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Cannon Falls mounted a comeback after being down 33-20, but they couldn't get over the hump against Pine Island on Friday as the Panthers held on for a 46-45 Hiawatha Valley League win. Josh Navratil had a team-high 16 points for Pine Island, followed by 11 from Jacob Weber and nine from Dane Loucks. Chase Reber hit four 3-pointers for a Bomber-best 16 points. Ryan Dirckx, Drew Otte and Isaac Illa each finished with eight points.
Getting a somewhat-unexpected lift from an eighth-grader, fourth-ranked (Class A) Goodhue pulled away with with 65-46 Hiawatha Valley League win over Lake City on Friday night. Eighth-grader Joslyn Carlson was a driving force for the Wildcats with a career-high 14 points. She joined a trio of double-digit scorers for Goodhue as Sydney Lodermeier and Arianna Thomforde both had 16 points.
In its home meet last Saturday, the Cannon Falls dance team were the winners in both the Class A Jazz and High Kick divisions. In High Kick, the Bombers excelled with a score of 365 points, easily beating Lake City's second-place score of 327. Randolph was third with 323, followed by Wabasha-Kellogg (307) and Goodhue (270).
Red Wing High School Athletic Director Bart Gray announced Tuesday in an email that two soccer coaches have been hired to begin their new roles this fall. Taylor Becker, a Red Wing native, will take over the girls team from David Thurston. Taylor has been an assistant coach at Augsburg University and with the Eclipse Select Soccer Club of West St. Paul. She also was the head coach of the Red Wing Soccer Club from 2012-16.
Austin appeared to have caught Red Wing feeling down after a bad loss on Tuesday, but the Wingers regrouped from a two-goal hole and beat the Packers, 4-2, on Thursday. Austin took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, and still had a hold on the game until Jack Nevitt scored unassisted 13 minutes, 30 seconds into the second period. Then, Teddy Lillico scored off assists from Michael Stoffel and Jack Maroushek at 6:55 of the third to tie the game.
Nine-straight wins lifted Goodhue to a 52-13, Hiawatha Valley League victory over Lake City on Thursday. The Tigers were the team to get out to a hot start with a pin from Mason West and a major decision from Nash Nelson to open the dual. But Wildcat Maddox O'Reilly got a fall at 120 pounds to get Goodhue its first points.
Northern Lakes eliminated a 3-0 deficit, but Red Wing scored the final three goals for a 7-4 victory over the Lightning in the Girls Hockey St. Paul Winter Classic on Saturday at North Dale Rec Center. Emily Hart scored the only goal of the first period for the Wingers, and Kendal Swanson scored twice in the second before Northern Lakes' Caitlyn Gutzman and Chloe Deutsch made it 3-2 before the second intermission. Alyssa Koslowski tied the game early in the third, but Nicole Oberding gave Red Wing the lead right back a couple minutes later.
Goodhue moved to 4-2 in Section 1A play after securing a 43-36 win against Fillmore Central on Monday. Sam Opsahl provided the biggest lift for the Wildcats with nine points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. Dawson Evanson added nine points and three rebounds, and Mitchell Hemenway came up with eight points and 10 rebounds. Mitchell Schrimpf chipped in with nine points and five rebounds.
Hosting four teams for its annual invitational, the Red Wing boys' swimming and diving team finished in second place Saturday. The Wingers scored 542 points, bested only by Park of Cottage Grove's 801. Bloomington Kennedy was third at 412, followed by Tartan's 368.
Lake City had a strong showing on Saturday, placing fourth in the 14-team Plainview-Elgin-Millville Invitational. The Tigers totaled 124 points, falling behind the host Bulldogs (199), Caledonia-Houston (164) and Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson (132). Tanner Frank won a 2-1 decision over PEM's Cael Marx for the 126-pound title, while Derek Meincke took third at 152 with an 8-5 win over Jon Frazier of Wabasha-Kellogg. Lake City will travel to Byron for a triangular with Kasson-Mantorville on Tuesday.