The Medford girls' basketball team blew out Mabel-Canton 73-34 Thursday night to improve to 9-0 on the season. The Tigers face a busy, challenging week next week against three teams with winning records. Tri-City United (7-3) heads to Medford Monday, January 7, followed by a game at Maple River (7-3) Tuesday and a home game with Blooming Prairie (6-3) Friday, January 11.

The Tigers are averaging over a 26-point margin of victory and are tops in the south subsection of Section 2AA with a QRF ranking of 12th. Lake Crystal-Welcome Memorial is 10-0 and rated 23rd in QRF. The teams do not meet during the regular season.

Scoreboard from Thursday, January 3
Boys basketball
Austin 80, Owatonna 59
NRHEG 69, TCU 36
Lyle/Pacelli 80, Medford 69
Mankato East 92, Albert Lea 34
Northfield 72, Rochester Mayo 66 (Spartans first Big Nine loss)
Rochester Century 80, Red Wing 43
Rochester John Marshall 68, Mankato West 57

Girls basketball
Austin 70, Owatonna 49
Medford 73, Mabel-Canton 34
Triton 80, NRHEG 69
Rochester JM 68, Mankato West 59

Boys hockey
Owatonna 6, Austin 1
Northfield 3, Rochester JM 0
Rochester Century 2, Rochester Mayo 1 (Panthers stay unbeaten in the Big Nine)
Faribault 3, Winona 2

Girls hockey
Owatonna 4, Austin 2
Northfield 7, Rochester JM 2
Rochester Century 9, Rochester Mayo 2
Red Wing 4, Albert Lea 1
Mankato East 3, Mankato West 2