The Red Wing Republican Eagle covers local sports in Goodhue County and surrounding areas.
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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.
The Red Wing boys' basketball team lost in a close battle, 70-62, to Owatonna on Tuesday. The Wingers lead for a majority of the game including most of the second half. In the final 4 minutes, 56 seconds of the game, Owatonna went on a 13-3 run to pull ahead for the win. Carson Nystuen had 19 points for Red Wing and made 5 of 9 from behind the arc. Deso Buck dropped 12 points, while Zach Cota added 11 points. Red Wing fell to 0-6 overall.
The Red Wing girls' basketball team's four-game win streak ended with a 69-66 overtime loss to Rochester John Marshall on Friday. With the focus on rebounding after the win over Owatonna, Red Wing outrebounded John Marshall 44-25, but it wasn't enough. The Wingers held a 30-27 lead after the first half. John Marshall outscored Red Wing 32-29 in the second half, and again in overtime, 10-7.
The Red Wing boys' swimming team fell to Mankato West on Thursday, 94-77. Red Wing finished in first in three events and second in several others. The relay team of Ian Johnson, Nick Bayley, Abe De Jong and Jayden Jech finished first in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. De Jong finished first in the 1 meter dive with 187.45 score. Caleb Korder finished in second behind De Jong with a score of 137.30. Bayley took second in the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke. Jech finished second in the 500 freestyle.
Amber DeLong and Abbie DeLong carried St. Croix Valley Fusion to a 8-2 victory over Red Wing in girls' hockey action on Tuesday. Amber and Abbie each recorded a hat trick. Amber scored once in the first period and twice in the second, and Abbie scored twice in the first period and once in the second period. Both of Red Wing's goals were netted by Eliza DiNatale. DiNatale found the back of the net at 11 minutes, 30 seconds in the first period and at 1:18 in the second period. Margaret Grove assisted on DiNatale's second goal. The Wingers fell to 4-8 overall.
All-Area Football Team (In alphabetical order) Logan Andrist (sr. TE), Pine Island All-District 34 rec 618 yds 7 TD, 1 KR TD From head coach John Stapleton: "Logan is a tremendous player after the catch who refused to be brought down in the open field." Jacob Bennett (sr. RB/LB), Zumbrota-Mazeppa Minnesota All-Star, All-Section, All-District, Team Offensive MVP 116 carries, 465 yards 8 TD, 1 KR TD, 51 tackles, 2 FR