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Red Wing closed the regular season out by defeating Rochester Mayo, 43-30, on Friday night. The Wingers held a narrow 19-18 lead at the end of the first half, but with stingy defense and strong free-throw shooting, were able to double the points scored by the Spartans in the second half. Lindsay Reps had a team high for the Wingers in both points and rebounds with 12 and eight, respectively. Tayzha Buck had nine points and Abi Deming contributed eight points and seven rebounds.
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.
A strong second-half effort made what was a fairly close game in the first half into a blowout by the end as Rochester Mayo defeated Red Wing, 86-51 on Friday. The Wingers received a strong offensive performance in the first half scoring 32 points, but in the second half the shooting went cold. Zach Cota finished with a team-high 15 points for the Wingers. Deso Buck contributed 11 points and Ted Tauer had eight. Red Wing (5-19, 4-16 Big Nine Conference) will next play on Tuesday as they travel to Northfield.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa had a strong showing in the first round of the Section 1AA tournament with a 60-43 victory over Cannon Falls on Thursday. The Cougars took a 36-12 lead into halftime and continued that effort in the second half. "We played a great first half, controlled the tempo and got high-percentage shots on offense," Z-M head coach Andy Bromeling said. "On defense, we did a good job of keeping their shooters in check." The Cougars received 19 points from Lauren Miller, 12 from Makayla Arendt and eight from Ali Hunstad.
After Wednesday's loss that dropped them from championship contention, the Red Wing girls' hockey team bounced back with a resounding 7-9 victory over Marshall in the Class A consolation semifinals at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
The Red Wing boys hockey team's season came to a close with a 8-1 loss to Minnehaha Academy on Tuesday. Outshot 37-16, the Wingers were not able to make the shots they did get off count as the Redhawks' Corey Hendrickson consistently kept the goal clean. Minnehaha Academy got the scoring started with a short-handed goal by Cole Knutson, six minutes, 55 seconds into the game. Bryce Becker tallied a power-play goal and Knutson added his second goal to increase the Redhawks lead, 3-0.
Red Wing placed fifth at the Section 1A gymnastics meet on Saturday at Rochester John Marshall High School, but the Wingers' day was more successful than it looks at first glance. With a 130.775, Red Wing achieved a season-long goal to reach 130 and, in the process, qualified two gymnasts for the state meet. Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa won the meet with a 144.825.
Class A Girls Hockey State Tournament 1-Warroad Warrirors (22-3-2) Ninth appearance. Two championships: 2010, 2011. Leaders: Madison Oelkers 42-28—70, Genevieve Hendrickson 14-53—67, Quinn Kuntz 14-1-0 (.964 SV%) 2-Breck Mustangs (16-10-1) Sixth appearance. One championship: 2012.
A balanced offensive attack, and a stingy defense, gave Red Wing a 58-43 victory over Winona on Saturday. The Wingers got 11 points from Dani Deming, 10 from Abi Deming, nine from Kyli Nelson and eight from Lindsay Reps. Tayzha Buck had a team-high nine rebounds and five assists. Of Red Wing's 28 made field goals, 25 came on assists.
Red Wing couldn't stop Owatonna's winning streak as they were defeated, 84-55, on Friday. Owatonna brought full-court pressure early and often, leading to an uneven turnover battle that too often led to points for the Huskies. Red Wing faced a 49-28 deficit going into halftime. Marcus Walm led the Wingers with 15 points, followed by Carson Nystuen with 10, and DonTray Johnson and Zach Cota with eight points each. Christian Connelly led Red Wing with six rebounds. Individual statistics for Owatonna were unavailable.