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It was all over for sixth-seeded Zumbrota-Mazeppa before they knew it. The Cougars missed their first 12 shots and third-seeded Dover-Eyota opened Thursday’s Section 1AA-West quarterfinal game with a 13-0 lead on the way to a 56-43 victory in Dover. “It couldn’t have started any worse for us,” said Z-M head coach Scott Paukert, who saw his team shoot 23 percent from the field (13 of 56). Paukert added, “We did come back and get it to within 10 in the second half. … It was just a disappointing way to end the season, but we kept battling and we didn’t roll over or anything.
Down 19-16 at halftime, Lake City’s efforts to stay alive in the Section 1AA-East tournament were thwarted by a relentless Winona Cotter defense. The fifth-seeded Tigers' season ended on Thursday with a 56-43 loss to the fourth-seeded Ramblers in Winona. “They just kind of pulled away (in the second half),” said Lake City head coach Candace Dudley. “They went up by nine right away.
Seventh-seeded Cannon Falls saw its season come to a close Thursday, losing to No. 2 Hayfield 75-36 in the opening round of the Section 1AA-West tournament in Hayfield. Maggie Rutter led the way for the Bombers with 13 points, while teammate Courtney Woodcock had nine points and seven rebounds in the loss. Dani Wagner led the Vikings with 25 points, while teammate Johanna Bungum hit three 3-pointers on the way to a nine-point night. Bhrett Zahnle finished with 12 points in the victory. With the victory, Hayfield (20-5) will take on No. 3 seed Dover-Eyota at 7:30 p.m.
The Section 1AAA opening-round game between Red Wing and Albert Lea scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed due to inclement weather in southern Minnesota. The second-seeded Wingers and seventh-seeded Tigers will now play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sonju Gymnasium.
Only five players scored for Lake City Saturday night, but it was enough to send the fourth-seeded Tigers to the Sub-section 1AA East semifinals with a 66-61 victory over fifth-seeded St. Charles. Brady Kuchinka led Lake City with 20 points, followed by Jess Oliver’s 15, and Reid Lundell’s 15. Eli Custer (8) and Cory Dick (5) were the only other Tigers to add to the point total. The Saints took a similar approach as Devin Decker and Andy Buck combined to score 27 points, getting help from just four other teammates. Much like the scoring, nearly every other stat was close.
Cannon Falls’ seniors weren’t about to let their season slip away. With Zumbrota-Mazeppa taking a one-point lead with six minutes left in Saturday’s Section 1AA-West opener, the third-seeded Bombers regained their composure and put away six seed Zumbrota-Mazeppa 66-55 Saturday at Cannon Falls High School. “We did a nice job adjusting to what they’re doing. We got a great group of seniors that know what they need to do,” said Bombers’ head coach Josh Davisson. Moving on to the sub-section semifinals, Cannon Falls will take on No. 2 seed Hayfield at 7:30 p.m.
A 14-point halftime lead held up for Goodhue as the Wildcats opened the Sub-section 1A West playoffs with a 56-42 victory over Lyle/Pacelli Saturday afternoon. Goodhue, the top seed in the west bracket, held the Athletics to 14 first-half points, scoring 28 in the process. Riley Bollum scored a team-high 24 points while also swiping three steals. Tyler Schumacher pulled down eight rebounds and scored 16 points, the only other Wildcat to hit double figures in scoring. Alex Thomforde led the defensive charge, piling up eight of Goodhue’s 14 steals.
After being beaten twice, handily, in two regular-season games against New Prague, the writing may have been on the wall for Red Wing in Friday’s Section 1A quarterfinals. Though the Wingers saw their season come to an end in a 2-0 defeat, Red Wing whitewashed the past. “The biggest thing is the first game we were down 6-0 in the first period and the compete level was gone,” said Red Wing head coach Bob Rajanen of the Wingers’ 10-1 loss to the Trojans on Jan. 14.
ROCHESTER - Zumbrota-Mazeppa led area Class 1A teams with seven wrestlers qualifying for the individual Section 1A semifinals Friday at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Half of the Cougars are still alive for section titles, and every part of the lineup, from the lighter weights through the upper weights, are represented. Second-seeded Hayden Stensland (106 pounds) faces Noah Bauer of Pine Island in the semifinals, while top seed Joey Majerus (113) will take on Goo
While Thursday’s blizzard kept most teams off the court Friday, Hiawatha Valley League opponents and Highway 58 rivals Goodhue and Zumbrota-Mazeppa faced off Friday, with the host Wildcats winning the regular-season finale 59-48. Goodhue’s three seniors – Mikayla Miller, Kali Ryan and Meredith Watson – were the team’s leaders on Friday. Miller had 25 points and eight rebounds and Ryan added 10 points. Watson had an unconventional double-double with 10 points and 10 steals. “She’s a player who’s like, ‘What do you need?