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Area Sports Roundup: Dec. 11, 2021

The Minnesota West Lady Jays bounced back from a Friday night road loss by earning a lopsided 81-34 victory against host Itasca on Saturday afternoon.

MacKensie Post led four Minnesota West players in double-figure scoring with 16 points. Madisyn Huisman contributed 12 points, Macie Werdel added 11 and Dannyn Peterson had 10 as Minnesota West improved to 4-7 on the season. The Jays limited winless Itasca to 25.5% shooting, forced 32 turnovers and won the rebounding battle, 48-25. Peterson had a game-best 12 boards and Kassidy Weeldreyer added nine for the Lady Jays, who had fallen to nationally ranked Northland Community College 66-56 the previous night after getting outscored by 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Minnesota West’s men’s team, meanwhile, lost both of its games over the weekend. The Bluejays, playing Saturday without one of their leading scorers, Tyrvorus Lawton, dropped a 75-64 decision to Itasca. Amos Alford led all players with 24 points and CJ Ligon added 16 for Minnesota West; Sam Paulson snared a team-high 12 rebounds. Now 3-7 on the season, the Jays also lost Friday night, 81-67, to Northland. Lawton was the leading scorer in the game with 23 points, and Ligon had 13.

Minnesota West’s women’s and men’s teams are both idle until Dec. 30, when they host North Iowa Community College in the Minnesota West Classic.


In high school boys hockey, the Worthington Trojans improved to 2-1 on the season by topping Minnesota River 5-2 on Saturday. Alec Langerud scored a pair of goals for the Trojans and Caden Van Briesen, Blake Luinenburg and Konner Honius each scored once. Langerud also had a pair of assists for WHS, and Andrew Benson also had two assists and Blake Ahrenstorff one. Steven Adams made 27 saves in the net for the Trojans.

In high school girls hockey, Minnesota River blanked Worthington 4-0 despite 32 saves from Lillyana Newman.


In high school wrestling Saturday, host Jackson County Central had six individual winners at the Pizza Ranch Invitational meet. Earning championships for the Huskies were 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.

For the Worthington Trojans, Cole Hennings earned a championship at 285 pounds. Other top competitors for the Trojans were: Alex Galvez, second at 106 points; Oscar Galvez, second at 120; Ethan Meyer, fourth at 126; and Taylor Hennings, second at 220. Among other area wrestlers earning top-four finishes were: Jared Hunter, Windom-Mountain Lake, fourth at 120; Thavien Xayachaek, Windom-Mountain Lake, third at 126; Tucker Renquist, fourth at 132; Caden Svoboda, Windom-Mountain Lake, third at 145; Isaac Bullerman, Dylan Withers, JCC, second and Adrian-Ellsworth, fourth at 152; Christian Kuball, Fulda/Murray County Central, third and Quentin Wolf, Adrian-Ellsworth, fourth at 182; Caleb Vancura, JCC, second, Micah Holmberg, Windom-Mountain Lake, third and Jaren Winselman, Adrian-Ellsworth, fourth at 195; and William Freking, JCC, fourth at 220.


In boys basketball Saturday, New Ulm edged Worthington 76-74 in Pipestone. Marenono Opiew led five WHS players in double figures with 21 points. Jake Brandner had 16 points, Mak Lia 11 and Jacari Swinea and Kaleb Knothe 10 apiece. Mikele Walu also passed for nine assists as the Trojans fell to 1-2 on the season.

Elsewhere around the region:

Saturday girls hockey:

Luverne 5, Mankato East 2

Rochester Century 5, Windom 4

Minnehaha United 9, Fairmont 1

Saturday boys hockey:

Marshall 10, Waseca 1

Saturday boys basketball:

Marshall 63, St. Peter 58

Central Lyon, Hills-Beaver Creek 61

Jackson County Central 74, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 59

Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 84, Red Rock Central 36

Fairmont 55, Luverne 35

Pipestone Area 70, St. James Area 45

Saturday girls basketball:

Central Lyon 69, Hills-Beaver Creek 24

Edgerton 63, Lakeview 32

Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 81, Red Rock Central 59

Adrian-Ellsworth 49, Martin County West 42

Marshall 53, Willmar 49 (OT)

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