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Third-ranked Kenyon-Wanamingo (Class A) placed 10th at the Rick Lee Duals in Bemidji on Saturday. The Knights beat Deer River, 54-22, to open the tournament on Friday, before consecutive defeats to Bemidji (38-29) and Detroit Lakes (39-28). On Saturday, K-W beat Bloomington Kennedy (57-22) and Moorhead (63-9) before dropping its final bout, 34-33, to Big Lake.
Tuesday Z-M 65, Dover-Eyota 57 Down five at halftime, Zumbrota-Mazeppa outscored Dover-Eyota 39-26 in the final 18 minutes for a 65-57 non-conference win on Tuesday. Jacob Niebuhr neared a triple-double, scoring 23 points on 10 of 17 shooting to go with 11 rebounds (six offensive) and seven steals. He also had four assists for the Cougars. Willy Heitman hit all three of Z-M's 3-pointers in an 13-point outing, and Zach Hutton finished with 11 points in the victory.
Rochester Century maintained its perfect record in the Big Nine Conference with Thursday's 3-0 win over Red Wing. The Panthers, unbeaten in four league games, got first-period goals from Nick Aney and Lyncoln Bielenberg-Howarth while piling up 19 shots on goal. Connor Olson scored 32 seconds into the second before the Wingers found their defensive game, allowing 13 shots on goal the rest of the way. Zach Harding stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced in the loss, while Jackson Killinger was tested only 15 times in the shutout.
Six pins led Lake City to a 43-22 victory over Cannon Falls on Thursday. Luke Skifton (126 pounds), Tanner Frank (132) and Harold Schumacher (138) turned a 10-4 deficit into a 22-10 lead for the Tigers, then Frank Thomas (160) and Max Balow (170) put the dual out of reach. Ivan Vargas (220) got the final fall for Lake City in between double forfeits at 195 and 285. Cannon Falls' Cooper Peterson (120) and Peter Fitterer (145) also won by fall.
The holiday break took a toll on Red Wing, but the Wingers still managed a conference win in Rochester on Tuesday. A season-low score of 122.55 from Red Wing beat Rochester John Marshall's 118.15, but was behind both Rochester Mayo (127.925) and Rochester Century (132.725). “The girls were flat after the holiday break with many falls on all four events, something we haven’t seen from them in the past,” said Winger head coach Lisa Hanson.
Thursday Goodhue 60, K-W 33 Riley Dummer had the 3-pointers falling, helping Kenyon-Wanamingo get an early lead. But eventually, the defense of second-ranked (Class A) Goodhue was too much to thwart as the Wildcats won Thursday's Hiawatha Valley League game 60-33. Arianna Thomforde led Goodhue in scoring with 16 points while Sydney Lodermeier came up with 10 points and five rebounds. Both Lexie Lodermeier and Emily Benrud finished the game with eight points and five rebounds.
Red Wing swimmers Willie Meacham and Ian Johnson picked up strong wins for the boys' swimming and diving team in a 91-77 Big Nine Conference loss to Winona Thursday at Twin Bluff Middle School. Meacham put forth a season-best time in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.21 seconds. He also finished second in the 200 individual medley at 2:11.01. Then in the 100 backstroke, Johnson snuck by a Winona swimmer for a first-place finish at 1:01.44.
Normally a team reliant on 3-point shooting, two of Red Wing's post players provided the Wingers a huge boost on Thursday, helping the team to a 59-41 Big Nine Conference win against Faribault. Abi Deming secured a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while also dishing out four assists. Deming was 5 of 10 shooting and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line. Also patrolling the paint was Hannah Rodgers, who added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. She was 4 of 6 from the floor, with a 3-for-5 showing at the free-throw line.
After a 1-6 start to the season, the Red Wing boys' basketball team has rattled off three-straight victories. Returning home for the first time since Dec. 22 on Thursday, the Wingers moved to 3-3 in the Big Nine Conference with a 71-53 win over Faribault. With the team shooting 51 percent from the field, Zach Cota led five Red Wing players in double figures with 17 points. Hitting a team-high four 3-pointers, Cota also had eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa won just one of its three duals on Friday, but responded with two wins on Saturday to shore up an impressive 14th-place finish at the 29-team Clash National Wrestling Duals tournament at the UCR Regional Sports Center in Rochester.