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Shakopee came to the area Saturday and left town with the first-place trophy from the Cannon Falls Tournament. The Sabres totaled 209 points, ahead of the host Bombers (181.5) and third-place Woodbury (165.5). No other squad had more than 118 points in the 12-team individual tournament. Paul Fitterer (113 pounds), Derek Johnson (182), Nathan Melhouse (195) and Clay Broze (220) all came away as champions in their respective brackets. Ryan Epps (120), Keston Lopez (132) and Connor Rohr (138) each made the finals, but lost in the championship match.
After receiving a bye in the first round, Zumbrota-Mazeppa nearly swept Rogers then closed out Sartell-St. Stephen to win the Buffalo Bison Duals Saturday in Buffalo. The Cougars cruised to a 60-6 victory over the Royals, which included six wins by fall. Maverick Johnson (120 pounds), Joey Majerus (126), Jacob Bennett (132), Noah Prodzinski (170), Hunter Prodzinski (182) and Shane Bode (285) all pinned their opponents.
Cannon Falls led Maple River 20-12 at halftime, but the Eagles stormed back in the second half to take a 42-40 victory away from the visiting Bombers on Saturday. Helping Maple River climb back was Josie Ostermann, who scored 15 points in the second half. “She basically got hot and started to shoot them out of that hole,” said Cannon Falls head coach Eric Mace. Courtney Woodcock had a double-double night for the Bombers with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Right away, the offensive production was there for Red Wing on Saturday night, but the defense left a little to be desired. Then in the second half, the Wingers swarmed Kasson-Mantorville, and Red Wing’s 39-33 halftime lead turned into a 75-49 victory in a Section 1AAA matchup in Kasson. “It’s huge,” Wingers’ head coach Doug Toivonen said about the win. “We even talked (Friday) night that the goal isn’t to win the conference. We need to take care of the section and get to tournament time and play our best basketball.
In its first dual meet of the season, Red Wing raced past Faribault 98-82 in non-conference swimming and diving action Friday. Punctuating the Wingers’ return to the pool was Hunter Connelly, who broke the school record in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 53.53 seconds, 0.11 seconds faster than the old mark. While several personal bests were set in the Falcons’ pool, two Red Wing swimmers saw improvement in the same race.
Down 11 points in the second half, Cannon Falls made a big run to take the lead against Byron Friday night in a mid-season Hiawatha Valley League contest. But the Bombers ran out of gas too soon as the Bears were able to fend off the rally to grab a 52-48 conference victory. Trailing 28-21 at halftime, then 37-26 later in the second half, Cannon Falls finally pulled ahead 43-39 led by Alex Bultena’s team-high 16 points and six rebounds. “He’s been playing very well lately, offensively and defensively,” said Bombers head coach Josh Davisson.
It took quite a while for Lake City to get things going, but once it did, Dover-Eyota was no match as the Tigers rolled to a 57-37 victory Friday night. Lake City had just two points through the first 7 minutes, 30 seconds of the game, then went off on a 26-5 run to close the first half with a 28-12 lead. Brady Kuchinka, in his second game back from a broken leg suffered in the fall, scored a game-high 23 points.
Goodhue had little trouble getting the ball in the hoop on Friday, and the Wildcats needed every bucket to come away with a 48-47 Hiawatha Valley League win over Rochester Lourdes in Goodhue. As a team, Goodhue shot 62 percent from the field, including 73 percent (17 of 23) from 2-point range. With the victory, the Wildcats have won their sixth straight after starting the season 1-4. Leading the Goodhue charge was Riley Augustine, who scored 13 points on 6 of 9 shooting. He also had five rebounds, two steals and two assists.
In its second Missota Conference gymnastics meet of the season Thursday evening, Red Wing improved by more than a point against Chanhassen/Chaska. The Wingers scored 119.575 points, 1.225 more than they scored Dec. 20 against New Prague.
Red Wing and Northfield combined to score nine goals on 20 shots in the first period of Thursday’s Missota Conference showdown at Northfield Ice Arena. The Raiders, who led by three into the first intermission, would extend their lead by the final horn in a 9-5 victory over the Wingers. Tyler Rea opened the scoring at 13 seconds of the first period on an assist from Dylan Goggin. Northfield tied the game 30 seconds later before taking the lead at 3:02.