Boys Basketball: Z-M closes in on 20-win season
With Friday's 67-57 victory over Stewartville, Zumbrota-Mazeppa is setup for a 20-win season. The Cougars moved to 19-5 with the Hiawatha Valley League championship game coming on Tuesday, and the Section 1AA tournament beginning next week.
Jacob Niebuhr poured in 28 points to lead Z-M over the Tigers, adding 12 rebounds and four assists. Isaiah Nolte added 14 points for the Cougars, and Zach Hutton finished with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Z-M, which clinched the HVL Blue long ago, moves to 12-4 in the conference. The Cougars will face Byron (19-6) in the league title game before hosting a playoff game at 2 p.m. Saturday in Byron. The Bears tied for the HVL Gold title with Lake City with matching division records (9-1). Though Lake City and Byron split the two-game regular-season series, the Bears qualified for the HVL championship due to the conference’s “Rose Bowl Rule” which awards the division title to the team that has not most-recently won it. Lake City appeared in the game last year.
Lake City 75, Triton 47
Lake City beat Triton, 75-47, on Friday to clinch a share of the Hiawatha Valley League Gold Division. But due to the third tiebreaker, the Tigers will stay home tomorrow as Byron takes on Zumbrota-Mazeppa in the conference title game.
Individual statistics were not available at press time.
Lake City (22-3, 15-1 HVL) split two games against Byron, and both finished 9-1 in the Gold. The HVL uses the “Rose Bowl Rule” to determine its final tiebreaker, which gives the title-game berth to the team that has not most-recently played in the game. Since the Tigers played last year, the Bears get the nod this time.
Byron 74, K-W 43
Kenyon-Wanamingo had a tough draw on Friday, as they traveled to Byron and dropped the contest, 74-43.
The Knights fell into a deep deficit before the end of the first half, trailing 37-18.
Colin Sviggum and Jack Beulke led the Knights with 15 points each, while Micah Johnson contributed eight.
The Bears were led by Bjorn Knutson with 18 points and Kaden Koski with 14.
Lake City 67, Cannon Falls 56
Lake City continued on its winning ways with a 67-56 victory over Cannon Falls on Thursday.
The Tigers held a 34-25 lead at the end of the first half and nearly matched that scoring output in the second half to outpace the Bombers.
Zach Bremer led the way for the Tigers with a double-double, 18 points and 13 rebounds. Nathan Heise also added 15 points, Reid Gastner 13 and Marc Kjos nine.
The Bombers scored 27 of their 56 points from behind the arc. Ryan Dirckx led the way with 18 points, while Felix Agyeman added 13 and Chase Reber added 11.
Lake City (21-3, 14-1 Hiawatha Valley League) receives no break, as they travel to Triton on Friday.
Cannon Falls (10-14, 6-8 HVL) will next host Mabel-Canton for a 1 p.m. tip off on Saturday.
Pine Island 51, Triton 40
Pine Island got back in the win column with a 51-40 victory over Triton on Thursday.
The Panthers had a strong defensive effort in the first half holding the Cobras to just 14 points.
Jacob Weber scored 13 points to lead the Panthers, while Josh Navratil contributed 12 and Joe Bauer added 11. Navratil also had a team-high nine rebounds.
Drew Kelly had 13 points and Brady Essig and Brody Bryngelson each had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Cobras.
Lourdes 57, Goodhue 52
Goodhue was unable to stop its losing skid, dropping a 57-52 contest to Rochester Lourdes on Thursday.
The Wildcats held a 23-20 lead heading into the half, but couldn’t outpace the Eagles in the second half.
Goodhue got 17 points from Dawson Evenson, 11 from Mitchell Schrimpf and seven from Ethan Schafer.
Oliver Dahlberg and Matthew Hayford led the way for Lourdes with 15 points apiece, while Colin Meade added 11.
Goodhue (10-15, 5-10 HVL) will be back in action on Friday as they travel to Kasson-Mantorville.
Z-M 67, K-W 42
Kenyon-Wanamingo was no match for Hiawatha Valley League Blue-leading Zumbrota-Mazeppa as the Knights fell 67-42 on Tuesday.
The Cougars opened up an insurmountable lead at half, leading 47-17. Z-M took their foot off the gas pedal a bit in the second half, but the damage had already been done.
Leading the way for the Cougars were Jacob Niebuhr and Zach Hutton, each with 15 points. Isaiah Nolte added nine points and a team-leading 10 rebounds. Willy Heitmann led the Cougars with six assists.
Colin Sviggum and Jack Beulke added 12 points apiece for the Knights, while Tate Erlandson contributed seven. Beulke had a team-high nine rebounds for K-W.