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BOYS HOCKEY

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Joey Malugani (three goals, one assist), Gavin Gunderson (three assists) and Lyncoln Bielenberg-Howarth (two goals, three assists) combined for 12 points as Rochester Century beat Winona 6-1 to earn an outright Big Nine Conference championship. The Panthers closed their conference season with a perfect record, 14-0-0. Century is 19-4-1 overall.

Max Cothern made 31 saves, while Mark Olson, Will Weick and Owen Holtan (first varsity goal) scored once each in Rochester Mayo's 3-2 victory at Albert Lea.

Sam Hanson and Ryan Hus scored for John Marshall, but Mankato West scored three goals in the first period in a 5-2 win against JM.

• Northfield scored five goals in the second period to earn a 6-4 come-from-behind win at Red Wing. Isaac French had a goal and an assist for the Wingers.

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BOYS BASKETBALL

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

 Jacob Daing was outstanding. The John Marshall senior knocked down seven 3-pointers and scored a game-high 36 points. But Albert Lea’s well-rounded squad wasn’t going to be denied. Javarus Mucha Owens banked 27 points, Connor Veldman added 15, Koby Hendrickson scored 12 and Chay Guen chipped in 11. Albert Lea pulled away from John Marshall in the second half for a 73-57 win.

THREE RIVERS CONFERENCE

 Lewiston-Altura picked up their 19th win of the season with a 72-42 win over Fillmore Central. Lewiston-Altura was led by Thomas Menk and Gunner Reed. Menk scored 21 points and Reed chipped in 17 points and six rebounds. Haidyn Gunderson scored 14 points for Fillmore Central.

NON-CONFERENCE

Connor Bailey (19 points), Caleb Henderson (18 points) and Carter O’Reilly (15 points) formed a three-headed monster to lead Pine Island past Plainview-Elgin-Millville 65-62. P-E-M was led by Blake Herber who scored 19 points.

Ethan Slaathaug eclipsed 1,000 career points with his 28-point performance to help Hayfield cruise past Mabel-Canton 78-49. Patrick Towey drained seven 3-pointers and scored 31 points for Hayfield. Mabel-Canton was down two starters due to sickness. Parker Ingvalson knocked down a couple treys and scored a team-high 14 points. 

Nate Heise scored 20 points and Jake Wohlers added 14 points to help Lake City nip La Crescent 59-54. La Crescent’s Luke Schwartzhoff scored 21 points. Lake City outscored La Crescent 35-28 in the second half.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

 Albert Lea knocked down 15-of-20 free throws to salt away a 53-47 win over Century. Albert Lea was led by Taya Jeffrey, who scored 22 points. Annika Veldman and Sam Skarstad both added 10 points. Kjerstin Ritz was terrific for Century. Ritz knocked down four 3-pointers and scored 18 points. Jordyn Sutton scored 14 points. Addison Clarey drained two triples.

THREE RIVERS CONFERENCE

Kandace Sikkink was exceptional, pouring in 27 points and ripping down 16 boards in Fillmore Central’s 75-50 romp over Lewiston-Altura. Lauren Mensink chipped in 18 points and five rebounds in the winning effort.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

• Anna Lash tied a Schaeffer Academy record with six 3-pointers in a single game. Lash scored a game-high 22 points, and Julianne Waggie added 19, but it wasn’t enough as Houston edged Schaeffer 51-48. Emma Geiwitz scored 20 points for Houston. 

NON-CONFERENCE

• Megan Erickson poured in 33 points - outscoring Bethlehem Academy by herself - in Randolph’s 55-26 win over Bethlehem Academy. Mercedes Huerta scored eight points for BA.

Macy Holtz poured in 21 points for Plainview-Elgin-Millville, but it wasn’t enough as Lily Welch’s brilliance (14 points) led Stewartville to a 55-44 win. Welch’s supporting cast stepped up in a big way. Keeley Steele nailed two 3-pointers and scored eight points. Haylie Strum, Kailee Malone, Jolie Stecher and Ella Waltman all chipped in six points.

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THURSDAY'S SCORES

BOYS BASKETBALL

Big Nine Conference

Albert Lea 73, John Marshall 57

Three Rivers Conference

Lewiston-Altura 72, Fillmore Central 42

Non-Conference

Pine Island 65, P-E-M 62

Hayfield 78, Mabel-Canton 49

Lake City 59, La Crescent 54

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Big Nine Conference

Albert Lea 53, Century 47

Three Rivers Conference

Fillmore Central 75, Lewiston-Altura 50

Southeast Conference

Houston 51, Schaeffer Academy 48

Non-conference

Randolph 55, Bethlehem Academy 26

Stewartville 55, P-E-M 44

BOYS HOCKEY

Big Nine Conference

Rochester Century 6, Winona 1

Rochester Mayo 3, Albert Lea 2

Mankato West 5, John Marshall 2

Northfield 6, Red Wing 4

Faribault 5, Austin 2

GIRLS HOCKEY

Section 1A championship

Lourdes 5, Faribault 1

Section 1AA championship

Farmington 4, Northfield 0

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