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Zumbrota-Mazeppa was within striking distance of knocking off one of the Hiawatha Valley League Blue Division’s top teams, Pine Island, on Tuesday. Ultimately, the Cougars’ shooting woes continued and the team lost their fifth straight as the Panthers won 44-40. “It’s kind of becoming a trend for us,” Z-M head coach Scott Paukert said after his team shot 27.3 percent from the field (15 of 55). “It was close the whole way,” Paukert added.
Cannon Falls continues to stay atop the Hiawatha Valley League Blue Division after pulling away with a 56-42 victory over Kenyon-Wanamingo Tuesday in Cannon Falls. “Now that we’re in the heart of our Blue Division schedule, it was nice to get a good win over Kenyon,” said Bombers’ head coach Josh Davisson. Brock Peterson paced Cannon Falls with a game-high 18 points, along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Riley Augustine scored 17 points, Alex Thomforde dished out five assists and the Goodhue Wildcats upended Blooming Prairie, 54-44, Monday night. Augustine, Goodhue’s leading scorer in the game, added nine rebounds and five steals while shooting 66 percent from the field.
Michael Noll pinned Byron’s Matt Hintz 1 minute, 33 seconds into their 195-pound title match. Noll also had a 19-4 technical fall in the semifinals after receiving a first-round bye in the Plainview-Elgin-Millville Invitational held Saturday. Three other Tigers also appeared in championship rounds. Kevin McGinley (120) lost 10-3 to Eau Claire North’s Tyler Deacon while Andrew Schmidt (138) was pinned by Waseca’s Tristan Hoy 3:26 into the championship match.
Up 4-3 with less than a minute left, Red Wing looked like it would notch another non-conference win on Saturday against Irondale. But the 10th-ranked (2A) Knights managed to save their best for last, pulling off a 5-4 overtime victory over the fourth-ranked (1A) Wingers at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. With 35 seconds left in regulation, Alex Toupal tied the game up, beating Red Wing goaltender Ashley Corcoran with her third goal of the game.
Up by as much as 18 points in the second half against Farmington, Red Wing looked ready to cruise to a Missota Conference road victory on Friday. Then the Tigers heated up, and the Wingers simply could not find its shot.
On the mend from an early-season ankle injury, Cannon Falls’ Jordan Lundell had his best game of the season with 18 points and four rebounds, helping the Bombers to a 72-48 Hiawatha Valley League victory at Pine Island on Friday. Along with Lundell, Cannon Falls got a big night from Hunter Johnson with 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals. Brock Peterson added to the offensive onslaught with 12 points and four assists.
The Zumbrota-Mazeppa girls basketball team had not played since Dec. 20, a span of 20 days leading into Thursday’s non-conference affair with Dover-Eyota. The Eagles, ranked sixth in Class 2A, had not lost a game this season, a streak that continued against the Cougars with a 64-45 victory. "We did some positive things,” said Z-M head coach Scott Paukert. “They came in averaging 76 points per game, so I thought we played well defensively. And we did a good job of handling their press, but they did hurt us a little on transition.
Despite outscoring Somerset 27-19 in the fourth quarter, Ellsworth could not complete its comeback on Thursday, losing its first Middle Border Conference game of the season in a 70-67 loss Thursday in Somerset. Keeping the Panthers in the game was Will Huppert, who was 9 of 15 shooting for 23 points. He also had 17 rebounds, including nine offensive boards. Chrystian Kulow and Kyle Murphy each had 11, and Emery Whalen hit three 3-pointers, finishing with 10 points off the bench. Ellsworth (4-4, 4-1 MBC) hosts Osceola on Tuesday.
Climbing back from a 28-22 halftime deficit, Zumbrota-Mazeppa won its third game of the year by the slimmest of margins, knocking off Dover-Eyota 57-56 Thursday in Dover. Leading the Cougars to the victory was Ellis Hirman, who shot 7 of 12 from the field and 12 of 15 from the free-throw line for 26 points. He also had 11 rebounds and four steals.