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After picking up its first win on Tuesday, Goodhue could not carry that momentum into Friday as the Wildcats lost 64-55 in Hiawatha Valley League play at Stewartville. Riley Augustine was Goodhue’s top shooter, going 6 of 9 from the field on the way to a team-high 14 points.
For the first time in the last 21 head-to-head contests, Ellsworth finally got the best of New Richmond on Friday, picking up a 67-36 Middle Border Conference victory in New Richmond. Pacing the Panthers was Kyle Murphy, who was 11 of 13 from the field on the way to a 23-point, 14-rebound night.
Ellsworth opened the 2013-14 wrestling season in dominating fashion Thursday, shellacking Middle Border Conference foe Somerset 69-7 on Thursday. The Panthers tallied seven wins by pinfall and also got four victories by forfeit. Riley Melstrom (132 pounds) got the quickest pin for Ellsworth, putting the Spartans’ Tony Mussehl on his back in 1 minute, 15 seconds.
Powered by double-double outputs from junior Ty Buck and senior Isaac Toivonen, seventh-ranked (3A) Red Wing took care of its Highway 61 rival Hastings with an 87-67 victory Friday in Red Wing. Now 5-0, the Wingers are off to their best start since the 2007-08 season, when the team started the year on a nine-game win streak. “It’s really exciting to be 5-0,” said Red Wing head coach Doug Toivonen, “and I’m happy that the people that watch us get to see what I’ve
Kevin McGinley, Carl Kozlowski and Andrew Schimdt snagged some early wins for Lake City, but Pine Island was able to find too many bonus points as the Panthers knocked off the Tigers, 46-24, Friday night. McGinley picked up a 7-4 win over Broghen Kunz, while Kozlowski eked out a 2-0 victory over Connor Swarthout.
Wrestling’s opening day was nearly a great one for Goodhue. But the Wildcats were nipped by St. Charles in the nightcap of a home triangular Friday night. Goodhue started the day by slamming La Crescent, 55-12.
Getting in the water for the first meet of the season Thursday, the Red Wing boys swimming and diving team placed fifth in the Missota Conference relay meet at Northfield High School. The Wingers finished with 384 team points.
Fritz Belisle gave Red Wing a brief lead, but a four-goal second period gave North St. Paul all it needed in a 6-3 victory over the Wingers Thursday night. Tristan Rehder and Mitch Ramstad assisted on Belisle’s goal at 3 minutes, 54 seconds of the second period before Marshall Moore and Jack Murnane scored 21 seconds apart – at 7:23 and 7:44, respectively – to give North St.
Not only did the Red Wing girls hockey team have to overcome a first-period deficit, the Wingers had to deal with a two-goal disadvantage 44 seconds into the second period. But the dynamic trio of Emily Stegora, Nicole Schammel and Reagan Haley totaled five points, including a goal each, in a 3-2 victory over Shakopee Thursday evening. The Sabers scored the only goal of the opening frame when Ashly Larson beat Ashley Corcoran 4 minutes, 19 seconds into the game.
Fourth-ranked (1A) Goodhue continues to roll through its competition, picking up a 78-37 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Stewartville Thursday in Goodhue. Up 10-6 in the first half, the Wildcats blew the game wide open with a 26-point run to go up 36-6. “The first half, we got off to kind of a slow start, but we got some long rebounds and some steals and we pushed the ball hard,” said Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme. “We had everyone running with Mikayla (Miller) and that’s what broke it open.” Miller tacked on 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals.