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Thursday's Metro roundup

By Star Tribune staff reports, 03/10/11, 11:37PM CST


Columbia Heights advances on Minneapolis Henry forfeit

Down by 25 points with a little more than 10 minutes left in the game, Minneapolis Henry forfeited its Class 3A, Section 3 quarterfinal game with Columbia Heights on Thursday night after some rough play on the court.

The season-ending forfeit  came after a Henry player made a hard foul on Zach Lofton, the metro area’s leading scorer at over 30 points per game. Lofton had 30 points at the time of the incident as the Hylanders held a 67-42 advantage

“He was down on the floor  and was punched and kicked,” Columbia Heights Coach Willie Braziel said.  With the game stopped, a few parents rushed onto the court, concerned about the safety of the players, but there was no fighting by anyone, Braziel said. It was an emotional game because the winner heads  to the semifinals and the loser is done for the season, he said.


• SECTION 2: Junior forward Cullen Russo’s tip-in with two seconds remaining lifted No. 5 seeded Bloomington Kennedy over Shakopee 58-56. The Eagles trailed by eight points early in the second half, but mounted a comeback behind Russo’s team-high 18 points. ... Chaska powered its way past Prior Lake 72-59 behind a pair of senior big men. Forwards Jake White (22 points) and Ross Travis (21 points) were too much inside for the Lakers. ... Edina senior guard Nate Carlson led four Hornets in double figures with 15 points as Edina held off Chanhassen 73-64. Senior forward Tom Hoistad added a season-high 14 points, including four three-pointers. Senior guard Chance Panning led the Strom with 21 points.

• SECTION 5: After trailing by 17 points in the first half, Irondale rallied to claim a 68-65 quarterfinal win over Spring Lake Park. Senior forward Bryan Sprang scored 15 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, including a driving layup with 17 seconds remaining to give the Knights their first lead of the game. Sprang and sophomore guard Jack Martinek combined to hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to hold off the Panthers. Spring Lake Park was led by junior forward Sean Scott’s 22 points, despite Scott not returning to the game following a collision under the basket with 5:52 remaining and Spring Lake Park holding a five-point lead.

• SECTION 7: Tyler Rosenberger and Phil Hegseth each scored 25 points to guide Forest Lake past Duluth Central 76-60. Hegseth’s night included six three-pointers, placing the senior guard atop the Rangers record books for most three-pointers in a season. ... No. 2 seed Blaine had little resistance in its opening round win over Cambridge-Isanti 61-32. Senior forward Zach Romashko led the Bengals’ attack with 20 points, while junior forward Tanner Schumacher added 15.


• SECTION 3: Totino-Grace senior forward Ben Meyer scored a team-high 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to muscle the Eagles past St. Paul Como Park 77-63. Cougars senior guard Terrance Williams finished with 22 points. ... St. Paul Central senior guard William McDonough scored 19 of his team-high 23 points in the first half, as the Minutemen built a lead it would never relinquish in their 69-62 win over St. Anthony. Huskies junior center Anthony Brama scored 24 points in the second half, including five three-pointers, finishing with a season-high 40 points.


• SECTION 5: Watertown-Mayer ended the game on a 6-0 run, turning back Norwood Young America 60-54. Junior forward Trevor Weinmann led all scorers with 22 points.


• SECTION 4: Minnesota Transitions’ 149-78 win over Math & Science Academy was one for the record books. The Wolves established a state record for points scored in a half, building a 105-40 lead at the intermission. The Wolves’ 149 points in a game are the fourth highest by a team, and the combined 227 points in the contest places it fourth all-time. Transitions broke the previous record of 103 points, a feat it established in 2007. Senior guard Kyle Noreen led the Wolves with 47 points.


• SECTION 4: New Life Academy overcame a 13-point halftime deficit to beat Christ’s Household of Faith 57-51. The Lions’ lead grew to 14 with just under seven minutes left, when the Eagles put on a press to force some key turnovers and mount a comeback. Junior forward Alex Heiser led New Life Academy with 20 points.

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