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At home for the first time this season, and in just the second meet of the winter, the Red Wing boys' swimming and diving team lost in Big Nine Conference competition to Rochester Mayo, 99.5-78.5, Thursday at Twin Bluff Middle School. The Wingers came away with two wins, thanks to William Meacham and Ben Schaffer. Meacham won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.02 seconds, edging Mayo's Grant Reeves by .09 seconds for top honors. Then in the 100 breaststroke, Schaffer hit the pad first in 1:05.34.
With three players in double figures, including a career-high 15 points from Emily Benrud, Goodhue got back into the win column Thursday with an 81-44 victory over Hiawatha Valley League foe Triton. Sydney Lodermeier had a game-high 22 points to go with seven rebounds for the Wildcats while Maddy Miller added 20 points, five steals and five rebounds. Lexie Lodermeier came up with eight points, and McKenzie Ryan tallied seven in the victory.
Triton barely reached double-digits in both halves as Goodhue rolled the Cobras, 57-21, on Thursday. The Wildcats dominated the Hiawatha Valley League game with 13 steals and holding Triton's scorers to a high of four individually. Jacob McNamara had 16 points and five boards, while Mitchell Hemenway totaled 12 points in the win. Lucas Thomforde had four steals for the Wildcats, and Ben Opsahl had seven points, four rebounds and a pair of steals.
Laura Heitman hit the game-winning free throw in the final seconds on Thursday to lift Lake City to a 63-62 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Stewartville. Heitman finished with 15 points and five rebounds, with Daynalyn Jostock leading Lake City with 20 points, 14 rebounds and five steals. Julia Anderson had 12 points, three boards, three assists and two steals in the win, with teammate Allison Kubista coming through with nine points and six rebounds. Lake City erased a 38-30 halftime deficit to get the victory.
Lake City racked up three-straight wins to begin its dual against St. Charles on Thursday, but the Saints came back from that 11-0 hole to beat the Tigers, 31-29. Joey Kozlowski and Luke Skifton both won by major decision to start the meet, with Tanner Frank earning a decision at 126 pounds. St. Charles then scored a technical fall and a decision at 126 and 132, respectively, to cut the Tigers' lead to 11-8. Lake City's Denilzo Baltazar and St. Charles' Cristian Chavez alternated pins, but Lane Heim gave the Saints a 20-17 lead with a fall at 152.
Red Wing held Rochester John Marshall to 30-percent shooting on Tuesday in a 60-53 Big Nine Conference road victory over the Rockets. The Wingers shot at a 41-percent clip for the game, and hit 9 of 11 free throws. Morgan Zebro led Red Wing with 19 points, with Tayzha Buck just behind with 18. Lindsay Reps also hit double figures with 10.
Hayfield opened the second half on a 17-2 run and managed to hold off Goodhue from taking back the lead as the Vikings won Tuesday's Hiawatha Valley League matchup 46-34. Hayfield's duo of Maggie Streightiff and Carrie Rutledge set the tone with 23 and 16 points, respectively. Mariah Tipcke, Sydney Lodermeier and McKenzie Ryan each had a team-high eight points for the Wildcats, with Lodermeier grabbing eight boards. Maddy Miller added seven points and six rebounds. “The shots were not falling tonight,” said Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa moved to .500 on the year, thanks to a 67-55 Hiawatha Valley League win at Triton on Tuesday. Makayla Arendt put forth a monster effort for the Cougars with 14 points, 16 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Ali Hunstad nearly had a double-double with a team-high 15 points to go with nine rebounds, and Natalie Quam tallied 11 points and seven steals. Lyndsey Quam had nine points for Z-M, which got its first conference win of the year. Kendra Petersohn was the Cobras' top scorer with 13 points.
On Tuesday night, Rochester John Marshall lived up to the hype. Led by Matthew Hurt, the No. 6-ranked sophomore in the country, the Rockets ran through Red Wing for a 96-49 Big Nine Conference victory. Five JM players – Hurt (29), Dedoch Chan (16), Solomon Antoine (12), Isaiah Walden (11) and Eric Stai (10) – finished with double-digit points. There was no sugar-coating it afterwards by Red Wing head coach Drew Olinger: The Rockets are good. Very good.
Rochester Century was no match for Red Wing on Tuesday as the Wingers won a Big Nine Conference road game, 9-1, in which seven different Wingers scored goals. Elle Bryant opened the scoring just 20 seconds into the game, and scored again four minutes later. Taylor Heise scored between Bryant's goals, and Solveig Roth added one more in the first for a 4-0 lead.