Tuesday sports roundup: Solid defense helps Worthington boys basketball team trip Windom Area

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Boys Basketball

Worthington 77, Windom Area 60

WINDOM -- Good defense and fair shooting helped the Worthington High School boys basketball team beat Windom Area Tuesday night in Windom, 77-60.

The Trojans led 48-30 at halftime and kept the Eagles at bay.


“I thought we shot the ball very well,” said Trojans head coach Clint Meyer. “We didn’t take care of it, especially in the second half. The score just kept hovering within the 18- to 20-point margin.”

But the visitors did do a solid job defensively against Windom Area’s two main offensive threats, Henry Erickson and Abe McKibbin. Between them, they scored just 18 points.

“We did a pretty good job with Erickson,” Meyer said about the Eagles’ outstanding ball-handling and shooting guard. “Everything he got was tough.”

Worthington guard Mikele Walu guarded Erickson much of the time. Walu picked him up occasionally when the team pressed, too, maintaining a high level of endurance.

“That was the cross country in him,” Meyer mused about his state-level cross country runner. “He didn’t get tired.”

Jacari Swinea led Worthington with 16 points. Abagotte Opiew scored 15 points, Kaleb Knothe had 11 and Walu 10.

Drew Rothenberger, a junior guard, led Windom Area with 27.

Worthington 48 77


Windom Area 60

W-WG 70, Edgerton 28

WESTBROOK -- Dan Kleven scored 19 points to lead the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers to a victory over the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen. Kole Curry finished with 17 points and Adyn Vue had 15 points.

Edgerton’s Jared Fisher scored nine points.

W-WG 44 70

Edgerton 17 28

MLA/Comfrey 74, H-BC 56

MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Cody Wassman scored 17 points to lead Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey to a win over Hills-Beaver Creek. Carter Olson added to the score with 16 points. Grant Oakland finished with 14 points and Ashton Toll had nine points with nine rebounds.


Riley Tatge scored 12 points with nine rebounds and Brock Harnock had 10 points for the Patriots.

MLA/C 43 75

HBC 29 56

JCC 77, Luverne 67

LUVERNE -- Roman Voss scored 21 points to lead Jackson County Central to a victory over the Luverne Cardinals. Travis Rogotzke ended with 16 points. Erik Hesebeck had 14 points and Christian Benda had 13 points.

Luverne’s Gavin DeBeer scored 27 points and Gannon Ahrendt finished with 22 points.

JCC 28 77

Luverne 25 67

MCC 66, A/E 47

ELLSWORTH -- Tanner Graphenteen scored 24 points with four steals to lead the Murray County Central Rebels to a victory over the Adrian/Ellsworth Dragons. Bryce Hoekman finished with 11 points with nine rebounds and Christian Tentiger had 11 points, six rebounds, and three steals.

Aiden Tweet scored 22 points for the Dragons.

MCC 41 66

A/E 18 47

Boys hockey

Worthington 5, Redwood Valley 4

WORTHINGTON – Despite a late push by Redwood Valley in the third period, Worthington held on to win in Tuesday’s game -- perhaps its best hockey performance yet this year.

Scoring the opening goal for the Trojans was sophomore Spenser Nickel with an assist from defenseman Anthony Jimenez.

“It was a good game, our guys came out with high energy and we were able to make the most out of a game we thought was a good match-up,” Worthington head coach Tyler Nienkerk said.

Also scoring in the opening period for the Trojans was senior forward Riley Woodbury, who sunk the puck in the back of the net with both skates in the air. Easton Newman netted a third goal unassisted to finish the first period.

The Trojans scored two goals in the third period. The first one took place 11 seconds after the opening puck drop as Nickel scored his second goal on a dish from Ian Burmgardner.

Dawson Duangapai scored the dagger with assistance from Kyle Ahrenstorff and Trenton Chantharath.

The Trojans allowed three third period goals to the Cardinals, two of which came off power play attempts from Trojan penalty infractions.

However, Trojan goalie Colin Ahlers stood tall when needed and helped earn the Trojans a conference victory.

Worthington 2 0 3 – 5

Redwood Valley 1 0 3 – 4

Girls Basketball

New Prague 62, Worthington 47

NEW PRAGUE -- Tarren Spartz scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Worthington in a loss against New Prague.

Ellie Weg finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Trojans. Pham Gora had eight points and Aisha Zeidi ended with six points. Madison Beckmann had 10 rebounds, five assists, and five steals.

Worthington’s overall record is 1-5.

New Prague 39 62

Worthington 22 47

Luverne 79, H-BC 21

HILLS -- Elizabeth Wagner scored 27 points to lead the Luverne Cardinals to a victory over the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots. Kira John had 13 points Emma Beyer had 12 points.

H-BC’s Olivia Bork scored six points and Olivia Deelstra had five points.

Luverne 55 79

H-BC 7 21

R-T-R 54, RRC 39

LAMBERTON -- Alex Schreurs scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to help her Russell-Tyler-Ruthton squad outpoint Red Rock Central.

Emily DeCock had seven points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three assists for RRC, and teammate Sondra Rindfleisch scored 12 points with 14 rebounds.

JCC 64, WEM 55

JACKSON -- Riley Cother scored 20 points, eight rebounds,had five assists, and five steals to lead Jackson County Central to a win over Waterville-Elysian-Morristown. Maci Farmer scored 19 points with 14 rebounds and six steals. Kylee Wenzel scored 11 points with 11 rebounds and four steals.

Tianna Pope and Kylie LeFrance scored 12 points apiece for WEM.

JCC’s overall record is 4-1 and WEM’s overall record is 2-4.

JCC 34 64

WEM 26 55

Girls hockey

Fairmont 5, Worthington 1

WORTHINGTON – Marin Pederson notched the lone goal for the Worthington Trojan girls hockey team as it fell to conference opponent Fairmont.

The Trojans conceded three goals in the first period to the Cardinals.

The Worthington Trojans girls’ and boy’s hockey teams both played home games on Thursday night. The girls’ team celebrated Senior Night and played the non-conference Austin Packers. Austin beat Worthington 6-1.
Needless to say, it would behoove the Wild to bank a couple of wins so they don’t have a sour taste in their mouth.
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Scoring the opening goal for the Cardinals was Karissa Newville with an assist from Bella Larson. Newville assisted Hannah Goerndt for a second Cardinal goal before landing her own second to finish out the first period.

Newville would earn a hat trick with her third goal coming in the final three minutes of the second period on an assist from Corene Moeller.

Trojan goalie Lillyana Newman earned 40 saves. Worthington was credited with 19 shots on goal.

Worthington 0 1 0 – 1

Fairmont 3 2 0 – 5

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