Sports Roundup: May 14, 2022
The Worthington Trojans boys track and field team totaled 153.5 points Saturday to take first place in a Big South Conference meet at Trojan Field.
Junior Abagotte Opiew captured both the 110-meter hurdles and the triple jump for the Trojans, and he also placed second in the long jump. Also turning in winning efforts in individual events were Filmon Wolday in the 1600 meters and Fanuel Wolday in the 3200 meters. The 4 x 800 meter relay team of Ofbeka Morke, Filmon Wolday, Mason Bobb and Mikele Walu was also victorious.
Marenono Opiew also placed in two events for the Trojans, taking second in the 300-meter hurdles and third in the 110 hurdles.
In girls competition at Trojan Field Saturday, WHS placed fifth with 69 points and Fairmont won the meet with a total of 188. Individual wins for Worthington came from Bailey Newman in the 100 meters and Emma Singler in the discus. Also triumphant for the Trojans were the 4 x100 meter relay team of New Gora, Madi Singler, Pam Gora and Newman, and the 4x200 relay quartet of New Gora, Jessinia Ybarra Muniz, Pam Gora and Newman.
The WHS boys and girls will host the Trojan Relays on Tuesday. The Worthington boys team is also slated to compete in the state True Team Class AA meet on May 21 in Stillwater.
The Trojans' high school softball team went 2-1 in a tournament at Jackson County Central on Saturday, blanking New York Mills 8-0 and Murray County Central 11-0 before being edged by the host Huskies 2-1.
Against New York Mills, Hayley Grimmius smacked a pair of home runs and went 3-for-3 overall; she also allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out 13 hitters. Maddie Petersen had three hits, and Hannah McNab contributed a pair of hits and two RBIs.
Grimmius, for the second consecutive game, hit a first-pitch home run to start off the contest against the Rebels. She went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and also pitched a three-hitter with no walks and 13 strikeouts. McNab added a 2-for-3 outing at the plate with two runs scored, two RBIs and three stolen bases. Peterson also added a pair of hits for WHS.
Against JCC. Grimmius allowed only two hits and one hit by pitch while striking out 15. The Huskies benefited from four Worthington errors. Marin Pederson had the only hit of the game for the Trojans.
On Friday, WHS beat Windom 14-1 in high school softball as Grimmius doubled, tripled and homered, drove in three runs and allowed just two hits pitching, striking out 11 and walking one. Also contributing for the Trojans were Bailey Ponto, who was 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and two runs scored; Pederson, who had three hits and a pair of RBIs; and McNab, who was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, two stolen bases and an RBI. Abby Linder also added a two-run double in her first game back in the lineup following an injury.
The Trojans now have a record of 10-5 this season.
In high school baseball Saturday, WHS split a doubleheader at Waseca, falling 4-3 in extra innings and then winning 12-5.
Coy Turner and Ethan Meyer each had three hits in the opener for the Trojans. Cooper McCoy pitched well on the mound, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing just one earned run.
In game two, Isaiah Noble went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs to power Worthington’s offense. Coy Turner contributed a double and single and drove in three runs. Triston Sauerbrei picked up the triumph on the mound for the Trojans, who are 4-12 this season.
On Friday, the Trojans were beaten 13-1 by Windom in six innings. The Eagles bashed out 13 hits in the game and broke things further open with a six-run sixth.
While Windom hit the ball well, they also had three scintillating defensive plays. Tucker Renquist had a diving catch in deep left-center field to end the first, Cody Hockel had a diving catch in right to end the third and first baseman Henry Erickson made a leaping catch of a line drive at first base and completed a double play to end the game.
For the Trojans, Triston Sauerbrei doubled in the second and Mason Schutz drove him in with an RBI single for the only WHS run.
In boys high school golf Friday, the Worthington Trojans topped the Windom Eagles 173-188 at GreatLIFE Worthington. Tyler Jaycox led WHS with a 39, nearly acing the eighth hole from 150 yards out with a 9-iron in picking up his first medalist honor of the year.
Also with scoring rounds for the Trojans were Drew Dorcey with 49, and Andrew Mulder and Spenser Nickel with 50s.
In girls play, Worthington topped an incomplete Windom team as Lilly Mahlberg won medalist honors with a season-best 46. Kendall Nixon had a 48, also her low this spring, while Mia Nixon and Tarren Spartz each had 51s.
In high school boys tennis Saturday, Worthington lost to St. James 5-2 in a match suspended Thursday and also fell to St. Peter 7-0. Alec Langerud, as well as the doubles team of Ian Barber and Evan Hansberger got wins against St. James.
In college softball on Saturday, the Lady Jays – who had lost 6-0 to St. Cloud Tech and beat Rochester 13-2 in the double-elimination regional tournament in St. Cloud – lost 10-2 to Anoka-Ramsey to end their season. Minnesota West’s season concludes with 13-16 record.