21-19.


The leading scorer for WHS was Madison Beckman with 10 points. Newyouman Gora, Tarren Spartz, and Janessa Hamann scored seven apiece. Spartz had five assists and 10 rebounds. Hamann had eight rebounds.

The Trojans record falls to 4-17 on the season. WHS hosts Sioux City West on Saturday.

Worthington 21 41

Redwood Valley 19 47

Marshall 77, JCC 67

JACKSON -- Brianna Simpson scored 23 points, 16 of them were in the 2nd half to lead the Marshall Tigers to a victory over the Jackson County Central Huskies.

Marshall’s Taleigha Bigler finished with 17 points, with four 3-pointers.

JCC’s Rylie Cother scored 24 points, had six rebounds and six assists. Maci Farmer ended with 21 points with seven assists. Kylie Wenzel had 11 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks.

Marshall 34 77

JCC 31 67

SW Christian 66, MCC 27

EDGERTON -- Host Southwest Minnesota Christian shot 51 percent from the field and put four players in double figures in a triumph over Murray County Central.

Ana Veldkamp scored 16 points, Madyson Fey had 12, Lindsie Fick 11 and Makenna Moss 10. Mackenzie Pap led the team with five assists. Both she and Fick came up with three steals.

MCC converted 33 percent of its field goals.

MCC 12 27

SWC 46 66

Luverne 58, Canby 30

CANBY -- Christina Wagner scored 11 points to lead the Luverne Cardinals to a win over the Canby Lancers. Jocelyn Hart finished with nine points and Elizabeth Wagner had eight.

Canby’s Kortney Leppke scored 13 points and Brynn Kockelman had 11 points.

Luverne 32 58

Canby 12 30

W-WG 65, RRC 39

WESTBROOK -- Addison Jenniges scored 25 points for Westbrook-Walnut Grove in a victory over Red Rock Central.

Izzy Klumper had 13 points and Nathalie Wahl 10 for the Chargers.

RRC’s Alyssa Cowan scored 16 points with six rebounds. Sondra Rindfleisch had nine points and 10 rebounds.

W-WG 31 65

RRC 22 39

Boys Hockey
Winona 8, Worthington 0

WINONA – A deflating second period sunk Worthington in a non-conference game against Winona/Cotter.

Worthington played well in the first period and held Winona to one goal.

Penalties punished the Trojans in the second period with five goals. The Trojans play La Crescent-Hokah on Saturday.

Worthington 0 0 0 – 0

Winona/Cotter 1 5 2 – 8

Luverne 4, Minnesota River 3

LUVERNE – Luverne had four goal scorers in its conference victory over Minnesota River.

Scoring for the Cardinals were Maddux Domagala, Owen Sudenga, Elliot Domagala, and Patrick Kroski.

Luverne scored two goals in the first period and two goals in the second period.

Scoring for Minnesota River were Judson Narum, Travis Kotek, and Braylon Hoffman. Minnesota River scored a goal in each period.

Minnesota River out shot Luverne 32-30.

Minnesota River 1 1 1 – 3

Luverne 2 2 0 – 4

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