BREAKING: Owatonna wrestlers win Big Nine title

Owatonna High School girls basketball coach Lindsey Hugstad-Vaa figured Tuesday's game with Winona would be closer than the 31-point OHS victory on the road earlier this season. She felt Winona would make some adjustments. The Winhawks, playing for the first time since February 19, came through with an inspired performance, but Owatonna still won 57-50.

Trailing 8-4 Owatonna went on a 12-1 run but any thoughts of a blowout were dashed by the three-point shooting of the Winhawks who hit a staggering nine treys and hardly missed from outside the arc. The Huskies never trailed after that outburst, but Winona got within one point several times through the rest of the game.

Lexi Mendenhall powered Owatonna with 21 points and about 15 rebounds. Sarah Kingland added 20. She had a couple of quick fouls called against her, but didn't pick up a third until late in the game.

OHS (5-8) plays at Rochester John Marshall (5-5) Friday, March 5 at 7:30 pm with coverage on Kat Kountry 105FM. The game is a potential playoff preview of two teams fighting for the fourth seed in Section 1-4A.

The Owatonna boys basketball squad had another high-octane performance beating Winona 88-67, the fourth time the Huskies have scored 80 or more points. Brayden Williams scored 25. Evan Duchek added 22. Ty Creger scored 19. Lincoln Maher went for ten with seven rebounds. OHS forced 19 turnovers and drilled nine three-pointers.

The boys b-squad won 57-38. The junior varsity won 53-44. The Huskies host the Rockets Friday night at 7:30 pm with coverage on AM 1390 KRFO, now simulcasting at 94.7 FM.

OHS girls hockey sailed past Winona 13-0 at Bud King Arena. Samantha Bogen scored five goals. Ezra Oien had two goals and four assists. Olivia Herzog and Abby Vetsch each had four assists. Ava Wolfe made six saves for her sixth shutout on the season. Owatonna snapped off 57 shots on net.

The Huskies host Northfield Thursday, March 4. While the game doesn't count in the Big Nine standings, it has Section 1AA playoff seeding implications.

The Huskies boys hockey team got on the board 24 seconds into their game at Albert Lea and won 6-3. Dom Valento scored that opening goal and added an empty netter with a little over a minute to go. He assisted on three other goals. Aaron Bangs had a goal and two assists.

Owatonna plays at Northfield Thursday at 7:15 pm with radio coverage on Kat Kountry 105 FM and on the free app.

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