Tuesday sports roundup: Nerem, Letcher, Smith reach 1,000; Worthington girls beat Southwest Christian

Tuesday high school sports roundup:

Tuesday high school sports roundup:

Girls basketball

Worthington 71, SWC 65

EDGERTON -- Strong individual performances and tough team defense led to a Worthington Trojans girls basketball victory Tuesday night against a solid Southwest Minnesota Christian team.

Olivia Hayenga had what head coach Eric Lindner called an “unbelievable night” with 31 points and 10 rebounds, and Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor caused several SWC turnovers on tipped balls as she finished with seven assists and six steals.


Worthington improved to 5-1 while dropping Southwest Christian to 4-2 with the result.

The Trojans began the game with full-court man-to-man defense, then switched to a 2-3 zone while attempting to stop the Eagles outstanding senior post, Maren Nerem. Trojans pressure created problems in the second half for the home team, which turned the ball over 21 times.

Nerem scored 14 points in the game and surpassed the 1,000-point career mark. Riley Fey added 14 points and Ella Veldkamp had 13.

Tarryn Spartz scored 14 points and Scheitel-Taylor 11 for WHS.

Worthington outrebounded Southwest 31-29, committed 18 turnovers against an in-your-face Southwest defense and hit 18 of 21 free throws. For the most part, the Trojans countered Southwest’s defense with crisp passing leading to many buckets.

Worthington 30 71

Southwest Christian 31 65

Windom Area 72, JCC 60


JACKSON -- Allison Letcher and Delaney Smith both reached the 1,000-point career mark for Windom Area in a game where Letcher scored 17 points and Smith scored 30.

Teammate Kait Huska added 13.

Sadie Voss led Jackson County Central with 23, and Macie Farmer had 21.

Boys basketball

W-WG 63, HL-O/F 55

WESTBROOK -- In a showdown of two talented Red Rock Conference teams, Westbrook-Walnut Grove used balance and free throw shooting to get the job done against Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda.

Ethan Mischke scored 21 points, Hunter Lien had 12, Nathan Kuehl had 11 and Cole Vande Wiele added 10 for the Chargers, who connected on 22 of 35 charity tosses compared to 8 of 15 for the Coyotes.

Eli Fest with 20 points and Sawyer Drent with 14 led HL-O/F.


HL-O/F 21 55

W-WG 27 63

Luverne 76, Redwood Valley 72

LUVERNE -- A strong offensive game from Gannon Ahrendt helped Luverne win the battle of the Cardinals. Ahrendt scored 28 points, including 20 in the second half.

Teammate Bailey Cowell tallied 19 and Ethan Beyer had 10.

Carson Woodford had 25, Conner Josephson 22, Charles LaChapelle 11 and Drew Lundeen 10 for Redwood Valley.

Redwood Valley 30 72

Luverne 38 76

MLA/C 66, Adrian/Ellsworth 54

COMFREY -- Ethan Nickel tallied 22 points as Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey bested Red Rock Conference opponent Adrian/Ellsworth. Carter Olson added 13 points and Jordan Toll scored 10 with 13 rebounds.

Peyton Lewis had 23 points for A/E. Anthony Lenz and Micah Onken scored 11 points apiece.

Adrian/Ellsworth 26 54

MLA/C 37 66

H-BC 69, Edgerton 41

HILLS - Cole Baker scored 18 points and Hills-Beaver Creek rallied from a poor start to knock off Edgerton in a Red Rock Conference game.

Drew Leenderts, Ty Bundesen and Zander Wysong each scored 12 points for the Patriots, who are now 2-3 this season.

Edgerton led 10-0 seven minutes into the game, but Hills-Beaver Creek recovered and led by 14 at the half. The Flying Dutchmen were led by Keegan Fey, who scored 11.

Edgerton 17 41

Hills-Beaver Creek 31 69

MCC 54, Red Rock Central 48

LAMBERTON - Junior post player Chant Mitchell scored 16 points and senior swingman Blake Schmitz added 12 as Murray County Central improved to 4-1 with a victory over Red Rock Central.

The host Falcons scored the game’s first 10 points, but MCC rallied to take a 29-19 halftime lead.

Sophomore Jaden Deacon scored 10 points for the victorious Rebels. Schmitz had five rebounds and six steals.

For Red Rock Central, Dominick Smith scored 14 points. Luke Willhite added 13 and Mason Gode scored 10.

