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Holding Zumbrota-Mazeppa to 39 percent shooting, as well as forcing 16 turnovers, Goodhue’s defense was the key for the Wildcats’ 64-34 Hiawatha Valley League Blue Division win Tuesday in Goodhue. Three Goodhue players – Jacob Pasch (11 points), Riley Bollum (10) and Tyler Schumacher (10) – finished in double figures as the team shot 54 percent from the field.
Cannon Falls won its fourth straight Hiawatha Valley League contest on Tuesday after knocking off Triton 68-47 in Dodge Center. “After a heartbreaker Monday (against Waseca), we came back and played well,” said Bombers’ head coach Josh Davisson. “There wasn’t a whole lot of time to think about the loss; we had to go forward and play again. And it was good to get another HVL Blue win tonight.” Pacing Cannon Falls was Brock Peterson, who finished with 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
In a 78-44 victory over Zumbrota-Mazeppa Tuesday, Goodhue’s Mikayla Miller had not only the highest-scoring game in team history, she now has the highest-scoring game in her family. With 46 points against the Cougars, Mikayla broke the previous school-record high of 42, set by her mother Joy Miller (Matthees) back in 1989. Mikayla also had six rebounds and eight steals in the victory. “She just really had it going tonight,” said Wildcats head coach Josh Wieme. Kali Ryan chipped in 13 points for Goodhue, and Meredith Watson came down with six rebounds.
Katelyn Hadler, Nicole Schammel and Taylor Heise combined to score three first-period goals for Red Wing Monday evening, three times the amount of shots that Henry Sibley put on goal in the same time frame in a 6-1 Wingers victory. Hadler opened the scoring with a goal 9 minutes, 14 seconds into the game on assists from Heise and Kayla Oberding. Heise, along with Reagan Haley, also assisted on Schammel’s power-play goal at 15:17.
St. Thomas Academy pulled away from the field to win the Section 1A boys swimming and diving true team championship Saturday in Austin. Red Wing finished sixth with 1,001 points, well behind the Cadets’ title-clinching 1,781. The rest of the top five included Simley (1,332), Northfield (1,263), Mankato West (1,189.5) and Austin (1,128). Tanner Alms won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1 minute, 44.76 seconds, then followed with another stellar performance in the 500 free, holding off Simley’s Michael Modica by less than a second.
Home cooking was good to Zumbrota-Mazeppa Saturday as the Cougars easily won three-consecutive duals to keep the Z-M Duals trophy in its rightful home. Even with three losses in the final five matches against Wabasha-Kellogg, the Cougars breezed into the semifinals with a 54-23 quarterfinal victory. Against Stewartville in the semis, Z-M flipped the script, winning the final four bouts against the Tigers in a 40-23 win. In the finals, Dover-Eyota took a brief lead at 18-12 before the Cougars ran off seven-straight victories to take a firm grip on the championship.
After a 60-6 loss to Blaine, Goodhue rebounded with back-to-back victories to take fifth place at the Rogers Royal Rumble Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats beat Mille Lacs, 53-15, in the consolation semifinals, then triumphed over St.
Four Cannon Falls wrestlers won Henry Sibley Tournament titles Saturday, but the Bombers fell shy in the team standings, taking second place with 203.5 points. The Warriors came out on top in their own tournament, scoring 227.0 points. Cannon Falls, missing three wrestlers and using two non-scoring substitutes, was still able to make a big dent in the brackets.
Thanks to eight 3-pointers in the first half, Byron managed to snap Lake City’s five-game win streak with a 71-64 Hiawatha Valley League victory Monday in Byron. The Bears were led by Lance Mortland, who had 15 points. Tyler Coble added 14 points and Joe Smith chipped in with 12 in the victory. Brady Kuchinka was the Tigers’ top player on Monday with 18 points and six assists. Reid Lundell had 15 points and eight rebounds, and John Brown finished with 10 points. Lake City (7-8, 4-6 HVL) resumes conference play Tuesday at Pine Island.
Down by 15 points at halftime, Red Wing desperately needed a boost or else it would lose its fourth straight Missota Conference game Friday against Northfield. But thanks to Jon Sevlie, the Wingers were finally able to notch a Missota win, pulling out a 62-61 victory over the Raiders in Northfield. “After those tight games that we lost, it’s an awfully good feeling to win this one,” said Red Wing head coach Doug Toivonen.