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Red Wing closed out the regular season on Thursday with an 8-1 victory over Big Nine Conference foe Mankato East. Taylor Heise had a first-period hat trick, and Elle Bryant and Sophie Schafer also scored to give the Wingers a 5-0 lead into the first intermission. Eliza DiNatale had the only goal of the second, and Heise and Nicole Oberding scored early in the third before Sydney Kanstrup got the Cougars on the board.
Class AA's top-ranked team, Kasson-Mantorville, won the first six matches on Thursday, and lost just three total, in a 52-15 Hiawatha Valley League win over Goodhue. The KoMets picked up bonus points in all but three of their 11 victories, while two of the Wildcats three wins came with bonus points. Baxter O'Reilly earned a 1-0 decision at 138 pounds, which was followed by successive wins by pin from Mason Huemann at 152 and Kelby O'Reilly at 160.
Fourth-ranked Mankato East took it to Red Wing on Thursday in a 98-64 Big Nine Conference victory. The Wingers struggled shooting the ball, hitting 35 percent of their shots overall, and a quarter of their 16 3-point attempts. Seth Yeatman scored 23 points for Red Wing, taking advantage of the foul line where he went 8 of 10. Tre Moore added 19 points, and DonTray Johnson 12 in the loss.
Hayfield 72, Cannon Falls 40 Cannon Falls ran into a buzz-saw on Tuesday as third-ranked Hayfield got a 72-40 Hiawatha Valley League victory over the Bombers. Tatum Pickar and Kaly Banks led Cannon Falls with eight points each, while Carrie Rutledge had a game-high 22 for the Vikings.
Z-M 68, Goodhue 44 Zumbrota-Mazeppa held all but one Goodhue player in single-digits in a 68-44 Hiawatha Valley League victory on Tuesday. Jacob Niebuhr had a big night for the Cougars, scoring 20 points, pulling down seven rebounds, dishing out three assists and coming away with three steals. Isaiah Nolte added 17 points, and Robvon Jackson 11, in the win. Mitchell Hemenway led the Wildcats with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Mankato West came away with two Big Nine Conference wins on Tuesday, but Red Wing did manage to split, beating Mankato East while falling to the Scarlets. The Wingers scored 127.55 points, while West came in with a 136.375, and East finished with 127.125. Against the Cougars, Breck Bergin was first on the vault, second on the bars and second in the all-around. Carolyn Hanson was second on the balance beam, third on the floor exercise and third in the all-around.
Pine Island surged out to an 11-point lead on Monday, but Randolph fought back to win the game, 49-40. Carsyn Gunderson scored 15 points to lead the Rockets, while Dane Ehleringer and Nick Drinken both added 10. The Panthers got 13 points from Jacob Weber, and 10 each from Jacob Olson and Max Owen. Randolph (13-4) will welcome Houston to town on Tuesday, while Pine Island (5-10) heads to Byron.
In a partnership with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame committee has announced a display in the skyway of the Target Center honoring those enshrined. According to a press release, “The goal of the Hall of Fame is to celebrate the rich history of high school basketball from around the state by recognizing the most successful players, teams, coaches and other contributors.”
On Saturday, the Red Wing High School cheerleading team competed in the MCCA state competition. The Wingers were in third place heading into Saturday night's finals, and improved by a spot to take second in the Class A Non-Tumbling Division. It is the fourth-straight year the team has placed at state. “The team had more determination and confidence than the coaches have seen all year,” said head coach Jennifer Davis, who was a finalist for MCCA coach of the year.
Red Wing beat Mankato West on Saturday, and is now on a season-beat seven-game winning streak. Sophie Schafer and Taylor Heise scored in the first period for the Wingers, who held the Scarlets to just one shot on goal in the first 18 minutes. Heise opened the second with two-straight goals, the first taking all of 8 seconds. Kendal Swanson added a third goal in the middle frame for a five-goal Red Wing lead.