Boys basketball

Waseca 83, Fairmont 46

The Bluejays remained undefeated after throttling the Cardinals (4-4, 2-3) last Friday night.

Waseca, widely considered to be among the favorites to win the Class 2A title this spring, has outscored their opponents by an average of 31.8 points per game this season.

Waseca 99, New Ulm 61

Waseca continued their run of dominance Tuesday evening against the Eagles (4-5, 2-4 Big South Conference), improving their record to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play.

“It was a very physical game throughout much of the game,” Waseca coach Seth Anderson said. “I really appreciate how hard New Ulm plays. They might be favored in the conference next year with all the really talented young kids they have playing and they can all shoot the three well. We played a decent game. I like the way we shared the ball and hit the open guy. I would like to see us rebound the ball stronger and better.”

The Big Three of Ryan Dufault (30 points, six assists), Andrew Morgan (24 points, 14 rebounds), and Kyreese Willingham (19 points, six rebounds, four assists) led the way for the Bluejays, who largely functioned uninhibited all night. Zach Hoehn (9), Dravyn Spies (6), Collin Dufault (3), Shaun Hulscher (3), Tave Ball (2), Elijah Breck (2), and Max Gaytko (1) also scored.

Waseca returns to play on Friday, Feb. 19 when they will take on the St. James Area Cardinals (2-8, 0-5). The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Waseca.

Hayfield 69, NRHEG 48

The Panthers fell to a good Hayfield Vikings team (7-3, 6-2) last Friday night, due in large part to a poor second half.

NRHEG’s defense carried them to a strong start, taking a 24-22 lead into halftime. However, a 35% field goal percentage by the Panthers kept the Vikings close.

“I thought we played good defense to hold them to 22 points in the half considering they average around 70 points a game,” NRHEG coach Isaiah Lundberg said.

Hayfield came alive in the second half — fueled by Ethan Slauthaag, one of the more dynamic scorers in southern Minnesota — and, coupled with turnover problems by NRHEG, propelled them to victory.

“The second half didn’t start so well as we turned the ball over a few times and they came down and hit some shots,” Lundberg said. “[They] got to the rim to easy and made those and even a few and-one attempts. We just never got into any flow on offense in the second half and we never could string any stops together to get the game closer than 14 at one point.

Porter Peterson (17) led the Panthers in scoring with Kordell Schlaak (13) the only other NRHEG player to score in double figures. Also scoring were Jack Olson (8), Jaxon Beck (4), Ashton Johnson (4), and Daxter Lee (3).

St. James 67, NRHEG 60

A strong second half was not enough to make up for a lackluster first as the Panters fell to 3-7 overall following their loss to the Cardinals (2-8, 0-5 Big South Conference) Monday night. The loss is the Panthers second in a row following three wins in four games.

“We started the first half out a little on the slow side. Offensively we got good looks, I thought, versus their zone and just couldn’t make enough of them,” NRHEG coach Isaiah Lundberg said. “The start of the second half didn’t start very good for us and they pushed the lead to about 20 at one time. And then we had a dramatic shift in how we shot and played. I credit my guys for keeping on battling and not quitting as we got the game to four with a minute and a half left at 63-59 after we started forcing turnovers and hitting shots. In the end though, we couldn’t string two stops together to tie the game and they made free throws and got some layups while we pressed.”

Lee led the Panthers in scoring with 21 while Schlaak added 17. Peterson (7), Olson (6), Johnson (5), and Beck (4) also scored.

The Panthers resume Gopher Conference action on Friday, Feb. 19 when they go up against Maple River (8-1, 7-0) in Mapleton. Tip is set for 7:15 p.m.

St. Clair 92, JWP 26

JWP 56, Immanuel Lutheran 44

The Bulldogs (4-6, 2-6 Valley Conference) picked up their fourth win of the season Tuesday night taking down the Trojans in convincing fashion.

“It was nice to pick up a win,” JWP coach Nick James said. “Defensively we did a great job causing turnovers and scoring in transition.”

JWP led by as many as 18 points, propelled by getting to the free throw line 15 times and forcing Immanuel Lutheran to cough up the ball on 24 occasions. The Bulldogs converted on seven of 27 3-point attempts and finished with 24 points in the paint.

Landon Dimler led all scorers with 20 points while Memphis James finished with 19. Karson Lindsay (9), Kaden Johnson (3), Cody Quast (2), Jacob Cahill (2), and Eli Blaisdell (1) also scored.

The Bulldogs will return to action on Friday, Feb. 19 against Mankato Loyola (8-1, 6-1) in Janesville. Tip is set for 7:15 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Waseca 40, Fairmont 35

The Bluejays avenged their 3-point loss to the Cardinals (4-4, 2-3) earlier in the season last Friday. Waseca has now won four of their last six games and sit in second place in the conference standings behind St. Peter (7-2, 6-0).

