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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Nichole Porath wanted to finish in the top 100 runners in the marathon at the Olympic trials Saturday in Houston and she exceeded her expectations. Porath, a full-time financial analyst for Red Wing Shoe Co., ran 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 44 minutes, 12 seconds to place 69th. The time was her personal best even though she said it wasn't her best race. "I didn't have the best day legs-wise," she said. "I could kind of tell I couldn't get them to move fast enough.
Five players scored in double figures for the Goodhue boys basketball team in a 69-34 rout of Lyle-Pacelli in Goodhue. The Wildcats (8-5, 1-3 HVL Blue) had little trouble from start to finish with the co-op from Lyle High School and Pacelli Catholic Schools in Austin. Goodhue led 20-9 with 10 minutes left in the first half and sliced through the Lyle-Pacelli defense with ease. "It was good to get a game where we could try some new things," Wildcats head coach Tony Poncelet said.
ST. PAUL - Andrew Bergeson hoped deep down that he could do it. After making it through the first round during finals competition of Red Bull's Crashed Ice competition, Bergeson looked at his ranks and realized he would skate as a member of Team USA for the rest of the 2012 Crashed Ice season. "I never thought I'd be skating as hard as I can down the track," Bergeson, 24, said. "Realistically, I wanted to come here, go down the track and not get injured ...
Nichole Porath is a unique athlete. Porath is an elite marathon runner but she is also a full-time financial analyst for Red Wing Shoes. To show its support for Porath as she competes today at the 2012 Olympic Trials in Houston, Red Wing Shoes decided to send Porath and her family south in style. "We thought it would be exciting for her and her family, and to show our support as a company, to send her and her family down on the company plane," said David Murphy, president of Red Wing Shoes. "All the employees are excited and have been sending her emails.
The first few minutes did not look good for the Red Wing girls basketball team Friday against Northfield in Red Wing. Junior Tesha Buck, the team's leading scorer, committed her third foul less than six minutes into the game and the Wingers trailed 13-5 with 9 minutes, 37 seconds left in the half. It took Red Wing seven minutes to score its sixth point but the defense turned the game around and the Wingers pulled out a 56-35 victory. Red Wing (12-3, 3-0 Missota) made early turnovers and dealt with foul trouble throughout the game.
One of the two brothers and Red Wing graduates taking part in the Red Bull Crashed Ice competition is moving on to the finals today in St. Paul. Andrew Bergeson, 24, finished second in his heat Friday to secure a place in the final round. Daniel, 21, was seeded higher than Andrew but fell early in his race and came in third place. Andrew was seeded 43rd. "The races are absolutely insane," Andrew said. "Every time I go down this track it does get a little easier. You're never going to be 100 percent comfortable.
ZUMBROTA - Zumbrota-Mazeppa did not start the season the way it hoped but the Cougars' girls basketball team might be hitting its stride with two-consecutive convincing victories after beating Triton Thursday 59-23. Z-M (6-8, 2-2 HVL Blue) defeated Kenyon-Wanamingo 72-58 Tuesday in Zumbrota and while the Cougars have put together their fair share of unenthusiastic games this year, they appear to be getting hot just as they enter the middle of the conference season. "Everything's coming together," Z-M senior Laura Huneke said. "We're working together harder in practice ...
The Goodhue girls basketball jumped ahead of Cannon Falls early in the first half and coasted to a 59-25 victory in Cannon Falls. Sophomore Mikayla Miller led the second-ranked Wildcats (11-2, 2-1 HVL Blue) with 22 points. She also added eight rebounds and five steals. Senior Erica Tipcke scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds while senior Allison Cordes had another seven points in the win. Goodhue led 28-10 at halftime. "We were able to get up pretty much right away," Wildcats' head coach Josh Wieme said.
If the Red Bull Crashed Ice competition seems crazy, that's because it is. On Thursday Jan. 12, Red Bull's extreme ice skating event will come to the steps of the Cathedral of Saint Paul - divine protection anyone? -- and two Red Wing High School alumni will be taking part. Andrew and Daniel Bergeson, 24 and 21, respectively, are braving the course in a combination of speed skating, slalom skiing and reckless self-endangerment. But that's all part of the fun. "It's kind of interesting because my brother and I have been going through moments of hesitation," Andrew said.
CANNON FALLS -- Cedric Dicke never stopped working for the Cannon Falls boys basketball team even as Lake City continued throwing multiple defenders at him Friday. Dicke outmuscled the Tigers in the second half and with a team-leading 20 points and nine rebounds he led the Bombers (7-3, 1-0 HVL Blue) back from a seven point halftime deficit to a 58-51 victory. "He's a fantastic player," Lake City head coach Shawn Sweeney said. "I thought we did a nice job containing him.