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No. 1 Rochester too much for No. 3 Lady Jays, 83-58

The No. 3 Minnesota West Lady Jays broke out to an 8-3 lead Saturday at Rochester, but the top-ranked Yellow Jackets scored the final 15 points of the quarter and kept rolling from there in posting an 83-68 victory over their guests.


The game got off to a scary start for Minnesota West when Dannyn Peterson had to be helped from the floor to bench following an injury just 45 seconds in. While Peterson was able to return soon afterward, Rochester kept the Lady Jays out of sync offensively much of the afternoon. The Yellow Jackets forced 19 turnovers in the first half and 30 overall.


The closest the Lady Jays would get after the first quarter was within seven, 20-13, early in the second. Rochester, now 22-0, was up 37-18 at halftime and Minnesota West got no closer than 16 points of the lead the rest of the way.


Madisyn Huisman led the Lady Jays, now 26-3 on the season, with 13 points. Tia Murray had 12 points and nine rebounds and Peterson contributed 11 points. Olivia Hayenga, who leads Minnesota West in points per game, had just nine points but had nine rebounds and passed for eight assists. It was the last game of the regular season for the Lady Jays, who next play in the district tournament this coming weekend at Anoka-Ramsey.


Also Saturday, the Minnesota West men wrapped up their season by losing 114-61 to Rochester. Carter Drent had a season-best 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Bluejays while Steve Ndumbe added 20 points. Minnesota West, which dressed just six players against Rochester, finished the season at 5-21.


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The Worthington High School gymnastics team qualified for the state meet for the ninth consecutive year by capturing Saturday’s Section 3A meet in Pipestone.


The Trojans accumulated a season-high points total of 143.925 in capturing the meet. Hali Bullerman of WHS captured the all-around competition, as her cumulative score of 36.725 was just ahead of Luverne’s Ella Reisdorfer at 36.075.


Bullerman took first on the vault with a score of 9.45, won the floor with a 9.35 and was second on the bars behind Reisdorfer. Addison Gerber won the beam with a 9.20 and was second on the floor. Kelsey Soleta was second on the vault and third on the beam. Cristy Banegas was third on the vault.


Worthington won more than just a berth at the state meet Friday and Saturday in St. Paul. The Trojans took the Section 3A award for academic excellence of 3.97. Additionally, Joni Reitmeier was recognized as coach of the year and Junior Nguyen as assistant coach of the year.


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The Worthington Trojans boys hockey team was defeated Friday at Fairmont in their regular-season finale, 9-3.


Anthony Jimenez scored on assist from Spencer Nickel to make it a 1-1 game in the first period. After the Cardinals scored twice, Nickel added a goal – still in the first period – to make it 3-2.


Dawson Duangapei’s second-period goal on a feed from Easton Newman made it a 4-3 game, but Fairmont scored the next five goals after that. Nate Rakness had a hat trick and three assists and Luke Kester also added three goals.


The Trojans are scheduled to play a first-round sectional game Tuesday night at Fairmont.


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The WHS girls basketball team dropped its regular-season finale Saturday at Windom, 86-63.


New Gora had 15 points along with four steals to pace the Trojans. Aisha Zeidi contributed 10 points and six rebounds, and Madison Beckmann also had 10 points. Worthington will play a first-round sectional tournament game on Feb. 28.


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In area girls basketball Saturday:


Pipestone Area 78, New Ulm 68

Jackson County Central 77, Tri-City United 40

St. James Area 73, Fairmont 61

Marshall 51, Luverne 37


In boys basketball:


Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 73, Pipestone Area 48



In girls basketball Friday:


Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 56, Martin County West 50

Springfield 48, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 46

Elkton-Lake Benton, S.D. 44, Hills-Beaver Creek 21

Sibley-Ocheyedan 71, Ridge View 27

Central Lyon 55, West Sioux 36



In boys basketball:


Westbrook-Walnut Grove 58, Edgerton 46

Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 81, Hills-Beaver Creek 54

Southwest Minnesota Christian 68, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 54

Murray County Central 72, Adrian-Ellsworth 43

Fairmont 72, Windom 71

Waseca 70, Marshall 58


In boys hockey:


Waseca 6, Marshall 4




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