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In its final Hiawatha Valley League match of the season, Cannon Falls had no trouble disposing of La Crescent on Thursday in a three-set victory, 25-16, 25-15, 25-9. The Bombers collected ace serves in droves on Thursday. Led by Hailey Huseth’s five aces, Cannon Falls ended the night with 16 points via ace serves. Huseth also had a team-high 17 set assists in the victory. Madasyn Hofstedt and Carly Broze were the team’s top hitters with seven kills apiece, and Becca Vandenheuvel shored up the back row with 20 digs.
Even after Rochester Lourdes scored first, Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa wasn't phased.
Red Wing's Nicole Schammel and Emily Stegora, the Wingers' No. 1 doubles pair, went 3-0 Thursday at the individual Section 1A girls tennis tournament, including a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Rochester Century that puts the two into Tuesday's final four . "They played brilliantly," said Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh. "It was easily the best tennis I’ve seen them play all year. It was beautiful to watch, especially considering Century beat us handily a week ago.
The Red Wing volleyball team remains in search of win No. 1 this season after a three-set, 25-12, 25-11, 25-9 loss to Missota Conference foe New Prague. “Well, tonight went much better,” said Red Wing assistant coach Kelly Norman. “Our scores didn't show how well we played, but it is an improvement from Monday night. Serve-receive looked much better tonight. (Libero) Maria (Furlong) is back and provided a familiar voice leading. The girls came out ready to play tonight, we just couldn't push through.
Kelsey Betthauser led the Ellsworth girls cross-country team to an eighth-place finish at the Black River Falls invitational Tuesday.
Cannon Falls' Emi Trost crushed the field Tuesday, completing her four-kilometer run in 14 minutes, 35.5 seconds to take top honors at the Plainview-Elgin-Millville/Jodi Rahman Invitational. Trost was nearly two minutes ahead of second-place Emmy Buntrock of Dover-Eyota. Katherine Hoffman (17:09.4) placed 14th for the Bombers, who placed third as a team with 112 points.
Carl Kozlowski’s fifth-place finish led the Lake City boys cross country team to a fourth-place showing at the Austin invitational Tuesday. Kozlowski covered the five kilometers in 17 minutes, 9.32 seconds. Kozlowski’s teammate, Cole Willers, placed 23rd with a time of 18:15.12 while Shane Siewert (18:32.85) took 26th. Winona’s Hunter Bailey won the race with a time of 16:28.61.
Giving its younger runners a chance to run in a varsity meet, the Red Wing boys and girls cross-country teams each took 12th place at the Shakopee Invitational Tuesday at Memorial Park. “This meet gave us a great opportunity to get some varsity experience for some of our runners,” said Wingers head coach Jesse Nelson. The Red Wing girls finished with 304 points, led by freshman Elise Leise’s 26th-place time of 16 minutes, 31.5 seconds.
Thanks to a pair of goals from Laura Cragoe off of corner kicks, as well as an unassisted goal from Madison House, sixth-seeded Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa ended 11th-seeded Red Wing’s season with a 3-0 victory in the Section 1A playoffs Tuesday in Pine Island. “We played into the wind in the first half, then in the second half, the wind was with us,” said Wildcats’ head coach Doug Weincouff. “The girls put the pressure on in the second half.
The third-ranked team in Class 2A turned in a fine performance Tuesday as Kasson-Mantorville ripped Lake City 25-12, 25-14, 25-10 in a Hiawatha Valley League volleyball match. Brianna Gates (three kills, six digs), Megan Schramski (four digs) and Madi Green (two kills) did what they could against the KoMets, but the Tigers were not able to slow down the K-M hitters. “They put on a hitting clinic,” said Lake City head coach Kim Bobb.