Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.
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Bart Gray grew up in Pepin. But thanks to weekend trips, Red Wing always felt like home as well. "Red Wing is kind of my home. When we went shopping on Saturdays, it was to Red Wing," Gray said. "For my wife and I both, we're coming home." Gray will return to familiar territory after accepting the vacant activities director/student support specialist position at Red Wing High School last week. Red Wing High School principal Todd Herber announced Gray's hiring via e-mail on Monday.
In the last seven meetings against the Red Wing Aces, the Miesville Mudhens have dominated the Classic Cannon Valley League rivalry. Following Tuesday's 7-0 Independence Day victory at the Red Wing Athletic Field, Miesville has outscored Red Wing 63-7 in the last seven meetings, with the Aces' last win coming on May 25, 2015. "Coming off a title last year, we got a good group of veteran guys and a good mix of young guys sprinkled in," said Mudhens manager Chris Olean. "It's a good recipe for us."
A deep dive on YouTube helped Teddy Tauer find a way to mow down more hitters in the Big Nine Conference. A student of the game of baseball, Tauer will use his free time to watch clips of top pitchers. "I just want to be as good as I can be, so I study the greats," Tauer said.
Traveling just over 1,000 miles for his newest coaching destination, Nate Freier is beginning to lay the foundation of what he wants Red Wing football to become. "I know people want the program to succeed and I wouldn't have moved halfway across the country if I didn't think it could," Freier said. Already in the midst of off-season weight training, Freier and the rest of the Red Wing football team got to talk Xs and Os for the first time as the team had its first mini-camp Monday at Red Wing High School.
Going 11 innings on Sunday, a walk-off single by Jonny Selchow sealed a 2-1 Classic Cannon Valley League win for Hampton over Red Wing. The Aces got on the board first in the top of the fifth as Brodie Smith hit a two-out RBI single that drove Seth Cushing home. The Cardinals responded in the bottom of the sixth, tying the game at 1-1 as Ryan Scanlon reached home on an error.
With a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Minneapolis Cobras broke up a 3-3 tie en route to a 5-3 victory over Wanamingo in the Josh Harrison Memorial Tournament championship game Sunday at John Burch Park in Cannon Falls. Eric Sviggum led the Jacks' offense, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Andrew Anfinson was 2-for-3 at the bottom of the lineup. Sam and Alex Roosen both scored a run, with Alex hitting a solo home run.
COON RAPIDS — With a tear in her eye, Stephanie Herzog completed a masterful six-year varsity career. Her last hole didn't look great on the scorecard as she needed three putts to finish up the round. But give the Red Wing senior the benefit of the doubt: It's hard to putt when the ball is a blur. "I could barely see the ball because I was already tearing up," Stephanie said. "I was just trying to get it in the hole at that point. "But it's been a great career. I've been truly blessed to be on a good team."
ROSEVILLE — Even with two outs on the board, Mahtomedi’s bats were able to smack the ball around the field. And the way they played in the Class 3A consolation semifinals, the Zephyrs seemed to excel in that situation. Scoring 10 runs on five hits and five walks in two-out situations, Mahtomedi beat Red Wing on Friday, ending the Wingers’ season with a 12-1 six-inning win at Northwestern University.
MINNEAPOLIS – Even on seemingly ho-hum plays, chaos can ensue. For Red Wing, it was the difference between advancing to the state semifinals and dropping to the consolation bracket. In the top of the sixth inning of Thursday's Class 3A state quarterfinal, Marshall's Dylan Criquet-Danielson hit a moon shot into the air between first and second base. The baseball veered in the air and fell hard onto the Siebert Field turf as second baseman Brodie Smith was unable to come up with the grab.
COON RAPIDS — There was a point early in the 2017 season where Sophia Yoemans was the third best player on her team. With three of the top six girls' golfers in Minnesota, some parity is a given. But Yoemans handled it in stride. "In the beginning I was playing good, but they were playing better," Yoemans said. "It was nice. Kind of frustrating, but not really, because they were playing well and making our team better."