Area Sports Roundup: Dec. 7, 2021
The Worthington Trojans swept a home girls/boys high school basketball doubleheader Tuesday night, as the Trojan girls cruised past Windom 93-53 in the opening game and the WHS boys edged the Eagles 67-60 in the second contest.
In the girls matchup, Worthington led by a score of 51-31 at halftime and then came out red-hot to begin the second 18 minutes. WHS got to play several non-starters, many of whom scored.
Olivia Hayenga connected on four 3-point field goals in the first half and wound up leading the Trojans with 16 points. Ellie Weg added 15 points for the Trojans, Madison Beckmann contributed 13 points, Tarren Spartz had 12 points and Dasia Potter also scored in double figures with 10 points.
For Windom, freshman Hadley Sammons was the leading scorer with 19 points. KJ Huska added nine points for the Eagles on three 3-pointers.
With the triumph, the Trojans improved to 4-0 on the season. They’ll next play at Pipestone Area on Friday. Windom, now 2-2, will travel Friday to Murray County Central.
In the boys game, senior Jake Brandner scored 18 points as first-year head coach CJ Nelson earned his first coaching victory. Mak Lia was strong inside and contributed 16 points for WHS. Also scoring in double figures for the Trojans were Jacari Swinea and Kaleb Knothe, who had 10 apiece. WHS held off Windom in the final minute thanks to two free throws each from Mikele Walu and Swinea and a putback hoop by Brandner.
For Windom, Abe McKibbin had a game-best 20 points, Dylan Serreyn had 19 points, and Henry Erickson 15 points. The Eagles, who led 34-31 at the half, are now 0-2; Worthington is 1-1.
The Worthington Trojans girls hockey team broke into the win column Tuesday, earning a 6-5 road victory over Austin.
Kessey Aljets scored a pair of goals in the latter stages of the third period for Worthington, one coming at the 13:43 mark and the other at 14:41, as the Trojans overcame a late 5-4 deficit. WHS also trailed 3-1 earlier before coming back.
Also scoring goals for the Trojans were Angie Randgaard, Megan Dykstra, Lauren Nelson and Riley Nickel. Peyton Nickel was credited with two assists, and Aljets and Kory Nickel had an assist each.
The Trojans, now 1-5, won despite being outshot, 41-26.
In boys hockey, Worthington also won its first game of the year Tuesday night, as it topped Waconia 7-4 on the road. No additional information was available late. The Trojans, now 1-1, will play at Minnesota River in a girls/boys hockey doubleheader on Saturday.
In gymnastics Tuesday evening in Luverne, Worthington High School came away with a 140.475 to 131.700 meet win over the Cardinals. The Trojans have now won both their meets so far this season.
Hali Bullerman continued to be a strong competitor for WHS. She won on the floor with a score of 9.125, was first on the beam at 8.95, and tops on the vault at 9.3. Trojan teammate Mekyla Nystrom was first on the bars with a score of 9.075.
Bullerman was the winner in the all-around competition with a combined score of 36.225. Nystrom was second at 35.275, and Luverne’s Ella Reisdorfer was third at 34.725.
WHS will compete in a multi-team meet Friday at New London-Spicer High School.
Elsewhere in girls basketball Tuesday night, it was:
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 66, Lakeview 16
Luverne 76, Jackson County Central 58
Fairmont 55, Medford 37
Marshall 73, New Ulm 41
Lakeview 61, Murray County Central 45
Southwest Minnesota Christian 83, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 72
Jackson County Central 48, Luverne 40
Fairmont 47, Tri-City United 44
Marshall 5, Windom Area 3
Faribault 10, Fairmont 2
Marshall 3, Windom Area 0