Area Sports Roundup: Sept. 23, 2021

Jonathan Banegas scored three times and the Worthington High School boys soccer team improved to 10-0 on the season by earning a 5-0 win Thursday night on the road against St. Peter.

Banegas recorded a goal to put the Trojans up 1-0, and Dalen Gonzales later converted a penalty kick to make it 2-0. Banegas scored a second time on an assist from Edgar Carrillo to make it 3-0, and Gonzalez made another penalty kick before the first half expired to make it 4-0.

WHS, ranked seventh in the current state Class AA poll, will play its fourth match of the week on Saturday when it takes on Albert Lea at 6:30 p.m. at Trojan Field on Parents Night.


In girls soccer Thursday night, the Worthington Trojans were blanked by St. Peter by the score of 3-0. The Trojans will be idle until next Tuesday, Sept. 28, when they’ll play a 6:45 p.m. match against Marshall. Worthington is now 2-10 on the season.


The WHS volleyball team won a thriller Thursday night on their home court by edging Spirit Lake, Iowa 3-2 in a non-conference match. Game scores were 24-26, 25-11, 25-21, 21-25 and 17-15.

Ellie Weg led the Trojans with 17 kills while also coming up big at the net with 12 blocks; she also served for a pair of aces. Tarren Spartz contributed 14 kills and 15 digs, and was also 28-for-30 serving for 22 points and six aces. Addison Gerber passed for 45 set assists and 18-for-21 serving for 10 points and two aces.

Among the many other players chipping in for the Trojans were: Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor, 18 digs; Olivia Hayenga, 10 blocks; Karissa Maxwell, 20-of-22 serving for 11 points and one ace along with 10 digs; and Madison Beckman, 10 kills. Worthington, now 6-8, will play at the St. James Tournament on Saturday.


The Worthington Trojans’ girls tennis team continued their strong play this season by defeating Pipestone 5-2 at the Worthington Middle School courts.

The Trojans’ No. 1 singles player, Marah Darling, won in three sets over the Arrows’ Brielle Kulm, with Darling take the last set 7-6. No. 2 WHS singles player Ivy Jenson also won in three sets, while Kessey Aljets and Bailey Newman won in straight sets. The Trojans’ No. 3 doubles tandem of Taylor Nordseth and Hannah McNab was also victorious in straight sets.

The Trojans will host MACCRAY this afternoon.

Match-by-match results:


No. 1 - Marah Darling, WORTHINGTON def. Brielle Kulm, PIPESTONE 6-4 , 3-6 , 7-6 (1)

No. 2 - Ivy Jenson, WORTHINGTON def. Jenna Boeke, PIPESTONE 6-1 , 3-6 , 6-1

No. 3 - Kessey Aljets, WORTHINGTON def. Kennedy Manderscheid, PIPESTONE 6-1 , 6-1 No. 4 - Bailey Newman, WORTHINGTON def. Jasmine Boeke, PIPESTONE 6-0 , 6-0 Doubles

No. 1 - Emma Stahl and Toryn Woelber, PIPESTONE def. Taya Oberloh and Brooke Nordseth, WORTHINGTON 6-4 , 6-0

No. 2 - Madison Purdin and Alyssa Enger, PIPESTONE def. Calah Riley and Madison Shaffer, WORTHINGTON 6-2 , 7-5 No. 3 - Taylor Nordseth and Hannah McNab def. Addison Draper and Vivian Brockberg, PIPESTONE 6-3 , 6-1


The Worthington High School boys cross country team won another meet Thursday afternoon, placing first in an event hosted by Jackson County Central at Loon Lake Golf Course.

The Trojans’ Fanuel Wolday finished first among the boys with a time of 17:12.44. Also placing and earning points for WHS were Alec Langerud, who was seventh in 17:42.24; Mikeke Walu, ninth in 17:47.65; Ofebeka Morke, 11th in 17:51.66; and Mason Bobb, 12th in 18:01.26. As a team, the Trojans had 36 total points in beating out second-place Luverne, which had 58 points, and Jackson County Central, which had 70. Windom Area and Martin County West competed.

In girls competition, Worthington totaled 80 points in finishing third behind Luverne (21 points) and Southwest Minnesota Christian-Edgerton (68). Nicole Wede was the highest placer for the Trojans, coming in 14th with a time of 24:40.55. Among the others running for Worthington were Karissa Bickett, 18th in 25:06.38; Marisa Thier, 21st in 25:29.76; Jenna Hoffman, 24th in 25:36.24; and Kenadie Thiner, 26th in 25:53.68. Luverne’s Tenley Nelson won the race with a time of 19:10.14, with her teammate Jenna DeBates right behind here in 19:20.03.


In area girls volleyball Thursday night, it was:

Jackson County Central 3, New UIm 0

Fairmont 3, St. James Area 1

Tracy-Milroy Balaton 3, Lac Qui Parle 0

Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda 3, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 0

Pipestone Area 3, Luverne 2

Edgerton 3, Hills-Beaver Creek 0

Murray County Central 3, Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 1

Sheldon 3, George-Little Rock 0

West Lyon 3, Okoboji 0

Boyden-Hull 3, MOC-Floyd Valley 1

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