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Plainview-Elgin-Millville scored the first 10 points and never looked back, racing past Lake City for a 72-36 victory Thursday in Plainview. The Bulldogs’ Nick Shanks had a game-high 23 points, leading a trio of PEM players in double digits. Schuyler Thompson finished with 15 points and Logan Sexton dropped 13 in the victory. PEM also had a sizeable advantage on the boards, out-rebounding Lake City 41-23. Sophomore Matt Kjos was the Tigers’ top scorer with nine points. Freshman Mitch Marien had seven points and Eli Custer added six. Lake City (2-3) heads to Kingsland on Saturday.
Ellsworth opened the 2013-14 wrestling season in dominating fashion on Thursday, shellacking Middle Border Conference foe Somerset 69-7 in Ellsworth. In the match, 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.
The first game of the new campaign was a tough one for the Ellsworth girls basketball team. Baldwin-Woodville rolled to a 52-15 victory Tuesday night as Netta Gerrits and Maddie Kulow combined to score 31 points. Kelsey Betthauser had 12 points for the Panthers (0-1). Ellsworth will host New Richmond Friday, then visit River Falls Saturday.
A difficult first half that saw just six points on the board was too steep of a climb for the Lake City girls basketball team Tuesday night in a 50-28 loss to La Crescent. “The first half offensively was pretty rough for us, but after that it was a good game. We held them scoreless in the first eight minutes of the second half, but we had dug ourselves a hole,” said Tigers head coach Candace Dudley. Madi Green scored 13 points to go along with eight rebounds to lead Lake City in both categories.
Coming off a 20-win season, Hayfield poses problems for any team on its schedule. The first of those contests was against Zumbrota-Mazeppa, and try as the Cougars might, they could not solve the fast pace that the Vikings brought to the table Tuesday evening. “They’re extremely fast, athletic and very quick,” said Z-M head coach Scott Paukert. “We played well, we just ran out of gas. They’re always trapping and pushing the ball. They just wore us down.” Behind Dani Wagner’s 23 points, Hayfield won the game 70-52.
A cold-shooting performance in the second half hampered the Cannon Falls girls en route to a 54-41 road loss to Stewartville Tuesday night. Ashly Serres led the Cougars with 14 points, while Hailey Huseth added six points, six rebounds and four steals. Maggie Rutter and Courtney Woodcock each had seven rebounds, and Callie Loeschke also had six points. A 22-20 game at halftime saw the Tigers pull away as the Cougars struggled to hit a shot. “They started to shoot a little better in the second half, and we could not keep pace,” said Bombers head coach Eric Mace.
Four games into the season, Cannon Falls found its first win, and it came against a conference opponent no less. Brock Peterson scored 36 points, while Austin Noble and Hunter Johnson filled the other columns in the stat sheet as the Bombers took care of Stewartville, 82-67, Tuesday night. “It’s Brock’s second 30-plus night of the season,” said Cannon Falls head coach Josh Davisson. “He’s picked up a lot of our scoring, and a lot of it was Hunter finding him, and that’s what Hunter does well.
Tyler Schumacher scored 19 points and hauled in six rebounds to lead Goodhue to its first victory of the season, a 54-40 decision over Bethlehem Academy of Faribault. Schumacher made all four of his 2-point tries, and 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Riley Bollum, who had 16 points and two steals, was 2 of 4 from 3-point range. The Wildcats (1-2) will visit Stewartville Friday before hosting Byron Saturday.
Kurt Gadient was the only Cougar in double digits as Zumbrota-Mazeppa failed to keep up with Hayfield in a 68-30 loss Tuesday night. Gadient scored 11 points to go along with seven rebounds while Jacob Ugland added eight points. Ellis Hirman had eight rebounds and three steals. The Cougars (0-2) will host Rochester Lourdes Friday.
After La Crescent brought the game to overtime on a 3-pointer by John Gurholt, Lake City finally put away the visiting Lancers on a free throw by Eli Custer with 14.3 seconds remaining to help the Tigers escape with a 53-52 Hiawatha Valley League victory on Tuesday. After Custer’s make, La Crescent had one more chance to tie the game up, but missed the game-winning jumper. Both teams scrambled for the ball under the hoop as time expired. Reid Lundell paced the Tigers with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Jesse Oliver chipped in with 17.