Murray County Central 29 54

Red Rock Central 19 48

Windom Area 77, JCC 57

WINDOM – Conner Redman poured in 25 points as Windom Area won its third straight game with an impressive Big South Conference performance against Jackson County Central.

Dylan Serreyn had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Windom. Henry Erickson also notched a double-double

for the Eagles, with 15 points and 10 assists.

Gavin Jacobson led Jackson County Central with 16 points.

JCC 33 57

Windom 39 77

Boys hockey

Redwood Valley 6, Worthington 2

REDWOOD FALLS -- Mason Clark scored three times to lead host Redwood Valley past Worthington.

The Trojans out-shot the Cardinals 44-38, but the Cards scored three times in both the first and second periods to take control. Tyson Clark had their first goal of the game, and Chase Schablin also found the net.

Worthington got goals from Konner Honius and Andrew Benson. Blake Ahrenstorff was credited with an assist on Benson’s goal.

“We came out in the first 10 minutes and we dictated the game, and then we gave up an odd-man rush that they scored on,” said WHS head coach Tyler Nienkerk.

One plus, said Nienkerk, was the play of reserve goalkeeper Matthew Becker, who came on in relief of starter Preston Thavixay in the second period and performed well.

Worthington 0 1 1 -- 2

Redwood Valley 3 3 0 -- 6

Minnesota River 8, Luverne 2

LE SUEUR -- Zachary Kruse scored twice for Luverne, but it wasn’t enough as Minnesota River romped.

The winners outshot LHS 44-23 and scored seven times in the first two periods.

Luverne 1 0 1 -- 2

Minnesota River 3 4 1 -- 8

Windom Area 4, Waseca 2

WASECA -- Windom Area scored at least once in all three periods en route to victory over Waseca.

Dillon Evers, Sonny Heil and Caleb Rivera had single goals for the Eagles. The final goal was scored in an open net.

Windom Area outshot Waseca 39-24.

Windom Area 1 1 2 -- 4

Waseca 0 1 1 -- 2

Girls hockey

Luverne 7, Minnesota River 0

LUVERNE -- Kamryn Van Batavia scored three of the first four goals and finished with four. Shelby Kracht, Rylee Gee and Reghan Bork also scored for the Cardinals.

Luverne outshot Minnesota River 49-17.

Minnesota River 0 0 0 -- 0

Luverne 4 2 1 -- 7


Adrian/Ellsworth Triangular

ADRIAN -- The Worthington Trojans won twice at the Adrian/Ellsworth triangular, beating Windom/Mountain Lake 54-18 and Adrian/Ellsworth 51-18. Windom/Mountain Lake out-pointed A/E 40-32.

Windom/Mountain Lake’s won six of the first seven weight classes against the Dragons, then held on. Preston Xayachak at 106 pounds, Thavien Xayachak at 113, Noah Holmberg at 120, Tucker Renquist at 126, Kade Sammons at 138 and Trenton Renquist at 145 got the Cobras off to their good start.

Trojans who won their matches against W/ML were Oscar Galvez (113), Ethan Meyer (120), Damon Schutz (145), Mason Schutz (152), Jaden Hennings (160), Evan Neuberger (170), Cole Hennings (220) and Octavio Flores (HWT).

Trojans Alex Galvez (106), Oscar Galvez (113) and Ethan Meyer (120) recorded falls for Worthington in the first three weight classes in the match against A/E. Other WHS winners were Damon Schutz (145), Jaden Hennings (160), Neuberger (170), Kent Lais (182), Cole Hennings (220) and Flores (HWT).


Windom Area Triangular

WINDOM -- Gracia Elias won three individual events plus the all-around to lead Worthington to victory at the Windom Area Triangular.

The Trojans scored 140.925 points while Windom Area had 119.4 and Marshall 114.275. Elias captured the vault (9.325), the floor exercise (9.175) and tied for first on the balance beam with 9.1. Teammate Abby Bristow tied Elias for first on the beam. Another Trojan, Hali Bullerman, scored 8.65 to win on the bars.

Elias had 35.95 points in the all-round. Teammate Mekyla Nystrom, who was second on bars (8.4), floor (8.975) and tied for second with Windom Area’s Brooklyn Paulson on beam (8.675), was second in the all-around with 35.075. Bullerman, who was second on vault (9.325), was third in the all-around with 34.7.

“First road trip. A little bit of nerves there, being somewhere else,” said WHS head coach Joni Bullerman. “But we handled it pretty well.”

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