Hayfield 60, NRHEG 50

The Panthers fell in a back-and-forth affair with the Vikings (7-2, 5-1) last Friday night.

“Tonight was a game of runs; unfortunately, Hayfield pulled away when we needed to,” NRHEG coach Onika Peterson said. “We had improved from Blooming Prairie on Tuesday. Looking to get better every day and hopefully playing our best come playoff time.”

Sophie Stork led the Panthers with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Sidney Schultz (9), Hallie Schultz (6), Faith Nielsen (5), Erin Jacobson (4), Kendall Johnson (2), and Sarah George (2) also scored.

NRHEG 57, Blue Earth Area 45

NRHEG’s losing streak ended at two games as they defeated the Buccaneers (2-6, 1-3 Big South Conference) Tuesday night. The Panthers are now 4-6 overall and 2-5 in Gopher Conference play.

“Great team win. We continue to make progress every game,” Peterson said.

NRHEG employed a balanced offensive attack — six girls scored at least six points on the night — and were strong on the glass, brining down 37 boards.

Nielsen led the Panthers in scoring with 11 while Sidney Schultz added 10. Jacobson (8), Johnson (8), Stork (7), Rhys Martin (6), Hallie Schultz (3), George (2), and Andy Briggs (2) also scored.

The Panthers will return to action on Friday, Feb. 19 against Maple River (4-5, 3-4). The Eagles took the first meeting 60-58.

Nicollet 61, JWP 34

The Bulldogs suffered a tough loss last Thursday night, falling to a good Nicollet (5-4, 4-3) squad.

Mara Richardson led JWP in scoring with 10 points, while Alexa Cords added eight. Emma Johnson (6), Raegan Berndt (4), Emily Bengston (3), and Dani Gerdts (3) registered points as well.

Alden-Gonger 46, JWP 38

The Bulldogs (1-6, 1-6 Valley Conference) lost a tight one to the Knights (1-5, 1-5) Monday night.

Hailie Wheelock led JWP in scoring with 14 while Cords (8), Bengston (6), Johnson (4), Gerdts (2), Richardson (2), and Berndt (2) added points of their own.

The Bulldogs will look to get on the winning track on Thursday, Feb. 18 when they take on Martin County West (6-3, 4-3) in Janesville. The game will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Boys Hockey

Waseca 5, Minnesota River 4 OT

The Bluejays earned a huge win against the Bulldogs last Thursday night.

Sophomore Kyle Ahlschlager scored his 19th and 20th goals early in the first period, getting Waseca out to a commanding 2-0 lead. However, that lead would not last as Minnesota River would score the next three goals and take their 3-2 lead into the third period.

Goals by Leo Harguth and Griffen Krautkramer would once again tilt the game into the Bluejays’ favor, but a Minnesota River goal with approximately 10 minutes remaining in the final frame knotted the game back up.

Charlie Huttemier — who also had two assists on the night — would ultimately send everyone home with a goal six minutes into the overtime period.

Minnesota River 7, Waseca 1

The Bulldogs (8-2, 7-2 Big South Conference) avenged their overtime loss in commanding fashion Tuesday night, dictating the pace of play from puck drop. With the loss, the Bluejays (7-3, 7-3) find themselves in a three-way tie for first place in the Big South Conference with Minnesota River and New Ulm at 14 points apiece.

Waseca was outshot 31-21 in the contest and were unable to capitalize on any of their five power play opportunities. Krautkramer scored the sole goal for the Bluejays — his sixth of the season — knotting the game at 1-1 a little over four minutes into the game. However, Minnesota River would add two more goals in the first period and four in the third to seal the win.

The Bluejays will look to get back on the winning track on Friday, Feb. 19 when they take on the Luverne Cardinals (3-6, 3-4) in Luverne. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m.

Waseca Squirt B

Submission from Waseca native Angie Wilson (lightly edited for clarity):

“Waseca’s Squirt B hockey team traveled to Luverne for a tournament. Winning all four games, the boys played Buffalo for the championship and won 5-2. The boys played as a team. Their passing game, communication on the ice, defense, ability to cover for each other, and transition during the game along with the coaching won the tournament. Waseca’s goalie Wyatt Bartz had his first shutout against Windom. Congratulations Squirt B!”

Girls hockey

Minnesota River 12, Waseca 0

Minnesota River 7, Waseca 2

The Bulldogs (5-4, 5-2 Big South Conference) proved to be too much for the Bluejays (0-9, 0-8) in their two meetings over the last week.

Minnesota River outshot Waseca 70-48 overall. Cecilia Huttemier scored both goals for Waseca, pushing her total to three on the season. Izabella Slechta and Jacklynn Jevning contributed assists, giving them two and three total, respectively.

