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week review 9/29

By Paul Christian

pchristian@postbulletin.com

Local

Junior college football

Rochester Community and Technical College celebrated its homecoming in grand style last Saturday with a 37-0 whipping of Itasca at Rochester Century High School.

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The Yellowjackets held a slim 10-0 lead late in the second quarter with Itasca driving but Clayton Davis’ second interception of the half and 46-yard return with 2.6 seconds to play halted the drive. RCTC threw a pass to the end zone on what appeared to be the last play of the half. But a pass interference call gave the Yellowjackets a final play from the Itasca 16.

Instead of going for a field goal, coach Brad LaPlante called a pass. The play worked as Henry Lau lofted a 16-yard scoring strike to Josh Frye.

The score gave RCTC a 17-0 lead. The Yellowjackets then scored on their first two possessions of the second half, both on Isaac Odim runs, to break the game open.

High school volleyball

John Marshall kept pace with the top three teams in the Big Nine Conference on Thursday, topping visiting Austin High 25-15, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23 at the JM gym.

The Rockets are 4-2 in the Big Nine Conference and 6-4 overall.

Alyssa Rushton led the Rockets with 11 kills. She added 12 digs and two aces.

Mayo overcame a slow start in the first game to sweep past winless Winona, also on Thursday. The Spartans continued their perfect run through the Big Nine with a 25-23,

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25-8, 25-10 victory. Mayo is 6-0 in league play and 13-4 overall.

Last Saturday, Mayo defeated Century,

25-21, 25-13, 25-17 and John Marshall captured its own invitational.

Goodhue lost the first game and then won the next three to topple Class AA power Stewartville in a Hiawatha Valley League showdown on Thursday. The Wildcats are now 13-0, 8-0 in the HVL. Stewartville, ranked No. 6 in Class AA, is 11-2, 7-1 in the HVL. Abbey McNamara had 12 kills for Goodhue and Ashley Lexvold had 33 set assists. Stewartville was playing without two of its top hitters.

High school boys soccer

Mayo dropped just its second Big Nine Conference game, falling 1-0 to Mankato East on Thursday.

East’s Shafi Qanyare scored the game’s lone goal with three minutes left in regulation.

The Cougars outshot Mayo 16-9.

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Mayo is 5-2-0 in the Big Nine and 9-4-0 overall. It plays host to Austin at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Lourdes got three goals from Nick Good and single ones from six other players as it hammered past Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa in Hiawatha Valley League action.

Lourdes is 5-0 in the HVL and 11-1-2 overall.

High school girls soccer

It took nine minutes for the Rochester Century girls soccer team to get is first goal. But once Lizzie Stenhaug found the net for the Panthers, Century went on a roll as it blasted Faribault 8-0 in Big Nine Conference action.

Mayo stayed perfect in the Big Nine Conference with a 7-0 win over Mankato East.

The Spartans, now 7-0 in the league and 11-2-2 overall, got two goals and an assist from Mary Grace Flesher, and two goals from Kaylee Kurth.

High school boys cross country

Rochester Mayo had four runners drop over 30 seconds off their season bests in the Mankato West Invitational: Riley Macon, Keaton Wendroth, Herbie Rosen and Dan Weinshenker.

Century seniors Shane Steele finished second, Brian Wille third and junior Josh Wold ninth at the Jim Flim Invitational last Saturday in Winona.

High school girls cross country

Molly Rea finished second (15:44) and Kelsey Torchia third (15:48) of Lourdes as it won the Zumbrota-Mazeppa/Kenyon-Wanamingo Invitational on Thursday at the Zumbrota Golf Course. Three other Lourdes runners joined Rea and Torchia in the top 10. Katie Fallon came in fifth with a time of 16:13, followed by Emily Altricher (16:21) and Stephanie Helt (16:28).

Mayo won the Mankato West Invitational thanks to a strong effort from its top six runners, four of whom ran season-best times. Coach Brett Carroll said, while the records are incomplete, he believes it’s the first time since 1993 that a Mayo girls team has won a meet. Hilary Noska led the way with a third place finish.

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