Area Sports Roundup: Sept. 18, 2021

The Worthington Trojans football team remains winless on the 2021 season following a 46-6 Friday night loss at St. Peter in a game heard on 104.3 The Bridge.


Kole Guth tossed four touchdown passes for the Saints, who netted 574 yards in total offense in earning their first victory of the year. Running back Vinny Guappone had 146 yards rushing and 105 yards receiving while scoring one TD for St. Peter. Ashton Volk had 110 yards receiving and scored twice.


For the Trojans, senior QB Jacob Brandner was the team’s rusher with 58 yards, and Evan Neuberger added 51 yards on the ground. Brandner completed 7 of 17 throws for 99 yards and one TD, an 18-yard scoring strike to Blake Ahrenstorff. Teyel Lowe led WHS in tackles with eight, and Abagotte Opiew and Nasim Zeidi each had seven tackles.


The Trojans will have their homecoming game this Friday against Marshall.


In other high school football action Friday night, it was:


Hills-Beaver Creek 45, Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda 12

Red Rock Central 18, Renville County West 16

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 44, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 18

Mountain Lake Area 43, Edgerton 0

Murray County Central 33, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 22

Adrian 28, Sleepy Eye 6

Pipestone Area 34, Sibley East 9

Blue Earth Area 48, Jackson County Central 14

Marshall 45, New UIm 8

Sheldon 28, Okoboji 16

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 58, Algona 21

West Lyon 21, Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 14

Sioux Central 29, Sibley-Ocheyedan 2

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 66, MMCRU 14

Spirit Lake 52, Pocahontas Area 9

Harris-Lake Park 42, Saint Edmond 28


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The Worthington Trojans volleyball team competed Saturday in the Jackson County Central Invite. The Trojans went 1-2 in pool play -– losing to Rochester John Marshall and Jackson Central and defeating Westbrook-Walnut Grove -– and then went 0-2 in the Silver Bracket of the tournament, losing to Rochester John Marshall and Luverne.

Individual leaders for the Trojans on Saturday for their combined matches were, in kills, Tarren Spartz with 39 and Ellie Weg 23; in serving, Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor, 34-for 39 for 29 points and three aces, Addison Gerber, 38-for-45 for 21 points and three aces; and Tarren Spartz, 31-for-36 for 16 points and five aces; solo blocks, Madison Beckman eight, Weg seven, Tarren Spartz six and Olivia Hayenga five; and digs, Weg 24 and Kamryn Spartz 13. Gerber had a total of 88 set assists on the day.


Worthington, now 5-7 on the season, hosts Marshall on Tuesday.


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In girls soccer action on Friday night, Worthington traveled to Albert Lea and was defeated 3-0. The Trojans will be very busy this week, with three matches in the next four days. WHS, which now has a record of 2-7, will host Marshall on Monday, play at Waseca on Tuesday and host St. Peter on Thursday.


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Despite surrendering just 137 yards of total offense on Saturday, the Minnesota West football team dropped a 28-23 decision to Central Lakes in Brainerd following a touchdown by the home team with less than two minutes to play.


Willard Holm passed for 203 yards and touchdowns for the Bluejays, who fell to 1-3 on the season. He connected with Derrick Spencer for a 3-yard score in the third quarter, and also hooked up with Tommy Lais for a 27-yard TD early in the fourth period. Holm also had an interception returned for a touchdown, however, as Central Lakes’ Vito Richards brought a pass back 57 yards for six points.


Minnesota West had a total of 220 yards of total offense in the defensive-oriented game. Mike Peralta enjoyed a good kicking day for the Jays, as he made field goals of 33, 22 and 39 yards. Bailey Cowell had seven receptions for Minnesota West; Lais had five catches and Ian Stamer four.


Leading the Bluejays defensively was Izaya Atkinson, who recorded eight total tackles. La Rontay Standard, Ke’untay Felton and Kendrick Gordon each picked off one Central Lakes pass.


Minnesota West will next take on Rochester at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Trojan Field.


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In Saturday’s King Turkey Day 10K race, Jesse Nitzschke of Worthington was the top male finisher with a time of 35 minutes and 50.13 seconds. Among the women, Worthington native Kaitlin Goforth took top honors with a time of 43:20.54.





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