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Trojans boys hoops now 8-2 after exciting Friday win

The Worthington Trojans boys basketball team made a statement of sorts Friday night as they topped up visiting New Ulm 61-54 to improve to 8-2 on the year.

New Ulm, which entered the game with a 9-2 record, trailed by as many as eight points early in the second half before rallying to take a six-point edge. The Trojans then bounced back themselves to take a narrow lead and were up by two with less than 25 seconds remaining when junior Kaleb Knothe nailed a 3-pointer to essentially ice the game.

Knothe had 20 points to lead WHS offensively. Senior Mikelue Walu was next with 10 points, including a huge 3-pointer of his own with about two and a half minutes left. New Ulm’s Colton Benson topped all scorers with 26 points.

Next up for the Trojans is a home matchup against Fairmont on Tuesday.


The WHS girls hockey team went 0-2 over the weekend. On Friday night, the Trojans were defeated at home by Marshall 8-1. Kalyn DeVlieger and Kendall Beernaert each had two goals for the Tigers; Megan Dykstra had the lone Trojans’ score. On Saturday, the Trojans were defeated at Minnesota River 7-0.

The Worthington boys, meanwhile, were beaten 7-1 on Saturday at Minnesota River.


In girls basketball Saturday, the Trojans were beaten on the road by Kasson-Mantorville 73-38.

The Trojans endured a tough shooting night as a result of K-M’s defense. New Gora had 16 points to pace WHS offensively. Janessa Hamann had 10 points and seven rebounds. The Trojans are 2-9.


The Worthington Trojans gymnastics team placed second at the Sweetheart Invitational meet hosted by Jackson County Central on Saturday.

It was New Prague coming out on top in the seven-team meet with a total score of 145.425. Worthington had 141.5; Luverne was third.

For WHS, Hali Bullerman took second in the all-around competition with 36.5 points. Cristy Banegas was fourth in the all-around for the Trojans and Olivia Barber fifth.

Top-five finishes for Worthington in individual events came from Bullerman, third on the floor, fourth on the vault and fifth on the bars; Addison Gerber, second on the floor; Banegas, fifth on the vault; and Barber, fifth on the floor.


Jackson County Central dominated the Big South Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, taking first out of 13 teams with 250.5 points. Worthington, meanwhile, was ninth with 50 points.

Kayden Eller at 106 pounds, Nolan Ambrose at 132, Thomas Freking at 138, Logan Butzon at 145, Isaiah Rodriguez at 152 and Caleb Vancura at 220 all won individually for JCC. The highest placers at the meet for the Trojans were: Chase Byrne, fourth at 152; Mason Schutz, fourth at 195; Alex Galvez, sixth at 106; and Ethan Meyer, sixth at 132.

In area girls basketball Saturday, it was:

White River, S.D. 62, Hills-Beaver Creek 55

Southwest Minnesota Christian 66, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 14

Edgerton 67, Murray County Central 40

Wabasso 54, Red Rock Central 36

Mankato East 58, Marshall 40

Hamlin 62, West Lyon 38

Gehlen 52, Harris-Lake Park 49

In boys basketball Saturday:

Hills-Beaver Creek 58, Oldham-Ramona/Rutland, S.D. 33

Red Rock Central 55, Wabasso 35

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 64, Jackson County Central 53

Luverne 60, Estelline-Hendricks, S.D. 50

DeSmet, S.D. 52, Pipestone Area 40

Mankato East 87, Marshall 63

Gehlen 63, Harris-Lake Park 42

Western Christian 65, Maranatha 55

In girls hockey Saturday:

Warroad 10, Luverne 0

In boys hockey Saturday:

Waseca 5, Luverne 4

Rochester Lourdes 3, Windom Area 2

In area girls basketball Friday night, it was:

Martin County West 51, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 38

Dawson-Boyd 57, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 37

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 70, Madelia 32

Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 64. Nicollet 63

Pipestone Area 58, Redwood Valley 42

Luverne 79, St. James Area 50

Windom 59, Fairmont 50

Marshall 51, St. Peter 47

MOC Floyd Valley 69, Sheldon 43

Sibley-Ocheyedan 51, Boyden-Hull 26

Central Lyon 69, Okoboji 39

Western Christian 49, Sioux City North 38

West Lyon 52, Rock Valley 31

Sioux Center 63, George-Little Rock 44

MMCRU 55, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 45

E-LC 61, Spirit Lake 42

Remsen St. Mary’s 79, Harris-Lake Park 41

In boys basketball Friday:

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 77, Lac Qui Parle Valley 59

Mankato Loyola 42, Martin County West 39

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 63, Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 50

Murray County Central 72, Red Rock Central 38

Edgerton 76, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 65

Southwest Minnesota Christian 76, Hills-Beaver Creek 29

Luverne 74, St. James Area 65

Pipestone Area 73, Redwood Valley 48

Jackson County Central 61, Fairmont 56

Marshall 75, St. Peter 56

MOC Floyd Valley 73, Sheldon 32

Boyden-Hull 74, Sibley-Ocheyedan 43

Central Lyon 85, Okoboji 49

Sioux Center 65, George-Little Rock 51

MMCRU 44, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 40

Spirit Lake 50, E-LC 48

West Lyon 76, Rock Valley 41

Remsen St. Mary’s 46, Harris-Lake Park 35

In girls hockey Friday:

Luverne 8, Breckenridge-Wahpeton 1

New Ulm 7, Windom Area 1

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