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Trojan girls, boys basketball teams win; hockey teams fall

The Worthington Trojans boys basketball team put forth a strong defensive effort on the road Tuesday night and defeated Fairmont 64-46 to improve to 6-4 on the season.

 

Trojans head coach Clint Meyer noted that his team, which led throughout, guarded well. He credited Mak Lia, Andew Mulder and Permeye Okony with containing Fairmont’s size, and also said his guards did a great job bringing pressure and making the Cardinals’ primary ballhandlers uncomfortable.

 

Zach Hayenga led the way for Worthington offensively with 22 points, while Kaleb Knothe contributed 15 points and Jacari Swinea 12. 

 

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In girls basketball, Worthington also allowed just 46 points while earning a 60-46 triumph over visiting Fairmont.

 

The Trojans led 27-18 at halftime and, although WHS head coach CJ Nelson said the Cardinals made a little run to start the second, the Trojans led by 14 or 15 most of the rest of the way. Nelson praised his squad for doing a really good job defensively as of late, moving around well and getting hands high to contest shots. Of Fairmont’s 18 first-half points Tuesday, six came on a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute before the break.

 

Offensively, it was New Gora pacing WHS with 25 points. Also contributing were Madison Beckmann with 10 points and Pham Gora and Jayden Spartz with eight points apiece.

 

The Trojans’ basketball teams will each face Marshall on Friday night, with the boys on the road and the girls at home.

 

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The Worthington Trojans girls hockey team just missed picking up their first win of the season Tuesday night – but they also didn’t lose, as they settled for a 4-4 tie at Austin.

 

The Trojans grabbed a 2-0 advantage in the first period. Taylor Nickel got Worthington off and running with an unassisted goal 6:29 into the game, and Marin Pederson made it 2-0 when she scored on a pass from Sydnie Van Briesen at 12:15.

 

Austin made it 2-1 before the first period was done and then evened the score just 21 seconds into the second. The Trojans, though, grabbed the advantage again at 3-2 when Madeline Peterson scored unassisted a little more than four minutes later.

 

Worthington later moved ahead 4-2 on an unassisted Marin Pederson goal at the 4:04 mark of the third period, but the Packers were able to tie it up in the final minute to send the contest into what was a scoreless overtime.

 

Austin had 39 shots on goal in the game while Trojans had 21.

 

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In boys hockey, the Trojans played Austin at home and were defeated 5-1 despite outshooting the Packers 29-16.

 

Worthington started fast as Caden Van Briesen got the Trojans on the board just 43 seconds into the game with an unassisted goal. It took Austin a mere five seconds to get even, though, and after those two quick goals both teams would remain scoreless for the rest of the first period.

 

Austin went on to notch four goals on just five shots in the second period while Packers goalie Daran Plunkett stopped all 10 shots he faced. Both teams didn’t score in the final 17 minutes, with the Trojans failing to take advantage of a four-minute power play during that time.

 

WHS is now 2-10 on the season.

 

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In high school wrestling Tuesday night, the Worthington Trojans competed at the Windom/Mountain Lake Quad and were defeated by Wabasso 51-20.

 

For the Trojans, Kian Ling won a major decision by a score of 13-0 at 107 pounds, and Dalton Larson also earned a major decision by a score of 8-0 at 139 pounds. Austin Gruis and Eh Day Htoo won by fall for WHS at 172 and 215, respectively.


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In area high school girls basketball Tuesday, it was:

 

Southwest Minnesota Christian 68, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 21

Martin County West 55, Nicollet 51 (OT)

Murray County Central 62, Red Rock Central 37

Hills-Beaver Creek 54, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 46

MACCRAY 69, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 27

Edgerton 54, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 45

Adrian-Ellsworth 56, Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 48

Redwood Valley 71, Pipestone Area 49

Jackson County Central 69, Luverne 59

Marshall 62, Willmar 51

Central Lyon 72, Sheldon 22

Okoboji 58, West Lyon 56

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 46, South O’Brien 38

Spirit Lake 66, Storm Lake 32

 

In area high school boys basketball:

 

George-Little Rock 89, Adrian-Ellsworth 46

Red Rock Central 53, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 39

Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 79, ML-GHEC-T 55

St. James Area 67, Edgerton 61

Southwest Minnesota Christian 57, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 55

Pipestone Area 79, Minneota 70

Redwood Valley 104, Windom 60

Jackson County Central 80, Luverne 69

Central Lyon 62, Sheldon 58

West Lyon 79, Okoboji 54

Unity Christian 71, Sibley-Ocheyedan 28

South O’Brien 78, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 25

Spirit Lake 79, Storm Lake 61

 

In area girls hockey Tuesday night, it was:

 

Albert Lea 2, Luverne 1

Fairmont 4, Windom Area 3

Marshall 7, Mankato West 1

 

In area boys hockey:

 

New Prague 6, Luverne 5

Marshall 8, Redwood Valley 1


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