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Trojans boys basketball improves to 17-3

The Worthington Trojans boys basketball team trailed by seven points at halftime Tuesday night but outscored host St. Peter by 16 in the second half to record a 70-61 victory and improve to 17-3 on the season.

WHS was down 30-23 at the break, but came out strong and scored the initial 10 points in the second half. Trojans head coach Clint Meyer said the team didn’t shoot as well as it would have liked in the first 18 minutes but made adjustments at halftime and started getting the ball inside a little more. Worthington also got several defensive stops at the start of the second half that helped give the Trojans a lead they would never relinquish.

WHS won despite playing without Kaleb Knothe and Jacari Swinea. Powering the offense Tuesday against the Saints were Abagotte Opiew, who scored 23 points, and Charlie Brands, who added a career-high 16 – with 12 of those coming in the second half. Zach Hayenga contributed 14 points, including 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions in the midst of the second half.

The Trojans will next play at Luverne on Thursday night.


WAYBA will be having an equipment exchange on registration nights on March 8th & 12th.

Donated shoes, pants, gloves, bats and more will be available for families to take, or give a small donation that will go back to WAYBA.

People with equipment they’d like to donate can drop it off at the JBS field house from Feb. 26 through March 5. Contact any WAYBA board member with questions.


In girls basketball Tuesday night, the Worthington Trojans went on the road to St. Peter and were defeated by a score of 75-51.

Worthington scored the first four points of the game but then gave up the next nine, all on 3-pointers. The Trojans, though, were able to keep it close in the first half and finished the first 18 minutes down by just 28-25. The second half, however, was not as kind to WHS, as the Saints outscored Worthington by a count of 47-26.

Leading the way for the Trojans was senior Tarren Spartz, who scored 17 points while pulling down 11 rebounds and passing for five assists. Janessa Hamann contributed 10 points while Ellie Weg chipped in with eight points.

Worthington, now 4-20, will play at home Thursday against Luverne.


In boys hockey Tuesday, visiting Windom blanked the Trojans 7-0 at the Worthington Ice Arena.

The Eagles tallied three goals in the first period as Brady Espenson, Sonny Heil and Luke Espenson all scored. The Eagles added two more goals both the second and third periods. Espenson and Heil each finished with two goals and an assist, and Wriley Hauser had a goal and two assists. The other Windom goal came from Keegan Classen.

Trojans goalie Collin Ahlers made 38 saves in net. WHS is now 3-18.


In girls basketball around the area Tuesday night, it was:

Windom 68, Martin County West 31

Pipestone Area 81, Minneota 62

Luverne 71, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 32

Renville County West 50, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 36

Jackson County Central 72, Redwood Valley 62

Fairmont 75, St. James Area 62

Jordan 48, Marshall 46 (OT)

Remsen St. Mary’s 57, George-Little Rock 32

Kingsley Pierson 61, Harris-Lake Park 44

Central Lyon 70, Boyden-Hull 31

Sibley-Ocheyedan 52, Emmetsburg 19

In boys basketball:

Martin County West 84, ML-GHEC-T 59

Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 43, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 42

Southwest Minnesota Christian 90, Hills-Beaver Creek 46

Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 65, Edgerton 49

Murray County Central 45, Red Rock Central 41

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 70, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 42

Jackson County Central 69, Redwood Valley 60

Pipestone Area 106, Windom 84

Marshall 58, Jordan 56

In girls hockey:

Luverne 4, New Ulm 0

In boys hockey:

Austin 3, Fairmont 2

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