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Weekend sports roundup: MLA boys outlast Windom Area, area hockey teams triumph

MOUNTAIN LAKE — Mountain Lake Area’s boys basketball team remained perfect on their season with a 71-61 win Saturday over Windom Area. 

The Eagles jumped out to a 14-3 start before MLA clawed back and tied the game at 21. The Wolverines eventually claimed the lead but never were able to completely put the game away comfortably. Windom Area sliced MLA’s lead to six points in the second half, but they wouldn’t get any closer.

Cody Klassen scored 22 points for the Wolverines, Carter Kirk tacked on 15, Josh Fast put up 13 and Andrew Hempeck offered 10. Kirk had 14 boards on the outing with seven assists and seven blocks.

For Windom, Sam Huska had a game-high 23 points and Bryce Bever added 13 of his own.

Windom Area 28 61

Mountian Lake Area 37 71

SFC 72, SWC 66

EDGERTON — Sioux Falls Christian’s Brendon Reu had a jumper from the lane and a made three-pointer in the closing seconds of his team’s game at Southwest Christian.

The Chargers rallied past the Eagles for a win. Reu scored 12 points to support a 16-point game from Connor Enbers. Southwest Christian had Leighton Sampson leading all scorers with 24 points. Nate Pfeifle chipped in 14 points and Luke Nibbelink put up 13.

Southwest had a 55-53 lead midway through the second half, but a late run by Sioux Falls sealed the game.

The Eagles fell to 5-2 and will host a talented non-conference opponent from Redwood Valley Tuesday.

Sioux Falls Christian 35 72

Southwest Christian 27 66

Girls basketball

Windom 64, MLA 48

MOUNTAIN LAKE — With three players scoring in double figures, the Windom Area Eagles defeated Mountain Lake Area in non-conference play on the road.

Jasmine Carlson paced Windom with 17 points. Kelsey Hanefeld and Rachel Sorensen each posted 11. MLA sophomore Signey Stoesz put up a dozen for the Wolverines.

The Eagles made 22 free throws in the contest against an MLA team that fell cold from the field in the second half. Windom Area moved to 5-3 with the win and travels to St. James Tuesday. MLA, now 2-6, entertains Hills-Beaver Creek Friday.

Windom Area 31 64

Mountain Lake Area 27 48

Wrestling

The Clash XII Tournament

ROCHESTER — Jackson County Central picked up two masterful wins Saturday, on the second day of the Clash XII dual team tournament in Rochester.

The Huskies defeated Totino-Grace, Class AA’s No. 2-ranked team, 33-30, and beat Skutt Catholic of Omaha 40-34. The Skyhawks have won Nebraska’s state tournament 15 of the last 16 years.

JCC’s loss came to Carl Sandburg of Chicago. The Huskies gave up a fall at 152 pounds to start the dual before they would recover for two falls and a decision to go up 15-6. Carl Sandburg won by technical fall at 195 pounds and had pins at 138 and 145 that helped give them the edge.

With three teams in their pool tied at 2-1, the tiebreaker was total points scored. JCC lost out 70-67, giving first place to Skutt. Carl Sandburg was third. Totino-Grace, winless on the day, claimed fourth.

Both Paden Moore (160) and Keegan Moore (182) were unbeaten on the weekend with a multitude of pins. Paden had all six wins come by fall and Keegan pieced together five on the event. Luke Norland of JCC was one of five wrestlers to earn academic awards at the tournament.

“We needed one more win that day and we could’ve won. I guess I’m a little greedy sometimes,” JCC coach Randy Baker said with a laugh. “We could’ve wrestled better but we had some good performances.”

Adrian won the eighth bracket at The Clash with a perfect 3-0 effort in the second day of competition. The Dragons, currently ranked fourth in Class A, defeated three Iowa schools Saturday. They beat Independence 32-30, Alburnett 38-32 and Mason City 51-30.

Starting off the day with its narrow win over Independence, Adrian had major decisions in the dual earned by Chase Straw (145), Jesse Slater (170) and Tony Lynn (138). Matthew Slater (160) beat his opponent in overtime while Gavin Engelkes (285) and Skylar Hieronimus (106) both won by fall. Jesse Slater and Ryan Elias were both 5-0 on the weekend. Hieronimus was 5-1.

The Dragons had five pins in their dual against Alburnett, Iowa’s top-ranked Class 1A squad which boasts seven ranked wrestlers, and received a forfeit and disqualification against Mason City to help in that win.

“We wrestled well and got to see four Iowa schools on the weekend, one North Dakota school and one South Dakota school, so that was something different for us,” Adrian coach Gregg Nelson said. “Indepence was probably the toughest team we faced. They had some good kids. All of our guys went out and got after it.”

Adrian hosts Marshall and Fulda/MCC Tuesday night in a triangular dual meet.

Boys hockey

Windom Area 6, Becker/BL 5

PRINCETON — A go-ahead goal from Windom Area sophomore Devin Nielsen 5:48 into overtime secured his team a win over Becker/Big Lake.

Down 2-0 almost seven minutes into the second period, WA’s Ryley Epenson took a cue from Jack Mellstrom and, 8:37 into the same period, Mellstrom scored his own goal off assists from Dylan Pigman and Mitchell Macek.

Six goals were scored through the final 17 minutes of regulation. Espenson completed a hat trick, scoring two goals to start off the period. Mellstrom answered a three-goal run from Becker/Big Lake to send the game to overtime.

Windom Area improved to 5-8 on the year. The Eagles put together 39 shots in the game to Becker/Big Lake’s 38. WA hosts Redwood Valley Thursday night.

Windom Area 0 2 3 1 — 6

Becker/BL 1 1 3 0 — 5

Luverne 4, Dodge County 3

LUVERNE - Chaz Smedsrud, Jaxon Nelson and Gunnar Olson each notched goals for the Luverne Cardinals as they pulled off a come-from-behind win over Dodge County at Blue Mound Arena.

Smedsrud initially got on the board for the Cards, knotting the game at 1-1 on an assist from Nelson and Andrew Verhey 15:08 into the game. Nelson scored his goal 71 seconds later unassisted.

Dodge County tacked on two goals in the second stanza, but Luverne, now 14-0-1 on the season, returned the favor in the third.

Trailing 3-2, Luverne’s Nelson and Olson each scored in the third period and the defense clamped down to get the win.

Dodge County 1 2 0 — 3

Luverne 2 0 2 — 4

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