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The Red Wing Wingers' girls hockey team saw their state championship hopes dashed Wednesday at the Xcel Energy Center with a 3-1 upset loss to the Proctor/Hermantown Mirage. The second-seeded Wingers saw a very different Mirage team than their first meeting back in December when Red Wing won 5-2 on three power play goals and got a hat trick from senior, and University of Minnesota, commit Taylor Heise. This time, the Mirage were ready for, and had a plan to contain ,Heise, and give Red Wing's offense fits. Stifling defense
The Lake City, Randolph, Zumbrota-Mazeppa and Cannon Falls dance teams all competed in the Class A High-Kick state dance tournament this past Saturday. Zumbrota-Mazeppa also participated Friday in the Class A Jazz tournament.
The Red Wing Wingers girls' hockey team is returning to the state tournament after a two-year hiatus and will look to make their mark in what senior captain Taylor Heise called a "wide open class A". The Wingers beat Rochester Lourdes 4-1 in the section 1A finals held at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna. Heise scored two goals and Red Wing's defense stifled Lourdes for almost the entire game, holding them to just 15 shots on goal (only eight through two periods). Red Wing is ranked third in class A on the MN Girls' Hockey Hub website and can reasonably expect a good seeding when the state tournament starts next week.
Both the north and south-bound lanes of Highway 61 are partially blocked as of 3:30 p.m. due to a crash. A semi-truck crashed into a median on Highway 61, just before the stoplight next to the Holiday gas station. The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and other services were on scene.
JORDAN — Red Wing sophomore Cecil Belisle is the Minnesota Class 2A boys' individual state golf champion. While quite a mouthful, it's an amazing accomplishment for someone barely halfway through high school.
JORDAN — The Lake City girls' golf team finished second behind Detroit Lakes at the Class 2A state golf tournament. The Tigers shot a two-day score of 653 to finish four strokes behind Detroit Lakes. Lake City was in the lead entering Day 2. Senior Lexi Geolat, who made the state tournament for the fifth-straight year, placed sixth as an individual with a score of 157 and was just strokes behind the fifth-place finisher.