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Down 2-1 after the first period, Red Wing was very much in the game. However, ill-timed penalties and a shorthanded goal for Albert Lea put hopes of a comeback on ice as the Wingers fell 4-1 on Thursday. To be down 2-1 heading into the first intermission was a testament to Red Wing goalie Aidan Coyle. Albert Lea used its speed to generate chances offensively. By the end of one, Albert Lea led 17-4 in shots on net. Despite what the shots said, Red Wing head coach Tony Casci said it was the team's best period.
The Red Wing gymnastics team fell to Owatonna, 145.625-128.05, on Thursday. The Wingers had two strong events and a couple of young gymnasts attain personal-best scores, but it wasn't enough to challenge Owatonna on the scoreboard. "We had several individuals perform well last night," said Red Wing head coach Lisa Hanson, "but too many falls on beam and breaks in routine on bars caused us to struggle to get the score we wanted."
Saturday, Jan. 5 Boys Basketball: Spring Grove at Cannon Falls, 4 p.m. Kenyon-Wanamingo at Triton Invitational, TBD Girls Basketball: Spring Grove at Cannon Falls, 6:15 p.m. Boys Hockey: Red Wing at North St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.
Red Wing defeated Kasson-Mantorville, 62-46, in the Winona State Holiday Shootout on Saturday. The Wingers used a balanced scoring attack and outshot K-M 42 to 25 percent. Kyli Nelson led the Red Wing offense with 18 points, hitting a team-high four 3-pointers. Sydnee Nelson had nine points and Lindsay Reps added seven points. The Wingers improved to 9-2 overall. Friday The eighth-ranked Red Wing girls' basketball team took down second-ranked Waseca, 51-44, at the Winona State Holiday Shootout on Friday.
In a battle of two top-10 ranked teams, the Lake City boys' basketball team came out on top. No. 5 (Class AA) Lake City defeated No. 3 (Class 3A) Mahtomedi 71-58 on Thursday in the first round of the Rochester Rotary Tournament. Lake City was propelled by Reid Gastner and Nathan Heise. Gastner recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Heise had a double-double, his fourth of the season, with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Heise also hit seven 3-pointers. Zumbrota-Mazeppa 75, Lyle/Austin Pacelli 45
Goodhue cruised to a win in the first game of its own holiday tournament on Thursday, winning 80-29 over Wabasha-Kellogg. The Wildcats continued to do what they have has done all season, win with balanced scoring and build a lead with a suffocating defense. Twelve of 13 players scored for Goodhue. Arianna Thomforde led the Wildcats with 17 points. Lexie Lodermeier had 13 points and eight rebounds, while Torrie Rehder added 10 points. Other Area Scores: Randolph 65, Trinity School 25 South St. Paul 61, Cannon Falls 51
The Red Wing gymnastics team won its home opener, 131.4-127.125, over Winona on Dec. 21, while recording many personal bests in the process. "Several of our girls were competing new, bigger skills tonight which went really well," said Red Wing head coach Lisa Hanson. "Those skills are going to get better and better as the season goes on. The meet was very close at the halfway point, Winona beating us by 0.2. We are able to stay on the beam more than they were and nailed our floor to walk away with the win."
In a battle of two ranked wrestling teams, Zumbrota-Mazeppa came out on top. The seventh-ranked Cougars won 36-31 over the eighth-ranked Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights on Thursday. Z-M jumped out to an early lead, winning the first three matches. The two teams went back-and-forth from there as Michael Majerus (120) won by pin for the Cougars, but K-W answered with a win by pin from Alec Johnson (132) two matches later. Seth Brossard (152) grabbed a win by pin for K-W and Tyler Soltau (160) followed up with a win by pin of his own for Z-M.
The Lake City boys' basketball team won 61-42 over Rochester Lourdes on Tuesday. Nathan Heise carried the Tigers offensively with his third double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Reid Gastner had 14 points and Josh Matanich added 10 points. Lake City improved to 6-1 overall. Other Area Scores: Cannon Falls 71, Triton 50 Zumbrota-Mazeppa 48, Goodhue 38 Pine Island 71, Stewartville 59 Hayfield 79, Kenyon-Wanamingo 35
The Goodhue girls' basketball team extended its win streak to seven games with a 66-53 victory over Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Tuesday. The Wildcats led 31-27 at halftime and continued to expand its lead in the second half. Goodhue moved the ball around and got everyone involved in the offense. In the second half, the Wildcats' offense helped extend the lead with some key 3-pointers.