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The Lake City Tigers put on a dominant display on Tuesday with a 7-0 victory over Ellsworth in Lake City. Josie Kuchinka and Grace Dankers won in two sets at No. 1 and 3 singles, respectively. Emily Albright got another win for the Tigers, leading the Panthers’ Allyson Stoetzel at No. 4 singles 6-1, 2-1 before their match was called due to excessive heat. At No. 2 singles, Lake City’s Katie Henning trailed Ellsworth’s Megan Stress 7-2 in the third-set tiebreaker.
Stewartville’s LeRoy Malone led a strong offensive charge with three goals to put the Tigers past Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa for a 6-3 Hiawatha Valley League win Tuesday in Stewartville. Along with Malone’s hat trick, the Tigers got goals from Josh Wilson, Graham Mueller and Justin Zabinski. Gilbert Wohlfromm had two goals for the Wildcats, including a penalty kick. Kyle Mitchell added a goal of his own, and goalkeeper Matt Lyon finished with five saves in the loss. “Our guys were a step behind tonight,” said PIZM head coach Peter Wiggins.
Holding a 2-1 lead after three sets, Cannon Falls could not hold off Apple Valley on Tuesday as the Eagles charged back to win in five sets, 25-17, 18-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-8. “It was a good match; we were excited to get some good competition against a bigger school,” said Bombers’ head coach Melissa Huseth. “We’re disappointed with the loss. … We had lots of moments in the fourth and fifth set and both teams had girls slipping all over the floor. We were tentative in what we could do.” Hailey Huseth and Madasyn Hofstedt each finished with seven kills to lead Cannon Falls.
Thanks to a big night by senior middle hitter Carley Henning, Zumbrota-Mazeppa opened the season with a three-set victory over St. Charles Tuesday in Zumbrota, 25-16, 27-25, 25-20. Henning finished with team highs in kills (10), solo blocks (5) and ace serves (3). Setter Kalli Paukert had 23 set assists, and libero Molly Lawler had seven digs in the Cougars’ victory. Kaitlin Sikkink had seven kills and two blocks for the Saints in the loss.
The Lake City girls soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Monday, falling to Dover-Eyota 3-2 in Dover. It took the Eagles just three minutes to get on the board, but in the 8th minute, Emily Schimbeno tied the game up for the Tigers at 1-1. Grayce Adler got an assist on the Schimbeno goal. “We were bringing the ball up and we had Emily slotted in the middle,” said Lake City head coach Mark Spence.
Competing in the Missota Conference Relays for the first meet of the season, the Red Wing girls swimming and diving team finished in seventh in the eight-team meet with 206 points. “Many of the girls are not feeling 100 percent due to only having swum for one-and-a-half weeks,” said Wingers’ head coach Kevin O’Brien. “It has been a shock to their system having to work so hard when they may not have during the summer.
Tied at 1-1 late in the second half, a goal by Michael Speltz helped put Winona past Lake City, 2-1, Thursday in Winona. The Winhawks took a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute in the first half when Lucas Schultz scored on a penalty kick. Twenty-five minutes into the second half, Nick Sievers tied the game up for the Tigers, burying the shot into the net off a pass from Elijah Kroll. After Speltz’ goal put Winona back in the lead, Lake City put the pressure on in the waning minutes but could not convert another goal. “We pressed hard in those low couple minutes and kept the pre
After a scoreless first half, Lake City senior Asher Kujawa popped in a goal, putting the Tigers in the win column in their season-opener Thursday against St. Charles in Lake City. With 19 minutes left in the game, Kujawa scored off an assist from Emily Schimbeno. After dominating play for most of the game, Kujawa’s goal was a reward for Lake City’s persistence in the contest. “It was a well-played, hard-fought game,” said Tigers’ head coach Mark Spence. “We held St. Charles to one shot in the first half and four in the second half.
Lake City girls tennis got two wins in doubles play on Tuesday, but could not notch a victory in singles competition as the Tigers fell 5-2 to Rochester John Marshall in Lake City. Lake City’s No. 1 duo of Katie Coyle and Braeden McElmury won 6-3, 6-0 over Elizabeth Parry and Roohi Katarya, and the Tigers’ Erica Hubbard and Lidia Wallerich took No.
Competing in the eight-team Pine City Power Tournament Monday, the Red Wing doubles team of McKenzie Muelken and Lauren Brooks took first place in No. 3 doubles, helping the Wingers to a third-place finish. Bemidji won the tournament with a team score of 30. After taking a three-set victory over the team from Bemidji, Muelken and Brooks secured the No. 3 doubles title with a 6-3, 6-3 win against South St.