Chris Harrell is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he interned at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Daily Caller in Washington, D.C. For updates on local sports, follow Chris on Twitter at @RECHarrell.
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Competing in the final home meet of her career, Red Wing's Molly Hart finished with a personal best in the all-around competition Friday at the Missota Conference meet at Red Wing High School. Hart led the Wingers with a ninth-place finish and a score of 31.8000. "One of my teammates said, 'Never regret anything you do,'" Hart said, "and it just came together after many years of working on it. ...
LAKE CITY - Lake City kept missing shot after shot Thursday night against St. Charles and the frustration was visible. Yet, the Tigers led 35-26 at halftime. After the break, the shooting trend didn't change, but Lake City persevered and came away with a 61-45 victory. "It was kind of a sloppy, slow game," Tigers' head coach Candace Olstad said. "There were some big moments where they cut the lead and we responded with some big shots. We did what we had to do to get out of here." Lake City (13-8) went 20-for-50 from the field and allowed 19 offensive rebounds.
Red Wing's special teams were the difference maker Tuesday night against Chanhassen at Prairie Island Arena. The Wingers went 2-for-2 on the power play and killed off three penalties while also scoring shorthanded to down the Storm 3-2. "It won the game for us tonight and that's what we're going to need," said Red Wing head coach Mike Belisle. Anthony Kimmes scored the game-winner shorthanded for the Wingers on a breakaway with a gorgeous deke of the Chanhassen goaltender 2 minutes, 2 seconds into the third period.
Another step on Ryan Boldt's road to the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft is complete. The Red Wing High School senior recently chose his adviser group, the Legacy Agency, headed by Executive Director and President Greg Genske. Because of NCAA rules, Boldt and his family cannot sign a contract with the Legacy Agency and can only receive advice leading up to the draft. An adviser's job is to prepare a player for the draft without impacting his college eligibility. "Our personalities just fit," Boldt said of Genske and his associates. "They get you the right information.
It took Red Wing 4 minutes, 25 seconds to wake up Monday night against Kasson-Mantorville. The KoMets controlled the opening minutes, beating the Wingers to every loose ball and establishing a 10-2 lead. With 13:35 left in the first half, Red Wing head coach Doug Toivonen took a much-needed timeout. He didn't tell the team anything new but the message came through clear. "I told them we'd dug ourselves a hole," Toivonen said. "It was time to dig deep.
January proved to be a difficult month for the Red Wing boys basketball team as the Wingers went 2-5, losing all five games by 10 points or less and falling out of the top 10 rankings in Class 3A. As the calendar moved to February, Red Wing started on a good note Friday by coasting to a 70-54 blowout victory over Chaska at home. "This was kind of a breath of fresh air for us," Wingers head coach Doug Toivonen said. "January was a tough month for us. ...
Tanner Alms waited all week to find out if he would get one more chance to swim the 500-yard freestyle at home. Alms, the two-time defending Class 1A state champion in the 500 freestyle, was eyeing an 11-year old pool record. Red Wing head coach Kevin O'Brien told Alms he would be swimming the event Thursday in order to keep him hungry and it paid off as Alms shattered the record in 4 minutes, 45.71 seconds, nearly five seconds faster than the previous record. "He waits so we're ready to swim anything and we don't know what to expect," Alms, a junior, said.
The Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer was a phenomenon in high school. It is well-documented that he only struck out one time during his entire high school baseball career for Cretin-Derham Hall. He had a full-ride scholarship to play quarterback for Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and he was named an All-State basketball player during his junior and senior seasons. Despite his vast accomplishments, Mauer took the same route as any high school kid getting ready to enter the Major League Baseball draft in 2001.
Mitch and Chris Boldt watched him grow from a boy to a young man. They saw him mature, deal with injuries and noticed the way he treated people. Now strangers are visiting their home and calling Red Wing senior Ryan Boldt a "special baseball player," but the parents know it goes beyond athletic ability. "What Ryan has done with his God-given talent and his work ethic is his gift, and our gift is his humility and his character," Ryan's mother Chris Boldt said.
ST. PAUL - Red Bull Crashed Ice is back at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and Red Wing brothers Andrew and Danny Bergeson are keeping with the competition. Both brothers qualified for the finals Saturday after competing Thursday and Friday. Danny moved on to final day after placing 31st during the time trials, with the top 32 getting an automatic bid. Andrew, on the other hand, was forced to compete in the elimination round of 64, coming in first place in his heat, after taking 35th in the time trials. "I did fine, made it easily through," Andrew said of racing in the elimination round.