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Area roundup: Sleepy Eye girls defeat Rabbits, O’Connor scores four goals for New Ulm girls in win

Girls’ Basketball

Sleepy Eye 66, Wabasso 51

WABASSO — Sleepy Eye defeated Wabasso 66-51 on Thursday in Tomahawk Conference girls’ basketball action.

The Indians were led by Kadence Hesse’s 24 points, 12 rebounds and four steals, while Kaydince Thoms added 15 points and five rebounds. Also for Sleepy Eye, Brea Mertz had 9 points and seven rebounds, while Brooklyn Moldan added 9 points.

Wabasso was led by Sarah Franta’s 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while Kelsey Fischer added 9 points.

Sleepy Eye (8-6, 7-5) hosts Sibley East on Saturday, while Wabasso (8-6, 7-6) is at Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Friday.

Nicollet/Loyola 69, AC/GE 59

NICOLLET — Nicollet/Loyola defeated Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons on Thursday night in Valley Conference girls’ basketball action.

Nicollet was led by Marah Hulke’s 22 points, while Hayley Selby added 15 points and Josi Hansen added 13 points.

AC/GE senior Abbie Theusch scores her 2,000th career point in the game and finished with 28 points.

Nicollet (7-8, 6-7) travels to take on Martin County West on Saturday.

Boys’ Basketball

MCW 56, Nicollet 44

NICOLLET — Martin County West took down Nicollet 56-44 on Thursday night in a Valley Conference boys’ basketball game.

Nicollet was led by Shane Stevenson’s 21 points, while Riley Mans added 9 points and Collin Bode chipped in 8.

Nicollet (7-8, 5-6) host LeSuer-Henderson on Monday.

Girls’ Hockey

New Ulm 7, Worthington 0

WORTHINGTON — New Ulm blanked Worthington 7-0 on Thursday night in Big South Conference girls’ hockey action.

Maddi O’Connor led the Eagles with four goals and added an assist. Julia Helget scored two goals and had three assists for New Ulm, while McKenna Strong added a goal and an assist. Ava Brennan got the win in net with seven saves.

Prep Wrestling

NUA 31, NLS 28

NEW LONDON — New Ulm Area defeated New London-Spicer 31-28 on Thursday night prep wrestling action.

NUA got wins from Parker Lamm (pin), Marqavion Haefner (dec.), Ty Frederick (dec.), Aaron Kauffmann (dec.), Dylen Carreon (dec.), Cole Ranweiler (fall) and Caleb Arndt (fall).

Minneota 57, Springfield 24

Springfield 54, Madelia 18

Minneota 76, Madelia 3

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield hosted Minneota and Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther on Thursday night for a prep wrestling triangular and went 1-1 on the night.

Madelia went 0-2 on the night.

For the Tigers, Joe Anderson, Ashtin Johnson, Kadin Johnson and Shane Clemon all went unbeaten on Thursday.

For Madelia, Jake Lehman got a decision win over Minneota’s Eli Gruenes. Against Springfield, Madelia got wins from Noel Davila, Lehman and Logan Slater.

DB/LQP/M 64, Wabasso 15

TMB/WWG 57, Wabasso 12

MADISON — Wabasso dropped a pair of duals on Thursday to Dawson-Boyd/Lac Qui Parle/Montevideo United and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove.

Going 2-0 on the night for Wabasso was Hunter Taylor, who had a pair of pins. Chase Irlbeck, Sam Welch, Gabe Martin and Tyler Bliss also each got a win for Wabasso on Thursday.

Women’s Basketball

BLC 75, MLC 64

MANKATO — The Martin Luther College women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 75-64 defeat at Bethany Lutheran College (BLC) in the first round of the UMAC Postseason Tournament on Thursday.

Erika Gosch had a career-high 23 points for MLC, while Emily Witkowski added 15 points and five assists in her final game for the Knights. Anna Treder and Emma Nelson combined for 17 rebounds down low.

Witkowski finished her career with 1,025 points, good for fourth place in program history.

The Knights finished the season with a 3-10 record following the loss. BLC improved to 7-1 with the win, and advanced to Saturday’s semifinal round of the UMAC Postseason Tournament.

Men’s Basketball

Northwestern 71, MLC 60

ST. PAUL — The Martin Luther College men’s basketball team fought throughout the game, but could not overtake second-seed Northwestern in a 71-60 defeat in Thursday’s opening round of the UMAC Postseason Tournament.

Jack Heichelbech finished as the Knights’ leading scorer with 15 points. Joseph Hirsch joined him in double figures with 14 points, while Caleb Westra grabbed a team-high seven rebounds

MLC finished its season with a 2-11 record following the loss. UNW improved to 11-3 on the season with the win, and advanced to Saturday’s semi-final round of the tournament.

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