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ROSEVILLE — Randolph needed just one win to secure its first state trip in school history. But even though Heritage Christian Academy needed to win two over the Rockets, the Eagles were a potent threat, thanks to a high-scoring offense and Minnesota's Gatorade Player of the Year in Seth Halvorsen. And over two games, Heritage was able to keep Randolph from a state trip to Jordan.
ROSEVILLE — A year ago, the postseason was a nightmare for Randolph. The top seed in the Section 1A-East bracket, the Rockets were stunned in the opening round by eighth-seeded Rushford-Peterson, ended the season way earlier than anticipated. Randolph was set on making sure nothing like that happened again.
ROSEVILLE – Dennis Trom knows he has a team of talented hitters. Eventually, the Randolph softball team will find a way to put the ball in play. On Thursday, that meant sacrificing some of the team’s patience for hits early in the count.
Week One. Sept. 2, 2004. Fridley at Red Wing in the opening game of the football season. I was on the field for the visiting Tigers, starting at center and nose tackle. The game ended with an 18-16 come-from-behind win for the Wingers. I remember sobbing in the visiting locker room afterwards. We had Red Wing on the ropes and didn't finish the job. That hour-plus bus ride home sucked. So yeah, my initial memories of Red Wing were not pleasant.
ST. PAUL — Caden Steffen figured he'd get one good shot. At the Minnesota state wrestling tournament, every opponent is quality. And prior to the start of the Class A 182-pound championship match, Steffen could hear coaches strategize with his opponent, Holt Truax of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie. "I heard him and his coach talking about how he had to keep his left foot back. That's the leg I shoot," Caden said. "They did their study and did everything right."
ST. PAUL – Zumbrota-Mazeppa is back to defend the Class A crown. After disposing of unseeded Ottertail Central (37-19) and fourth-seeded Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove, the top-seeded Cougars are in the Class A finals of the Minnesota state wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. In the finals, Z-M will face off with Frazee after the second-seeded Hornets got wins over unseeded Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (41-10) and third-seeded Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville (38-20).
Think your work day is long? Watch Emily Hart, Kendal Swanson, Meg Grove and Eliza DiNatale on the ice for the Red Wing girls' hockey team. Every game on the blue line is an endurance test when you play just four defensemen. But that has been the norm for Hart, Swanson, Grove and DiNatale for two seasons. With the competition the Wingers tend to play, the work is demanding. But the foursome know how to take care of themselves after putting in workhorse-like minutes every game.
NORTHFIELD — In round one, defense was the name of the game between Red Wing and Northfield. The two teams were knotted up at halftime, 19-19, until the Raiders were able to break free for a 46-45 victory. In Thursday's rematch, offense owned the narrative around both teams in the Class AAA top 10. Third-ranked Northfield couldn't miss, and eighth-ranked Red Wing couldn't make a bucket. The Raiders sprinted out to a 32-17 halftime lead and held the Wingers to 26 percent shooting in a 63-46 Big Nine Conference and Section 1AAA victory.
If Red Wing was going to come back from an 18-3 deficit to Owatonna, the team needed to stay determined. And if freshman post Abi Deming was to slow down Sydney Schultz, the Huskies' all-time leading scorer, she was going to need a lot of determination. Thankfully, the third-ranked (Class AAA) Wingers found its determination before halftime. And that stayed with the team the rest of the way as Red Wing pulled off an unlikely 66-54 Big Nine Conference win over Owatonna on Tuesday. The Wingers (10-1, 7-1 Big Nine) are now in the midst of a seven-game win streak.
Rochester Mayo was a better squad than it was the first time they met up with Red Wing. Since that Nov. 18 encounter, a 7-0 Wingers win, the Spartans were winners of six straight and was outscoring opponents 40-14. Against a red-hot team, fourth-ranked (Class A) Red Wing wanted to show its offensive superiority. "Before the game, we said we wanted to get 50 shots and we wanted to hold them to 15," said senior forward Taylor Heise.