Last week’s Cannon Falls Bombers and Randolph Rockets athletic results:
Monday, Jan. 9
The Cannon Falls Bombers boys basketball team hosted Byron and lost to the Bears 72-46 in Hiawatha Valley League action for the first of three games during the week.
The Bomber girls basketball team also played three games and traveled to Byron where they lost to the Bears 71-31.
Randolph Rockets girls basketball hosted Lester Prairie and came away with a double-digit win, 59-49. Paige Ford led the team with a double-double, 18 points and 11 rebounds, as well as three assists. Anna Olsen added 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals while Emily Coonrod contributed 10 points and four rebounds. Tessa Banks had six points, four rebounds and four assists.
Rocket boys basketball traveled to Dover-Eyota and earned the close win, 62-57.
Tuesday, Jan. 10
The Cannon Falls Bombers boys and girls basketball teams played a doubleheader where they hosted the Pine Island Panthers. The Bomber girls were up first and they took home their second win of the season 45-31 after controlling the entire game. Taylor Johnson led all scorers with 23 points, including 5-for-7 from the free-throw line, while Anna Ritz added nine points and Avery Rustad seven.
Immediately following the Cannon Falls girls were the Bomber boys, who also won 58-44. The first half was tightly contested with the Bombers down 31-25. However, a 7-0 run to start the second half put Cannon Falls ahead and they were able to separate. Aiden Johnson led the team with 14 points while Dylan Banks and Jack Meyers each added 12 apiece. Talan Duden contributed eight points.
Randolph boys basketball hosted the Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms and won comfortably 61-45 in front of the home Rocket crowd.
Rockets girls basketball exploded for 43 second-half points as they beat the Awesome Blossoms in Blooming Prairie 56-48 after a low-scoring first half. Randolph trailed 17-13 at halftime but came alive in the second half. Ford exploded for 31 points – 5-for-7 from 3-point range and 10-for-13 from the free-throw line – with six rebounds and four steals. Coonrod added 10 points, all from a perfect 10-for-10 on free throws, with five rebounds while Olsen and Allie Gillette each contributed seven points.
Thursday, Jan. 12
Cannon Falls Bombers wrestling hosted Byron/Rochester Lourdes and came away with the 42-30 dual win. Each team forfeited one weight class and the Bombers won seven of the remaining 12 matches. Gavin Peterson (126 pounds), Griffin Peterson (132), Calvin Singewald (138) and Kyle Erlanson (182) all got pins. Adam Parish won by tech fall at 106, Colten Black (160) a major decision win and Tristan Zingler (195) a 10-5 decision victory.
Bombers girls basketball played in Rochester against the Lourdes Eagles and lost 69-30 to drop to 2-9 overall and 0-2 in the HVL Blue division.
Randolph girls basketball hosted the Hayfield Vikings in a matchup featuring two of the top teams in Section 1A and what could be a preview of a section semifinal or championship game. The Rockets trailed 10-0 to open the game but slowly chipped away at the Vikings’ lead until it was 28-22 Hayfield at halftime. Ford hit a 3-point buzzer-beater at the end of the first half from the right wing just a few steps inside of the halfcourt line. The second half was neck-and-neck but Randolph could not quite tie the game or take the lead and ended up falling 47-42. The loss ended a six-game winning streak for the Rockets who are 9-3 overall and 3-2 in the Gopher Conference-East.
Ford led Randolph with 17 points and three steals, Olsen had 12 points and seven rebounds and Gillette provided an early spark for the Rockets on the way to seven points, six rebounds and four steals.
Friday, Jan. 13
Cannon Falls boys basketball followed up their win over Pine Island with a 71-68 home victory over Rochester Lourdes. The Bombers have won six of their last eight dating back to mid-December and are now 7-4 overall (3-4 in the HVL).
Rockets boys basketball traveled to Hayfield a day after the girls hosted the Vikings and the boys lost to the defending Section 1A champions 75-61. Randolph trailed by just four points at halftime, 34-30, but Hayfield then outscored the Rockets 41-31 in the second half. Randolph is now 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the Gopher Conference-East.
Saturday, Jan. 14
Cannon Falls wrestling traveled to Stewartville to compete in an individual invitational where the Bombers took second as a team with 145 points behind champion Rochester Mayo (229).
Cannon Falls had 11 varsity wrestlers compete, 10 in the boys’ division and one in the girls’. Leading the Bombers was Colten Black who took first at 160 pounds with a 3-0 record. Five wrestlings finished second – Adam Parish (106), Gavin Peterson (120), Calvin Singewald (126), Jaeden Baird (170) and Tristan Zingler (182) – while Monette Otterness placed third at 145 in the girls’ division with a 1-2 record. Ethan Albers took fourth at 132 while Caiden Walrod (113), Griffin Peterson (132) and Jonathon Opelt (138) all finished fifth.