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LAKE CITY – For four sets on Monday, Lake City showed the kind of fight it has seldom shown all season. All the Tigers needed was to win a set. Lake City came back from a 24-17 first-set deficit to make it 24-23 before the Bulldogs finally closed the set. Then in Set 2, the Tigers put it at 16-16 before P-E-M pulled away to go up 2-0.
Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa got 10 shots on goal but couldn’t get any balls in the net as the Wildcats lost 2-0 to Austin on Saturday. Goalkeeper Brady Schoenfelder faced 12 shots, stopping 10 in the loss. Matt Lien, Mitch Acker and Colin Rucker put up two shots apiece for PIZM. “We had a lot of shots on goal, but we just can’t seem to put the ball in the net,” said Wildcats’ head coach Peter Wiggins. “We possessed the ball well and played even with them. Shawn Pletz had a strong game on defense.” PIZM (1-7) hosts Rochester Lourdes for a Hiawatha Valley League game Tuesday.
For the third year in a row, the Red Wing boys soccer team took top honors in the Lake City tournament with a 4-1 victory over Byron, followed by a 3-0 win against Stewartville in the championship match. In the opening match, the Wingers’ Teagan Olin popped in a pair of goals, while Kaden Erie also had a goal. Rodrigo Fernandez also put a tally on the scoreboard, scoring on a free kick from about 24 yards out, according to head coach Brian Quigley.
LAKE CITY – Over the first 24 minutes of game time, Lake City and Kasson-Mantorville traded big play after big play, going into halftime tied at 21. But behind the arm and legs of their 5-foot-8, 150-pound freshman quarterback Brady Berge, the KoMets were able to cruise in the second half, coming away with a 40-21 Southern Football Alliance Red division victory. Playing out of the shotgun for the majority of Friday’s game, Berge accounted for 270 of Kasson
Goodhue was able to eat up some serious clock en route to its first touchdown Friday against Caledonia. But the nearly 10-minute drive was all the Warriors would allow as the Wildcats fell 40-8 to the top-ranked team in Class 2A. Caledonia responded to Riley Huemann’s 2-yard touchdown run by scoring four second-quarter touchdowns to take a 27-8 halftime lead.
Jordan Lundell scored three rushing touchdowns, and Hunter Johnson added two scoring passes to lead Cannon Falls to a 37-14 Southern Football Alliance Red division victory over La Crescent. The Lancers opened the scoring with 5 minutes, 1 second to go in the first quarter, but Johnson and Lundell took it from there. Lundell caught a 32-yard Johnson pass with 2:32 to go in the opening quarter, then rushed in two straight scores as the Bombers took a 21-7 lead. Lundell then hauled in another Johnson pass to put Cannon Falls up three scores with 5:04 left in the third quarter. Derek J
Behind the arm of senior quarterback Kurt Gadient, Zumbrota-Mazeppa moved to 2-0 in the Southern Football Alliance White division with a 37-20 road victory over Dover-Eyota. With 6 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the first quarter, the Eagles got on the scoreboard first when quarterback Owen Riley found Mitch Sanders for a 31-yard touchdown reception. Once Gadient got a chance under center, the Cougars’ signal-caller put the team on his back, starting with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Forrey with 3:57 left in the first. Following a 21-yard field goal by Jacob Tschann early in th
Four different players scored for Ellsworth in a 23-0 skunking of Amery Friday night. Brandon VanderMarliere opened the Panthers scoring with a 19-yard run in the second quarter, a touchdown that was followed by Dan Giese’s 2-yard scoring run. Dennis Schultz added a 20-yard field goal before halftime as Ellsworth held complete control of the game. Giese finished with 93 yards on just nine carries while Schultz carried 12 times for 56 yards. VanderMarliere had 24 rushing yards on five touches.
A solid first set was not an indication of things to come as the Lake City volleyball team dropped a four-set Hiawatha Valley League match to Triton Thursday, 23-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-17. “We played great in that first game, it all gelled, and then we had moments of greatness in the other games but couldn’t get over the hump,” said Lake City head coach Kim Bobb. Madi Green had a good night, scoring 12 kills and six ace blocks. Breanna Gates threw in nine kills and 25 digs while Megan Schramski (20 digs) and Martha Guevara (15 digs) also helped the defensive cause for the Tigers.
In the second family showdown, Cannon Falls head volleyball coach Melissa Huseth continues to hold an edge over her sister, Jen Nerision, as the Huseth-led Bombers won a five-set thriller over Kenyon-Wanamingo, 25-20, 21-25, 25-15, 26-28, 15-10, Thursday in Kenyon. “It was such a hard-fought game; it was bittersweet for sure,” Huseth said. “Many of our girls were coached by Jen, too, when she was a coach here. They wanted to win, but they don’t want to play against Jen.” After dropping a heartbreaker in the fourth set, Cannon Falls got off to a fast start in the decisive fifth set.