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OKABENA — In an evenly-played high school girls’ basketball game Saturday evening, the visiting Austin Packers utilized a couple of well-executed transition field goals and several clutch free throws to hold off a strong late-game rally by the hosting Heron Lake-Okabena Wildcats. Austin came out of top, 64-59, as the Class AAA Packers won their third consecutive game and improved to 4-7 for the season (3-5 Big Nine Conference). HL-O, which lost for the third time in its last four games, dropped to 5-3 overall, but the Wildcats are a perfect 3-0 the Red Rock Conference. Austin, which overcam
MARSHALL — Pipestone Area picked up the big upset over Marshall Friday night in Big South boys basketball action, 76-71. Collin Moeller led the Arrows with 24 points. Dominic Freese and Brayden Baartman each added 14 while Boyer Bouman dropped 11 in his first game of the season, returning from injury. Connor Winkelman led Marshall with 30 points. Jordan Schroeder added 12. Pipestone handed Marshall only its second loss of the season and its first in conference.
WINDOM — After scoring just 15 points in the first half and falling behind 20-15 at halftime, Windom Area outscored Luverne 32-18 in the second half to earn a 47-38 girls basketball victory Friday night. Madison Maras scored 20 points, Leigh Hanefeld scored 12 and Jasmine Carlson had 10 to pace the Eagles, who hit 21 of 30 free throws for the game and 14 of 20 in the second half. Turnovers and poor shooting plagued both teams in the first half, but Windom Area began to hit its jump shots after intermission while playing better defensively. Morgan Haugen scored 20 points for the Cardinals.
LAKE CRYSTAL — In a battle of state-ranked Class A wrestling teams, No. 5 Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial defeated No. 6 Jackson County Central 44-25 Tuesday night.
WINDOM — The scoring duo of Madison Maras and Jasmine Carlson proved to be just enough for the Windom Area Eagles to outlast a strong night from Adrian’s Elizabeth Thier in girls basketball play Tuesday. Maras scored 22 for Windom while Carlson added 21 as the Eagles won 59-55. The difference maker was the charity stripe where Windom Area was a solid 19-25. Thier led all scorers with 34. Windom picked up the ever elusive first victory and it will take on Luverne on Friday. Adrian 26 55 Windom Area 28 59 SWC 72, PA 41 EDGERTON — Southwest Minnesota Christian continued i
HILLS — Hills-Beaver Creek picked up a solid Red Rock Conference boys basketball victory over Southwest Minnesota Christian Tuesday night, 61-52. Carey Taubert led the Patriots with 23 points and seven rebounds. Zach Scholten added 10 points and seven boards. Luke Nibbelink scored 17 for Southwest Christian while Dayton Van Hulzen tallied 11. H-BC is now 5-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
ROCHESTER — The competition is fierce at the Clash High School Wrestling Tournament in Rochester, and two of southwest Minnesota’s top teams locked horns with some of the top teams from around the nation in the two-day event. Jackson County Central, which on Friday lost to an outstanding Bound Brook team 36-33, beat Mediapolis 39-32 and lost 42-33 to Prior Lake in a fifth-place Bracket C match, dropped a tight one to Cedar Rapids Jefferson 40-36 on Saturday.
FAIRMONT — Jackson County Central couldn’t quite overcome a red hot Fairmont squad Saturday when it dropped a 58-53 Big South Conference battle. The Cardinals built a big lead when they hit 7-of-8 from three-point range to start the game. Huskies head coach Trent Sukalski said his team battled back, getting to within one possession several times in the second half. The problem for JCC, he said, was finishing around the rim. “It was our fourth game of the week so maybe our legs were a little tired,” he said. “We missed about layups where we just left them on the rim or they rolled off.
SIOUX FALLS, SD — Southwest Minnesota Christian couldn’t “shake off the cobwebs” from its 10-day layoff Saturday according to head coach Denise Nerem. Still, the Eagles had a chance at the end. But a turnover with less than six seconds left spelled their first loss of the season, a 51-50 defeat at the hands of Sioux Falls Christian. Previously unbeaten SWC battled back from a six-point deficit to make a game of it at the end. Ann Pater finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles.
LUVERNE – Andrew Verhey scored a goal and had three assists to lead the Luverne boys hockey team to an 8-1 victory against New Ulm Friday night. The Cardinals’ Jaxon Nelson and Chaz Smedsrud each scored twice for Luverne, which scored at least two goals in each period.