Trojan boys win second straight on ice; three other WHS teams defeated
The Worthington Trojans boys hockey team won their second game in as many days on Wednesday, knocking off Breckenbridge/Wahpeton 8-0 in day two of a tournament in Wahpeton, North Dakota.
Blake Ahrenstorff scored a pair of goals within a minute of each other early in the first period to get the Trojans off to a good start. The first goal came on assists from Konner Honius and Ian Bumgardner, while the second was unassisted.
Andrew Benson added a first-period goal of his own on an assist from Bumgardner, and WHS went on to score two more goals in the second period and three in the third for the lopsided victory. Benson had the first goal in the second; it came on a power play with assists from Honius and Alec Langerud. The second goal of the second period was tallied by Langerud on passes from Honius and Bumgardner.
Another goal by Langerud and two goals by Honius wrapped up the scoring in the third period. All three scores were unassisted.
Worthington enjoyed an overwhelming 47-7 shots-on-goal advantage in the game. The Trojans improved to 6-3 on the season.
In girls hockey, the Trojans played their second consecutive game in as many days at a tournament in Mankato and fell 12-2 to Mankato East. Kessey Aljets scored both goals for WHS, which is now 2-11 this season.
The Worthington Trojans boys basketball team, playing their first of two games in two days at a tournament at Winona State University, dropped another close one, losing to Kaukana, Wisconsin 65-63 on Wednesday. Worthington is now 1-4; the Trojans have lost two games by two points and another by one point.
The Trojans led 11-2 early in the first half before Kaukana regrouped. The Galloping Ghosts led by as many as eight in the second half, but WHS closed the gap. The Trojans had the ball in the waning seconds, but couldn’t convert a final shot.
Jake Brandner led WHS with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Marenono Opiew returned the lineup and added 12 points. Jacari Swinea also contributed 12 points, and Mak Lia had 10.
Trojans head coach CJ Nelson also noted that junior point guard Mikele Walu, who also chipped in with six rebounds and six assists, did an excellent job defensively in his best game of the season. Turnovers and missed shots from close range were the most critical factors in the loss, Nelson said.
WHS will be back in action today in a matchup against Winona.
In girls basketball, the Trojans also competed in their first day of play at Winona State University and lost 70-63 to Kasson-
Mantorville. No statistics from the game were available. Worthington, now 6-2 this season, will take on Winona Cotter later today.