Tarren Spartz had 25 points and nine rebounds and the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team, which came in with a 2-11 record, soundly defeated previously 12-1 Jordan 67-57 on Saturday in the WHS gym.
New Gora contributed 11 points for the Trojans and Ellie Weg added nine points, 12 rebounds and four assists as the Trojans returned home with a triumph after playing nine consecutive games away from home. Madison Beckmann had nine points, all on 3-pointers, as Worthington led by eight at the break and remained in front throughout the second half in defeating the Jaguars, ranked No. 3 in the most recent state Class 3A poll.
The Trojan win came less than 24 hours after a 53-39 loss at Marshall on Friday night. Spartz had 12 points and Weg 10 in that contest; Pham Gora had a team-best 10 rebounds.
The Trojan boys, meanwhile, overcame a slow start at home against Marshall on Friday night and topped the Tigers for the second time this year, 69-52.
Kaleb Knothe and Marenono Opiew tallied 14 points apiece for Worthington, now 10-2. Mikele Walu drained three 3-pointers and had 11 total points as the Trojans overcame a 24-14 first-half deficit and went on a 17-0 surge over the final minutes of the first half and the early minutes of the second. Jacari Swinea also added nine points.
For Marshall, now 6-8, Omar Abdi had 14 points and Andrew Elton 13.
In boys hockey Saturday, Windom took care of Worthington 10-1 as Brady Espenson scored four goals and Wriley Haugen added a pair. Easton Newman scored the only Trojan goal on an assist from Dawson Duangapai. WHS is now 1-10.
In high school wrestling on Saturday, Worthington’s Chase Byrne took first at 152 pounds and Ethan Meyer was second at 138 at the Wabasso Tournament.
Other placers for the Trojans were Dalton Larson, third at 120 pounds; Evan Neuberger, third at 182; Mason Schutz, third at 195; Miat Htoo, fourth at 145; and Dylan Scholes, sixth at 220. Meanwhile, Luverne also fared well, as 160-pounder D.J. Rock and Sam Rock at 170 took first place.
On Friday, the Trojans went 0-4 during the Plum Creek Duals in Tracy. Saul Galvez had a good day individually for WHS at 106 pounds, winning all three matches he wrestled as well as another by forfeit. Larson went 3-1 for the Trojans at 120.
The Minnesota West Lady Jays won for the 16th straight time Saturday as they rallied furiously in the fourth quarter to prevail 86-82 over Western Tech.
The Jays, who were without starting point guard Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor, led by six at halftime but struggled through the third quarter and into the fourth, and as a result trailed by 14 with approximately four and half minutes remaining. Minnesota West, though, pressed hard and made several key plays down the stretch.
Madisyn Huisman led the Lady Jays, ranked third in the nation, with 21 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Tia Murray had 18 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots. Dannyn Peterson starred defensively and picked up four steals to go along with 17 points. Olivia Hayenga, after a tough start, finished with 18 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, six blocks and three steals.
Minnesota West plays host on No. 1-in-the-nation Rochester at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
In area girls basketball Saturday, it was:
Hills-Beaver Creek 50, De Smet, S.D. 49
Elkton-Lake Benton, S.D. 60, Adrian-Ellsworth 26
Deubrook Area, S.D. 39, Westbrook-Walnut-Grove 30
Castlewood, S.D. 51, Pipestone Area 49
Sibley-Ocheyedan 65. West Lyon 49
In girls basketball Friday:
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 52, Murray County Central 13
Southwest Minnesota Christian 67, Edgerton 46
Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 47, Hills-Beaver Creek 36
Adrian-Ellsworth 54, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 37
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 55, Central Minnesota Christian 43
Luverne 75, Windom 44
Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial 54, Martin County West 28
Waseca 42, Fairmont 36
West Lyon 63, Sheldon 26
George-Little Rock 48, Boyden-Hill 35
Central Lyon 68, MOC Floyd Valley 49
Sibley-Ocheyedan 71, Rock Valley 34
Sioux Center 69, Okoboji 39
Hinton 65, Harris-Lake Park 35
West Sioux 66, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 45
Cherokee 63, Spirit Lake 58
Spencer 64, Western Christian 47
In boys basketball Saturday:
Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 71, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 58
New Ulm Cathedral 35, Edgerton 26
Springfield 86, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 72
Hills-Beaver Creek 55, Mobridge-Pollock, S.D. 50
Fairmont 46, Martin County West 44
Adrian-Ellsworth 72, Sleepy Eye 52
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 64, Sleep Eye St. Mary’s 62
Windom 93, Tri-City United 60
West Lyon 87, Sibley-Ocheyedan 33
In boys basketball Friday:
Martin County West 69, Nicollet 30
Red Rock Central 57, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 45
Southwest Minnesota Christian 87, Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 78
Waseca 62, Fairmont 41
Windom 91, Luverne 71
Pipestone Area 90, Jackson County Central 86
West Lyon 86, Sheldon 47
Boyden-Hull 55, George-Little Rock 53 (2 OT)
Central Lyon 75, MOC Floyd Valley 65
Rock Valley 68, Sibley-Ocheyedan 52
Sioux Center 60, Okoboji 40
Hinton 72. Harris-Lake Park 52
West Sioux 78, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 49
Spirit Lake 84. Cherokee 43
Western Christian 70, Spencer 39
In girls hockey Saturday:
Fairmont 3, Morris-Benson Area 3
Luverne 3, Dodge County 2
Visitation 2, Windom Area 1
In girls hockey Friday:
Marshall 3, Waseca 2 (OT)
New Ulm 5, Windom Area 0
In boys hockey Saturday:
Morris-Benson Area 9, Fairmont 2
Luverne 9, Dodge County 1
In boys hockey Friday:
Morris-Benson Area 2, Fairmont 0
Windom Area 6, Waseca 3