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Western Christian girls, boys top Trojans in hoops

Visiting Western Christian swept Worthington in a high school basketball doubleheader Tuesday night, with the Wolfpack winning the girls game 62-52 and the boys matchup 100-77.

 

In the girls contest, the first half was played evenly throughout, and the Trojans went into the locker room with a 24-23 edge. Western Christian, however, dominated play to begin the second 18 minutes, as it opened with a 22-3 run to go up 45-27 on WHS.

 

The Wolfpack later led by as much 19 before the Trojans, playing hard in the final minutes despite the large deficit, chipped away and got to within nine of the lead – but no closer. Senior New Gora had another big night offensively for Worthington with 31 points, and twin sister Pam Gora contributed 12 points. For Western Christian, Aubrie Kooiker led the way with 15 points, as she made five 3-pointers in the second half. Addi Van’t Hui was also in double figures scoring with 11 points.

 

The Trojans are now 2-7 on the year. Western Christian has won five of its last six and is now 5-8.

 

In the boys game, Western Christian opened up a 10-point advantage in the first half on three occasions. The Trojans trimmed the edge to five, but the Wolfpack exploded for a big surge right before the break to make it a 55-38 game. Zach Hayenga hit a 3 right before the buzzer for a 55-41 score at the half.

 

Hayenga then hit another trey to open the second half, but WHS couldn’t get closer than nine of the lead and eventually Western Christian pulled away. The Wolfpack had 11 different players score in the contest with Kaden Van Regenmorter pouring in 24 points and Karsten Moret adding 21. Caleb Douma and Tyler Mantel each had 11 points for Western Christian, now 8-1 on the year.

 

Hayenga had 23 points for the Trojans, now 5-3. Andrew Mulder chipped in with 17 points, Jacari Swinea had 16 and Kaleb Knothe 12.

 

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The Marshall Tigers won both games of a high school hockey doubleheader against visiting Worthington, as Marshall beat WHS 6-2 in the boys game and 7-0 in the girls contest.

 

In the boys game, the Tigers’ Owen Renslow had four goals as well as an assist; both of the Tigers’ other goals came from Talan Plante. Easton Newman scored for the Trojans on assists from Spenser Nickel and AJ Jimenez to make it a 2-1 game in the first period, but Marshall got the next three goals. Newman scored again in the second period on another assist from Nickel.

 

The Tigers put 36 shots on goal in the game compared to 19 for Worthington.

 

In the girls matchup, Eliza Holmgren had the hat trick for Marshall and added a pair of assists. Brooklyn Mauch added two goals of her own. The Trojans managed just two shots on goal on the game.

 

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In area girls basketball Tuesday night, it was:

 

Edgerton 42, Lakeview 37

Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 68, Madelia 50

Murray County Central 48, Canby 33

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 42, Red Rock Central 40

Windom 68, Luverne 56

Fairmont 81, Jackson County Central 70

Spirit Lake 71, Pocahontas Area 55

 

In area boys basketball:

 

Madelia 68, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 59

Edgerton 64, Lakeview 56

Luverne 91, Windom 82

Jackson County Central 67, Fairmont 47

Hutchinson 83, Marshall 81

 

In area girls hockey:

 

Luverne 11, Fairmont 0

 

In area boys hockey:

 

Luverne 9, Fairmont 0



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