The Bluejays face off against the Luverne Cardinals (7-2, 5-0) in Windom on Friday, Feb. 19. The game will begin at 7 p.m.

Wrestling

Luverne Triangular

Waseca 54, Luverne 18

John Feely (106; fall), Kaden Johnson (113; tech fall), and Mason Gehloff (120; 15-4 major decision) opened the evening’s festivities with back-to-back-to-back wins that were followed by three consecutive forfeits by Luverne. The 34-0 lead would prove insurmountable for the Cardinals who only able to pry away four matches from the Bluejays.

Christian Rodriguez (152; 8-5 decision) and Payton Garza (182; fall) would also earn victories.

Waseca 48, Pipestone 24

The Arrows were also unable to provide much in the way of resistance for the Bluejays, who won nine matches in the dual.

Johnson (fall), Gehloff (7-3 decision), Rodriguez (7-3 decision), and Garza (fall) all improved to 2-0 on the night with wins in their respective weight-classes. Luke Osweiler (132) also notched a win.

Waseca Triangular

Waseca 51, Windom 30

The Bluejays extended their win streak to seven Tuesday night, defeating the Cobras in convincing fashion.

Feely (fall) and Johnson (6-4 decision) began the evening with back-to-back victories, giving Waseca a 9-0 lead. Wins by Gehloff (fall) and Oliver O’Brien (145; fall) and a Windom forfeit in the 152-pound weight-class put the Bluejays back on top 27-18 and falls forced by Carter Ellis (170) and Garza sealed the victory.

TMB/WWG 40, Waseca 30

Waseca’s run came to an end in the final dual of the night against the Panthers. They are now 9-9 overall and 1-3 in the Big South Conference

The Bluejays started up 21-0 following wins by Feeley (8-7 decision), Johnson (fall), Gehloff (fall), and Osweiler (fall). However, their inability to force any additional falls and a 30-0 run by TMB/WWG to end the dual sunk Waseca in the end.

O’Brien (6-1 decision), Rodriguez (3-0 decision), and Jenaro Delgado (285; 10-4 decision) each added victories.

The Bluejays will return to the mat on Thursday, Feb. 18 against Blue Earth Area and Fairmont in Fairmont. Duals begin at 5 p.m.

Medford Triangular

Goodhue 68, WEM/JWP 10

The Buccaneers fell to a good Wildcats team (12-3) Thursday evening.

Earning wins for WEM/JWP were Carson Petty (106) by 8-0 major decision and Kurtis Crosby (182) by fall.

Medford 54, WEM/JWP 20

The Tigers came out on top in their battle with the Buccaneers Thursday evening, winning eight matches by fall.

WEM/JWP’s Petty (106) opened the dual with a win by technical fall earning five points; it was his second victory of the night.

However, Medford would take 48 of the next 54 points — their only loss coming by way of forfeit in the 132-lb weight-class bout — with wins by Tommy Elwood (113), Jack Meyer (120), Kaden Harfmann (126), Kael Neumann (138), Preston McCarty (145), Garron Hoffman (152), Tate Hermes (160), and Josiah Hedensten (170). Gavin Hermes (285) would also pick up a win for the Tigers to end the dual.

Like Petty, Crosby (182) would also come out victorious his second match of the night, winning by 9-2 decision.

WEM/JWP (2-7) will resume wrestling on Thursday, Feb. 18 in a triangular with Westfield and St. Clair. The duals will take place at WEM High School and begin at 5 p.m.

Madelia Triangular

NRHEG 24, Medelia/T/ML 16

The Panthers won a tight contest with the Jayhawks to open their night on Tuesday. Parker Bunn (120; fall) and Annabelle Petsinger (126; fall) put NRHEG up 12-0 to start the night, but Medelia responded with a 16-0 run to put them ahead. However, a win by fall by Thor Routh (160) put the Panthers back in the lead and ultimately clinched the victory; they added six additional points by forfeit in the 285-pound weight-class.

NRHEG 51, St. James 24

NRHEG added yet another win against the Cardinals, pushing their record to 6-8 overall on the season.

Petsinger notched her second win of the night by 11-4 decision and Aidan Schlaak (132) soon followed with a win by fall. However, the Panthers trailed by as much as 24-9 at one point.

Wins by Clay Stenzel (152; fall), Routh (fall), and George Roesler (170; fall) put NRHEG back on top 27-24, a lead they would ultimately not surrender. Max Seltun (195; fall) would also add a win.

The Panthers resume action on Thursday, Feb. 18 against Medford at NRHEG High School. The dual will begin at 7 p.m.

Reach Regional Sports Editor Lucas Seehafer at 507-444-2375. © Copyright 2021 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

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