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The first-ranked Red Wing girls' basketball team topped Rochester Century 57-25 in the final game of the regular season on Monday. The Wingers built a 43-10 lead in the first half and never looked back. Winger Kyli Nelson had 12 points, while Lindsay Reps contributed 11 points. Elle Thorson and Lily Befort each led the Wingers with three steals. Befort also had a team-high six rebounds. Red Wing finished the regular season 23-2 overall and 19-2 in the Big Nine. The Wingers also won the Big Nine for the first time in school history, sharing the title with John Marshall.
The Lake City boys' basketball team won the Hiawatha Valley Conference championship over Cannon Falls 61-52 on Saturday. The Tigers (22-2, 16-0 HVL) became the second team in the HVL since the 1993-94 season to finish unbeaten in conference play. The first team to finish the season with a perfect HVL record was the 2004-05 Tigers. The Bombers forged ahead early in the first half with a string of 3-pointers. The Tigers rallied and at the half trailed 27-24.
The Goodhue wrestling team had four wrestlers compete in a Section 1A championship on Saturday, and all four qualified for the state meet. The Wildcats also had four wrestlers in third-place matches. Baxter O'Reilly (145 pounds), Kelby O'Reilly (160), Kaleb O'Reilly (170) and Kodee O'Reilly (220) each made the championship match with Kelby, Kaleb and Kodee winning a section title.
The Section 1A and 1AA individual wrestling tournaments were contested at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on Saturday, with the Section 2A tournament taking place at Blue Earth High School. Twenty area athletes qualified for the individual state tournament that will take place Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, at Xce Energy Center in St. Paul. Below is are the area Section 1A, 1AA and 2A championship and third-place results. Bolded wrestlers qualified for state. Section 1 A/AA
Defense was again key for the Red Wing girls’ basketball team in its 70-26 win over Winona on Friday. The Wingers allowed 18 points in the first half and just eight points in the second. Winger Lindsay Reps scored a game-high 18 points and had five assists. Kyli Nelson had 16 points and four 3-pointers. Dani Deming contributed 10 points, and led the team with six assists and three steals.
The Red Wing boys’ basketball team fell to Winona 85-56 on Friday night. The Wingers trailed 45-33 at the half and was unable to come back as the Winhawks outscored the Wingers 40-23 in the second half. Zach Cota scored a team-high 23 points and hit three 3-pointers. Mac Desutter had 11 points and three assists. Dayne Wojcik and Deso Buck each added six points.
After Bomber Belle Freeberg tied the game with a 3-pointer and five seconds left, Chatfield won the game in regulation with a shot at the buzzer to win 48-46 on Tuesday in a Section 1A girls' basketball play-in game. Freeberg's game-tying 3-pointer was 1 of 4 she hit on the night. Freeberg finished with a game-high 22 points for the Bombers. Bella Davisson had 11 points and Jaci Winchell added seven points. Cannon Falls ends its season 6-19 overall. Other Area Scores: Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 71, Kenyon-Wanamingo 53
The Randolph boys' basketball team rolled past Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 85-43 on Tuesday. The Rockets had four players in the double-digits. Rocket Carsyn Gunderson led the way with 25 points and seven 3-pointers. Dane Ehleringer scored 13 points and hit three 3-pointers. Joey Erickson had 12 points and Isaac Stoesz added 10 points. Randolph improved to 22-2 overall. Zumbrota-Mazeppa 79, Kenyon-Wanamingo 39 Zumbrota-Mazeppa breezed past Kenyon-Wanamingo 79-39 on Tuesday. For the Cougars, all six seniors scored on senior night.
Reid Gastner scored his 1000th career point in Lake City's 83-61 win over Red Wing in boys' basketball action on Saturday. Gastner, who led all scorers with 29 points, became the ninth Tiger to pass the career mark. Tiger Nathan Heise recorded a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Ethan Heitman added 12 points. Lake City improved to 19-2 overall. The Tigers next host Kenyon-Wanamingo on Monday, then Triton on Friday. Other Area Scores: Pine Island 48, Kenyon-Wanamingo 45
The Pine Island girls' basketball team defeated Kenyon-Wanamingo 69-63 on Saturday. Alexandra Larson led the Panthers with a team-high 24 points. Brooke Sinning tallied 16 points and Bailey Kennedy added 13 points. Pine Island finished the regular season 10-16 overall and 4-11 in the Hiawatha Valley League. K-W dropped to 7-16 overall and 2-12 in the HVL. K-W finishes the regular season on Tuesday against Waterville-Elysian-Morristown.