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The seventh and eighth seeds in the section football playoffs rarely get to see the semifinals. For Cannon Falls, the No. 7 seed in the Section 1AAA tournament, that could have been the case. The Bombers trailed Tri-City United by 12 points heading into halftime, and with two straight scores, the Titans had all the momentum. But Cannon Falls did not wilt. Instead, the Bombers scored the final two touchdowns of the game, adding a two-point conversion on the final one to upset the No.
In a Southern Football Alliance Red division game that featured 96 points and 940 yards of combined offense, La Crescent came away with the 62-34 victory over Lake City on Wednesday night. The fireworks started early, with the Tigers jumping out to a 14-13 first-quarter lead thanks to an 18-yard touchdown run by Reid Lundell and a 3-yard rush from Luke Hartzell. In the first four minutes of the second quarter, La Crescent went up 27-14 after a 33-yard touchdown run from Levi Massman and a 91-yard punt return for a score from Zack Kadlec.
Rushford-Peterson took a first-quarter, two-touchdown lead, then added three more scores in the second quarter to get past Goodhue Wednesday in a Southern Football Alliance Blue division contest. Garett Huemann had a 1-yard touchdown run with 3 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the first quarter to get the Wildcats on the board, and cut the Trojans’ lead to 14-6. Huemann would add a rece
Hunter Johnson scored once on the ground and once through the air, and Jordan Lundell ran the opening kickoff back 87 yards for a score, but Cannon Falls could not stop second-ranked Rochester Lourdes, falling 40-20 in Wednesday’s Southern Football Alliance Red Division finale. After Lundell’s kick return, Lourdes scored four straight times before Johnson hit Alex Bultena for a 15-yard score. Johnson then scored on 7-yard run early in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles added two more scores to close the game. Johnson finished 18 of 35 for 236 yards with two touchdowns.
After losing a heartbreaker in last year’s Hiawatha Valley League championship meet, the Lake City girls cross-country team wasn’t going to let up again. Led by top 10 times from Sidney Renelt and Becca Goertzen, the Tigers won the HVL with a team score of 56, edging last year’s champion, Rochester Lourdes, by 14 points. Stewartville (101), Cannon Falls (110) and La Cresscent (142) rounded out the top five. At Oaks Golf Course in Hayfield. Renelt finished in fourth place with a time of 16 minutes, 20.5 seconds, and Becca goertzen was seventh in 16:33.2.
Racing in the final Missota Conference championship meet, the Red Wing boys cross-country team had its sights set on Chanhassen in hopes of clinching the final conference title. The Wingers were able to outrun the Storm, but Shakopee played spoiler for the rest of the field as the Sabers clinched the Missota crown with 56 points, beating second-place Red Wing’s score of 64 at Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park in New Prague. Chanhassen (73), Chaska (76) and Farmington (125) rounded out the top five. “The boys did great compared to Chanhassen.
Coming off its first win, Red Wing was hoping to tally one more victory in its regular-season finale at home Tuesday. Taking on Chanhassen, one of the Missota Conference’s top teams as well as a team on the cusp of a Class 3A ranking, the Wingers could not keep their momentum in a three-set loss, 25-6, 25-9, 25-16. “There were times tonight where they played really well,” said Red Wing assistant coach Kelly Norman. “And at times, too many balls were dropped and they were looking at each other.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa evened up its Hiawatha Valley League record after picking up a three-set victory over Rochester Lourdes, 25-13, 25-17, 25-22, Tuesday in Zumbrota. Carley Henning put in another solid outing for the Cougars with team highs in kills (13) and ace serves (five). Molly Lawler had 10 digs and Kalli Paukert finished with 19 set assists. The Eagles got a 12-kill, 11-dig showing from Gabby Williams in the loss. Z-M (11-12, 6-6 HVL) begins Section 1AA play next week. Section seeding will be determined later this week.
Goodhue closed out the regular season on a high note, putting away Byron in a three-set victory, 25-13, 25-14, 25-23, in Hiawatha Valley League play Tuesday in Goodhue. Meredith Watson was the Wildcats’ top hitter with 14 kills, while she also had 14 digs. Mikayla Miller had a team-high 19 digs with 11 kills, and Mikayla Tipcke finished with 42 set assists and 17 digs. Tipcke also led a solid serving attack, tacking on three of Goodhue’s eight ace serves. The Bears’ Taya Johnson had 11 set assists, and Lexi Barth had eight kills and five ace serves.
ROCHESTER – Trying to become the first Cannon Falls pair to reach the state tournament in 18 years, the Bombers’ Maddie Adel and Tayler Banitt clawed back from a 3-0 deficit to take a 5-3 lead in the first set of the Section 1A championship match on Tuesday. But against the No. 2 team, Katie Tlusty and Anna Hoehn of Waseca, Adel and Banitt were unable to hold onto the lead as Tlusty and Hoehn tied the match at 6-6, eventually winning in a 7-5 tiebreaker.