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Saturday Sports Roundup: WHS gymnasts win Big South crown

GYMNASTICS

Big South Conference Meet

WELCOME -- The Worthington gymnastics team added one more accomplishment on Saturday --  a Big South Conference championship.

The Trojans scored a 141.875 to win the conference title, with New Ulm scoring a 138.8 to finish second. Jackson County Central was third with a 137.675, while host Martin County Area was fourth with a 136.225.

With the victory, the Trojans improve to 13-0 this season.

“We never take anything for granted,” WHS head coach Joni Reitmeier said. “We don’t go into a match thinking we’re going to beat everybody. We go into the match and worry about Worthington and try to give 100 percent. I think the girls did that today.”

And while no individual scores were kept for the conference meet, Saturday also counted as the Worthington dual with Jackson County Central, which was cancelled due to weather earlier this week.

In the scores that counted for the dual, the Trojans fared well, taking the top three spots in most events. On the bars, Hali Bullerman was first with an 8.65, while Kara Thuringer was second with an 8.4 and Mekyla Nystrom was third with an 8.275. On the beam, Gracia Elias was first with a 9.35, while JCC’s Hailey Handevidt was second with a 9.15. Bullerman was third with an 8.875. On the floor, McKenna Prunty was first with a 9.375, Thuringer was second with a 9.3 and Presley Eggers was third with a 9.25. Elias won the vault with a 9.325, while Bullerman was second with a 9.3 and Thuringer was third with a 9.225. Elias won the all-around with a 36.025, while Thuringer was second after scoring a 34.95. JCC’s Carson Schneekloth was third with a 34.325.

WHS is off until Saturday, where it will compete in the Section 3A meet in Redwood Falls.

“We didn’t have a perfect meet by any means -- we had a couple falls on bars, which hurt us and the balance beam was not our friend today,” Reitmeier said. “It’s a big meet and we went against three very talented teams, so there were a little bit of nerves, too. We need to get those settled down and worry about us. It’s a good meet to have right before the section meet so we know where we’re at and we know what we need to fix. But overall, the girls did a really nice job.”

On Saturday, Worthington will be looking for its fifth straight section championship.

“We feel good about our team and what our team can do,” Reitmeier said. “But any given day in gymnastics is up in the air. In football, if one team scores, the other team has another chance to score. In gymnastics, you get one shot. You can’t do a beam routine over if you fell off. There’s no such thing as perfect, but we have to be on and we have to try to hit five for five on everything and we’re just really going to keep that focus on Worthington and what Worthington’s doing.”

BOYS BASKETBALL

Pipestone Area 50, Fairmont 48 OT

PIPESTONE -- Pipestone Area outscored Fairmont 7-5 in overtime to take away a close victory.

Josh Tinklenberg scored 25 points and collected 13 rebounds for the Arrows, while Isaiah Byrnes scored eight points and had six rebounds.

Jack Hegsted scored 18 points to lead the Cardinals.

Fairmont 30 43 48

Pipestone Area 19 43 50

SWC 75, MCC 68

EDGERTON -- Jacob Van Dam scored a team-best 23 points to lead Southwest Christian to a key Red Rock Conference victory over Murray County Central.

Kade Fey added 16 points and Isaac Jasper scored 12 for the Eagles, who led 36-28 at halftime.

MCC was led by Nate Everson’s 27 points. Mason Woldt scored 18, while Justin Benda added 10.

MCC 28 68

SWC 36 75

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Marshall 73, Windom Area 50

WINDOM -- Six players scored at least seven points for Marshall in a conference victory over Windom Area.

Lenei Estrada scored a team-high 17 points, Abigail Wendorff added 14 and Paige Andries scored 12 for the Tigers, who led 55-23 at halftime.

Allison Letcher scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Eagles. Autumn Hauge and Delaney Smith each added nine points. Gracie Bucher had seven rebounds and two steals.

Marshall 55 73

Windom Area 23 50

BOYS HOCKEY

Waseca 4, Windom Area 1

WINDOM -- Ben Priebe scored two goals and Jagger Johnson and Riley Forshee each added one to lead Waseca to a road victory over Windom Area.

Kyle Espenson scored on a power play for the Eagles, with Keaton Storm and Eli Becker picking up the assists.

Waseca 2 0 2 -- 4

Windom Area 1 0 0 -- 1

GIRLS HOCKEY

Mankato East 4, Luverne 3 (OT)

MANKATO -- Gracie Bowman scored the winning goal at the 6:03 mark of overtime as Mankato East downed the Cardinals.

Mankato East grabbed a 1-0 edge in the first period, but Luverne got two goals from Claire Baustian -- the first at even strength and the second on a power play -- and held a 2-1 lead at the end of the first.

Kaylee Eykyn has goals in the second and third period to give Mankato a 3-2 advantage, but Kamryn Van Batavia scored at the 9:10 of the third (assisted by Reghan Bork) to knot things up at 3-apiece.

Mankato East outshot the Cardinals 38-31 in the game. Cheyenne Schultz had 34 saves for Luverne.

Luverne 2 0 1 0 -- 3

Mankato East 1 1 1 1 -- 4

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