Jake Pfeifer is a sports reporter and outdoors editor for RiverTown Multimedia. Previously, he worked at Detroit Lakes Newspapers.
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A week's worth of Homecoming festivities came to a close on Friday night when Red Wing fell to Rochester John Marshall, 72-0. John Marshall came out with one thought in mind, running the ball right into the heart of Red Wing's defense and utilize its speed to break open big plays. That strategy was in play from the opening drive when the Rockets drove 64 yards and finished with a 9-yard touchdown run by Mark Sandstrom as he beat the Wingers' defense to the edge on a toss to the right side. The Rockets converted on the two-point try to give them an early 8-0 lead.
GOODHUE — Homecoming didn't have a very comfortable feel for the Kenyon-Wanamingo football team on Friday. It was one thing to not have a home game for the annual tradition, but it was another to be on the wrong side of a 28-0 score against rival Goodhue. Opening the game, both teams traded punts on four consecutive possessions before Kaleb O'Reilly scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to give Goodhue a 6-0 lead in the second quarter.
SHAKOPEE, Minn. — After two weeks since its last game, and five years since its last playoff game, Red Wing showed little rust. The Aces battled through a back-and-forth affair to earn a 5-4 win over St. Patrick on Saturday in the second round of the Class C State Baseball Tournament at Joe Schepler Stadium in Shakopee. Red Wing struck early with Corey Tauer driving home Brady Schroeder and Dixon Irwin hitting an RBI single, bringing home Josh Thygesen, to give the Aces a 2-0 lead through two innings.
SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Miesville was looking for a way to score runs late as it was facing a one-run deficit with only two innings remaining. The runs came, but not in the most traditional way. Three runs were plated off of three throwing errors during the same at bat, and the Mudhens came away with an 8-3 victory over Forest Lake in the second round of the Class B baseball state tournament at Joe Schepler Stadium in Shakopee.
The Red Wing girls' soccer team is welcoming a new but familiar face as head coach this fall — 2008 Red Wing High School graduate, Taylor Becker. In addition to head coaching duties with the Red Wing Soccer Club from 2012-2016, she also played goalkeeper for the Wingers in her high school years.
One year ago, the Red Wing boys' soccer team was hoping its underclassmen would step up and provide depth and variety to its small senior core. Growing pains ensued but growth was apparent to the coaching staff. Heading into this season with first-year head coach Nate Weess, the Wingers intend to turn that growth into more wins on the pitch.
Last season was a milestone year for the Red Wing boys' cross-country team. The team won the Big Nine Conference for the second consecutive year, took home the Section 1AA title and had the best finish at the state meet (seventh) since 1987. Considering the Wingers took 11th place at the state meet in 2016, improved last year and the core remains intact this year, the arrow is pointing up.
One year ago, Doug Toivonen and Drew Olinger took the reins of the Red Wing girls' tennis team by sharing head coaching duties. This year, with a full season behind them, they hope to turn that experience into a more competitive and successful team. The Wingers have a solid group of girls with its No. 1 and 2 singles players from last year (Chloe Struss and Graci Bettich) as well as one of its No. 1 doubles players (Mya Benway) returning.
As summer inches its way toward a close, many of the recreational leagues from around the area have wrapped up or are nearing that point. Before the temperature starts to drop and leaves turn color, though, there is one more milestone to hit — the 50-year anniversary of the Red Wing Church Softball League. On June 4 and 6 in 1968, the first church softball games were played in the Red Wing league created by Sid Lindstrom.
The Red Wing Aces, in its present-day form, has been around since 1971 and amateur baseball has been a mainstay in town since the early 20th century. However, building a roster year-in and year-out, especially a competitive one, hasn't always been straightforward in that time.