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MINNEAPOLIS—Attempting it's second come-from-behind win in less than 24 hours, Goodhue was unable to overtake Minneota's lead. It wasn't for a lack of effort though. The Vikings avoided a late run by the Wildcats. Much like the previous day's game, Goodhue converted a steal into points. Wildcats Elissa Lodermeier and Torrie Rehder combined for a trap and steal just before midcourt. Kate Opsahl converted the turnover into two points on the other end.
MINNEAPOLIS—Down by eight points with 8 minutes, 10 seconds left in the first half and nine points with 11:43 remaining in the second half, Goodhue relied on its defense and freshman Joslyn Carlson to make a come back. Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme said the team can handle trailing. "It's not that they are comfortable being down," Wieme said. "Our defense sparked us. We (forced) a couple turnovers that led straight to baskets. That gives you a great emotional boost. Obviously it cuts into the deficit. It just got us going."
Led defensively by sophomore Torrie Rehder in the back court, the Goodhue girls' basketball is unlike previous versions of the Wildcats that have produced state titles. Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme acknowledged the distinction and added that this year's team features a lot of balance. "We're not trying to reenact that team from two or three years ago," Wieme said. "We're trying to be the best this team can be. This team does special things, even offensively. The way we move. The way we share the ball. This group does it as well as any other group we've had."
ROCHESTER—After inclimate weather postponed Lake City and La Crescent-Hokah, the Tigers didn't show any rustiness at the Mayo Civic Center Wednesday night. The Lancers, down by 14 points, were forced to send the Tigers to the line in the final 4 minutes of the game. The Tigers led having already gone to the free-throw line several times in the previous 6 minutes. Apart from few field goals from Reid Gastner and Nathan Heise, the Tigers were putting the Lancers away at the line.
A suffocating defense has been the staple of the Goodhue girls' basketball team all season. That defense aided the fourth-ranked Wildcats to a 42-33 win over Lyle-Pacelli in the Section 1A championship on Thursday at the Mayo Civic Center.
It was apparent how badly the Red Wing seniors wanted this section win, especially senior Winger Zach Cota. By game's end, Cota had floor burns on both shoulders and blood on both elbows and knees. "I think I bled like four or five times," Cota said. "I just get some glue on it and go back in. Kind of used to it by now. Just have to go out there and play." Thanks in large part to Cota's effort, the fifth-seeded Wingers upset Simley in the Spartans' gym 65-64 in a Section 1AAA quarterfinal on Wednesday.
When Jeron Matson is on top, he's hard to beat. In control the entire match Matson finished atop the podium, a state champ. Matson, one of Kenyon-Wanamingo's six seniors, won the Class A 120-pound state title in a 3-0 decision over Trevor Janssen of Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena on Saturday.
A season that started with a lot of doubt, and few expectations, ended on much different note for the Red Wing girls' hockey team. From the first game—a 10-0 loss to Rochester Lourdes—to the last—a 5-4, section semifinal loss to Faribault—the Wingers proved a lot of people wrong. The feeling among the team in the final practice on Feb. 11 was they were better than people gave them credit for. For the two seniors, Emily Hart and Delaynee Fox, it was tough to end the season with the team playing its best having come so far.
For three Red Wing seniors, the effort and continued improvement to go along with two medals made for a successful trip to the Class A state swimming and diving meet on Saturday. The Winger relay team of Ian Johnson, Abe De Jong, Nick Bayley and Jayden Jech came in eighth place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 40.53 seconds. It was the event all season De Jong said the group was hoping to compete in at state. "I had huge shoes to fill," De Jong said, " (with Willie Meachum graduated), who did a very good job of bringing our medley relay to state. I was kind of nervous that I wasn't going to (swim similar times as him). My teammates, Nick Bayley, Jayden Jech and Ian Johnson all stepped up."
Despite prior injuries earlier in the season to two of Kenyon-Wanamingo's seniors, the wrestling team came to the state tournament at full strength. After victories over Aitkin and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, the fourth-ranked Knights faced No. 1-ranked—according to The Guillotine—LPGE-Browerville for the Class A title. In the end, the momentum just wasn't in the Knights' favor as they fell 35-27 to finish in second place.