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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Flooding and Zumbrota-Mazeppa's football team put a damper on Goodhue's homecoming a year ago. This week, the Wildcats have a chance to get even. "They were our homecoming game last year," Goodhue senior lineman Kyle Diercks said. "They beat us. We might as well return the favor." The game was played on a Saturday afternoon because of severe rains and the Cougars left with a 32-14 victory.
LAKE CITY- Lake City continued feeding its running backs Friday and rode them to a 34-25 homecoming victory against Kenyon-Wanamingo. The Tigers (3-1, 3-0 HVL Gold) amassed 377 yards of total offense, 266 on the ground. After Friday's performance, Lake City is averaging 247 rushing yards per game. But it was the Knights who struck first Friday night. Capitalizing on a roughing-the-kicker penalty by the Tigers on the first drive of the game, K-W took a 7-0 lead on a 22-yard pass from Peder Sviggum to Tyler Paquin.
After 29 years as head coach of the Red Wing volleyball team Neal Newman has a few milestone victories under his belt and he added another Thursday against Northfield. Newman notched his 400th career victory with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-17 win over the Raiders in Red Wing. After the win, Newman struggled to put the milestone in perspective. "I don't know," Newman said. "It means I've been fortunate to have some dynamite assistant coaches. It also means I've probably been at it too long.
GOODHUE - A winning culture permeates the Goodhue football team and this year is no different. The Wildcats continue to roll despite graduating multiple key players from last year's state semifinal team. Goodhue is 3-0 this season, averaging 297 rushing yards per game despite losing star running backs Jared Dicke and Ross Schrimpf to graduation.
The Lake City girls soccer team played sluggish in the first half and fell to Plainview-Elgin-Millville Monday 3-0. The Tigers struggled to find rhythm in the first 30 minutes of the first half and gave up two goals to the Bulldogs before halftime. The first came on a corner kick Lake City failed to clear and P-E-M got three shots off before finally scoring. The second goal came with 15 minutes, 10 seconds left in the half on a through ball the Bulldogs put by the keeper. "We gave them too many opportunities on the offensive side," Lake City coach Mark Spence said.
CANNON FALLS -- Cannon Falls scored two defensive touchdowns in the first half and rallied from a 28-21 halftime deficit Friday to beat sixth-ranked Kasson-Mantorville 31-28 in Cannon Falls. There were six lead changes in the game and a field goal by Bombers senior kicker Cam Adel with less than four minutes left in regulation was the difference. "We went down and our kids just kept battling and battling," Cannon Falls coach Josh Hofstedt said. "It was a back and forth game.
A late-game goal from Farmington left the Red Wing girls soccer team feeling deflated after it gave up a first half lead. The game-winning goal for the Tigers came with just under three minutes remaining on a fortuitous bounce to the foot of Kelly Kornmann who took a wide-open shot from the middle of the 18-yard box past Furlong and into the lower right corner of the net. "We had one of our defenders come off who wasn't feeling well," Beckman said.
The Red Wing boys soccer team struggled to find any rhythm against Farmington Thursday in a 4-1 loss in Red Wing. The Tigers struck first on a goal by senior forward Brandon Scott near the 11-minute mark. The Wingers (2-3-1, 0-1 Missota) countered with a last-minute goal near halftime to take some momentum away from Farmington, who controlled play most of the half.
Rusty Grisim dealt with the feelings of losing on the football field for too long. Playing for Lake City since he was in seventh grade, Grisim had yet to win a game at any level. On Friday night, Grisim and the Tigers snapped a 21-game losing skid by beating the Hayfield Vikings handily, 48-6. A team that had not won in nearly three years ran for 266 yards against the Vikings and controlled the game from start to finish - leading 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. Ask the coach or players and the win was anticipated even if it was long-awaited.