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Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey caught fire from the outside in the second half Saturday, pulling away for a 68-42 victory over Edgerton in the season-opener at Mt. Lake. MLAC held an eight-point halftime lead, but found its touch from outside in the second half. The Wolverines hit six of their 10 three-pointers after halftime. Meanwhile, the MLAC defense clamped down, holding Edgerton to 28% from the field and forcing 19 turnovers. The Wolverines also pounded the glass in the game, recording 56 rebounds as a team — 26 on the offensive end. That work on the boards created numerous second-chance scoring opportunities.

For more on this story, see the January 20, 2021 issue of the Observer/Advocate and Observer/Advocate e-Edition.

Eagles start home-and-home play

One of the quirks of the Big South Conference boys and girls hockey schedules in the advent of COVID-19, is that most of the season will be played as home-and-home series, where the same two teams will face each other in back-to-back games. For the Windom Area boys and girls hockey teams, the first of those home-and-home series starts Friday, as the Eagle boys travel to Worthington, while the Eagle girls host the Trojans. For the Eagle boys, regaining their early momentum will be critical. Windom Area started the season in solid fashion Saturday, defeating Luverne 5-2 at Luverne. It marked the Eagles’ first victory over the Cardinals since the 2009-10 season.

For more on this story, see the January 20, 2021 issue of the Observer/Advocate and Observer/Advocate e-Edition.

Girls fall to SWC

A cold night from the field and relentless defensive pressure made for a long Monday for the Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey girls basketball team. The Wolverines were held to nine field goals and shot 24% from the free throw line, as Southwest Christian cruised to a 73-25 victory at Edgerton. SWC’s trapping half-court defense created numerous turnovers in the first half, leading to fast-break scoring chances. When the Wolverines were able to get the offense set, MLAC had a hard time hitting the shots.

For more on this story, see the January 20, 2021 issue of the Observer/Advocate and Observer/Advocate e-Edition.

Cobras earn split in season opener Saturday

The Windom-Mt. Lake wrestling team opened the 2021 season by recording a split of a triangular Saturday in Windom. The Cobras defeated Pipestone 45-28 before falling 50-24 to Jackson County Central. In the opener against Pipestone, the Arrows got off to an early lead, but the Cobras battled back, using three falls and four forfeits to seal a 45-28 victory. WML’s first contested victory came at 126, where Tucker Renquist battled his way to an 8-4 decision. At 145, Trenton Renquist made quick work of Karter Wixon, recording a fall in 26 seconds.

For more on this story, see the January 20, 2021 issue of the Observer/Advocate and Observer/Advocate e-Edition.

Offense starts cold as Eagle girls drop opener to Minnesota River

The Windom Area girls hockey team sputtered on offense in its season debut Saturday, falling 5-1 to Minnesota River at the Windom Arena. The Eagles were held to 15 shots on goal in the game, including just two in the final period.

For more on this story, see the January 20, 2021 issue of the Observer/Advocate and Observer/Advocate e-Edition.