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Area Sports Roundup: Sept. 25, 2021

Chidi Nwakama scored three of Marshall’s six touchdowns -– two rushing and one receiving -– and the Tigers spoiled the Worthington Trojans’ Homecoming night by cruising to a 42-6 win over WHS.

Marshall quarterbacks Tyler Maeyert and Jake Eben each ran for TDs for the Tigers, who are 2-2 overall. Keaton Maertens scored the other Marshall TD, as he had the Tigers’ first score of the game on a 50-yard run.

The Trojans, now 0-4 on the season, got their only TD on a spectacular 76-yard run by quarterback Jacob Brandner. Brandner had a game-high 118 yards on the ground. Other offensive leaders for WHS were Blake Ahrenstroff, who had 54 yards receiving -– all on a pass from Brandner in the first quarter -- and Marenono Opiew, who also had a 19-yard reception. Levi Kuhl had 10 total tackles for Worthington, including a sack, and Nasim Zeidi contributed eight total tackles.

WHS will look for its first win this Friday when it hosts Luverne.

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

Edgerton 24, Red Rock Central 0

LeRoy-Ostrander 33, Mountain Lake Area 0

Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda 44, Granada-Huntley-East Chain-Truman 0

Hills-Beaver Creek 43, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 8

Martin County West 22, Adrian 7

Springfield 44, Tracy-Milroy Balaton 38

Murray County Central 73, St. James Area 0

Jackson County Central 50, Windom Area 6

Pipestone Area 14, Redwood Valley 7

Fairmont 28, Waseca 15

Luverne 31, New Ulm 20

West Lyon 36, Sheldon 6

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 62, Carroll 6

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 64, Cherokee 12

Emmetsburg 63, Sibley-Ocheyedan 12

Unity Christian 35, Okoboji 0

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 66, Alta-Aurelia 22

Harris-Lake Park 19, Bishop Garrigan 2

OABCIG 28, Spirit Lake 21


The Worthington Trojans boys soccer team improved to 11-0 on the season Saturday night by running past Albert Lea, 8-1, at Trojan Field.

Jonathan Banegas scored three times for WHS, which is ranked seventh in the latest state Class AA poll. Menkem Mehri contributed two goals and Elmer Guzman, Buoy Lia and Dalen Gonzalez also scored.

The Trojans will play their last home match of the regular season at 7 p.m. Tuesday night against Marshall. That match will be broadcast live on 104.3 The Bridge.


Willard Carl Holm passed for 254 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Rashard Anderson rushed for 110 yards and a score as the Minnesota West Bluejays topped visiting Rochester 21-17 Saturday afternoon at Trojan Field.

Anderson’s 13-yard TD run in the first quarter gave Minnesota West the edge at 7-3. Then, after the Yellow Jackets went back ahead, Holm scrambled and connected with Tommy Lais from 19 yards out to make it 14-10, Jays, shortly before halftime. Holm threw a three-yard TD pass in the third quarter to Bailey Cowell – who had 11 receptions in the game for 139 yards – and that made the score 21-10.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota West defense shut the Yellow Jackets down almost completely in the second half, as Rochester made just one first down (thanks to a Bluejay penalty) until the waning moments. A 51-yard TD return of a Holm fumble made it a 21-17 game late in the fourth quarter, but the Jays’ Kendrick Gordon picked off a pass with four seconds left to seal the win.

Gordon also led all Minnesota West players defensively with 11 tackles. Kwesi Hooks, Duvuaghn Williiams and Kent Lais each recorded seven tackles.

The Bluejays improved to 2-3 on the season; Rochester is 3-2.


The Worthington High School volleyball team won three matches and lost two Saturday in a tournament in St. James. They went 2-1 in pool play before falling 2-1 to Le Seuer Henderson in the semifinals; the Trojans then came back and blanked Edgerton 2-0 to take third place in the tourney.

Overall leaders over the course of the day for the Trojans were: Kills -- Tarren Spartz 36, Ellie Weg 33 and Madison Beckmann 28; Blocks -- Weg 15, Brooklyn Schietel-Taylor 8 and Beckmann 6; Digs – Tarren Spartz 25, Scheitel-Taylor 22 and Weg 17; Serving – Addison Gerber, 45-of-51 for 27 points and two aces; Weg, 35-of-42 for 25 points and seven aces; Kamryn Spartz, 37-of-42 for 25 points and one ace, and Karissa Maxwell, 39-of-45 for 22 points and six aces. Addison Gerber also had 95 set assists over the course of the day.

The Trojans, now 9-10 overall, will next play at Luverne on Tuesday.


In Friday girls tennis action, Worthington shut out MACCRAY 7-0 at the Worthington Middle School tennis courts. All four Trojans singles players – Marah Darling, Ivy Jenson, Kessey Aljets and Bailey Newman – earned straight set victories, as did the three WHS doubles teams of Taya Oberloh and Brooke Nordseth, Calah Riley and Madison Shaffer, and Hannah McNab and Taylor Nordseth.

Results of each match are as follows:


No. 1 - Marah Darling, WORTHINGTON def. Tayte Nokelby, MACCRAY 6-0 , 6-1 No. 2 - Ivy jenson, WORTHINGTON def. Hannah DeLong, MACCRAY 6-0 , 6-0 No. 3 - Kessey Aljets, WORTHINGTON def. Malinda Peterson, MACCRAY 6-2 , 6-2 No. 4 - Bailey Newman, WORTHINGTON def. Alex Dirksen, MACCRAY 6-2 , 6-0 Doubles: No. 1 - Taya Oberloh and Brooke Nordseth, WORTHINGTON def. Erika Pieper and Greta Meyer, MACCRAY 6-4 , 6-0 No. 2 - Calah Riley and Madison Shaffer, WORTHINGTON def. Mackenna Burnett and Anna Janssen, MACCRAY 6-0 , 6-1 No. 3 - Hannah McNab and Taylor Nordseth, WORTHINGTON def. Rachel Seehusen and Mia Shubert, MACCRAY 6-0 , 6-0

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