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Daniel Krier's second-half hat trick propelled Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa to a 3-2 victory over Lake City on Thursday. The Tigers held a 1-0 lead at the break, on a goal from Luke Meincke. Krier tied the game, then Brandan Koplin converted a penalty kick to put Lake City up, 2-1. Krier scored twice more to give the Wildcats the win.
Taking a grueling first set over Lake City, Cannon Falls used that momentum to its advantage to take Thursday's Hiawatha Valley League match in three sets, 30-28, 25-22, 25-19. Anja Black was strong in the Bombers' back row with 15 digs while libero Tatum Pickar had 13 digs along with four kills. Shayla Hustad finished the match with eight kills. For the Tigers, Delaney Issendorf finished with 11 kills and 10 digs, and Morgan West and Hallie Willer had 15 and 10 digs, respectively. Elyse Dalager tallied 28 set assists and 12 digs in the loss.
In a battle of ranked Class 1A cross-country teams, the fifth-ranked Stewartville girls' team was able to thwart ninth-ranked Lake City at the Lake City Invitational Tuesday at Hok-si-la Park. Stewartville had four top-10 finishes, including first-place runner Abby Orvis (18 minutes, 51.0 seconds) en route to 29 points, beating Lake City's 76. Austin (88), Dover-Eyota (101) and Byron (128) rounded out the top five.
Red Wing collected its first Big Nine Conference win of the season on Tuesday after knocking off Mankato East in three sets at Sonju Gymnasium, 25-21, 25-19, 25-15. Madisyn Lyons was the team leader in kills (12), digs (14) and ace blocks (three), and Abi Deming was a force at the net with six ace blocks to go with four kills. Kate Sonju added six kills, Elle Thorson had four blocks, and Vanessa Frazier came up with 10 digs. Macy Koester pushed the ball around to the tune of 28 digs in the Wingers' victory.
Lake City trailed by just one at halftime, but Stewartville added on in the second half for a 3-0 win over the Tigers. Nathan Vetsch scored the game's first two goals, while David Wilson added Stewartville's third. Lake City's Satchell Ekblad made 17 saves, while Stewartville's net-minder, Andrew Simmons, stopped all 16 shots that got to him.
Tuesday Stewartville 3, Kenyon-Wanamingo 2 Kenyon-Wanamingo was close to knocking off second-ranked (Class 2A) Stewartville, going five sets with the perennial powerhouse. Ultimately, the Tigers were able to leave their home court with a Hiawatha Valley League victory against the Knights, 18-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-13.
Undefeated in five games prior to Monday’s Section 1A matchup, Byron used two first-half goals to defeat Red Wing for a 3-0 victory in Byron. Josie Bisgard had two goals and an assist for the Bears while Jordan Oelkers scored the other goal and Courtney Slowinski had two helpers in the victory. In net, the Wingers’ Ashlyn Nystuen made 11 saves.
GOODHUE — In a matchup of Section 1A teams, Goodhue was able to get the best of Randolph on Monday with a four-set, non-conference victory, 25-14, 25-23, 21-25, 25-20. The Wildcats' top hitter was Hannah Gadient, who finished with 10 kills with a pair of blocks, and Sydney Lodermeier tallied eight kills, four blocks and two ace serves. Mariah Tipcke facilitated the winning offense with 40 set assists and Torrie Rehder patrolled the back row with 12 digs.
A busy Saturday at the Farmington Invitational saw Red Wing finish 1-3 in four matches, including two Big Nine Conference foes. The Wingers lost to Rosemount (25-12, 25-22) to open the tourney, then beat Winona (28-26, 25-13) before falling to Owatonna (25-17, 25-20) and Farmington (25-12, 25-16).
Lake City went 1-2 at the Rochester John Marshall Invitational on Saturday, losing 5-2 to Robbinsdale Armstrong and Delano, and defeating Cannon Falls, 5-2, to finish in seventh place. Against the Bombers, the Tigers swept singles play with Ava Wallerich, Ashley Thieren, Sarah Ziebarth and Kaylee Muenzhuber all picking up victories. Katherine Kennedy and Madde Medvec also won at No. 3 doubles.