Posted On: 02/17/19 6:22 PM

Mahtomedi and Hastings have had some epic battles in recent years as they fought tooth and nail for titles in the Metro East Conference. They’re still battling hard – just not with a trophy on the line. I was at Mahtomedi Friday night for their latest encounter and it was a dog fight every bit as good as those of the past. I can report that even in the post-Emma Grothaus, Annika Sougstad, Krystal Carlson-era, Hastings vs Mahtomedi still stirs up the emotions. This time around it was the Zephyrs who prevailed, coming from behind to win 57-55.

It’s fitting that an unheralded 5’4 freshman – in this case Zoie Centers – should be the hero. These are two young, inexperienced teams. both in rebuilding mode, and they need some youngsters to deliver. In the absence of injured guards Zoey Washington (2023) and Saley Underwood (2020), Centers was thrust into a more prominent role. She scored just two field goals on the night, but they were the biggest buckets of all. With time winding down, Centers circumnavigated the perimeter from the left side of the court to the right before pounding her way to the basket through heavy traffic to

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