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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The Cannon Falls/Randolph wrestling team put forth a well-rounded effort in the 16th annual Cannon Falls Invitational Saturday, finishing third out of 13 teams. The Bombers had 10 wrestlers place in the tournament, including two champions and two runners-up in their respective weight classes. Sophomore Paul Fitterer and junior Clay Broze won their titles at 106 pounds and 220 pounds, respectively, for Cannon Falls/Randolph.
It all started eight years ago when Red Wing's Macy Kelly and Tesha Buck played on the same fourth-grade girls basketball team. Now, as seniors in high school, Buck and Kelly got to share in a night straight out of a novel. "That's a Hollywood story right there," Red Wing head coach Dave Muelken said.
The holiday break was anything but refreshing for Red Wing as the Wingers suffered multiple injuries and the depleted squad suffered Friday in a 128.7-115.875 loss to Chaska/Chanhassen at the Red Wing Area Gymnastics Center. "I think part of it was a short week and the break for the holidays and a lot of girls weren't able to get a few practices in," Red Wing assistant coach Brian Jenson said.
Northfield native and Red Wing Shoe Co. employee Nichole Porath will attempt a world record Sunday at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Porath, a financial analyst at the Shoe, will be running an indoor marathon at the St. Olaf indoor track, trying to best the current women's world record time of 3 hours, 8 minutes, 53.8 seconds. "It would be cool to do it in my hometown and be cheered on by people from Northfield," Porath said. "Not every day you find (a world record) in your hometown that's very attainable to get.
LAKE CITY - Legacy Christian Academy hardly missed in the first half against Lake City Friday in the championship game of the Lake City Invite. The Lions shot nearly 57 percent as they established a 32-29 lead at halftime but the Tigers' pressure defense and foul trouble for leading scorer Colton Richards slowed Legacy in the second half. Lake City took advantage, forcing 23 turnovers, and scored a 68-56 victory. "The second half we dialed up our defense and we got after them," Lake City head coach Shawn Sweeney said.
LAKE CITY - The way Ellsworth is playing this year, head coach Rich Powers said he is in store for more than a few grey hairs. After falling at the buzzer in overtime Thursday, the Panthers followed it up with a 37-35 victory over Mid-Pacific Institute, of Hawaii, Friday during the third-place game of the Lake City Invite. The Owls got two chances at scoring in the final seconds but both fell short. "We had ample opportunities to put them away," Powers said.
LAKE CITY - Chrystian Kulow thought he hit the game-winning 3-pointer for Ellsworth with eight seconds remaining in overtime against Legacy Christian Academy Thursday in the first game of the Lake City Invitational. "It looked good right away and it felt good off my hand," he said of his final shot. But the Lions stole back the victory as Nate Bertsch dribbled the length of the court in six seconds and threw up a floater in the lane that fell just before the buzzer sounded for a 73-72 win. "It's just tough like that," Kulow said.
The first event for Red Wing provided an ominous start to the Wingers' dual meet with Faribault Thursday in Red Wing. Red Wing's top team was disqualified for leaving early on an exchange despite finishing with a first-place time of 1 minute, 48.45 seconds. Instead, the Wingers' second unit took top honors in 1:57.33 and the Falcons placed second and third. It was an early mistake but Red Wing recovered quickly in route to a 99-87 victory. "It's frustrating to start that way," Red Wing head coach Kevin O'Brien said.
GOLDEN VALLEY - Red Wing's Ashley Corcoran couldn't be shaken Saturday against Breck. She stopped 16 shots in the first period and received a gash to the side of her head during the second period, but nothing fazed the sophomore goaltender. "You just have to shake it off," Corcoran said of the injury. "If you focus on the injury too much, you'll focus on that and not the game." Corcoran recovered quickly from the shakeup and made 33 saves for the third-ranked Wingers as they took down the defending Class 1A state champions and fifth-ranked Mustangs 4-1.
Red Wing held its own for the first 28 minutes of Friday's home game against Austin. The Wingers traded shot-for-shot with the second-ranked Packers to a 44-44 tie with 9 minutes, 6 seconds left in the second half. But in the ensuing five minutes, Austin wrestled the game away with a 15-2 run and remained undefeated thanks to a 64-52 victory. "That's a really good team," Red Wing head coach Doug Toivonen said. "I thought we came out with a lot of fire. We needed to execute a little better.