Goodhue Boys Season Ends
The Goodhue Wildcat boys basketball team had the tempo exactly where they needed it Thursday night to pull off an upset of the mighty Rushford-Peterson Trojans, but the green machine prevailed 38-31 to capture the Section One Class A championship at Rochester's Mayo Civic Center Arena. Goodhue first year head coach Matt Halvorson played on a R-P state championship team for Trojan head coach Tom Vix and coached in his program for 3 years. The difference in the game was free throws and turnovers. Goodhue had too many turnovers early. They had 12 first half turnovers and still only trailed by three 16-13. The Wildcats finished with 19 turnovers and Rushford-Peterson capitalized to the tune of 19 points. The Trojans were also 12 of 21 from the free throw line and Goodhue was 3 for 4. 6'2 Junior Riley Augustine led Goodhue with 10 points and R-P also had just one guy in double figures, Junior Cole Kingsley tallied 12 points. Goodhue ends their season 19-11 and Rushford-Peterson advances to next week's boys state high school basketball tournament with a 29-1 mark. The Trojans only loss came to the Section One Class 2A Champions Caledonia Warriors. They also were one of only two teams to beat the Warriors this winter. Seedings are Sunday for the tournament.
If Rushford-Peterson is the top seed they would play Thursday at Williams Arena at 11am, if they are the second seed 3pm, third seed 5pm or 4 or 5 seed 1pm. The most recent Minnesota Basketball News coaches poll had them ranked 5th in the state.