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For the first time in at least 26 years, Zumbrota-Mazeppa won a girls basketball game against Rochester Lourdes. And to put the cherry on top, the Cougars spoiled the opening of the Eagles’ new gymnasium with the 47-38 victory. Z-M head coach Scott Paukert said he was all smiles after the game, even if his team didn’t quite fully appreciate the history involved. “They were excited,” Paukert said. “But I don’t think they really knew we hadn’t beaten them forever.
Ellis Hirman and Jacob Forrey each finished in double digits for Zumbrota-Mazeppa, but it was not enough to hold off Rochester Lourdes as the Cougars fell 73-48 in Hiawatha Valley League play Friday in Zumbrota. Hirman finished with a team-high 16 points, and also had six rebounds. Forrey was 3 of 5 shooting from 3-point range, finishing with 13 points.
Cannon Falls trailed Kasson-Mantorville by five at halftime, but the Bombers could not cut down the KoMets’ advantage in a 73-65 Hiawatha Valley League loss Friday in Kasson. Brock Peterson finished with a game-high 24 points for Cannon Falls. Hunter Johnson came up with 16 points and six assists, and Alex Bultena put together a 10-point, five-rebound effort. K-M’s depth proved valuable in the win Friday.
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.