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The third-ranked team in Class 2A turned in a fine performance Tuesday as Kasson-Mantorville ripped Lake City 25-12, 25-14, 25-10 in a Hiawatha Valley League volleyball match. Brianna Gates (three kills, six digs), Megan Schramski (four digs) and Madi Green (two kills) did what they could against the KoMets, but the Tigers were not able to slow down the K-M hitters. “They put on a hitting clinic,” said Lake City head coach Kim Bobb.
The Lake City girls tennis team’s season came to an end Tuesday in a 7-0 section semifinal loss to eventual Section 1A champion Rochester Lourdes. The Tigers’ Josie Kuchinka had the closest match in singles, losing her No. 1 match to Sofia Terzic 6-2, 6-2. Katie Henning lost her No. 2 singles match to Rachel Kamath 6-2, 6-1, while both Grace Dankers and Lucy Hansen lost 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 and 4 singles, respectively. In the doubles matches, Lydia Warwick and Erica Hubbard lost to Jess Alexander and Sydney Alice 6-1, 6-2. At No.
The fifth-seeded Plainview-Elgin-Millville-Dover-Eyota boys soccer team put 13 shots on net Tuesday against No. 12 Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa, and nearly half of them went in. PEM/DE won the Section 1A playoff contest, 6-1. "We played well at the start of the game and created scoring opportunities, but overall PEM played hard, strong and fast," said PIZM head coach Peter Wiggins. "We worked hard, but were outmatched tonight." The Wildcats end their season with an overall record of 3-12, which included a 3-1 win over PEM/DE earlier this year.
As Byron put in the game’s lone goal with 12 minutes left in Tuesday’s Section 1A girls soccer playoff game, 13th-seeded Lake City saw its season come to a close, 1-0, in Byron. But even after the season-ending loss, Tigers’ head coach Mark Spence said the girls weren’t about to hang their heads low. “We played an outstanding game tonight,” Spence said. “It was a tough one, but the girls are very proud of how they played and I’m proud of them as well.” Lake City goalkeeper Beth Petersen came up with 12 saves, including five spectacular saves, according to Spence.
After a shaky start to Tuesday’s Hiawatha Valley League match against Hayfield, Zumbrota-Mazeppa stormed back to beat the Vikings in five sets, 13-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 15-9. “After the first one, it was like, ‘Oh no, it’s one of those nights,’” said Cougars’ head coach Stacy Liebenow. “We came out of it, fought back and played hard. The girls did a good job.” At the net, Carley Henning led Z-M with 20 kills while adding three ace serves.
CANNON FALLS – Saturday’s Cannon Falls Invitational became a tumultuous day for Ellsworth. Luckily, the Panthers’ youngsters were able to step up to the challenge. After going 1-1 in pool play with a 26-24, 25-22 win against Rochester Lourdes, Ellsworth reached the championship tournament bracket. Then after losses to St. Croix Lutheran and Bloomington Jefferson, the Panthers regrouped to beat LeRoy-Ostrander in the seventh-place match, 25-13, 25-15. St.
Still in search of its first win in the final week of the season, Red Wing dropped to 0-19 overall as Hastings defeated the Wingers in straight sets, 25-13, 25-14, 25-9, to preserve the non-conference victory Monday in Hastings. “We didn’t come out ready to play,” said Red Wing assistant coach Kelly Norman.
Swimming without two of its best sprinters – Carly Boisen and Claire King – due to illness, the Red Wing girls swimming team placed sixth out of seven teams in the Simley Swimming and Diving Invitational Saturday in Inver Grove Heights. “Not having (Boisen and King) cost us four top-eight individual place points, not to mention helping greatly in the relays,” Wingers’ head coach Kevin O’Brien said.
The Goodhue volleyball team took second place at the Byron Invitational on Saturday, going 4-0 before falling to previously-ranked No.
Making up for Friday’s postponement, Goodhue had little trouble putting away Southland, taking a 22-0 halftime lead before coming away with a 22-6 Southern Football Alliance Blue division victory Saturday in Adams. Garett Huemann tacked on the Wildcats’ first touchdown, reaching the end zone on a 6-yard run in the first quarter. Later in the period, quarterback Tyler Schumacher helped make it a 14-0 game with an 11-yard run for a score.