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Competing in the Big Nine Conference championship meet Saturday, the Red Wing boys' swimming and diving team placed eighth out of 12 teams with a score of 155.5 points. Rochester Mayo was the conference champion with 430 points, followed by Winona (290), Mankato West (236.5), Rochester Century (231) and Rochester John Marshall (218).
Spencer Kronbeck tied the game midway through the third period, and Tyler DeFore scored the game-winner three minutes later to give Red Wing a 4-3 road victory over South St. Paul on Tuesday. Kronbeck opened the scoring 9 minutes, 48 seconds into the second, but the Packers responded with a Matthew Gellerman goal at 12:43. South St. Paul's Adam Burke broke the tie at 5:01 of the third, but Kronbeck knotted it back up on assists from Nick Ramstad and Seth Cushing at 5:28.
Stewartville nearly erased a nine-point Pine Island lead, but the Panthers put the game away over the final six minutes for a 64-54 Hiawatha Valley League victory on Tuesday. Brooke Sinning had 25 points and eight rebounds for Pine Island, with Autumn Pin adding 12 points in the win. The Panthers (17-8, 7-8 HVL) host Rochester Lourdes on Thursday in the final game of Pine Island's regular season.
Laura Heitman and Daynalyn Jostock each had 12 points for Lake City, but Rochester Lourdes was too much in an 85-49 Hiawatha Valley League loss for the Tigers on Tuesday. Morgan West added nine points for Lake City (9-13, 3-12 HVL). The Tigers head to Dodge Center on Thursday to face Triton, and will close the regular season on Friday, at home, against Byron.
Cannon Falls was able to overcome a nine-point halftime deficit, but Zumbrota-Mazeppa held on at the end for a 42-41 Hiwatha Valley League victory over the Bombers on Tuesday. Makayla Arendt's 13 points and 11 boards led the Cougars, while Kaly Banks had 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the loss. Z-M (11-12, 7-10 HVL) looks to finish the regular season at .500 with a game at St. Charles on Thursday while Cannon Falls (4-19, 2-12) has two games remaining, both on the road. The Bombers will head to Hayfield on Thursday and to Stewartville on Tuesday.
The defense stepped up in the second half, and Mark Mboya Kotieno recorded a double-double to lead Pine Island to a 72-54 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Stewartville on Tuesday. Mboya Kotieno had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while teammate Broc Finstuen had 18 points and eight boards. Camden Heepke had 12 points in the win. The Panthers (18-4, 10-3 HVL) has a key road tilt against Rochester Lourdes on Friday, which coupld play into the HVL Gold Division title race.
Robvon Jackson had 17 points and five rebounds to lead Zumbrota-Mazeppa to a 65-56 victory over Cannon Falls on Tuesday. Alex Guse chipped in 12 points for the Cougars, while the Bombers countered with Ryan Dirckx's 16 points. Cannon Falls also got double-digit games from Cobie Vagts (15) and Anthony Hurton (11). Z-M (15-7, 8-7 HVL) takes a week off before heading to Rochester to face Lourdes on Feb. 21. Cannon Falls (5-17, 3-10) hosts Caledonia on Friday.
Defense was the name of the game for Pine Island on Monday as the Panthers came away with 16 steals and five blocks in a 60-33 victory over Chatfield. Brooke Sinning had 14 points and three assists to lead Pine Island in scoring, while Eliza Warneke finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and four steals. The Panthers (16-8) wrap up the regular season with a trip to Stewartville on Tuesday and ahome game against Rochester Lourdes on Thursday.
Ayoka Lee had 50 points and 15 rebounds as Byron took care of Cannon Falls, 63-31, on Monday. Tatum Pickar had 13 points to lead the Bombers, who fell to 4-18 on the season. Cannon Falls hosts Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Tuesday, with a trip to Hayfield on Thursday. Cannon Falls ends the regular season on Feb. 21 at Stewartville.
An off-shooting night doomed Randolph on Monday as the Rockets fell to Grand Meadow, 51-39. Randolph hit just 39.5 percent from the field, 40 percent from the free-throw line, and 1 of 13 from the 3-point arc in the loss. Maddie Grant had a game-high 13 points for the Rockets, with Hanna Neil chipping in 11 and eight rebounds. Randolph (17-7) closes out the regular season with a visit to Winona to face Hope Lutheran on Tuesday and a Friday home game against LeRoy-Ostrander on Friday.