The Red Wing Republican Eagle covers local sports in Goodhue County and surrounding areas.
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The Pine Island boys' basketball team fell by a narrow margin, losing 72-68 to Plainview-Elgin-Millville on Monday. PEM led the Panthers by four points at the half, 34-30, and held that lead until the final buzzer. Pine Island's Jacob Weber bucketed a team-high 21 points, while Josh Navratil had 20 points. Carter O'Reilly added 13 points. The Panthers fell to 5-5 overall. Pine Island hosted Kasson-Mantorville on Tuesday and heads to Winona to face Cotter on Friday. Saturday Area Scores: Schaeffer Academy 62, Kenyon-Wanamingo 41
The Red Wing boys' hockey team scored six goals in the first period and never looked back as the Wingers cruised to an 8-1 win over North St. Paul on Saturday. Cam Blue got the scoring started for Red Wing at 4 minutes, 3 seconds in the first period. Blue found the back of the net again at 9:55 to give Red Wing a 2-0 lead.
The fifth-ranked Lake City boys' basketball came out on top, 73-50, against Lewiston-Altura on Friday. The Tigers dominated the first half, outscoring the Cardinals 41-15. In the second half, Lake City led at one point by 29 points. Nathan Heise was a big part of the TIgers' offense. Heise nearly had a triple-double with 24 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. Jake Wohlers added 12 points on four 3-pointers. Lake City improved to 9-2 overall. Other Area Scores: Cannon Falls 77, LeRoy-Ostrander 54 Randolph 76, Houston 53
The eighth-ranked Goodhue girls' basketball team bounced back from a tournament loss with a 50-35 win over Dover-Eyota on Friday. The Wildcats had some problems in the first half as they went scoreless for an 8 minute stretch. Goodhue, leading 17-16 at the half, poured it on offensively in the second half. Kate Opsahl was scoreless in the first half but paced the offense with 12 points in the second half. She also had seven rebounds and seven steals.
Scoring three times on eight shots, the Red Wing girls' hockey team held the early lead, winning 4-1 over Albert Lea on Thursday. The Wingers peppered shots on net all game and limited Albert Lea to just 14 shots. Delaynee Fox got the scoring started with a goal 5 minutes, 42 seconds into the first period. Fox found the back of the net again at 7:40 in the first. Emily Hart capped of the opening period with an unassisted goal at 15:45.
The fifth-ranked Red Wing girls' basketball team easily handled Rochester Century, 75-27, on Thursday night. The Wingers built a 44-16 lead at halftime using quick passes and getting open shots from behind the arc. Kyli Nelson had a game-high 24 points and led the Wingers with six 3-pointers. Lindsay Reps had 20 points and six assists, while Dani Deming added 11 points. Red Wing improved to 10-2 overall and 6-2 in the Big Nine. The Wingers head to Austin on Tuesday and host Albert Lea on Friday.
The Red Wing boys picked up their first win of the season on Friday with a 74-42 road victory over Kasson-Mantorville. Red Wing played a dominant first half, outscoring K-M 44-20. Zach Cota scored a team-high 21 points and had four assists for the Wingers. Carson Nystuen had 18 points and hit 5 of 7 from behind the arc. Marcus Walm added 13 points. Red Wing is 1-8 overall and 1-6 in Big Nine play. The Wingers host fourth-ranked Austin on Tuesday and head to Albert Lea on Friday. Thursday
Down 2-1 after the first period, Red Wing was very much in the game. However, ill-timed penalties and a shorthanded goal for Albert Lea put hopes of a comeback on ice as the Wingers fell 4-1 on Thursday. To be down 2-1 heading into the first intermission was a testament to Red Wing goalie Aidan Coyle. Albert Lea used its speed to generate chances offensively. By the end of one, Albert Lea led 17-4 in shots on net. Despite what the shots said, Red Wing head coach Tony Casci said it was the team's best period.
The Red Wing gymnastics team fell to Owatonna, 145.625-128.05, on Thursday. The Wingers had two strong events and a couple of young gymnasts attain personal-best scores, but it wasn't enough to challenge Owatonna on the scoreboard. "We had several individuals perform well last night," said Red Wing head coach Lisa Hanson, "but too many falls on beam and breaks in routine on bars caused us to struggle to get the score we wanted."
Saturday, Jan. 5 Boys Basketball: Spring Grove at Cannon Falls, 4 p.m. Kenyon-Wanamingo at Triton Invitational, TBD Girls Basketball: Spring Grove at Cannon Falls, 6:15 p.m. Boys Hockey: Red Wing at North St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.