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Area sports roundup: Nov. 20, 2021

The Worthington Trojans girls hockey team traveled to Waseca for a Saturday game and fell in overtime to the Bluejays, 6-5.

Five different players scored for the Trojans during the game as Makenna Nickel, Marin Pederson, Riley Nickel, Megan Dykstra and Aubree Pederson all had goals. Kory Nickel contributed a pair of assists, and Riley Nickel, Annie Luinenburg and Rosa Rodrigues each had one assist.

Worthington held a 4-2 advantage at the end of the second period, but Waseca scored three straight goals in the third to grab the edge. Riley Nickel’s goal at the 11:35 mark of the third period knotted the score.

Jenna Dykstra made 27 saves in the net for WHS, which is now 0-3 on the season. The Trojans play at Waconia on Tuesday.


Hills-Beaver Creek’s of a Minnesota 9-Man Football state title were dashed Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium as the Patriots were defeated by Fertile-Beltrami 30-22 in a semifinal matchup.

H-BC led by scores of 6-0 and 14-6 in the early going, but Fertile-Beltrami would end up moving ahead 22-14 in the third quarter before the Patriots tied the score at 22 early in the fourth period on a five-yard run by Cole Baker. Fertile-Beltrami, though, went ahead to stay with 6:16 left on a two-yard run by Everett Balstad, who had each of the Falcons’ four TDs.

Baker had 120 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead Hills-Beaver Creek offensively. Oliver Deelstra passed to Drew Leenderts for the other score for the Patriots, who finished the season with a 12-1 record.


The 2021 Trojan Basketball Tip Off Night will take place starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night in the Worthington High School gym.

The "Return to the Court" event includes team introductions, a girls' scrimmage and boys' scrimmage, and crowd participation and events that include a skills competition and a 3-Point Shoot-Out. Entrance is a free-will donation that will go toward the Trojan basketball programs. Sponsors include Fulda Area Credit Union and Hy-Vee Worthington.

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