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Byron jumped ahead early on Lake City Friday and never looked back, cruising to a 69-33 Hiawatha Valley League victory Friday at Lincoln High School. Taking a 30-12 halftime lead, the Bears were led by Reed Klunder and Vanessa Anderson, who finished with 17 and 14 points, respectively. The Tigers’ top scorer was Breanna Gates, who finished with 13 points. Lake City (7-8, 3-7 HVL) is set to face Triton on Monday
Sprinting out to a quick 45-20 halftime lead, Cannon Falls’ shooters hit 60 percent of their shots on the way to a 78-51 Hiawatha Valley League victory Friday at Zumbrota-Mazeppa. “We shot the ball pretty well all night,” said Bombers’ head coach Josh Davisson. “Brock (Peterson) had five threes, all in the first half.
With both teams looking for consecutive wins, Zumbrota-Mazeppa got the better of Cannon Falls on Friday with a 54-32 Hiawatha Valley League victory in Cannon Falls. On offense, the Cougars were led by Carley Henning, who finished with 16 points. Molly Lawler chipped in with 12. More importantly, Z-M held the Bombers without a double-digit scorer as Grace Rutter and Hailey Huseth led Cannon Falls with six points apiece.
Farmington’s 137.575 was enough to get a Missota Conference victory Friday over Red Wing, but the Wingers’ score of 126.35 was a season high. “We had an awesome meet,” said co-head coach Lisa Hanson. “As a team, we’re really connecting and coming together. They nailed their routines, and aside from some lower bar scores, we were solid all around. This proves how strong they’re becoming, and they keep going up which is what we want to see at this time of the year.” Irina Anderson led Red Wing on the vault (9.175) with Morgan Hughes a half-point behind at 8.675.
A back-and-forth, seven-to-seven Hiawatha Valley League dual meet went the way of Stewartville Thursday night as the Tigers were able to hold Cannon Falls at bay thanks to four pins and the bonus points provided. Paul Fitterer (113 pounds) earned an 18-3 technical fall over Tyler Laures to get the Bombers on the board after Stewartville began the dual with a fall.
Paced by a big first half from Brady Kuchinka, Lake City moved over the .500 mark for the first time this season with a 72-50 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Kenyon-Wanamingo Thursday in Kenyon. Kuchinka scored 17 of his team-high 21 points in the first half. He finished the game 3-for-3 from 3-point range, 4-for-4 from the free-throw line, and had three assists in the victory.
Lake City ran into Class 2A’s second-ranked team and had a hard time scoring points on the Knights in a 59-29 Hiawatha Valley League loss Thursday in Lake City. K-W’s Siri Sviggum led all scorers with 17 points, while Madi Green had a team-high eight points for the Tigers. Lake City (7-7, 3-6 HVL) hosts Byron on Friday.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa snapped a seven-game losing streak on Friday after picking up a 58-38 win over Section 1AA foe St. Charles in Zumbrota. “We came out to a 19-7 lead and we were never really threatened from there,” said Cougars’ head coach Scott Paukert. “It was good to take care of business and end this skid.” Carley Henning was Z-M’s scorer with 15 points. Hailey Dykes had 11 points and six rebounds, and Molly Lawler added 12 points.
Andrew Schmidt earned an 11-2 major decision over Alex Bernard, but that stood as the only competitive victory for Lake City in a 62-10 Hiawatha Valley League loss to Kasson-Mantorville Thursday night. The fifth-ranked (Class 2A) KoMets picked up seven pins in the contest, with the other Tigers’ win coming at 195 pounds where Michael Noll won by forfeit. Lake City (5-8 overall, 3-2 HVL) will host a tournament Saturday, and then welcome Byron and Kenyon-Wanamingo to Lincoln High School for a triangular Monday.
Cannon Falls opened its triangular at Kasson-Mantorville Tuesday with a 59-15 dismantling of La Crescent. The Bombers lost just three matches against the Lancers, and one was a forfeit. But that dual was not the main attraction. That would be the nightcap that featured the No. 10 (Class AA) Bombers and the fifth-ranked (Class AA) KoMets. Through two matches, K-M held a 12-0 lead thanks to consecutive forfeits and 106 and 113 pounds. When Cannon Falls finally took the mat, the lead quickly reversed.