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Lake City jumped out to a big lead, but Pine Island chipped away before a big run late lifted the Panthers to a 34-31 victory on Thursday. Two early forfeits and a Nash Nelson pin had the Tigers up 18-0 after just three weights, but Pine Island answered with four-straight wins, including two by fall from Evan Goplen and Mason Pike, and a major decision from Dawson Fallon.
A strong River Falls team hosted and beat Red Wing on Tuesday, 138.85-122.375. The Wingers got a second-place finish from Breck Bergin on the vault with a 9.075. Bergin and Carolyn Hanson tied for second on the balance beam with matching 8.45s. In the all-around, Hanson claimed second with a 32.8 and Bergin was third with a 32.775.
Despite not hitting on all cylinders, Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa cruised to a 140.375-121.675 victory over La Crescent on Tuesday. “To have an off night, and still score over 140 is still pretty impressive this early in the season,” said PIZM head coach Chris Templeton.
Defensive pressure and Sydney Lodermeier's 27 points led Goodhue to a 70-59 victory over Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Friday. In addition to Sydney Lodermeier, the Wildcats got 15 points from Mariah Tipcke and 10 from Lexie Lodermeier. The Cougars got 13 points from Lyndsey Quam and 11 each from Ashli Christopherson and Ali Hunstad.
A high-scoring first half gave way to a Rochester Lourdes rout as the Eagles sent Kenyon-Wanamingo home with an 81-43 loss on Friday night. The Knights trailed 43-31 at halftime, but scored just a dozen points after the break while Lourdes poured in 38 more points.
Facing two-time defending Big Nine Conference champion Rochester Mayo on Thursday, the Red Wing boys' swimming and diving team took a 97-72 loss at Twin Bluff Middle School to the visiting Spartans. “It was a tough meet but the guys stayed strong throughout,” said Wingers head coach Mikayla Beuch. “We had a lot of swimmers drop consistent times with many of them edging towards personal bests. It's great to see so many fast times for these guys so soon in the season.” Getting Red Wing's lone win of the night was diver Abe De Jong, who finished with a score of 168.85.
Red Wing's Tayzha Buck hit a career milestone on Thursday and helped the Wingers avenge their Section 1AAA loss from last season after beating Byron 72-46 at Sonju Gymnasium. Buck scored a game-high 18 points, crossing the 1,000-point plateau in the process. Buck also finished with six rebounds and two assists.
Hitting 3-pointers at a 48-percent clip (12 of 25), Red Wing's shooting prevailed over Rochester John Marshall's height in an 80-55 Big Nine Conference win Tuesday at Sonju Gymnasium. Going 7 of 8 from 3-point range, Kyli Nelson was the Wingers' top scorer with 21 points to go with five rebounds and three assists. Lindsay Reps was a perfect 3-for-3 from outside as part of a 15-point, three-steal night. Abi Deming had 12 points and seven rebounds, Dani Deming finished with 10 points off the bench, and Tayzha Buck accounted for eight points, four rebounds and three assists.
Tuesday Cannon Falls 48, Jordan 45 Fueled by big nights from Tatum Pickar and Kaly Banks, Cannon Falls secured a 48-45 non-conference road win over Jordan on Tuesday, 48-45. "It was definitely a defensive battle tonight. The game was close the whole way," said Bombers head coach Samantha McCamy. "We fought every second we were on the court tonight, I could not be more proud of the effort my girls gave tonight. They left it all on the court and I could not ask more of a group of young women then what they gave tonight."
One of the top teams in the state came to Red Wing on Friday, and performed like one of the best. Owatonna, who was second in Class AA last year, topped the Wingers, 144.675-127.05. On the vault, Breck Bergin was the top Red Wing scorer with a fourth-place total of 9.05. Carolyn Hanson took third on the balance beam with an 8.7, and she also posted a sixth-place score of 7.85 on the parallel-uneven bars and a sixth-place score of 8.625 on the floor exercise.