The Worthington Trojans boys soccer team is headed back to the Class AA state tournament.
The Trojans captured the Section 2AA title for a second straight year Tuesday, beating New Prague 2-0 on New Prague’s field thanks to two goals from Jose Chavez.
Chavez’s first goal came with 7:01 remaining in the first half. The second came with 15:20 remaining in half number two as top-seeded Worthington won at New Prague for the second time this year. Said Chavez:
WHS overcame some sluggishness on offense and went on to a win thanks to another stellar defensive effort that included the return of goalkeeper Osmin Pineda. The Trojans are sectional champions for the second year in a row despite losing 16 seniors from last year’s squad.
Worthington, now 17-2 overall, will play its opening-round match at state on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Seedings, dates, times and locations will be determined over the weekend.
The Worthington Trojans volleyball team rallied to top Red Rock Central on the road Tuesday night, 3-2. Scores were 20-25, 25-12, 22-25, 25-21, 15-8.
Tarren Spartz led the way offensively for WHS with 23 kills and added 12 digs. Ellie Weg had 20 kills and 17 digs to go along with nine blocks. Weg also went 16-for-18 serving with three aces. Regan Schaefer had 11 digs and pair of ace serves, Madison Beckmann chipped in with six blocks and Addison Gerber passed for 42 set assists.
The Trojans will play a home match Thursday against New Ulm.
It was Marshall squeaking past Worthington on Tuesday to win the Big South Conference Boys Cross Country Meet in Fairmont. The Tigers had a team total of 29 points, while Worthington had 32.
The Trojans’ Mikele Walu finished first place in 16:17.0, while Fanuel Wolday was right behind in second with a time of 16:19.1. Filmon Wolday was sixth as those three Trojans earned All-Big South honors with those efforts.
Among the others running for WHS were Ofbeka Morke, who came in 12th; Austin Kinser, 15th; Isaac Kinser, 16th; and Azrat Bonnett, 20th.
It was Marshall rolling to a win in the girls' race, as the Tigers had 30 points compared to second-place Luverne’s 91. Macy Hanson of Fairmont took first individually with a clocking of 18:33.92. Madison Sieve was the first finisher for Worthington, placing 26th. Teammate Kenadie Thiner was right behind in 27th.
In area high school volleyball Tuesday, it was:
Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 3, Mankato Loyola 1
Southwest Minnesota Christian 3, Adrian-Ellsworth 1
Wabasso 3, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 0
Edgerton 3, Madelia 0
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 3, Ortonville 0
ML-GHEC-T 3, Fairmont 2
Marshall 3, St. Peter 0