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Trojan boys basketball team improves to 3-1 with win

The Worthington Trojans boys basketball team used balanced scoring and solid defense on Windom’s top scorers in earning a 77-60 victory Tuesday night in Windom.

Leading the way offensively for Worthington was sophomore Jacari Swinea, who had 16 points. Senior Abagotte Opiew added 15 points, junior Kaleb Knothe had 11 and senior MIkele Walu had 10.

The Trojans held a 48-30 advantage at halftime and were able to keep the Eagles at a distance throughout the second half. Worthington coach Clint Meyer said his team did a good job of containing top Windom scorers Henry Erickson and Abe Mckibbin. Erickson had 11 points and Mckibbin had seven; Drew Rothenberger had 27 points for the Eagles.

With the triumph, Worthington improved to 3-1 on the season.


In boys hockey, Worthington picked up its first win of the year by defeating visiting Redwood Valley 5-4.

Spenser Nickel put the Trojans out in front at 11:46 of the first period on an assist from Anthony Jimenez, and Riley Woodbury’s unassisted goal just 17 seconds later made it 2-0. After a Cardinal goal made it 2-1, Easton Newman scored at 16:39 of the first for a 3-1 Trojans’ lead.

There was no scoring by either team in the second period. In the third period, Nickel got a goal on an assist from Ian Bumgardner just 11 seconds in to make it 4-1 Worthington. A Dawson Duangopei goal on passes from Kyle Ahrenstroff and Trent Chantharath completed the Trojans’ scoring.

Collin Ahlers made 27 saves in net for WHS.


In high school gymnastics Tuesday, Worthington hosted New Ulm in a dual meet and came away with a 139.225 to 125.850 victory.

Versatile gymnast Hali Bullerman was back in action for the Trojans and captured the all-around with a total of 35.975 points. Teammate Cristy Banegas was second in the all-around, and the Trojans’ Olivia Barber was third.

In individual events, Bullerman was tops in three different events. She was first in floor exercise with a score of 93, first on the beam at 8.95 and first on the bars at 8.6. Kelsey Soleta also took No. 1 honors for Worthington on the vault with a score of 9.175; Bullerman was second there at 9.125.

Banegas was second on the beam and third on the vault, bars and floor for the Trojans. Barber was second on the bars and third on the beam.


In high school girls basketball on Tuesday night, Worthington traveled to New Prague and was defeated 62-47.

New Prague built a 17-point halftime lead and got a game-high 21 points from Taylor Hemann to post the victory. For Worthington, Ellie Weg led the way offensively with 15 points and Pham Gora added 12.


The Worthington Trojans hosted a triangular wrestling meet Tuesday. The Trojans were defeated by Jackson County Central 66-9 and also lost to Marshall 52-12.

Against the Huskies, the lone win earned on the mat by a Worthington wrestler was at 132 pounds, where Oscar Galvez won by a 10-6 decision. Kayden Eller, Isaac Rodriguez, Nolan Ambrose, Thomas Freking and Landon Ambrose all won by fall for JCC.

Against the Tigers, Alex Galvez won a 4-3 decision for Worthington at 113 and Oscar Galvez earned a 10-4 win at 132. Mason Schutz picked up six points for the Trojans at 195.


In girls hockey, Marin Peterson scored the lone Worthington goal as visiting Fairmont topped the Trojans 5-1. WHS goalie Lillyana Newman made 40 saves as the Trojans dropped to 1-5. Fairmont, which got two goals and one assist from Karissa Newville, won its first game of the season.

In area high school girls basketball Tuesday, it was:

St. Clair 60, Martin County West 53

Edgerton 55, Adrian-Ellsworth 45

Cedar Mountain 66, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 28

Luverne 79, Hills-Beaver Creek 21

St. James Area 66, Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 39

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 54, Red Rock Central 39

Jackson County Central 64, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 55

Windom 71, Blue Earth 21

Montevideo 75, Pipestone Area 43

Rock Valley 60, Sheldon 26

Okoboji 66, Boyden-Hull 56

Central Lyon 48, Sibley-Ocheyedan 46

MOC Floyd Valley 55, George-Little Rock 43

Harris-Lake Park 60, South O’Brien 46

Unity Christian 81, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 41

In boys basketball:

Yellow Medicine East 47, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 46

Martin County West 73, Madelia 41

Southwest Minnesota Christian 81, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 67

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 70, Edgerton 28

Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 74, Hills-Beaver Creek 56

Murray County Central 66, Adrian-Ellsworth 47

Jackson County Central 77, Luverne 67

Rock Valley 55, Sheldon 45

Sioux City East 72, Spirit Lake 45

Okoboji 57, Boyden-Hull 54

Central Lyon 91, Sibley-Ocheyedan 41

South O’Brien 58, Harris-Lake Park 44

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 67, Unity Christian 64

In girls hockey:

Willmar 2, Marshall 2

In boys hockey:

Windom Area 7, Fairmont 1

Marshall 8, Willmar 4

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