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Ellsworth remains undefeated in the Middle Border Conference after piecing together a 54-44 victory over Durand Thursday in Durand. Forcing his way to the free-throw line, Chrystian Kulow finished with a team-high 18 points, thanks to an 8-for-8 night at the charity stripe. Logan Armstrong finished with 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting, and Kyle Murphy added 11 points and 15 rebounds for the Panthers. As a team, Ellsworth was 17 of 28 from the free-throw line, compared to 7 of 16 for Durand. The Panthers head into Minnesota on Dec. 27 to play Lake City.
Facing an undermanned New Richmond lineup Thursday, second-ranked (Division 2) Ellsworth had no trouble dispatching of the Tigers in a 51-21 Middle Border Conference dual victory. Winning the first three matches by forfeit, the Panthers made it 27-0 after a pinfall victory by Jens Lantz and a 12-6 decision by Brad Cain at 132 and 138 pounds, respectively. Gable Frandson (160) and Brock Steldt (195) also won their matches by pin. In total, New Richmond had five forfeits on the night. Ellsworth heads to a holiday tournament in La Crosse, Wis. on Dec. 27.
Facing off with two of Section 1A’s best teams in Chatfield and Kenyon-Wanamingo, Goodhue struggled all night, losing 58-15 to the Gophers and 55-13 to the host Knights. Against Chatfield, Caleb O’Reilly got a 3-2 decision over Maleek Hussein at 113 pounds. Late in the match, Charles Dahling pinned Dalton Lundy in 55 seconds at 182 pounds, and Josh Dahling own his heavyweight match against Logan Karver by pinfall in 50 seconds. Then against Kenyon-Wanamingo, Josh and Charles Dahling were victorious again, with Josh getting a pin in 3:35, and Charles securing a 5-2 decision.
Lake City’s middleweights provided the spark for the Tigers in a 42-30 Hiawatha Valley League dual victory Thursday in Lake City. Down 18-12 after six matches, Andrew Schmidt tied the match for Lake City with a pin over the Vikings’ Chris Johnson in 1 minute, 18 seconds to win at 145 pounds.
After falling behind 10-0 after two matches, Cannon Falls scored the next 25 points to pull away from Pine Island to come away with a 52-22 Hiawatha Valley League victory Thursday in Cannon Falls. Needing to get on the board, Paul Fitterer cut the gap to 10-6 after scoring a pinfall in 2 minutes, 36 seconds over Broghen Kunz at 120 pounds. Ryan Epps tied the match with a 19-5 major decision, and Keston Lopez put Cannon Falls in the lead after winning by pinfall at 4:36 in his 132-pound match.
Trailing by one at halftime, Goodhue stormed back in the second half against Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, outscoring the Bulldogs 35-25 after halftime to secure a 60-51 victory Thursday in Goodhue. The Wildcats had three players finish in double figures, led by Riley Augustine’s 15 points. Augustine also had nine rebounds and five steals in the victory. Riley Bollum (13) and Alex Thomforde (12) also finished in double digits, and Tyler Schumacher added nine points in the victory. JWP’s 6-foot-5 center Kyle Fisel had a game-high 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting.
After back-to-back losses, Red Wing’s month-long stay atop the Class A girls hockey polls came to an end Wednesday when the new rankings were released. But the Wingers made sure to get back to their winning ways the day before with a 5-0 Missota Conference victory over Farmington. Nicole Schammel scored four goals and assisted on another as Red Wing controlled the game from start to finish. Schammel’s first tally came on the power play 13 minutes into the game.
Goodhue managed to pick up its first Hiawatha Valley League win of the season after defeating Triton 56-36 Tuesday in Goodhue. Pacing the Wildcats’ attack was Riley Bollum, who shot 7 of 8 from 2-point range on the way to a 16-point night. He also had three rebounds and two steals. Riley Augustine finished with 11 points, and Tyler Schumacher added nine points in the win. Isaiah Wannarka had a team-best 10 points for the Cobras.
Cannon Falls remains winless in the Hiawatha Valley League after getting tagged with a 57-47 home loss to Byron on Tuesday night. A trio of Bears finished in double digits, led by Vanessa Anderson’s 18 points. Reed Klunder and Lakin Koski each had 12 in the victory. For the Bombers, Callie Leschke finished with 10 points, and Tayler Banitt added nine. Courtney Woodcock came up with eight points, six rebounds and four steals for Cannon Falls (1-4, 0-3 HVL), which heads to Hayfield on Friday.
After Hayfield put up 74 points against Goodhue on Friday, the Wildcats were anxioius to flush that loss and get back to being one of the most imposing defensive teams in the area. And with a 59-23 Hiawatha Valley League win over Rochester Lourdes on Tuesday, Goodhue was back in form, holding the Eagles to 10 first-half points as well as no players finishing in double digits. “After our loss Friday, we’ve really been pushing the defensive end and the girls really responded to the challenge tonight,” said Wildcats’ head coach Josh Wieme. “We made it real tough on Lourdes.