Area Sports Roundup: Sept. 15, 2022

The Worthington Trojans boys soccer team, playing in just their second home match of the season, blanked the Mankato Loyola Crusaders 3-0 on Thursday night to improve to 9-0 on the season.


WHS marked Parents Night prior to the start of the match and took a 2-0 advantage in the first 40 minutes following an early goal from Christian Martinez on a rebound in front of the Crusader net and a goal struck by Alan Flores past a diving Mankato Loyola goalkeeper. In the second half, Jonathan Banegas drilled a shot to the left of the Crusader goalie into the corner of the net to make it 3-0.


The Trojans controlled play for a majority of the game but were victimized by multiple offsides calls – particularly in the first half. Defensively, WHS picked up its sixth shutout of the season.


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Ellie Weg had nine kills, eight digs, went 16-for-16 serving with five aces and was credited with 11 blocks as the Worthington Trojans won a girls volleyball match against visiting Fairmont 3-0. Game scores were 25-12, 25-13, 25-18.


Tarren Spartz contributed 10 kills and nine digs for WHS, which won its second straight match this week after edging Redwood Valley 3-2 on Tuesday. Jayden Spartz added five kills, Madison Beckmann had four blocks and Addison Gerber passed for 25 set assists. With the victory, the Trojans are now 4-3 on the season.


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In girls tennis, host St. James took care of Worthington 7-0 in a Thursday match.


The closest match of the day for Trojans came at No. 2 singles, where St. James’ Allison Bluedorn topped the Trojans’ Hannah McNab in three sets by scores of 4-6, 6-0, 10-2. All of the other matches were decided in straight sets.


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The Worthington Trojans cross country team won their Turkey Trot meet Thursday at the former Prairie View Golf Links site, finishing with a team-score of 33 points. Windom Area was second in the 10-team meet with 67 points and Murray Country Central was third with 73.


Mikele Walu of Worthington captured first in the boys race with a time of 15:38.96. The Trojans’ Fanuel Wolday was second at 15:42.19. Filmon Wolday was fourth at 16:18.9, and Ofbeka Morke was also in the top 10 for the Trojans; he finished eighth in 16:58.42.


In the girls race, Murray County Central’s Amanda Overgaauw won by 48 seconds over her nearest challenger as she completed the course in 17:24.71. The Rebels won the meet with 28 points, with Pipestone Area second at 73 points and Adrian-Ellsworth third at 101.


For the Trojans, who placed 10th as a team, Madison Sieve was the best finisher, taking 25th with a time of 23:51.34. Kenadie Thiner was 35th in 24:41.67. Anaka Wede was 39th, and Florence Balash 45th.


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Cristy Banegas scored the first Worthington Trojans girls soccer goal of the season Thursday during a 4-1 loss at Mankato Loyola.


Trailing 2-0 in the first half, Worthington’s Leidy Chavez received a throw-in and maneuvered around the end line of Mankato Loyola. She then sent a crossing pass to Banegas, who was in perfect position to finish the play and score for the Trojans.


Mankato Loyola led 2-1 at halftime and added two more goals over the course of the second 40 minutes to complete the win.


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In area high school volleyball Thursday night, it was:


Martin County West 3. ML-GHEC-T 1

Adrian-Ellsworth 3, Murray County Central 2

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 3, Renville County West 0

Southwest Minnesota Christian 3, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 1

Edgerton 3, Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 1

Luverne 3, Windom 2

Sioux Falls Christian 3, Jackson County Central 0

Marshall 3, Alexandria 0

Sheldon 3, Sibley-Ocheyedan 0

MOC Floyd Valley 3, Central Lyon 1

Sioux Center 3, West Lyon 0

George-Little Rock 3, Okoboji 1

South O’Brien 3, Harris-Lake Park 0




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