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Luverne edges Trojans on gridiron, 25-20

The Worthington Trojans football team rallied in the fourth quarter Thursday night but came up just short, losing 25-20 at Luverne in the season opener for both teams.


A 15-yard TD run by Elliot Domagala on the final play of the first quarter gave the Cardinals a 6-0 edge, and a short return by Marcos Diaz following a Trojans punt from their own end zone made it a 12-0 game. Worthington, though, had quarterback Tucker Brandner connect with Permeye Okony on a 70-yard pass play to make it 12-6 with 8:41 left in the first half. Domagala later reached paydirt from two yards out with 2:14 left before halftime for an 18-6 Luverne advantage.


Another rushing touchdown – this one from Sam Rock from seven yards out – put the Cardinals ahead 25-6 with 7:23 remaining in the third quarter. The Trojans, though, kept fighting. Jacari Swinea had a 10-yard run scoring run with 8:57 left to make it 25-12, and Mak Lia snared a 25-yard TD pass from Brandner two and a half minutes later for a 25-20 score following Swinea’s two-point conversion run. WHS got the ball back on two more occasions, but Luverne’s defense held and preserved the victory.


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The WHS girls volleyball team got contributions from several players and won on the road Thursday night at Pipestone Area, earning a 3-0 triumph by game scores of 25-15, 25-13, 25-19.


Jayden Spartz had seven kills and four ace serves for Worthington and Madison Beckmann has six kills and three blocks. Addison Gerber led the Trojans in passing with 14 assists and added four digs and an ace serve. Abryaba Erwin had three ace serves, Natya Khamphanh chipped in with nine digs, Regan Schaefer had five digs and Saige Scheepstra added a pair of blocks. WHS is now 2-1; it next plays next Thursday when it entertains Windom.


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The Worthington Trojans boys soccer team dropped its first game of the season Thursday, losing 4-1 to Marshall. The Trojans had won their first three games by a combined 22-2 margin and moved up to No. 5 in the state Class AA rankings. They are off until next week, when they host New Ulm.


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The Worthington Trojans girls soccer team played at home Thursday night and was defeated 10-1 by Marshall. The Trojans are now 1-3 on the season.


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In area high school football action Thursday, it was:


New Ulm Cathedral 20, Mountain Lake Area 14 (OT)

Hills-Beaver Creek 51, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 6

Springfield 48, Adrian-Ellsworth 0

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 50, Dawson-Boyd 41

Fairmont 48, Tri-City United 0


In area high school volleyball action Thursday, it was:


Luverne 2, Murray County Central 0

West Lyon 2, Murray County Central 0

Southwest Minnesota Christian 3, Windom 2

Renville County West 3, Red Rock Central 0

Fairmont 3, Martin County West 1

Boyden-Hull 2, Spirit Lake 0





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