Saturday high school sports roundup: WHS boys hockey team shines

Alec Langerud scored two goals to help the Worthington High School boys hockey team defeat Minnesota River 5-2 on Saturday, lifting the Trojans to 2-1 on the season.

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Saturday high school sports roundup:

Boys hockey

Worthington 5, Minnesota River 2

LE SUEUR -- Alec Langerud scored two goals to help the Worthington High School boys hockey team defeat Minnesota River 5-2 on Saturday, lifting the Trojans to 2-1 on the season.

Minnesota River scored the only goal of the first period, but the Trojans outscored the hosts 3-0 in the second to take charge.


Caden Van Briesen, Blake Luinenburg, Brendan O'Keefe and Konner Honius also scored goals.

Worthington put 32 shots on goal and Minnesota River attempted 29.

“Solid effort throughout the lineup, but Blake Ahrenstorff and Andrew Benson really set the tone with their physical play,” said WHS head coach Tyler Nienkerk. “Konner Honius and Alec Langerud caused problems for them all game with their aggressive forecheck. Steven Adams played well in net. The entire team worked as hard as they’ve worked all year.”

Worthington 0 3 2 -- 5

Minnesota River 1 0 1 -- 2

Girls hockey

Minnesota River 4, Worthington 0

LE SUEUR -- Minnesota River pitched a shutout against the Worthington girls. Christina Cruz, Anna Pavlo, Adrianna Bixby and Callie Voeltz had the goals.


Worthington attempted 20 shots to Minnesota River's 36.

Worthington 0 0 0 -- 0

Minnesota River 1 2 1 -- 4

Boys basketball

New Ulm 76, Worthington 74

PIPESTONE -- In a Big South Conference Crossover game, Worthington by just two to New Ulm to stumble to 1-2 on the young season. New Ulm had a good lead early, but Worthington led for much of the game. However, the Trojans slumped during the second half.

With about a minute to go in the game, the score was tied. The Trojans had two chances to score, but didn't. The second possession resulted in a turnover, which led to the two free throws that won the game for the Eagles.

Jake Brandner scored 16 points for Worthington, making seven of nine field goals and pulling down six rebounds. Marenono Opiew had 21 points. Mak Lia had 11 points and six rebounds. Jacari Swinea scored 10 points while going 5-for-5 from the field. Kaleb Knothe added 10 points. Mikele Walu had nine assists.


Head coach CJ Nelson said he likes the effort of his young team.

"We're not just relying on one person. It's everybody. We still have to work on some things and get ready for Marshall (at Worthington Friday) next week," he said.


JCC Invitational

JACKSON -- The host Jackson County Central Huskies gained six individual champions Saturday at the Pizza Ranch Invitational high school wrestling meet, and Worthington's Cole Hennings won the 285-pound class.

Hennings pinned Thayne Decker of Maple River in 2:49 in his first-place match.

Huskies Nolan Ambrose at 113 pounds, Kie Anderson at 120, Logan Butzon at 138, Thomas Freking at 145, Payton Handevidt at 160 and Matthew Haley at 170 were champs.

Here are the top six wrestlers in each weight class from The Globe coverage area:

106: Alex Galvez (Wgtn) 2nd

113: Nolan Ambrose (JCC) 1st

120: Kie Anderson (JCC) 1st; Oscar Galvez (Wgtn) 2nd; Jared Hunter (Windom-Mountain Lake) 4th; Rayden Boyenga (Luverne) 6th

126: Thavien Xayachaek (W-ML) 3rd; Ethan Meyer (Wgtn) 4th

132: Tucker Renquist (W-ML) 4th

138: Logan Butzon (JCC) 1st; Trey Rossow (JCC) 6th

145: Thomas Freking (JCC) 1st; Caden Swoboda (W-ML) 3rd; Brayden Ripka (Luv) 5th

152: Dylan Withers (JCC) 2nd; Isaac Bullerman (Adrian/Ellsworth) 4th; Isaiah Rodriguez (JCC) 6th

160: Payton Handevidt (JCC) 1st; Breyer Hieronimus (A/E) 5th

170: Matthew Haley (JCC) 1st

182: Christian Kuball (Fulda/Murray County Central) 3rd; Quentin Wolf (A/E) 4th

195: Caleb Vancura (JCC) 2nd; Micah Holmberg (W-ML) 3rd; Jaren Winselman (A/E) 4th

220: Tanner Hennings (Wgtn) 2nd; William Freking (JCC) 4th; Cameron Wieneke (A/E) 5th

285: Cole Hennings (Wgtn) 1st; Roberto Hernandez (A/E) 5th; Cameron Scholten (JCC) 6th

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