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The Lake City girls golf team opened the 2017 season with a victory in the Mount Frontenac Invitational on Saturday. The Tigers totaled a 316, with Winona coming in second with a 355. Visitation came in third with a 359, followed by Rosemount (388), Park (398) and Eastview (404). Olivia Matzke had Lake City's best round, shooting a 3-over-par 74 to finish second individual behind Visitation's Jaycee Rhodes, who had a 72.
Z-M 14, Cannon Falls 0 Tara Matuska struck out 10 batters in four innings to lead Zumbrota-Mazeppa to a 14-0 Hiawatha Valley League win over Cannon Falls on Friday. Megan Johnson had a double, a home run and five RBI for the Cougars, who also got three RBI from Hannah Mensink. The Bombers got hits from Hannah Singewald and Tatum Pickar with Kaitlin Otterness taking the loss in the circle.
Pine Island 18, Houston 3 Pine Island had little trouble with Houston on Friday, taking down the Hurricanes 18-3 in five innings. Braden Aakre had five RBI for the Panthers, which got a three-inning start from Connoe McKenzie who allowed two runs on two hits and four walks. Pine Island (1-1) had its game at Goodhue on Monday postponed due to inclement weather. K-M 5, Cannon Falls 0
Scoring nine runs in the second inning, Pine Island made quick work of Kenyon-Wanamingo for a 15-0 five-inning Hiawatha Valley League win Thursday. Katelyn Kennedy set the tone for the Panthers’ offense, going 3-for-3 with three doubles, two RBIs, two runs and a stolen base. Emilie Rucker went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a pair of runs, and Nicole Fall had a pair of hits, both doubles, with two runs scored. Bridget Kennedy was the winning pitcher after striking out nine and allowing just one hit.
Lyndsey Quam struck out 10 in four innings of work in the circle, helping Zumbrota-Mazeppa to its first win Thursday, beating Triton 9-0 in Hiawatha Valley League play. On offense, four Cougars -- Tara Matuska, Riley Schleff, Hannah Mensink and Makayla Arendt -- each had two hits. Matuska hit for a pair of doubles and an RBI, Schleff drove in two runs and Mensink had a double, an RBI and two runs scored for Z-M.
Seeing official competition for the first time this spring, the Red Wing girls’ track and field team won the Farmington indoor invitational Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The girls put together a team score of 92, followed by Farmington (55), Prior Lake (47) and the Math and Science Academy (18).
After opening the season Monday with a win over Lake City, Red Wing dropped a pair of home games, with a 9-2 non-conference loss to Byron Tuesday and a 15-7 defeat in the team's Big Nine Conference opener to Owatonna on Thursday, 15-7. Against the Bears Tuesday, Haley Ehlers led the Wingers' offense, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a double.
Minutes after Goodhue took a one-run lead, Andrew Egge doubled in two runs in the top of the seventh inning to spark visiting Cannon Falls to an 8-3 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Goodhue on Thursday. Liam Franken, Carlton Lindow and Mox Bowen all reached base ahead of Egge, who then put the Bombers ahead for good with his extra-base hit. Elliot Boman, Cody Miller and Lindow then followed with RBIs to complete a six-run inning and propel Cannon Falls to the win.
By the end of the second inning, Lake City and Kasson-Mantorville were looking at a football-score final. But the pitching and defense settled in to allow just two more runs to score. And the biggest was Nate Baer's, who crossed the plate on Drew Bailey's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to give the Tigers a 5-4 victory over their Hiawatha Valley League foe. The KoMets put up three runs in the top of the first, and Lake City took the lead with a four-run second. K-M tied the game in the third, and the game remained knotted until the seventh.
Matt Houglum allowed two earned runs over six innings, and added and RBI single, to lead Kenyon-Wanamingo to a 5-2 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Thursday. Calvin Steberg scored twice for the Knights, and also had two stolen bases. Gavin Roosen swiped three bags for K-W, with Tyler Ryan adding a double. Kevin Nordquist finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI for the Cougars. Tyler Grudem took the loss for Z-M, pitching four innings and giving up five runs, three earned, on four hits, three walks to go with three strikeouts.