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The holiday break took a toll on Red Wing, but the Wingers still managed a conference win in Rochester on Tuesday. A season-low score of 122.55 from Red Wing beat Rochester John Marshall's 118.15, but was behind both Rochester Mayo (127.925) and Rochester Century (132.725). “The girls were flat after the holiday break with many falls on all four events, something we haven’t seen from them in the past,” said Winger head coach Lisa Hanson.
Thursday Goodhue 60, K-W 33 Riley Dummer had the 3-pointers falling, helping Kenyon-Wanamingo get an early lead. But eventually, the defense of second-ranked (Class A) Goodhue was too much to thwart as the Wildcats won Thursday's Hiawatha Valley League game 60-33. Arianna Thomforde led Goodhue in scoring with 16 points while Sydney Lodermeier came up with 10 points and five rebounds. Both Lexie Lodermeier and Emily Benrud finished the game with eight points and five rebounds.
Red Wing swimmers Willie Meacham and Ian Johnson picked up strong wins for the boys' swimming and diving team in a 91-77 Big Nine Conference loss to Winona Thursday at Twin Bluff Middle School. Meacham put forth a season-best time in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.21 seconds. He also finished second in the 200 individual medley at 2:11.01. Then in the 100 backstroke, Johnson snuck by a Winona swimmer for a first-place finish at 1:01.44.
Normally a team reliant on 3-point shooting, two of Red Wing's post players provided the Wingers a huge boost on Thursday, helping the team to a 59-41 Big Nine Conference win against Faribault. Abi Deming secured a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while also dishing out four assists. Deming was 5 of 10 shooting and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line. Also patrolling the paint was Hannah Rodgers, who added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. She was 4 of 6 from the floor, with a 3-for-5 showing at the free-throw line.
After a 1-6 start to the season, the Red Wing boys' basketball team has rattled off three-straight victories. Returning home for the first time since Dec. 22 on Thursday, the Wingers moved to 3-3 in the Big Nine Conference with a 71-53 win over Faribault. With the team shooting 51 percent from the field, Zach Cota led five Red Wing players in double figures with 17 points. Hitting a team-high four 3-pointers, Cota also had eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa won just one of its three duals on Friday, but responded with two wins on Saturday to shore up an impressive 14th-place finish at the 29-team Clash National Wrestling Duals tournament at the UCR Regional Sports Center in Rochester.
Hutchinson grabbed the bronze with a 4-1 victory over Red Wing in the third-place game of the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic in Farmington on Friday. Olivia Hansen and Ellie Campbell scored in the first period for the Tigers, while Sophie Schafer got the only Wingers goal on second-period assists from Elle Bryant and Delaynee Fox. Alex Hantge and Campbell scored in the third for Farmington.
After Red Wing's Josh Rikli tied the game 1-1 at the 9-minute, 38-second mark of the first period, Champlain Park jumped all over the Wingers, scoring four-straight goals for a 5-1 victory on Friday. Sam Schuster scored at 3:31 of the opening frame, giving the Rebels an early 1-0 lead. After Rikli's goal, assisted by Cam Blue, Ayden Grant and Brady Swanstrom scored to give Champlain Park a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.
Illness, injuries, holiday break. It all wasn't enough to slow down the Red Wing boys' swimming and diving team on Thursday. Even with seven swimmers gone for various reasons, the Wingers were able to tally a 96-85 non-conference dual victory against Tartan at Twin Bluff Middle School. "We had a great meet this week during the holiday season," said Red Wing head coach Mikayla Beuch. "We hadn't competed against the Tartan boys team before so it was an opportunity for us to see some new faces and defend our home pool."
Triton 58, Cannon Falls 44 Tatum Pickar had a strong offensive game, scoring 20 points against Triton on Wednesday. But Cannon Falls could not counter the Cobras' deep shooting in a 58-44 loss in the Randolph Tournament semifinals. Triton hit eight 3-pointers while Cannon Falls did not connect from behind the arc. Bella Davisson had 10 points for the Bombers, but the next highest scorer was Kaly Banks with six. Triton got 20 points from Sydney Gilliland and 16 from Nicole Kress. Hayfield 86, K-W 59