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Goodhue dropped just three matches in its Section 1A quarterfinal victory over St. Charles on Thursday. In their 11 wins, the Wildcats managed six points in nine of them for a 61-15 win. Maddox O'Reilly (106 pounds), Travis Gadient (132), Kaleb O'Reilly (145), Joel Breuer (152), Kodee O'Reilly (195) and Ryan Schoenfelder (220) all picked up pins for Goodhue, while Mason Huemann (170) earned a major decision.
Top-seeded and fourth-ranked Kenyon-Wanamingo received a bye into Thursday's Section 2A quarterfinals, and the Knights made use of the bit of rest, blanking New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, 81-0, to set up a semifinal showdown with Westfield. K-W picked up 11 pins and two forfeits in the victory, including Tyler Ryan (152 pounds) winning by fall in 14 seconds. Seth Brossard (132) was also quick, winning in 23 seconds, with Jeron Matson (113, 0:28) and Kaya Lindell (220, 0:33) also coming up with six points in under a minute.
The first two and last two weights canceled each other out with forfeits, making Thursday's Section 1A first-round dual between seventh-seeded St. Charles and 10th-seeded Pine Island a 10-match bout. The Saints would take the victory convincingly, however, with eight wins in those matches. Jack Williams (113 pounds) and Alex Aarsvold (285) won by forfeit for the Panthers, with Evan Goplen (132) winning by decision and Trevor Turner (160) winning by fall. Pine Island will turn its focus to the Section 1A individual tournament that begins next week.
Ninth-seeded Lake City had a chance at pulling the mild upset, but eighth-seeded GMLOS picked up 18 points over the final three weights to send the Tigers into training for the individual tournament with a 37-32 victory in the Section 1A first round on Thursday.
Four players scored in double figures as Lake City easily took care of Hiawatha Valley League opponent Triton, 74-56, on Thursday. Laura Heitman had 23 points, 11 rebounds and three steals for the Tigers, while Daynalyn Jostock finished with 16 points and seven boards. Julia Anderson added 11 points and four assists, and Grace Bany 10 points in the win. Allison Kubista just missed double digits with nine points, but nine rebounds and four assists made up for it. Lake City (10-13, 4-12 HVL) hosts Byron on Friday in the Tigers' regular season finale.
A low-scoring nonconference game concluded in overtime as Red Wing knocked off Section 1AAA foe Stewartville, 58-56, on Thursday. The Wingers outscored the Tigers, 6-4, in the extra period, and Red Wing held Stewartville to 26 percent shooting from behind the 3-point arc for the game. Seth Yeatman and Teddy Tauer each had 16 points for the Wingers, with Yeatman also pulling down 10 rebounds. Kipp Adams added 12 points in the win. Red Wing (7-15) heads to Makato West on Tuesday, with Rochester Mayo coming to Sonju Gymnasium on Friday.
Most of the statistical categories were even, but shots from the foul line were not as St. Charles used that decided advantage on Thursday to take down Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 56-48. The Saints hit 15 of 27 free throws, including 11 of 19 in the second half while the Cougars hit 4 of six for the game. Ali Hunstad carried the load for Z-M totaling 32 points on 15 of 21 shooting, adding eight rebounds as well. Natalia VanderZanden led St. Charles with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Z-M (11-13) now awaits seeding for the Section 1AA tournament that begins Thursday.
Morgan Zebro hit four 3-pointers on Thursday, but Red Wing combined for just two more while shooting 27 percent from behind the arc resulting in a 49-35 Big Nine Conference loss to Rochester Mayo. Zebro's 12 points all came from long range, with Tayzha Buck's nine points the only other total exceeding four for the Wingers. Zebro added three steals and Buck came up with three rebounds and two assists.
Hitting 12 3-pointers compared to zero for Faribault, Red Wing turned a one-point halftime lead to a 60-48 Big Nine Conference victory Tuesday in Faribault. Leading the charge was Tayzha Buck, who was 8 of 13 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, for a game-high 22 points. She also had five rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks. Lindsay Reps finished with 11points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals, and Morgan Zebro chipped in with 11 points and two steals. Two Falcons – 25 (16) and 24 (11) – finished in double figures.
The Goodhue girls' basketball team set a school record while reaching the 20-win mark for the eighth straight year after beating Triton at home Tuesday night, 90-49. The Wildcats' 90 points eclipsed the 89 points the team scored in the Class 1A championship against Maranatha Christian last year. “It was senior night in Goodhue and that certainly provided some energy from the very start of the game and through the second half,” said Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme. “Lots of aggressive play from everyone, and Maddy (Miller) and McKenzie (Ryan) found ways to score all over.”