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High school highlights for Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023

Top performances for area high school players.

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BOYS HOCKEY

SECTION 1AA QUARTERFINALS

Jack Billings scored 2:49 into the second overtime to lift fifth-seeded Rochester Century to a 5-4 win against fourth-seeded Hastings at Hastings Civic Arena. Cole Rocholl made 28 saves for the Panthers, while T.J. Gibson recorded a hat trick — scoring all three of his goals on power plays — while Jonah Ottman and Aiden Emerich had three assists each. Century will face top-seeded Lakeville South at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in a section semifinal game.

Nick Weick had a 17-save shutout, and Cohen Ruskell and Sam Jacobson had a goal and an assist each as second-seeded Mayo beat rival John Marshall 4-0 at Graham Arena I. Alec McBane and Mason Leimbek also scored for the Spartans in the 128th all-time meeting between the rivals (10th in the postseason). Mayo leads the all-time series 68-59-1, and holds a 7-3 advantage in postseason games. Cody Vlasaty was outstanding in his final game as a Rocket, making 44 saves in goal.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

SECTION 1AA FIRST ROUND

• No. 5-seed Plainivew-Elgin-MIllville got past No. 12 Blooming Prairie 58-46 as it had six players score at least seven points, led by Abigail O’Reilly with 13. Macy Lembke had 13 for Blooming Prairie.

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• Top seed Goodhue blasted No. 16 Pine Island 77-21, assuming a 51-12 halftime lead. The Wildcats had 13 players score. Tori Miller had 15 points.

• No. 6 seed Lake City grabbed a 10-point halftime lead and then beat No. 11 Triton 56-46. Jacey Majerus had 16 points for the Tigers and Ella Matzke had 13.

• Winona Cotter tamed what had been a hot St. Charles team, winning 49-34. The fourth-seeded Ramblers got another great game from sophomore Clarissa Sauer with 26 points and 15 rebounds. The 13th-seeded Saints were paced by star guard Makadyn Gust with 16 points.

• No. 10 seed Dover-Eyota upset No. 7 Chatfield, riding a 20-point night by Madi Mullikin to win 64-53. Miranda Palmby added 14. Evy Goldsmith had 16 points for the Gophers and Kara Goetzinger.

SECTION 1A SECOND ROUND

• No. 8 seed Fillmore Central held No. 9 Houston to 15 first-half points and went on to a 53-41 win. Madison Simon led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds. Alyssa Britton had 13 points and eight rebounds.

• No. 2 seed Grand Meadow was way too much for No. 15 Schaeffer Academy, winning 60-29. The Superlarks, who are ranked No. 9 in the state, upped their record to 25-2. Lexy Foster led the way with 23 points and nine rebounds. Lauren Queensland had 13 points. Schaeffer was led by Katie Friese with 18 points.

• No. 5-ranked and top-seed Hayfield blasted LeRoy-Ostrander 93-39 as 13 players scored for the Vikings. Natalie Beaver led the way with 17 points. Kristen Watson added 16. L-O’s Jordan Runde led all scorers with 23 points, putting her over 1,000 points for her career.

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Anika Reiland exploded for 24 points and No. 5 seed Kingsland ran off with an easy 64-49 win over No. 12 Spring Grove. Chantle Reiland and Katelyn Hauser added 12 points apiece. Kylie Hammel had 19 points and hit three 3-pointers for the Lions.

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