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Competing in the Lakeville South invitational on Saturday, the Cannon Falls High Kick and Zumbrota-Mazeppa Jazz teams each placed third in the Class A/AA divisions. In Kick, Cannon Falls’ score of 364 was bested only by Orono (389) and Mound-Westonka (373). Marshall (344) and Belle Plaine (331) rounded out the top five. Among other area schools, Randolph finished in sixth (302) while Z-M (299) was seventh out of nine teams.
RANDOLPH — Down 33-21 at halftime to fifth-ranked (Class A) Cleveland, a comeback would be a daunting task. But, the Rockets nearly did it. Thanks to 26 points from Carter Kopet and 20 from Austin Plonsky, the visiting Clippers avoided the upset with a 65-63 win over Randolph.
Red Wing senior Taylor Heise scored two goals to lead Team USA to a 6-2 victory over Canada in the preliminary round of the U18 Women's World Championship in Dmitrov, Russia on Tuesday. The win gave Team USA the top seed out of Group A and a bye to the semifinals. Five different players scored for Team USA against Canada, including five-straight to take a 6-1 lead in the second period. Heise, the team captain who was named player of the game, scored the team's fourth and fifth goals.
Third-ranked Kenyon-Wanamingo (Class A) placed 10th at the Rick Lee Duals in Bemidji on Saturday. The Knights beat Deer River, 54-22, to open the tournament on Friday, before consecutive defeats to Bemidji (38-29) and Detroit Lakes (39-28). On Saturday, K-W beat Bloomington Kennedy (57-22) and Moorhead (63-9) before dropping its final bout, 34-33, to Big Lake.
Tuesday Z-M 65, Dover-Eyota 57 Down five at halftime, Zumbrota-Mazeppa outscored Dover-Eyota 39-26 in the final 18 minutes for a 65-57 non-conference win on Tuesday. Jacob Niebuhr neared a triple-double, scoring 23 points on 10 of 17 shooting to go with 11 rebounds (six offensive) and seven steals. He also had four assists for the Cougars. Willy Heitman hit all three of Z-M's 3-pointers in an 13-point outing, and Zach Hutton finished with 11 points in the victory.
Rochester Century maintained its perfect record in the Big Nine Conference with Thursday's 3-0 win over Red Wing. The Panthers, unbeaten in four league games, got first-period goals from Nick Aney and Lyncoln Bielenberg-Howarth while piling up 19 shots on goal. Connor Olson scored 32 seconds into the second before the Wingers found their defensive game, allowing 13 shots on goal the rest of the way. Zach Harding stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced in the loss, while Jackson Killinger was tested only 15 times in the shutout.
Six pins led Lake City to a 43-22 victory over Cannon Falls on Thursday. Luke Skifton (126 pounds), Tanner Frank (132) and Harold Schumacher (138) turned a 10-4 deficit into a 22-10 lead for the Tigers, then Frank Thomas (160) and Max Balow (170) put the dual out of reach. Ivan Vargas (220) got the final fall for Lake City in between double forfeits at 195 and 285. Cannon Falls' Cooper Peterson (120) and Peter Fitterer (145) also won by fall.
The holiday break took a toll on Red Wing, but the Wingers still managed a conference win in Rochester on Tuesday. A season-low score of 122.55 from Red Wing beat Rochester John Marshall's 118.15, but was behind both Rochester Mayo (127.925) and Rochester Century (132.725). “The girls were flat after the holiday break with many falls on all four events, something we haven’t seen from them in the past,” said Winger head coach Lisa Hanson.
Thursday Goodhue 60, K-W 33 Riley Dummer had the 3-pointers falling, helping Kenyon-Wanamingo get an early lead. But eventually, the defense of second-ranked (Class A) Goodhue was too much to thwart as the Wildcats won Thursday's Hiawatha Valley League game 60-33. Arianna Thomforde led Goodhue in scoring with 16 points while Sydney Lodermeier came up with 10 points and five rebounds. Both Lexie Lodermeier and Emily Benrud finished the game with eight points and five rebounds.
Red Wing swimmers Willie Meacham and Ian Johnson picked up strong wins for the boys' swimming and diving team in a 91-77 Big Nine Conference loss to Winona Thursday at Twin Bluff Middle School. Meacham put forth a season-best time in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.21 seconds. He also finished second in the 200 individual medley at 2:11.01. Then in the 100 backstroke, Johnson snuck by a Winona swimmer for a first-place finish at 1:01.44.