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Sitting in fourth place after Day 1, with over seven pounds away from the top spot, Korey Sprengel was able to make a run in Day 2 of the inaugural Cabela's National Walleye Tour event in Red Wing. And after hitting his five-fish limit for the second straight day, Sprengel closed the gap and came away with the Pro victory Saturday with a two-day weight of 26.81 pounds. "I like river fishing; I'm not an expert at it, but it feels awesome to go out there and win," said Sprengel, of Beaver Dam, Wis.
GOODHUE - Early on, Goodhue looked like it could do some damage against Hayfield and its junior pitcher, Drew Streightiff. But once he found his groove, it was Streightiff's arm that did all the damage on Monday. The Vikings' right-hander struck out 14 and held Goodhue to one run and five hits in a 6-1 Hiawatha Valley League victory at Goodhue High School. With an array of fastballs, off-speed pitches and breaking balls, every pitch in Streightiff's repertoire was working against the Wildcats. "He was dealing just about everything," said Goodhue pitcher Andy Johnson.
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.