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Sports Briefs: Sept. 25, 2023

Minnesota West men's soccer player Anton Cordes scored five times Sunday afternoon as the Bluejays picked up an important conference victory at Lake Superior College, winning 7-1.


Minnesota West dominated the first half and had a 6-0 lead by intermission. Cordes scored each of his five goals in the opening half, with the other Bluejay goal coming from Edgar Carillo. Prince Lebbi added a second-half goal for Minnesota West, who improved to 3-1-1 in conference play and 5-3-1 overall. This comes after the Bluejays failed to win during the entire 2022 season.


Minnesota West's next will be played Wednesday at Riverland. The team's next two matches after that, scheduled for Oct. 2 and Oct. 7 -- are both also on the road, and the Bluejays will then play their regular-season finale at home on Oct. 11.


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The Minnesota West Lady Jays women's volleyball team, ranked 14th in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III poll two weeks ago and 13th last week, have now dropped out of the rankings.


The Lady Jays received votes in this week's poll, which was released Monday, but did not place in the Top 15. Also receiving votes this week was Rochester, which will host Minnesota West in a key match this Wednesday night. The Lady Jays are 16-6 overall this season.


Century College, another conference foe, had been ranked No. 1 in the nation, but slipped from first to fourth in the latest rankings.


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Madison Beckmann topped the Worthington Trojans' girls volleyball team's offensive attack with a total of 38 kills during the Trojans' five matches this past weekend at the St. James tournament.


Among other statistical leaders for WHS on Saturday was Jayden Spartz, who was a perfect 15-of-15 serving with six aces in the Trojans match against Madelia. Addison Gerber had 15 digs -- the highest one-match individual total for the day -- in one of two matches against Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart.


Worthington, 8-9 overall, will play at Luverne tonight.


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The latest state of Minnesota high school football rankings were released Monday.


In Class 3A, Fairmont ranked No. 4 with a record of 4-0. Ahead of the Cardinals are No. 1 Dassel-Cokato, followed by Stewartville and Esko. Luverne is listed among the "others receiving votes" teams.


In Class 2A, Jackson County Central -- which did not play this past weekend and instead picked up a victory via forfeit -- is ranked fifth with its 4-0 record. Another area team ranked is 4-0 Edgerton, which is ranked seventh in 9-Man football with its 4-0 mark. Hills-Beaver Creek is among the others receiving votes.



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