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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Year-round baseball is a near impossibility in Minnesota so when warm weather called, David Goggin answered. Goggin, a senior catcher for the Red Wing baseball team, knew he wanted to play college baseball but the opportunity to play in a favorable climate was too much to ignore so he decided to go south, way south. His search led him to Angelo State University; a Division II school in San Angelo, Texas, a city of 100,000 in West Texas. The campus is a three and a half hour drive northwest of Austin.
As the shot left the hands of one of the best 3-point shooters in the Hiawatha Valley Conference, the crowd waited and expected it to fall. It didn't but the ball leaked back out to the same shooter as the final seconds ticked off the clock and Hayfield's Bobbie Stephens put up another wide open 3-point attempt and missed again, securing the Goodhue boys basketball team a heart-thumping 52-50 victory Friday in Goodhue. "The best 3-point shooter got two open looks in the last five seconds," Goodhue head coach Tony Poncelet said.
Special teams play continues to hold back the Red Wing boys hockey team back as it lost 4-2 to Northfield Thursday at the Prairie Island Arena in Red Wing. The Wingers (2-3, 0-1 Missota) allowed two short-handed goals and committed five penalties, four of which were not involved in the flow of the game, Red Wing head coach Mike Belisle said. "Four of them were non-play penalties," Belisle said. "We want to play a physical style game but we got to stay out of the box.
The Red Wing boys basketball team got effective play from its underclassmen Tuesday in Red Wing but fell to Hastings 68-53. The Wingers (2-3) led 37-36 at halftime but defensive lapses and cold shooting in the second half was too much to overcome. "We let it go," Red Wing sophomore Jon Sevlie, who scored a team-leading 15 points, said. "We had good stretches but we would lapse." Freshman Ty Buck and Sevlie played well for the Wingers, supplying Red Wing with positive minutes although inconsistent play down the stretch sank the Wingers against the Raiders.
Injuries and illnesses are keeping the Red Wing gymnastics team from fielding its full team and the Wingers lost Tuesday night against Chanhassen/Chaska in Red Wing. "Each meet, we seem to have a few people not competing due to illness or due to soreness," Red Wing head coach Beth Mayer said. "That's happening because they're not year-round gymnasts." Red Wing freshman Irina Anderson, the team's top all-around finisher from the last meet, injured her wrist earlier in the week and was unable to compete.
Tesha Buck was ready to say goodbye to the distractions her recruitment to play Division I basketball produced. She wanted to focus on what she does best; play basketball for Red Wing High School. Buck's recruitment process began as a freshman with the Wingers but the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay was the first team to show interest. Buck, the career points leader in Red Wing girls basketball history, responded Sunday by giving a verbal commitment to play for the Phoenix in 2013. "I felt like they really wanted me," Buck, a junior, said.
ZUMBROTA - It was a dismal second half for the Zumbrota-Mazeppa girls basketball team Friday night in Zumbrota. The Cougars (1-4) scored just six points after halftime, losing 43-29 to Winona Cotter. Z-M's offensive struggles continued against Cotter and in five games the Cougars are averaging 46.6 points per game. They have yet to reach 60 points in a game and Z-M head coach Scott Paukert said he is still searching for a fix. "Obviously we don't have the answers right now," he said. "We're definitely disappointed about where we're at.
Dominant play in the first two periods gave the Red Wing girls hockey team a resounding 6-1 victory over Farmington Thursday in Red Wing. Farmington (2-7) just beat Class 2A 20th-ranked Eden Prairie Tuesday and lost three straight games by two goals or less to ranked teams in both classes before the Wingers (6-2, 3-0 Missota) put on a impressive performance in front of their home crowd. "I would say by far that was our most complete game of the year," Red Wing head coach Scott Haley said.
Five players scored in double figures for the Red Wing girls basketball team in a dominating 69-29 victory against Faribault Thursday in Red Wing. The Wingers (5-0) controlled possession and pressured the Falcons into turnover after turnover. "They didn't really like pressure," Red Wing junior Tesha Buck said. "I thought we played really well on defense." Buck scored 14 points, sharing the team lead with junior Macy Kelly. McKenna Schaffer and Marisa Toivonen both contributed 12 points and A.J. LaFond had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and four steals.
The long-range shooting touch was off for the Lake City boys basketball team Saturday but with strong defense and solid rebounding, the Tigers defeated Kingsland 57-47 in Kingsland. "To go on the road and to pick up a win in back-to-back games is important for a young team," Lake City head coach Shawn Sweeney said. "We showed good poise on the road. We didn't falter and ... we were able to weather the storm." Senior Zach Hinrichs put together another strong game for the Tigers (2-0) scoring 23 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking three shots.