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After a 44-point loss against Mountain Iron-Buhl over the weekend, Goodhue regrouped in a big way Tuesday with a 76-29 win at Section 1A foe Blooming Prairie.
Cannon Falls started the match with two-straight wins, including an Erwin Strelow pin of Bray Olson that gave the Bombers a nine-point lead over top-ranked (Class 1A) Kenyon-Wanamingo on Tuesday. But that was all the Knights would allow in a 69-9 victory that included five forfeit wins and five wins by fall.
Haunted by 27 turnovers and 17 offensive rebounds for Rochester Lourdes, Zumbrota-Mazeppa fell to 1-3 on the year, including 0-2 in the Hiawatha Valley League, after a 58-37 loss on Tuesday. Lyndsey Quam led the Cougars with 12 points, followed by eight from Makayla Arendt. The Eagles' Megan Hobday led all scorers with 15 points.
Kenyon-Wanamingo moved past the .500 mark on Tuesday, picking up a 61-42 win over Stewartville in its Hiawatha Valley League opener at Stewartville. Mara Quam led the Knights' charge with 25 points to go with five steals. K-W's attack was balanced after that, with Savannah Bleess scoring eight points, Tess Hokanson with seven, and Riley Dummer and Megan Flom with six. Flom and Bleess grabbed seven and six rebounds, respectively. For the Tigers, Erin Lamb led the team with 14 points while Lori Bailey added eight in the loss.
With four area teams in the mix at the Apple Valley Invitational Saturday, Cannon Falls' high kick was the big winner with a first-place finish. With high marks in difficulty of kicks and visual effect and creativity, the Bomber Dance Team scored 356 out of 500 points, beating Randolph and Crosby-Ironton for the Class 1A High Kick. Lake City finished in fourth place while Zumbrota-Mazeppa placed eighth out of 10 teams. In Class 1A Jazz, BOLD finished as the top team, fending off Zumbrota-Mazeppa and St. Charles. Randolph was fourth, followed by Cannon Falls in fifth.
Along with four other teams, Red Wing began its season on Saturday in Byron. The Wingers ended up placing third, with 128.65 points, behind Pine Island (141.55) and the host Bears (137.7) and ahead of La Crescent (122.65) and Caledonia (91.0). Paige Patterson had the highest finish of the day for Red Wing, a second-place score of 9.4 on the floor exercise. Patterson also finished fifth in the vault with an 8.9, and sixth in the parallel uneven bars with an 8.3. Carolyn Hanson also had a solid performance, setting personal bests in the bars and vault.
Red Wing's five-point halftime lead did not hold, and Mankato East outscored the Wingers by seven in overtime to win Saturday's Big Nine Conference battle, 80-73. Kipp Adams' 21 points were a team high for Red Wing, with Christian Massett finishing with 14. Adams and Massett also led the Wingers in rebounds with both hauling in six. Jawon Terry had four steals, and Nathan Carlson had nine points and three blocks.
Five individual champions led Zumbrota-Mazeppa to the title at the Don Hall Invitational hosted by Glencoe-Silver Lake/Lester Prairie on Saturday. The Cougars also had four second-place finishes on their way to 193.0 points. Watertown Mayer-Mayer Lutheran was second in the nine-team field with 142.0, and LeSueur-Henderson claimed third with 130.5.
Two of the top teams in the state met on Saturday in the finals of the Chisago Lakes Dual Tournament. Class 1A's top-ranked team, Kenyon-Wanamingo, came out on top with a 29-28 victory over Class 2A's second-ranked team Foley. K-W's Kaya Lindell won a 5-1 decision at 220 pounds, which meant the match at 285, which ended with a Falcons' pin, would not be enough for Foley to get the win. Earlier in the day, the Knights defeated Cambridge-Isanti, 51-6, Chisago Lakes, 66-3, and Hibbing, 67-9. On Tuesday, K-W hosts a Hiawatha Valley League dual against Cannon Falls.
Cannon Falls' Cooper Peterson earned a first-place finish on Saturday with a 5-0 decision over Joey Kozlowski at the Edina Invitational. Peterson's 106-pound title was the lone Bomber championship, though Hayden Strain took second at 170, losing 8-2 to Bloomington Kennedy's Jake Leicht. Cannon Falls' Chris Modrack was third at 132.