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Trojans clinch Big South boys soccer title

The Worthington Trojans boys soccer team captured their fourth consecutive Big South Conference title and seventh overall on Thursday night with an 8-2 road win against the Fairmont Cardinals.

Jonathan Banegas has a pair of goals, putting him at 100 goals scored in his Trojan career. Carlos Castillo, Maqui Sandoval, Danny Banegas, Jose Chavez and Alan Tovar also scored, and there was also an “own goal” for WHS. Coach Juan Flores said he thought WHS team played really well, and it now gets to focus on sections and work hard to reach its next goal – winning sections and advancing to state for a third straight year,

The Trojans, who are ranked seventh in the latest state Class AA poll, concluded their regular season with a record of 14-2. They’ll begin sectional tournament play on Tuesday against an opponent to be announced, and we’ll have the match on the air on 104.3 The Bridge.

The Worthington High girls soccer team, meanwhile, was defeated in its regular season home finale by Fairmont, 4-0, on Thursday. The Trojans will play in Albert Lea at 7 p.m. on Saturday.


Several boys and girls cross country teams, including Worthington, competed Thursday at the I-90 Meet in Fairmont.

Fanuel Wolday of the Trojans took first place in the boys race, winning with time of 16:01.4 – exactly 30 seconds ahead of his closest rival. Belle Plaine won the team competition with 32 points; Worthington was third at 95.

Oher runners for WHS included Austin Kinser, 15th; Asrat Bonnett, 21st; Issac Kinser, 31st; and Addis Tiruneh, 45th. Heron Lake-Okabena had Tim Salentiny place 12th. Evan Paplow’s 13th was best for Jackson County Central.

Among girls, Macy Hanson of Fairmont topped all runners individually with a time of 19:15.8, nearly 45 seconds in front of her closest foe. Belle Plaine led the 10 teams with 37 points; Worthington was ninth.

Kenadie Thiner was the top runner for the Trojans on Thursday, finishing 24th, and teammate Madison Sieve was right behind in 26th. Other Trojan runners included Annabelle Hardwood in 50th, Anna Gordon in 59th, Lauryn Ahlers 67th and Anaka Wede 68th.

Cora Pauling had an eighth-place finish for Jackson County Central; MacKenzie Ehlers led Heron Lake-Okabena in 30th.


Meanwhile, the Trojans girls volleyball team, which has not played since last Thursday, will be back in action Friday and Saturday at a tournament in Marshall.


In Thursday high school volleyball action from around the region, Adrian-Ellsworth blanked Edgerton 3-0 in our Area Game of the Week heard on 104.3 The Bridge. Game scores were 25-16, 25-19, 29-27. In other matchups:

Sioux Falls Christian 3, Southwest Minnesota Christian 0

Canby 3, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 0

Murray County Central 3, Lakeview 2

Marshall 3, Windom 0

Jackson County Central 3, Luverne 0

Fairmont 3, Blue Earth 2

Central Lyon 3, Sheldon 1

Okoboji 3, Sibley-Ocheyedan 2

E-LC 3, Spirit Lake 0

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