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After a tough stretch of games last week against Winona and Austin, the Red Wing boys basketball team needed a return to form. And in the opening round of the Owatonna holiday tournament Friday, the Wingers reestablished their dominant self, knocking out Waseca with a 62-49 victory. Things looked shaky in the first half when the Bluejays led 8-2. But Red Wing put together a 17-point run that made things a breeze the rest of the way.
A timely assist from Pete Clark set Charles Kryzer up for a layup with 46 seconds left in overtime to help Bethlehem Academy of Faribault to a 69-65 overtime victory over Zumbrota-Mazeppa Monday in Faribault. Trailing 60-57 late in the second half, the Cougars' Jacob Tschann hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to force the game into an extra period. Z-M got big nights offensively from Kurt Gadient and Ellis Hirman as both finished with 16 points.
With Dani Wagner and Jessica Foster combining to score 31 points, Hayfield took care of Cannon Falls Friday, picking up a 63-24 Hiawatha Valley League victory in Hayfield. Wagner had a game-high 17 points, while Foster added 14. Rachael Ausrud finished with nine in the Vikings’ win. Grace Rutter had a team-high nine points for the Bombers, while Anna Rapp and Maggie Rutter each scored five in the loss.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa was able to keep Friday’s Hiawatha Valley League game against Byron tight throughout. But, shooting only 25 percent from the field, the Cougars couldn’t get closer than four points in a 43-38 loss in Byron. “You can’t shoot like that and expect to win,” said Z-M head coach Scott Paukert.
After starting the season 1-5, Cannon Falls has managed to climb out of the basement and back into contention, winning its fourth straight with a 66-36 victory over Triton Friday at home. Now 5-5 in the year, things are finally shaping up in the Bombers’ favor. “We’ve gotten a couple good wins over some HVL Blue teams this week,” said Cannon Falls head coach Josh Davisson. “Hopefully, we can have some good team-building at the tournament next week in St.
Goodhue held Zumbrota-Mazeppa to 16 first-half points en route to a 57-36 Hiawatha Valley League Blue Division contest Friday night. Alex Thomforde and Riley Augustine combined to score 24 points for the Wildcats, who shot 54 percent from 2-point range, and 42 percent overall. Thomforde, who had 13 points, also recorded 10 steals for a rare points-steals double-double.
Thanks to big nights from Reid Lundell and John Brown, Lake City ended a five-game losing streak with a 63-54 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Pine Island at Lincoln High School in Lake City. Lundell scored 13 of his team-high 25 points at the free-throw line, and Brown finished with a career-high 10 points.
Seven Goodhue wrestlers took second place at the Chisago Lakes Holiday Tournament Friday as the Wildcats placed third as team with 168 points.
When your second competition of the season comes against defending Class 1A state champion New Prague, things will look rough on the scoreboard. But for Red Wing gymnastics, the team and the coaches took everything in stride and saw some positives in their second meet of the year. “Overall, it was a great meet,” said Red Wing co-head coach Megan Latch. “They’re still pretty green and we do not have a lot of meets under our belts.
Two Red Wing hockey games went to overtime Thursday, each with a different outcome. The boys, at home, won. The girls, on the road at No. 8 Orono, lost.