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Fourth-ranked Red Wing had a 3-1 lead after the second period, but 12th-ranked Orono came out firing in the third to give the Wingers a run in an eventual 6-4 Red Wing victory on Thursday. Taylor Heise had four goals and an assist for the Wingers, including a two-goal first period that put Red Wing up 2-0 into the first intermission. Iyla Ryskamp got the Spartans on the board 51 seconds into the second, but Heise buried a Kendal Swanson pass at 12:25 to make it 3-1.
Hiawatha Valley League rivals Kenyon-Wanamingo and Kasson-Mantorville met up on the state's biggest stage Friday in the Class AA state consolation semifinals. After falling in five sets during the regular-season meeting back on Oct. 12, the KoMets got their revenge with a three-set win over the Knights at the Xcel Energy Center, 25-18, 25-21, 25-23.
Led by three goals from Taylor Heise, Red Wing opened the season with a 5-2 victory over Mahtomedi on Thursday. The Zephyrs got a 1-0 lead 4 minutes, 4 seconds into the game on a Kylie Krawczyk goal, but Heise evened the score at 15:21. Anna Broten made it 2-1 Mahtomedi at 2:58 of the second period, with Heise answering at 13:50. Eliza DiNatale scored unassisted for the Wingers at 2:35 of the third, followed by Nicole Oberding scoring on a Heise assist at 9:08. Heise completed her hat trick at 11:53.
The Red Wing 200-yard medley relay qualified for state with a time of 1 minute, 52.24 seconds. Grace O'Brien, Sammy Kriese, Cecelia De Jong and Teegan Beyers placed third overall for the Wingers, who had girls in seven finals in the Section 1A championship Friday in Rochester. De Jong also qualified in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.52, which was good for second place. "The girls raced with their hearts today, they really wanted it," said Red Wing head coach Mikayla Beuch. "The girls took full advantage of their opportunity today. I'm really proud of them."
NORTHFIELD — In her first state meet, Natasha Sortland showed she has All-State ability. During the Class A girls' state cross-country championship meet at St. Olaf College on Saturday, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa/Kenyon-Wanamingo seventh-grader made the All-State cut with an 11th-place time of 19 minutes, 11.0 seconds. In order to be named All-State, a runner must make the top 25 individually. Sortland, who was ranked sixth in the state in the final cross-country coaches' poll, was one of five runners from Section 1A to make the top 15.
Kenyon-Wanamingo had lost just three sets since Sept. 26, but St. Peter came out on Thursday and put the Knights in a hole with a first-set victory in the Sub-section 2AA South championship match. But top-seeded K-W, as it has done with regularity this season, rebounded quickly to take the match 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-15) over the second-seeded Saints.
With 125.5 team points, the Red Wing girls' swimming and diving team finished ninth at the Big Nine Conference championship meet Saturday at the Rochester Recreation Center. Faribault and Rochester Mayo split the Big Nine title with 376 points apiece. Rochester Century (278), Northfield (267) and Mankato West (159.5) rounded out the top five. The field was tight as Red Wing missed taking eighth from Winona by half a point and seventh from Owatonna by seven-and-a-half.
Matching its win total from the regular season, third-seeded Cannon Falls is one victory away from the state tournament after beating second-seeded Breck, 32-14, in the Section 4AAA semifinals Saturday in Golden Valley.
ROCHESTER — For the second time in three years, Red Wing will have a chance to win some hardware. The third-seeded Wingers upset second-seeded St. Charles on Saturday, winning the Sub-section 1AA-East semifinal match 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22). Red Wing's back row defense, especially its serve-receive passing, was a major part of the victory. The Wingers had five players with double-digit digs, with Madisyn Lyons and Vanessa Frazier leading the way with 25 each, while Dani Deming had 19, and Macy Koester and Kate Sonju each had 15.
ROCHESTER — At the beginning of October, Cannon Falls fought Kasson-Mantorville for three sets. The KoMets would end up with the sweep, but the Bombers had at least 21 points in all three games. On Saturday, the two met up again, 25 days after the regular season meeting. K-M would again win in three sets, this time in the Sub-section 1AA-West semifinals, but Cannon Falls was even better this time around.