Joe Brown is a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia. Prior to becoming regional editor, he was the sports editor of the Red Wing Republican Eagle from 2012-2018. He also worked as the sports editor for the Marshall Independent (2010-2012) and as a sports/news clerk for the St. Cloud Times (2008-2009). He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication.
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Red Wing showed against Mankato West Thursday that it has strong enough play in the back row to keep up with a top-tier Big Nine Conference team. Finding some offense against a top-tier Big Nine team is proving to be an issue. The Scarlets, who are fourth in the conference with a 5-3 mark, held on to beat the Wingers in three sets Thursday at Sonju Gymnasium, 25-14, 25-23, 25-19. “The big thing for us is we moved Grace (Pagel) back to libero, and she did a great job back there,” said Red Wing head coach Dave Lyons. “We just got to get more power on the outside.”
It went down to the wire for the Red Wing and Austin girls' swimming and diving teams. After diving, the Wingers scored 58 of their 92 team points, thanks in large part to strong performances in the 100-yard backstroke and 100 breaststroke. By the time the final event wrapped up, Austin was able to sneak out of Twin Bluff Middle School with the slimmest of victories, beating Red Wing 93-92.
By Joe Brown email@example.com Something about staying home seems to work wonders for the runners on the Red Wing boys’ cross-country team. Coming into Friday’s Winger Invitational at Red Wing High School, the boys had won the team title for three straight years. And after three of the Wingers’ runners finished in the top 10, Red Wing won its home meet for the fourth consecutive time with a team score of 45 points, holding off Woodbury (66), Northfield (91), Winona (95) and Hastings (142).
KENYON – No matter the competition, no matter the ranking, Kenyon-Wanamingo will knock 'em down. Since Sept. 20, the K-W volleyball team has been a perfect 9-0 and have knocked off ranked teams like Kasson-Mantorville (fifth in Class 2A), Hill-Murray (eighth, 2A), Rocori (third, 2A), Maple Lake (second, 2A) and Hayfield (10th, 1A). And after Thursday, add seventh-ranked (2A) Stewartville to that list after a three-set Hiawatha Valley League sweep on Thursday, 25-15, 25-21, 25-15.
ZUMBROTA — Robvon Jackson’s hard work has always paid off, even when he’s been miscast. As a freshman, Jackson played offensive line and was prepared for another year in the trenches as a sophomore. It took a week for the Cougar coaches to change their minds and move him to running back on the junior varsity. The varsity already had a solid running back in Jacob Bennett. But somehow, someway, Jackson had to get on the field for Z-M.
CANNON FALLS – Cannon Falls' 1-3 record is deceptive. Zumbrota-Mazeppa clawed back to beat the Bombers in Week 1. And against top teams in the Southeast Red District like Stewartville and Rochester Lourdes, Cannon Falls has played right there with a pair of ranked teams. But as they walked off the field at John Burch Park after falling 26-6 to Lourdes on Friday, the reason the Bombers are 1-3 is clear: Playing a team on the field is tough enough. Trying to play a team while making errors on the field is a tough road to trek.
It's become a Marty family tradition to convert corner kicks into goals. As Red Wing led 1-0 over visiting Faribault on Thursday, Nadine Marty plopped the ball in the corner and took aim in the 36th minute. “I'm not going to line: I've made a few of those goals before. I think once in summer league and my sister made one exactly like that last year,” Nadine said. “Sometimes I do it on accident and sometimes I'm like, 'Maybe I'll shoot it at the net.'”
Prior to the season, Red Wing senior David Howe was behind center Josh Jilk, taking snaps at the line of scrimmage. Nowadays, if Howe wants to see Jilk, all he has to do is look to his left. “It’s a little different,” Howe said with a smirk. First a quarterback in the preseason, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Howe was moved to the offensive line, where he is the Wingers’ starting right guard in the team’s new power run scheme. This is the first time that Howe has played on the line in his football career.
The numbers aren't eye-popping, but improvement is showing for the Red Wing boys' soccer team. Switching their formation to be more defensive-oriented, the Wingers have played in tighter games but have come out with more positive results after a 1-5-0 start. First, there was a 2-1 victory against Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Monday, followed by a 1-1 tie with Big Nine Conference foe Albert Lea Tuesday at Russ “Cougar” Marshall Field.
CANNON FALLS – There is no frills to the Lake City offense. More often than not, the ball is going to middle hitter Daynalyn Jostock, so good luck stopping her. And in the first set of Thursday's Hiawatha Valley League match at Cannon Falls, that strategy proved effective as the Tigers took a 1-0 lead. “Our goal was to come out and serve tough, play tough defense and have a good serve-receive, and we did that,” said Lake City head coach Kirk Thornton. “And we had the momentum.”