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Area Sports Roundup: Dec. 14, 2021

The Worthington Trojans gymnastics team scored 141.125 total points in their home win Tuesday night over Martin County Area Fairmont. The Trojans have come out on top in all three of their meets so far this season.

Hali Bullerman was once again the top performer for WHS, as she captured the all-around competition with a total score of 36.3 points. Teammate Meklya Nystrom earned second place with 35.5, and Cristy Banegas was third with 32.95.

Bullerman finished first overall on the vault, balance beam and floor. She earned a winning score of 9.375 on the vault – just ahead of Nystrom’s 9.325 – and scored 8.8 on the beam; Ivy Jenson was second in that category at 8.65. In floor exercise, Bullerman earned a score of 9.225, with Nystrom and Banegas tying for second at 8.85. Nystrom, meanwhile, won on the parallel bars with a score of 8.925; Bullerman had an 8.9.

The Trojans will have another meet at home Friday night and will face Windom.


In girls hockey Tuesday night, the Worthington Trojans nearly rallied from a 3-0 deficit but wound up falling on the road to Fairmont, 3-2.

Fairmont built its 3-0 lead with a goal at the 12:52 mark of the second period, but Worthington wasn’t done. Kessey Aljets scored on an assist from Peyton Nickel at 12:40 of the second period to get the Trojans on the board, and Aljets got a feed from Nickel for another goal at 8:26 in the third period to cut the Cardinals’ advantage to one. Worthington, though, would get no closer, as Fairmont held on thanks in part to a 44-26 advantage in shots on goal. Lillyana Newman made 41 saves in the net for Worthington, now 1-7 on the season.

WHS will host Morris/Benson at noon Saturday; the game will be broadcast on 1043.3 The Bridge.


The Worthington High School girls basketball team improved to 5-0 on the season Tuesday night, running away from Jackson County Central in the second half and posting a 90-66 win in the WHS gymnasium.

Olivia Hayenga had big night offensively for the Trojans, pouring in 33 points; she also added six assists and eight steals. Worthington led 40-29 at halftime, but the Huskies were able to close to within three points in the early stages of the second half. WHS, though would slowly pull away, as Hayenga was one of five Trojan players to score in double figures.

Also chipping in offensively for the Trojans were Ellie Weg, who had 20 points as well as 18 rebounds; Madison Beckmann, who had 13; and Tarren Spartz and Dasia Potter, who had 12 apiece. The Huskies, meanwhile, were paced by Sadie Voss, who scored 24 points, and Maci Farmer, who had 20. Farmer made an impressive 14 of 15 shots from the foul line.

The Trojans are idle until next Tuesday, when they host Luverne.


Senior Konner Honius scored a pair of goals in the third period and the Worthington Trojans boys hockey team improved to 3-1 on the season by topping Fairmont, 7-3, at the Worthington Arena. Blake Ahrenstroff had two goals as well for the Trojans, and Alec Langerud and Spenser Nickel also scored.

WHS and Fairmont were tied at 3 late in the second period, but the home team took over from there. Steven Adams also had 28 saves in the net for the Trojans, who will meet Morris/Benson at 2 p.m. Saturday in a girls-boys doubleheader to be aired on 104.3 The Bridge.

Elsewhere Tuesday night:

Boys Basketball:

Luverne 48, Hills-Beaver Creek 32

Redwood Valley 70, Marshall 59

St. Peter 75, Jackson County Central 70

West Lyon 67, Sheldon 50

Central Lyon 79, Okoboji 53

MOC-Floyd Valley 84, George-Little Rock 53

Rock Valley 58, Sibley-Ocheyedan 37

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 55, Akron-Westfield 38

Gehlen Catholic 76, Harris-Lake Park 37

Storm Lake 80, Spirit Lake 53

Girls Basketball:

Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 42, Murray County Central 32

Adrian-Ellsworth 82, Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda 56

Southwest Minnesota Christian 66, Edgerton 53

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 50, Red Rock Central 36

Luverne 74, Hills-Beaver Creek 41

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 63, Wabasso 33

Marshall 65, Redwood Valley 20

West Lyon 49, Sheldon 37

Central Lyon 78, Okoboji 50

MOC-Floyd Valley 53, George-Little Rock 43

Sibley-Ocheyedan 49, Rock Valley 41

Akron-Westfield 62, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 36

Gehlen Catholic 68, Harris-Lake Park 18

Spirit Lake 65, Storm Lake 42

Girls Hockey:

Luverne 9, Windom Area 0

Marshall 12, Mankato West 3

Boys Hockey:

Luverne 5, Windom Area 2

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