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Trojans' Wolday takes 10th at state AA cross country meet

Fanuel Wolday capped an outstanding junior cross country season for the Worthington Trojans on Saturday with a 10th-place meet in the Class AA state meet at the University of Minnesota.


Wolday, who came in 16th in the race during the 2022 season, earned his 10th-place finish with a time of 16:04.7. Not far behind was Marshall’s Josh Leibfried, who was 12th at 16:09.4. The Tigers finished third as a team in the meet as Mankato East took top honors.


In the girls AA competition, Marshall finished in first place, compiling 89 points. Allyson Sample’s third-place effort in 18:27.2 paced the Tigers. Macy Hanson of Fairmont, meanwhile, was fourth at 18:31.3.


In the boys Class A race, Windom Area was sixth as a team and Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey was ninth as Heritage Christian wound up on top. Kody Wassman was 14th for Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey to top area runners. Luverrne’s Owen Janiszezki was 23rd, Tim Salentiny of Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda was 26th and Luverne’s Ryan Fick was 29th.


In class A girls, Luverne’s Jenna DeBates was fourth among individuals with a time of 18.40.4. Kaylee Walkin of Windom Area was the next-best regional runner, taking 35th.


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Jackson County Central’s football team is again heading back to state following a 38-7 victory over Redwood Valley on Friday in the Section 3AA championship game in Marshall.


Huskies quarterback Roman Voss ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for another while also recovering a fumble on defense. Next up for unbeaten and fourth-ranked JCC, now 10-0, is a matchup against No. 2 Caledonia at 7 p.m. Thursday at Rochester Mayo High School. Caledonia is also 10-0.


In 9-man football, Hills-Beaver Creek knocked off Edgerton 30-8 Friday in Marshall to go to state. The Patriots are 9-0 and ranked seventh in the state; they will play No. 5 Kingsland at 7 p.m. Thursday at Albert Lea. Kingsland has a record of 11-0 this fall.


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The Minnesota West Lady Jays began their quest for a third straight trip to the NJCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament by easily winning their first two games of the season this past weekend. The Lady Jays played both Friday and Saturday at Sisseton Wahpeton College and earned victories by scores of 108-48 and 93-55. Minnesota West will host the Northwestern JV and Dordt JV this Friday and Saturday, respectively.


The Bluejay men’s basketball also played a pair of games to begin this season on Friday and Saturday at Sisseton Wahpeton College. Minnesota West was edged on Friday, 52-50, and then won the following day 78-58. The Bluejay men will also host Northwestern and Dordt this coming weekend.



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