Trojans Saturday: Boys hockey team earns second straight shutout
The Worthington High School boys hockey team moved to 8-4 on Saturday.
Six Worthington High School athletic teams were busy on Saturday.
Worthington 3, Minnesota River 0
WORTHINGTON -- The Trojans recorded their second consecutive shutout, blanking Minnesota River by a 3-0 score at the Worthington Ice Arena. For the second game in a row, goalkeeper Steven Adams held an opponent scoreless.
On Thursday, he was in goal when the Trojans beat Waseca 5-0 at Worthington.
Logan Powers, Jon Bumgardner and Jacob Ahrenstorff had goals for the Trojans, who found the net once in each period. Alec Langerud and Dawson Dwangapai were credited with assists.
“The boys were relentless on the forecheck today, forcing a lot of turnovers. An all-around great team effort today,” said head coach Tyler Nienkerk.
Worthington attempted 33 shots. Minnesota River attempted 21.
The win pushed Worthington to 8-4 on the season while Minnesota River dropped to 3-10-1.
Minnesota River 0 0 0 -- 0
Worthington 1 1 1 -- 3
Minnesota River 8, Worthington 1
WORTHINGTON -- In the first game of Saturday’s varsity doubleheader, Minnesota River got two goals and two assists from McKenna Mueller in the victory.
Kessey Aljets scored Worthington’s lone goal and Marin Pederson had an assist.
The visitors attempted 28 shots to Worthington’s 11.
Minnesota River is now 8-9. Worthington is 2-13.
Minnesota River 1 3 4 -- 8
Worthington 0 1 0 -- 1
Big South Conference Tournament
ST. JAMES -- Worthington senior Cole Hennings won the 285-pound championship in the Big South Conference Tournament. He pinned Fairmont/Martin County West’s Alec Thompson in 1:15 in the final match.
But it was Jackson County Central that stole the team show. The Huskies also crowned seven individual champions. Nolan Ambrose was a winner at 113 pounds, Kie Anderson won at 120, Thomas Freking claimed the 138-pound weight class, Payton Handevidt won at 160, Matthew Haley won at 170, Caleb Vancura won at 182 and William Freking won at 195.
Jackson County Central scored 243.5 points as a team. Next was Fairmont/MCW with 182.5, St. Peter 163, Marshall 137, New Ulm Area 109, Pipestone Area 97.5, Waseca 87, Worthington 82, Blue Earth Area 73.5, Windom/Mountain Lake 58.5, Redwood Valley 31.5, Luverne 11 and St. James Area 9.
Four other Trojans placed in the tournament. Alex Galvez was second at 106 pounds, Oscar Galvez was fifth at 120, Miat Htoo was fifth at 138 and Tanner Hennings was third at 220.
JACKSON -- New Prague was the winner in the Jackson County Central Sweetheart Tournament, and the Worthington Trojans placed a solid second.
New Prague finished with 145.775 and Worthington had 142.425. Jackson County Central was third with 132.625, followed by Martin County Area 128.175 and Windom/Mountain Lake 127.175.
Worthington’s Hali Bullerman won the all-around competition with 36.375 points and teammate Mekyla Nystrom was second with 35.5
Bullerman was second on vault (9.45), second on floor (9.4) and third on bars (8.675). Nystrom was third on vault (9.4). Trojan Olivia Barber was fourth on beam, with 9.0. And another Trojan, Abby Bristow, was fourth on floor with 9.25.
Albert Lea 55, Worthington 51
ALBERT LEA -- Albert Lea moved out to an 11-point lead at halftime and held on to defeat the Trojans by four.
Taya Jeffrey scored 24 points.
For Worthington, Tarren Spartz tallied 20, Ellie Weg 13 and Olivia Hayenga 12.
Worthington 19 51
Albert Lea 30 55
Albert Lea 61, Worthington 57
ALBERT LEA -- It was a tight game throughout. Worthington had a lead in the second half but couldn’t hold it.
Jake Brandner scored 15 points for the Trojans. Kaleb Knothe had 13 and Abagotte Opiew 10. Knothe also had 10 rebounds and five steals. Mikele Walu had nine rebounds for WHS.
Worthington 33 57
Albert Lea 30 61