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Bluejay football drops to 0-4; Lady Jays split in VB tourney

Rochester broke open a close game with 17 points in a little more than four minutes and the Yellow Jackets, ranked third in the nation, topped Minnesota West 36-15 Saturday at Trojan Field.

Rochester grabbed a 10-3 lead at halftime, with the Bluejay points coming on a 30-yard field goal by Triston Sauerbrei. It would remain 10-3 until late in third quarter, when a Yellow Jackets field goal, six-yard TD pass and one-yard scoring run made it a 27-3 game.

Minnesota West got its first touchdown of the afternoon on an 18-yard pass from Breyer Hieronimus to Joshua Yarbrough, but the ensuing PAT attempt was blocked and returned all the way to the Bluejay end zone for two more Yellow Jackets points. Rochester tacked on another TD with 38 seconds remaining before Hieronimus connected with Yarbrough on a 17-yard scoring play as time expired.

Rejiwon Dupree sprung loose for a couple of long runs and wound up with 96 rushing yards for the Bluejays on 14 carries. Yarbrough had four catches for 68 yards and two scores. DeShawn Clasrk had 13 total tackles for Minnesota West, while Nasim Zeidi had 12 and Aidan Bradshaw 11. Derrick Baartman added a pair of interceptions, and Bradshaw had a forced fumble and fumble recovery as the Bluejays dropped to 0-4 on the year.


Minnesota West split four volleyball matches over the weekend at the Madison College Tournament. The Lady Jays, ranked 13th nationally, won 3-2 against Milwaukee Area Technical College on Friday and lost to Madison College 3-0. On Saturday, they were defeated by Spoon River College 3-1 and beat Bryant & Stratton College 3-1. Minnesota West is now 16-6 this season.


The New Ulm Eagles kept the Worthington Trojans winless as they defeated visiting WHS 42-13 Friday night.

Jacari Swinea scored on a 72-yard run less than a minute and a half into the game to give Worthington a 7-0 lead, but New Ulm got a TD later in the first quarter and two more in the second to take a 21-7 halftime advantage. The Eagles would go ahead 28-7, then Ryan Lais scored from one yard out for the Trojans to make it a 28-13 game. That was it for WHS offensively, though.

Swinea ran for 181 yards on 25 carries for the Trojans, who did not complete any of their five pass attempts. Defensively, Max Ostrem led the way with 10 total tackles while Ryan Dorcey had nine and Lais eight. Brandon Bosma recovered a fumble for Worthington.


The WHS girls volleyball team played five game Saturday in a tournament at St. James, going 2-3 overall.

The Trojans opened their day by losing to LeSuer-Henderson 2-1, and then bounced back to defeat Madelia 2-0. Worthington was then edged Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 2-1, then blanked New Ulm Cathedral 2-0 before losing once more to Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 2-0.

Worthington, now 8-9 on the season, next plays Tuesday at Luverne.


In area high school football Friday night, it was:

Hills-Beaver Creek 26, Mountain Lake Area 21

Adrian-Ellsworth 19, Murray County Central 152-0.

Martin County West 12, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 0

Redwood Valley 24, Pipestone Area 21

Luverne 36, Minnesota Valley Lutheran 0

Fairmont 21, St. Peter 0

Marshall 45, Tri-City United 0

Unity Christian 50, Sheldon 14

Central Lyon-George-Little Rock 52, Cherokee 7

West Lyon 20, Western Christian 3

Kingsley-Pierson 34, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 24

MMCRU 42, Sibley-Ocheyedan 0

Spirit Lake 58, Okoboji 0

In area high school football Saturday:

Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda at Edgerton

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 63, Windom Area 22

In area high school volleyball Friday night, it was:

Edgerton 3, Hills-Beaver Creek 1

Springfield 3, Red Rock Central 0

Mayer Lutheran 2, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 1

Canby 2, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 1

Wadena 2, Jackson County Central 0

Southwest Christian 2, Jackson County Central 0

Marshall 2, Apple Valley 0

Champlin Park 2, Marshall 1

In area high school volleyball Saturday:

Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 2, Kittson County Central 1

Cleveland 2, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 1

Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 2, Nevis 0

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 2, Lester Prairie 1

New Ulm Cathedral 2, Edgerton 1

Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 2, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 0

Edgerton 2, Lac Qui Parle Valley 0

Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial 2, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 0

St. James Area 2, Edgerton 1

Nova Classical Academy 2, Jackson County Central 1

Legacy Christian Academy 2, Jackson County Central 0

Concordia Academy 2, Jackson County Central 0

Lakeville South 2, Marshall 1

Marshall 2, Northfield 0

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