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Cannon Falls trailed by two at halftime, and ended up falling by three to Belle Plaine, 49-46, on Friday. Tatum Pickar had 13 points, six steals and four rebounds for the Bombers, while Kira Jacobson had 11 points and nine boards in the loss. Sandra Regenscheid added eight points for Cannon Falls, which hit 10 of 14 free throws as a team.
A week after opening the season with a win, Goodhue got its Hiawatha Valley League schedule underway with a 75-47 victory over Zumbrota-Mazeppa. Wildcat Sydney Lodermeier led all scorers with 28 points and added nine rebounds. McKenzie Ryan had 10 points for Goodhue while Emily Benrud finished with eight points and 12 rebounds.
Red Wing has mostly lived by the 3-pointer this season, but the Wingers haven’t really died by it. On Friday, Red Wing launched 28 shots from behind the arc, hitting on just nine, for a 32 percent conversion rate, in a 39-35 loss to Big Nine Conference opponent Northfield. That percentage isn’t terrible, but where the Wingers were really unlucky was at the foul line where Red Wing failed to make a shot, and was awarded just two attempts.
Mitch Marien scored 18 points on Friday to lead Lake City to a 65-59, season-opening victory over Plainview-Elgin-Millville. Marien also had five assits, and Marc Kjos added 14 points for the Tigers with Nate Heise adding 13. Reid Gastner was the fourth Lake City player to score in double figures with 10. The Tigers are replacing the majority of a roster that won the Hiawatha Valley League last year. Ten players are gone from that team, with youth taking over in freshmen Heise and Gastner to go with Marien, a senior, and Kjos, a junior.
With three players scoring in double digits, Goodhue opened the season with a 70-49 victory over Hiawatha Valley League foe Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Friday. Sam McNamara's 20 points and eight rebounds were both Wildcat highs, with Taylor Buck (16 points) and Sam Opsahl (14) combining for 30 points. Buck and McNamara both had five assists while Buck added four steals.
Four Cannon Falls players finished in double digits, helping the Bombers get to overtime against Hill-Murray on Thursday. But thanks to a 42-point night from Simeon Davis, the Pioneers were able to hold off Cannon Falls for a 71-67 non-conference win at Cannon Falls. With 9.6 seconds to go in regulation, Ryan Dirckx hit one of two free throws to tie the game at 63-63. Hill-Murray got to the line with three seconds to go but missed both attempts, sending the game into an extra period.
The 2016-17 wrestling season opened with a bang for Pine Island on Thursday. The Panthers ripped off six straight wins by fall in a 60-18 demolition of New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva. At 106 pounds, Riley Weis got things going with a pin of Nikolas Petsinger in 1 minute, 31 seconds. Dan Krier (113, 2:30), Jack Williams (120, 0:21), Dawson Fallon (126, 0:08) and Noah Bauer (132, 0:47) followed with six-pointers of their own to push Pine Island to a 36-0 lead.
Kasson-Mantorville and Lake City opened the season on Thursday. The KoMets, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, had little trouble with the undermanned Tigers. Lake City forfeited seven matches in a 75-4 loss. Josh Allen got the Tigers' lone victory, beating Tanner Paulson, 11-2, at 126 pounds. K-M won the other half dozen bouts with four pins, a major decision and a technical fall. On Saturday, Lake City will travel to Edina for an invitational, with a trip to Pine Island on deck for Thursday.
With a 19-point lead at halftime, Pine Island didn't have much trouble pulling away from LeRoy-Ostrander for a 79-32 non-conference win Thursday in Pine Island. Brooke Sinning was the Panthers' top player with 21 points, including three 3-pointers, and seven rebounds. Autumn Pin accounted for 16 points and five rebonds, and Eliza Warneke had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. As a team, Pine Island finished the game with 10 3-pointers. The Panthers (1-0) are back on the court Tuesday at Hayfield for their Hiawatha Valley League opener.
With a trio of scorers in double digits, Randolph cruised in a 63-21 non-conference victory against Christian Life Academy Thursday in Farmington. Grant Otte led the Rockets with 16 points, followed by 15 for Carsyn Gunderson and 10 from Andrew Wenstrom. On Tuesday, Randolph (1-0) plays its home opener against another non-conference foe in Bethlehem Academy.