The Worthington High School gymnastics team opened its season Tuesday night by compiling 143.775 points in a lopsided home dual meet win over St. James Area.
It was a big meet for sophomore Hali Bullerman, who finished first or tied for first in every event. Bullerman won the vault with a score of 9.45, captured the beam with a score of 8.925 and was first on the floor at 9.35. She and teammate Mekyla Nystrom shared top honors on the bars, as they each received scores of 9.20. Bullerman was the victor in the all-around with a total score of 36.925, and was followed by Nystrom in second place and Ivy Jenson in the third.
St. James finished well behind the Trojans with 99.75 total points. The Trojans’ next meet will be on Dec. 7 at Luverne.
Meanwhile, the Worthington High School girls team went on the road to Spirit Lake, Iowa and earned a 49-44 win over the Indians.
The Trojans led Spirit Lake 23-17 at halftime, but the Indians rallied to grab a 32-31 edge in the third quarter, but the Trojans scored the final six points of the period – the last three on a trey from Madison Beckmann shortly before the third-quarter buzzer – to make it 37-31. Spirit Lake would get no closer than three points of the lead the rest of the way.
Olivia Hayenga and Tarren Spartz each had 12 points for Worthington, which improved to 2-0 on the season, and Ellie Weg contributed 11 points. The Trojans next play Saturday in a Big South Crossover Tournament in New Ulm.
In girls hockey, perennial section power New Ulm routed visiting Worthington, 18-0, in the first game of a girls-boys doubleheader. In the boys game, New Ulm edged the Trojans in their season-opener 4-3; Alec Langerud, Andrew Benson and Caden VanBriesen had Worthington’s goals.