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Coming off a win that broke a 40-game losing streak, Kenyon-Wanamingo nearly made it two-straight, but Cannon Falls held off the Knights, 43-41, in a Hiawatha Valley League game that came down to the wire. Ryan Dirckx scored 17 points for the Bombers, and hit a couple of key free throws down the stretch to lead Cannon Falls to victory. The Rockets' Gavin Roosen matched Dirckx with 17 points, adding three steals and a pair of assists as well. Dirckx had six rebounds and four assists, with Anthony Hurton adding five rebounds, four assists and two steals to the winning effort.
A combined 32 points from Morgan Zebro and Lindsay Reps led Red Wing to a 59-36 victory over Big Nine Conference host Mankato East on Friday. Both Zebro and Reps scored 16 points, with Zebro hitting four 3-pointers, and Reps coming through with three steals. Kyli Nelson also had three steals to go with six points. Hanna Rodgers had a team-high six rebounds, and Tayzha Buck dished out seven assists. Natalie Schisel's 13 points led the Cougars, who were held to 12 first-half points. Red Wing (12-5, 10-4 Big Nine) visits Owatonna on Monday, and hosts Austin on Tuesday.
Double-doubles from Makayla Arendt and Ali Hunstad led Zumbrota-Mazeppa to a 66-42 victory over Triton on Friday, which included a 42-18 halftime lead for the Cougars. Arendt finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Hunstad totaled 15 points and 14 boards. Natalie Majerus chipped in 11 points and six rebounds in the win. Kendra Peterson led the Cobras with 13 points. Z-M (10-10, 6-8 HVL) heads to Hayfield on Tuesday.
The best team in the Big Nine Conference was no match for Red Wing on Tuesday as Matthew Hurt and Rochester John Marshall took down the Wingers, 75-49. Hurt had 30 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, with Dedoch Chan adding 14 points and Ray Adams 11 points and 10 boards.
A five-goal second period slammed the door shut on Red Wing as Rochester Lourdes picked up a key Section 1A victory over the Wingers on Thursday, 9-2. Seth Cushing scored both goals for Red Wing, with both coming in the first 6 minutes, 17 seconds of the third period. Teddy Lillico picked up an assist on the first Cushing goal, with Jack Maroushek and Tyler DeFore getting credit on the second. Montana Streit and Duell Buck both had a pair of goals for the Eagles, with Streit adding four assists for a six-point game.
After 40 straight trips to the loss column, the Kenyon-Wanamingo boys' basketball team finally got a long-awaited 'W' on Thursday. In a battle of winless teams, the Knights shot 56 percent from the field and 21 of 31 from the free-throw line to beat Medford 72-51 in non-conference play at Kenyon, ending a 40-game losing streak in the process. K-W's last win came on Dec. 1, 2015 with a victory over Stewartville.
Brendan Noll's double-double led Kasson-Mantorville to a 71-61 victory over Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Thursday. Noll finished the Hiawatha Valley League game with 25 points and 13 rebounds, with teammates Hunter Bzoskie adding 11 and Jacob Gruber 10.
A power outage didn't stop Pine Island fans from coming out to watch the Panthers beat St. Charles on Thursday, and, in the process, raise more than $1,500 for breast cancer support and research.
A 4-0 victory over Mankato East on Thursday has set up a chance for Red Wing to claim the Big Nine Conference title outright with a win at Winona on Saturday. The Wingers got a second-period hat trick from Taylor Heise against the Cougars, with Elle Bryant also scoring in the middle frame. Heise, Solveig Roth and Nicole Oberding had assists in the period as well. Tyler McGrath made 13 saves in the win.
Kenyon-Wanamingo picked up six wins by fall in a 50-15 victory over Byron in Hiawatha Valley League action on Thursday. Jeron Matson, Bradley Kish and Seth Brossard picked up falls early on, and those were followed later by Tyler Ryan, Dylan Craig and Hunter Burow. On Saturday, K-W will participate in the Cannon Falls Invitational.