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The Goodhue wrestling team was unable to secure a victory on Friday in the Stewartville triangular. The Wildcats lost 33-28 to the host Tigers and dropped its second match 52-22 to third-ranked (Class 2A) Kasson-Mantorville. Over the two meets, Joel Gadient (120 pounds), Bailee O’Reilly (126) and Matthew Lexvold (132) went 2-0, with Lexvold winning both of his matches via pinfall. The Wildcats are back on the mat today, taking part in the Park of Cottage Grove invitational.
Madi Green led Lake City with 21 points, but it was not enough to get the Tigers over the hump in a 74-54 Hiawatha Valley League loss to Kasson-Mantorville Friday in Lake City. Breanna Gates added 12 points, and Lilly Johnson tacked on seven points in the loss. The Tigers (3-3, 1-2 HVL) travel to Hayfield on Tuesday.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa held a 20-17 halftime lead over La Crescent at home Friday, but the Cougars’ shooters went cold in a 41-35 Hiawatha Valley League loss. Hailey Dykes paced Z-M with 13 points, while Molly Lawler chipped in with eight. Kalli Paukert finished with six points, five rebounds and five assists in the loss. As a team, Z-M shot 38 percent. The Cougars (3-3, 2-2 HVL) head to Byron on Dec. 20.
A win in the Hiawatha Valley League continues to elude Cannon Falls as the Bombers lost 57-43 at Rochester Lourdes on Friday. Anna Rapp had a strong night for Cannon Falls with 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Hailey Huseth and Courtney Woodcock each tallied seven points in the loss. The Bombers (1-4, 0-3 HVL) host Byron on Tuesday.
Six straight wins to start the season did not carry enough weight for the Goodhue girls basketball team Friday against Hayfield. The Vikings, using a guard-heavy lineup and dead-eye shooting, topped the previously unbeaten and fourth-ranked (Class 1A) Wildcats, 72-68. Mikayla Miller led all scorers with 27 points, adding nine rebounds in the defeat. Kali Ryan scored 15 for Goodhue, while teammate Michelle Hadler added 13.
Chad Aaker and Braxton Raymond combined to score 33 points as Kasson-Mantorville upended Lake City Friday night, 73-56. Reid Lundell scored a game-high 24 points, and Jesse Oliver added 16 for the Tigers (2-6). Lake City made 20 of 29 free throws, and trailed 28-23. The Tigers pulled within two with 16 minutes, 44 seconds to go in the game, but the KoMets pulled away from there. Lake City hosts Cannon Falls Tuesday.
Second-half scoring woes doomed Zumbrota-Mazeppa Friday night in a 75-46 loss to La Crescent. The Cougars scored just 14 points over the final 18 minutes, turning a 10-point halftime deficit into an ever-deepening hole. Hirman led Z-M with 20 points, adding five rebounds and two steals.
Trailing by as much as 10 points in the second half, Cannon Falls climbed back against Rochester Lourdes on Friday. And after finally taking the lead with a Tanner Carlson layup following a Hunter Johnson steal, the Bombers never relinquished the lead on the way to a 54-53 Hiawatha Valley League home victory. Coming away with a career night for Cannon Falls was senior Alex Bultena, who scored a career-best 27 points to go with three steals and three assists.
Heading over state lines to face Hudson on Friday, fifth-ranked (Class 3A) Red Wing came back into Minnesota a winner after a 65-48 victory. After a 3-pointer by Nick Powers right before halftime put the Wingers up 40-24, Red Wing never relented, holding a double-digit lead for the rest of the contest. “They were never able to make a run at us. They never got closer than 16 (in the second half),” said Wingers’ head coach Doug Toivonen.
Cannon Falls wrestled two matches Thursday, scoring 49 points in each dual. Combined, the Bombers’ opponents’, Byron in the first match, Hayfield in the second, could not duplicate that score. Cannon Falls topped the Bears, 49-20, then quieted the Vikings, 49-23. From 120 through 138 pounds, Paul Fitterer, Ryan Epps, Keston Lopez and Connor Rohr each recorded two wins. Derek Johnson, Nathan Melhouse, Clay Broze and Cooper Rohloff did the same in the upper weights for the Bombers. Cannon Falls, ranked No.