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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.
Hutchinson grabbed the bronze with a 4-1 victory over Red Wing in the third-place game of the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic in Farmington on Friday. Olivia Hansen and Ellie Campbell scored in the first period for the Tigers, while Sophie Schafer got the only Wingers goal on second-period assists from Elle Bryant and Delaynee Fox. Alex Hantge and Campbell scored in the third for Farmington.
After Red Wing's Josh Rikli tied the game 1-1 at the 9-minute, 38-second mark of the first period, Champlain Park jumped all over the Wingers, scoring four-straight goals for a 5-1 victory on Friday. Sam Schuster scored at 3:31 of the opening frame, giving the Rebels an early 1-0 lead. After Rikli's goal, assisted by Cam Blue, Ayden Grant and Brady Swanstrom scored to give Champlain Park a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.
Illness, injuries, holiday break. It all wasn't enough to slow down the Red Wing boys' swimming and diving team on Thursday. Even with seven swimmers gone for various reasons, the Wingers were able to tally a 96-85 non-conference dual victory against Tartan at Twin Bluff Middle School. "We had a great meet this week during the holiday season," said Red Wing head coach Mikayla Beuch. "We hadn't competed against the Tartan boys team before so it was an opportunity for us to see some new faces and defend our home pool."
Triton 58, Cannon Falls 44 Tatum Pickar had a strong offensive game, scoring 20 points against Triton on Wednesday. But Cannon Falls could not counter the Cobras' deep shooting in a 58-44 loss in the Randolph Tournament semifinals. Triton hit eight 3-pointers while Cannon Falls did not connect from behind the arc. Bella Davisson had 10 points for the Bombers, but the next highest scorer was Kaly Banks with six. Triton got 20 points from Sydney Gilliland and 16 from Nicole Kress. Hayfield 86, K-W 59
Red Wing entered the Louis Schmitz Holiday Classic in Farmington on a four-game winning streak. The Wingers added to that with a 5-1 victory over Hastings on Wednesday. After a scoreless first period, Taylor Heise scored the game's first two goals, and Emily Hart got the third to give Red Wing a 3-0 lead heading into the second intermission. Elle Bryant and Nicole Oberding made it 5-0 early in the third before Josie Kummer erased the shutout for the Raiders.
Z-M 68, Hayfield 28 Zumbrota-Mazeppa clamped down on Hayfield on Wednesday, holding the Vikings in the teens in both halves for a 68-28 victory in the Hayfield Invitational. Four Cougars scored at least 10 points, including Willy Heitman's game-high 16. Zach Hutton added 11 for Z-M, while Jacob Niebuhr and Isaiah Nolte each scored 10 points. Niebuhr had a team-high six rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Patrick Towey had 11 points for the Vikings, and was the only Hayfield player to score more than six points.
XX Tuesday Zumbrota-Mazeppa 46, Cannon Falls 36 In a tight matchup that saw only one double-digit scorer on the court, Zumbrota-Mazeppa eked out a 46-36 win over Cannon Falls in Hiawatha Valley League play Tuesday. The Cougars got in the win column after trailing 19-13 at halftime. Z-M's Ali Hunstad led all scorers with 14 points, followed by eight-point performances from teammates Ashli Christopherson, Lyndsey Quam and Makayla Arendt.