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LAKE CITY - Despite just getting on the course on Wednesday, the Lake City girls golf team has made the most of its limited time. Winning a home triangular on Friday, the Tigers put out a balanced lineup at Saturday's eight-team home invitational and came away with another victory, beating Providence Academy by three strokes. Lake City finished with a score of 351, with Providence Academy finishing with 354. "We had practice outside on Wednesday, and then we had a meet (Friday), which helped a lot," said Tigers head coach Steve Randgaard.
HAGER CITY - With the winning run on second base in the bottom of the seventh inning, Ellsworth head baseball coach Steve Block normally would have given his No. 6 hitter Logan Armstrong the sign to bunt. Instead, Block trusted the junior's bat against the defending Division 3 champions. "The conventional wisdom is to bunt the runner over with nobody out, but (Armstrong's) a very good hitter," Block said. "Sometimes with a runner at second, I'd rather take my chances with a good hitter.
After getting roughed up by Shakopee in the season-opening match last week, Red Wing boys tennis coach Matt Kavanagh had the players write down what they did well and what they struggled with in the match. So when Noah Christenson was in a second-set tiebreaker during Wednesday's home opener against Lakeville North, he kept those jottings in his mind. "I had second serves and double faults on there for what I needed to fix," Christenson said.
Before they've even had the chance to touch the field, the Red Wing baseball and softball teams have had their entire seasons shuffled. Faced with having to play a season's worth of games within a three-to-four week span before section playoffs get under way, the Missota Conference decided to revamp its schedule. With most of the conference teams scrapping their non-conference games, the Missota portion of the schedule will be played in doubleheaders.
Initially, there was disappointment for Red Wing's Monique DeLong when she crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Dealing with an injury, Delong finished with a time of 3 hours, 59 minutes, 36 seconds, about 25 minutes later than she had hoped for.
ZUMBROTA - With last year's first-round Section 1AA loss as a motivator, Zumbrota-Mazeppa's softball team was ready to make a statement with its first game. "Last year, I think the girls were disappointed in how the season ended," said Cougars head coach Kevin Nelson, "and I think a number of them have put some time in to make sure we're good to go.
For the third time this year, a member of Red Wing's vaunted girls hockey team has committed to playing at the next level. Emily Stegora, who finished with 79 points (34 goals, 45 assists) in 2012-13, verbally committed to Minnesota State University, Mankato on Monday and will join the Mavericks in 2014-15. A junior this year, Stegora cannot sign a national letter of intent until Nov. 13, the first day of the early signing period. Stegora joins teammates and fellow D-I recruits Paige Haley and Nicole Schammel.
BOSTON - Initially, there was disappointment for Red Wing's Monique DeLong when she crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Dealing with an injury, Delong finished with a time of 3 hours, 59 minutes, 36 seconds, about 25 minutes later than she had hoped for.
It's not where you start, it's where you finish. After a 1-19 record in 2012 and a new head coach in Jon Bohmbach, the Red Wing softball team hopes that it has nowhere to go but up when the 2013 season gets underway. And while it may take some time once the Wingers take the field this spring, Bohmbach hopes his new team can make some noise when the season winds down. "We're really going to emphasize on improving, and at the end, you don't want to play us," Bohmbach said.
LAKE CITY - Lake City didn't need the long ball to get its offense going in its season-opener on Monday. In fact, the Tigers' two biggest hits barely went 40 feet away from home plate. After going hitless in the first three innings and trailing Byron 1-0, right fielder Elliot Cox used his speed and a well-placed bunt to get Lake City's first hit in the bottom of the fourth inning. Two batters later, first baseman Jake Griebenow legged out a short grounder down the third-base line to score Cox, giving the Tigers a much-needed boost. "We just try and do our jobs out there," Cox said.