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St. Thomas Academy pulled away from the field to win the Section 1A boys swimming and diving true team championship Saturday in Austin. Red Wing finished sixth with 1,001 points, well behind the Cadets’ title-clinching 1,781. The rest of the top five included Simley (1,332), Northfield (1,263), Mankato West (1,189.5) and Austin (1,128). Tanner Alms won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1 minute, 44.76 seconds, then followed with another stellar performance in the 500 free, holding off Simley’s Michael Modica by less than a second.
Home cooking was good to Zumbrota-Mazeppa Saturday as the Cougars easily won three-consecutive duals to keep the Z-M Duals trophy in its rightful home. Even with three losses in the final five matches against Wabasha-Kellogg, the Cougars breezed into the semifinals with a 54-23 quarterfinal victory. Against Stewartville in the semis, Z-M flipped the script, winning the final four bouts against the Tigers in a 40-23 win. In the finals, Dover-Eyota took a brief lead at 18-12 before the Cougars ran off seven-straight victories to take a firm grip on the championship.
After a 60-6 loss to Blaine, Goodhue rebounded with back-to-back victories to take fifth place at the Rogers Royal Rumble Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats beat Mille Lacs, 53-15, in the consolation semifinals, then triumphed over St.
Four Cannon Falls wrestlers won Henry Sibley Tournament titles Saturday, but the Bombers fell shy in the team standings, taking second place with 203.5 points. The Warriors came out on top in their own tournament, scoring 227.0 points. Cannon Falls, missing three wrestlers and using two non-scoring substitutes, was still able to make a big dent in the brackets.
Thanks to eight 3-pointers in the first half, Byron managed to snap Lake City’s five-game win streak with a 71-64 Hiawatha Valley League victory Monday in Byron. The Bears were led by Lance Mortland, who had 15 points. Tyler Coble added 14 points and Joe Smith chipped in with 12 in the victory. Brady Kuchinka was the Tigers’ top player on Monday with 18 points and six assists. Reid Lundell had 15 points and eight rebounds, and John Brown finished with 10 points. Lake City (7-8, 4-6 HVL) resumes conference play Tuesday at Pine Island.
Down by 15 points at halftime, Red Wing desperately needed a boost or else it would lose its fourth straight Missota Conference game Friday against Northfield. But thanks to Jon Sevlie, the Wingers were finally able to notch a Missota win, pulling out a 62-61 victory over the Raiders in Northfield. “After those tight games that we lost, it’s an awfully good feeling to win this one,” said Red Wing head coach Doug Toivonen.
Red Wing knew in order to slow down Northfield on Friday, they would have to slow down six-foot forward Anna Pfefferle. Tasking Maddie Faas with defending Pfefferle, the Wingers’ senior held the Raiders’ standout to six points, vaulting Red Wing to a 47-39 Missota Conference victory at Sonju Gymnasium. “We’ve seen Northfield play twice and (Pfefferle) averaged somewhere in the 20s,” said Wingers head coach Dave Muelken.
With both teams hoping to climb out of the Missota Conference cellar, Chaska’s offense had enough firepower to run away with a 7-1 victory over Red Wing Friday in Chaska. The Hawks (7-6-2, 3-5 Missota) got on the board just 54 seconds into the game when Zac Rodeheffer popped in the opening goal off assists from Carter Schmidt and Cade Gersich.
Facing third-ranked (2A) New Prague on Friday was a daunting task. But the Red Wing gymnastics team was able to leave New Prague on a high note as the team set a season-high score in a 145.3-124.125 loss. “Coming in, we had a goal of 120 points,” said Wingers co-head coach Lisa Hanson. “We had a wonderful meet tonight.” The high point for Red Wing came on the balance beam, as three varsity gymnasts stuck their routine, Hanson said.
Jumping ahead 43-14 by halftime, Goodhue’s defense took charge for a convincing 75-30 Hiawatha Valley League win against Cannon Falls Friday in Goodhue. As a team, the Wildcats came up with 24 steals and held the Bombers without a double-digit scorer. Mikayla Miller scored a game-high 21 points with six rebounds, four assists and four steals, and Shelby Hinsch tallied 17 points and eight boards.