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Three Wingers scored in double figures leading Red Wing to a blow-out win over Big Nine Conference opponent Albert Lea on Tuesday, 65-27. Lindsay Reps led the way for the Wingers with 19 points, followed by Morgan Zebro's 13 and McKayla Muelken's 11. In all, nine Red Wing players scored. Muelken had a team-high six assists and five steals, while Tayzha Buck also collected five steals in the victory. Ellyn Braunreiter had five blocks for the Wingers. Red Wing (6-4, 4-3 Big Nine) hosts Faribault on Friday.
Thanks to a hot night of shooting, Red Wing held off Albert Lea, 58-43, on Tuesday in a Big Nine Conference tilt. The Wingers shot 53 percent as a team, led by Kipp Adams' 19 points on 5 of 8 shooting to go with a perfect 8-for-8 night from the foul line. Nathan Carlson and Seth Yeatman both had 11 points for Red Wing, with Carlson also coming up with three steals. On Friday, the Wingers (3-6, 2-4 Big Nine) head to Faribault on Friday.
Lake City head coach Greg Berge has said multiple times this season that his team is full of good shooters. That was certainly the case on Thursday in an upset of Rosemount. On Friday, those same Tigers played Robbinsdale Cooper and, for the first time this season, did not get hot and come out on top, falling 70-38. Cooper led just 26-23 at halftime, but Lake City shot 30.8 percent in the second half, and managed to get off just 13 shots to Cooper's 34, of which it hit 18 for 52.9 percent.
After going 2-1 on Friday, Zumbrota-Mazeppa took 20th overall with a 1-2 record on Saturday at The Clash National Wrestling Duals in Rochester. The Cougars opened the day with a 32-31 victory over Corona Del Sol, Ariz., but followed with losses to De La Salle, Calif. (35-32) and Owatonna (36-21). Michael Majerus, Caden Steffen and Jarrett Haglund all went 5-1 in the tournament. Kenyon-Wanamingo placed 27th, with losses to Foley, 28-25 and Glenbard North, Ill., 31-28, to go with a 42-31 win over Hermiston, Ore.
Led by 170-pound champion Bailee O'Reilly, Goodhue tied for fourth place in the small-school division of the Bi-State Classic in La Crosse, Wis. on Friday and Saturday. Bailee beat Elijah Alt of River Valley, Wis. in the championship match, winning the title, 3-2. Mason Huemann took fifth at 160 for the Wildcats, and went 7-2 in the two-day tournament. Three other Goodhue wrestlers just missed out on placing, including Maddox O'Reilly (106), John Altendorf (113) and Kaleb O'Reilly (152).
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The outside shooting of St. Charles was able to out-duel Broc Finstuen, Mark Mboya Kotieno and the rest of Pine Island in an 80-77 win for the Saints in the St. Charles holiday tournament finals Friday. “It was a wild one,” said Panthers head coach Jim McNamara. “Very up-and-down the whole game. St. Charles was able to hit 14 3-pointers, while all of ours were inside. It was a tale of two different styles.” Finstuen ended up with 30 points and 10 rebounds while Mboya Kotieno tallied 23 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
On Friday, Zumbrota-Mazeppa opened the 15th annual The Clash National High School Wrestling Duals against Roseburg, Ore., a team ranked 37th in the nation by Intermat. The Cougars were unable to pull the upset, falling 44-19, in the opener of Bracket A. But Z-M rebounded with wins over Glenbard North, Ill., 36-28, and Hastings, 34-21, to earn a spot in the fifth bracket on Saturday. Jarrett Haglund and Michael Majerus both went 3-0, while Maverick Jackson, Jacob Bennett, Caden Steffen and Mike Vath all won twice.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa capped off a 2-0 appearance at the Winona State Invitational on Wednesday, beating Tri-City United 64-48. Willy Heitmann and Alex Guse tied for the Cougars' team high in points with 13. Heitmann had four steals while Guse grabbed four rebounds in the victory. Jacob Niebuhr finished with eight points, six assists, seven rebounds and three steals for Z-M, and Isaiah Nolte added nine points in the victory. Tuesday Zumbrota-Mazeppa 59, Winona Cotter 50
With 14 points from Grand Otte and three 3-pointers as part of an 11-point effort by Carsyn Gunderson, Randolph was able to win Thursday's battle of Lake Byllesby against Cannon Falls, 54-48, in the Cannon Falls-Randolph Holiday Tournament at Randolph. Joey Erickson and Andrew Wenstrom added eight points apiece for the Rockets, followed by seven for Calvin Stoesz.