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Trojan girls stun state-ranked Jordan, 67-57

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

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