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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.
The Red Wing girls basketball team looked like it could play spoiler against Chanhassen on Tuesday. Up 25-22 at halftime, the Wingers played mistake-free basketball against one of the Missota Conference’s top teams. Then Chanhassen found an edge, thanks to its 3-point shooting, and pulled away to beat Red Wing 64-52 in Chanhassen. “It was a close game the whole way,” said Wingers’ head coach Dave Muelken. “They made four 3s in the second half and that made a difference.
In order to get into the win column against Red Wing, Chanhassen needed an Atlas-like performance from Ben Khwice and Joey Witthus. Hoisting the Storm on their shoulders, Khwice and Witthus scored 36 of the team’s 40 second-half points, turning a 36-31 halftime deficit into a 71-50 Missota Conference blowout Tuesday at Sonju Gymnasium. “We couldn’t stop them. (Khwice) couldn’t miss, and (Witthus) got to the foul line a bunch,” said Wingers’ head coach Doug Toivonen.
Carlie Sandstrom and Morgan Hughes went two and three in the all-around competition, but Red Wing could not keep pace with Chanhassen/Chaska, falling in a Missota Conference meet, 135.875-123.775. “We’re very pleased with that score, it’s just short of our season-best from last week against Northfield,” said Red Wing assistant coach Brian Jenson. “We’re pretty much on pace with where we want to be.” Sandstrom’s score of 31.225 in the all-around took second place, closely followed by Hughes’ 28.925. Sandstrom’s best finish in an event came on the balance beam, a 7.9 that tied for fifth.
Dylan Goggin gave Red Wing a 1-0 lead 9 minutes, 50 seconds into the Wingers’ non-conference game against Rochester Lourdes Tuesday night. But the Eagles scored three times in the...
Brady Kuchinka’s return to the court has been a boon for Lake City, as well as the player himself.