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Broc Finstuen's game-high 29 points led Pine Island to a 57-51 victory over previously undefeated Goodhue on Monday. Finstuen also had 12 rebounds and five steals in the Hiawatha Valley League win. Camden Heepke had 12 points for the Panthers, and was just one of five Pine Island players to score. Jacob McNamara had 21 points for Goodhue, with Ben Opsahl adding 16 points and nine rebounds. The Panthers (11-3, 5-2 HVL) visits Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Tuesday while Goodhue (15-1, 7-1) heads to Stewartville on Friday.
Lake City rebounded from a tough loss at Goodhue on Friday with a 77-57 victory over Triton on Monday. The Tigers held the Cobras to 19 first-half points, and to 3-of-13 shooting from behind the 3-point arc for the game. Lake City was led by Mitch Marien's 17 points, with Marc Kjos adding 16. Zach Bremer and Reid Gastner each scored 13 points in the win. Ethan Heitman led the Tigers with five rebounds. Drew Kelly's 15 points were a game-high for Triton. Lake City (11-2, 6-1 HVL) hosts Kenyon-Wanamingo on Tuesday.
Lake City's 72.5 points was good for eighth place at the East Ridge Ruckus on Saturday. Waconia (235.5), St. Michael-Albertville (156.5) and South St. Paul (147.0) were the top three in the 17-team tournament. Tanner Frank got a championship for the Tigers at 113 pounds, the only title-match appearance for the Tigers. On Thursday, Lake City will head north to face Cannon Falls in a Hiawatha Valley League dual.
Pine Island finished with 120.5 points to place fourth of seven teams at the Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Invitational on Saturday. Fairmont-Martin County West won with a total of 218.5, followed by LeSueur-Henderson (186.5) and Mankato West (138.0). Panther Trevor Turner picked up a bunch of team points with a first-place finish at 152 pounds, and Alex Aarsvold did the same at 285. Dawson Fallon came in second at 120. On Thursday, Pine Island will host Hiawatha Valley League foe Triton.
Cannon Falls placed sixth at the 11-team Hayfield Dave Erickson Hall of Fame Tournament on Saturday. The Bombers finished with 116.0 points, behind Byron (198.5), Westfield (154), Rochester John Marshall (148.0), St. Charles (133.0) and GMLOS (131.5). Hayden Strain picked up the lone championship for Cannon Falls, winning the 160-pound with two falls and a 9-5 decision in the final. Erwin Strelow came in second at 113 in the Bombers' other title-match appearance. Cannon Falls hosts Lake City on Thursday for a Hiawatha Valley League dual.
Goodhue made the finals of the Rogers Royal Rumble on Saturday, beating Wabasha-Kellogg and Dassel-Cokato before facing St. Cloud Tech. The Tigers would end up taking the title with a 40-31 victory over the Wildcats. Goodhue had little trouble against the Falcons, beating W-K, 47-16, winning 10 matches in the process. The same result came against the Chargers with the Wildcats taking down D-C, 55-18. After taking an 18-0 lead against Tech, Goodhue won just two more matches, both by fall.
The Red Wing boys' swimming and diving team was one spot short of going to state True Team for the second straight year after the Section 1A True Team meet took place Friday and Saturday at Austin. The Wingers were fifth in the section meet with a score of 1,071, bested by Northfield (1,559), Winona (1,320), Mankato West (1,276) and Simley (1,260.5). After the meet, the Wingers' results were put into the paper wild-card meet. The Wingers' score of 3,471 was not enough for the final state wild card spot, which went to Montevideo after the Thunderhawks got 3,662 points.
Goodhue built a 21-point halftime lead and never had to look back Friday, securing a 71-51 Hiawatha Valley League road win over Lake City at Lincoln High School. Led by Maddy Miller’s 15 points, three Wildcats finished in double figures. Sydney Lodermeier added 14 points and McKenzie Ryan hit three 3-pointers on the way to a 10-point night. For the Tigers, Daynalyn Jostock led the way with 15 points, followed by a 14-point, eight-assist, four-steal effort from Deandra Oelkers. Oelkers also hit all four of the team’s 3-pointers in the loss.
Randolph managed to expand a 20-16 halftime lead into a 12-point victory Friday night as the Rockets successfully defended their home court in a 44-32 Southeast Conference win over Lyle-Pacelli. Grant Otte was Randolph’s driving force, hitting three 3-pointers en route to a 19-point night. Joey Erickson tallied eight points, followed by six for Calvin Stoesz and five from both Andrew Wenstrom and Carsyn Gunderson. Trinity Anderson was the Athletics’ top scorer with 18 points, all on six 3-pointers, followed by seven points from Brady Lester.
A late first-half run gave Northfield a nine-point halftime lead. And then the Raiders really turned it on, outscoring Red Wing 47-18 in the second half for a 72-34 Big Nine Conference victory over the Wingers. Red Wing hit just nine of 37 field goals, and was out-rebounded 35-17. Kipp Adams led the Wingers with nine points, adding three rebounds and a steal. Seth Yeatman had nine points while Ted Tauer added seven points and six rebounds. Red Wing (3-10, 2-8 Big Nine) hosts Winona on Tuesday and Owatonna on Thursday.