Sports Roundup: Sept. 11, 2021

In a Friday night football game broadcast on 104.3 The Bridge, the Pipestone Area Arrows lit up the home scoreboard to the tune of 57 points in sending the visiting Worthington Trojans to a 57-20 defeat.


The Trojans, despite the loss, had several highlights of their own. Freshman Jacari Swinea carried 13 times for 150 yards, 73 of those coming on a touchdown run that happened just seconds after his 63-yard TD dash was erased by a holding penalty.


Evan Neuberger contributed a long scoring play of his own, as he ran back a kickoff 80 yards for six Trojan points. Quarterback Jake Brandner also tossed a 17-yard TD pass to Luke Gordon for Worthington’s other touchdown.


In the end, though, the Arrows simply had too much for the Trojans to contain. Quaterback Kellen Johnson threw four touchdown passes for Pipestone Area and also had a 17-yard scoring run. Maddux Biever, meanwhile, did a little bit of everything for the Arrows. He scored a pair of touchdowns on kickoff returns – one 93 yards, the other 75 – and also brought back a fumble recovery 65 yards for another touchdown. Biever additionally caught a 9-yard TD pass and ran in a two-point conversion.


Neuberger contributed 46 yards for the Trojans on nine carries. Swinea, Gordon, Ryan Lais, Blake Ahrenstorff and Abagotte Opiew each caught passes from Brandner, who threw for 97 total yards. Levi Kuhl was the leading WHS tackler with six; Cole Hennings had five.


In other area high school football action Friday, it was:


Edgerton 22, Cedar Mountain 14

Mountain Lake Area 26, Renville County West 12

Hills-Beaver Creek 51, Madelia 0

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 46, Granada-Huntley-East Chain-Truman 20

Red Rock Central 38, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 28

Murray County Central 42, Wabasso 16

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 41. Adrian 0

Jackson County Central 36, Luverne 16

Maple River 55, Windom Area 0

Waseca 19, Marshall 7

Sheldon 40, Sibley-Ocheyedan 0

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 56, Unity Christian 0

Sioux Center 20, West Lyon 13

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 43, West Sioux 13

Harris Lake Park 28, Kingsley-Pierson 8

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 26, South O’Brien 0

Spirit Lake 22, Western Christian 21


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In Friday high school tennis, Worthington traveled to Sioux Falls and topped the Sioux Falls Lincoln junior varsity, 8-1. The Trojans, who head coach Mike Marquardt said have been playing outstanding as of late, travel to Waseca on Monday, then host St. James on Thursday.


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In a Saturday college football game also broadcast on 104.3 The Bridge, Minnesota West picked up its first victory of the season by taking care of Mesabi Range, 28-7.


The Jays scored first when an errant Mesabi Range snap sailed out of the end zone for a Minnesota West safety early in the opening quarter. Minnesota West made it 9-0 later in the quarter when running back Rashard Anderson reached paydirt from a yard out. Mesabi Range answered with a touchdown of its own, but Jays kicker --- hit on a 31-yard field game as the first half expired to make it 12-7, Minnesota West, at the break.


The Bluejays got a TD pass from William Holm to Ian Stamer, followed by a two-point pass from Bailey Cowell to Tommy Lais, to make the score 20-7 in the third quarter, and LaRontay Standard got a pick-six in the fourth period to lock up the game. Cowell and Lais followed that score with another two-point-conversion hookup.


Minnesota West finished the game with 202 yards passing and 95 yards on the ground. Stamer and Lais each had five receptions, while Cowell had four catches.


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In college volleyball action over the weekend, Minnesota West lost matches on Friday and Saturday to St. Cloud and Western Tech, respectively.


It was St. Cloud Tech winning 3-0 by game scores of 25-17, 25-21, 25-17 on Friday night. Kennedy Buckenberg had seven kills and 14 digs for the Lady Jays, and Shelby Christensen added six kills. Emma Keith and Taya Mason combined for 14 set assists, and Julia Russel had 15 digs.


In the match against Western Tech, the Lady Jays were defeated 3-1 by scores of 25-19, 25-19, 14-25, 27-25. Buckenberg had 11 kills and 21 digs to lead Minnesota West, and Christensen contributed nine kills and 13 digs. Russel had 15 digs, and Keith and Mason combined for 29 set assists.


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In high school soccer action on Saturday, the Worthington Trojans boys team improved its record to 5-0 as they topped state-ranked Austin 4-1 at Trojan Field. Worthington built a 3-0 lead in the first half thanks in part to two goals from Jonathan Banegas – who now has scored eight times in the past three games – and Edgar Carrillo. Elmer Guzman’s scored a goal in the second half for the unranked Trojans, who will host Fairmont Tuesday night in a game that will broadcast on 104.3 The Bridge.


In a girls match, the Trojans traveled to Jordan and dropped a 3-1 decision. Pam Lomeli scored the lone goal for Worthington. Trojans assistant coach Anne Greenway credited goaltender Chantel Peralta for turning in an excellent game. WHS also managed 12 shots on net in the second half alone.


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Also on Saturday, the Worthington High School cross country team competed in a meet in Sioux Falls. Boys runner Fanuel Wolday turned in the best time of the day for WHS, finishing the course in 16 minutes and 50 seconds – good enough for ninth place overall.


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