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Lady Jays go 2-0 on weekend; WHS boys win hoop debut

The Minnesota West Lady Jays completed a perfect 2-0 weekend on the basketball court with a 102-65 triumph Saturday over Gogebic Community College. Olivia Hayenga, last week’s NJCAA Player of the Week, starred once again by finishing with a triple double, scoring 25 points to go along with 15 rebounds, 11 assists, five steals and four blocked shots. Fellow Worthington High School grad Dasia Potter added 20 points for the Lady Jays. Also scoring in double figures were Hattie DeVries with 18, Audrey Drapeau 14 and Skyla Peterson 13.


On Friday, Minnesota West blitzed Central Lakes for a 31-point third quarter and topped the Raiders 85-45. Hayenga had 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in that contest. DeVries and Potter chipped in with 13 points each, and Casey Miller added 11.


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In men’s basketball, Minnesota West trailed 39-38 at halftime before posting an 87-73 win over Gogebic, snapping a five-game losing skid. Kennth Logan had 31 points while also adding six rebounds and a pair of steals. Henry Counsel contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds, Sammy Russ added 13 points and Teddy Collins Jr. had 11. Jordan Sinclair also passed for eight assists as the Bluejays improved to 2-6.


On Friday, Minnesota West had a six-point advantage at the half against Central Lakes but wound up losing 79-67. Counsel finished with 17 points in that ballgame; Collins added 15 and Jeremiah Guevarra had 14.


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The Worthington Trojans boys basketball team built a 20-point halftime lead and then held on from there Saturday to post a 73-71 road victory over St. Peter in the Trojans’ opening game of the season.


The Trojans were executed well against St. Peter’s man-to-man defense to build their big lead, but the Saints threw some different looks at WHS in the second half, Worthington head coach Clint Meyer said. St. Peter, which had its only lead of the game at 3-2, had an opportunity to tie or win the game with 3.3 seconds to go, but the Trojans forced a turnover with two seconds left to seal the deal.


Zach Hayenga led Worthington in scoring Saturday with 21 points. Fellow seniors Kaleb Knothe and Andrew Mulder added 17 and 14 points, respectively.


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On the girls side, New Prague dominated Worthington in the first half and led 48-4 at the break on the way to a 71-33 victory. A total of 13 different New Prague players scored in the game. For Worthington, Jayden Spartz had 10 points and New Gora nine. WHS is now 0-3 on the season.


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In high school hockey this past weekend, Worthington lost on the road on both Friday and Saturday. The Trojans were edged 3-1 by Prairie Centre on Friday night and then dropped a 6-1 decision to Detroit Lakes on Saturday.


An unassisted goal by Peyton Nickel of WHS with a little more than a minute and half to go in the Prairie Centre game made the score 2-1, but the home tallied an empty-net goal moments later to ice things. On Saturday, the Trojans got their lone goal of the day from Marin Pederson in the second period. Goaltender Macie Malhberg made 52 saves for Worthington, which is now 0-4.


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In area girls basketball Saturday, it was:


Luverne 51, Montevideo 29


In area boys basketball:


Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 72, Murray County Central 63

Wabasso 61, Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda 58

Sleepy Eye 66. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 59

Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 63, Madelia 49

Montevideo 64, Luverne 44

Windom 64, Tri-City United 60


In area girls hockey:


Luverne 5, Waseca 1


In area boys hockey:


Prairie Centre Area 12, Fairmont 2

Luverne 2, Waseca 1


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In area high school girls basketball Friday:


Murray County Central 64, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 26

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 55, Adrian-Ellsworth 48

Southwest Minnesota Christian 51, Luverne 42

Martin County West 55, Nicollet 42

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 63, Renville County West 33

Edgerton 63, Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 51

Hills-Beaver Creek 62, Red Rock Central 15

Jackson County Central 71, Pipestone Area 46

Fairmont 65, Tri-City United 57

Central Lyon 86, Sheldon 18

West Lyon 46, Okoboji 43

Harris-Lake Park 44, West Sioux 19

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 51, Trinity Christian 49


In area boys basketball:


Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 83, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 54

Sleepy Eye 60, Murray County Central 60

Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 80, Nicollet 30

Southwest Minnesota Christian 85, Luverne 71

Jackson County Central 67, Blue Earth 65

Western Christian 75, Southwest Christian 60

Fairmont 69, Tri-City United 48

Marshall 91, St. Cloud Apollo 76

Central Lyon 63, Sheldon 39

West Lyon 84, Okoboji 57

Unity 91, Sibley-Ocheyedan 38

Harris-Lake Park 62, West Sioux 48

Trinity Christian 61, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 35


In area boys hockey:


Winona 15, Fairmont 0

Prairie Centre Area, Windom 1




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