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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HASTINGS – The legs put everything in motion, but the eyes may be the most important thing on the course for the Red Wing girls' cross-country team. Taking first place at the Dewey Minnaert Invite with a score of 36 and holding off East Ridge (43) and Northfield (89), the Wingers got a 1-2 finish from Grace Johnson (19 minutes, 47.1 seconds) and Jasmyn Armstrong (20:05.8). But it was the rest of the team's ability to see their top two runners, and the rest of the purple-and-white jerseys, that vaulted the Wingers to the top.
Players come and go at Cannon Falls. But the Bombers’ passing always seems to stay at a consistently high level. In a three-set victory over Red Wing on Tuesday, 25-12, 25-12, 25-19, the ball always found its way back towards the net, allowing Cannon Falls to get into its system.
Cayanne Korder had a question on her bucket list. What would a shaved head be like? Sure, the Red Wing sophomore has some bigger aspirations on that list, with trips to Thailand and the boundary waters immediately coming to mind. It was over the summer where Korder was able to cross off the shaved head from her bucket list, thanks to some inspiration from a classmate.
The Red Wing girls’ swimming team has just three seniors and four juniors. And in the mix are four freshmen, six eighth-graders and five seventh-graders. But don’t mix up youth with inexperience or any lack of talent when it comes to this Wingers squad. Many of the freshmen and eighth-graders return from last year’s roster and are some of the most talented girls in the group.
RANDOLPH – Running the wing-T offense seemingly for four yards and a cloud of dust all game, Houston took a gamble to open the fourth quarter. Trailing 28-16 against 9-Man South-East foe Randolph, Hurricanes quarterback Harry Chiglo found Wesley Johnson running a fly in man coverage. The pass was complete, Johnson went 57 yards for the score, and the Hurricanes swept up the momentum.
There was some scoring before the fourth quarter, but perhaps that was just to make sure people were paying attention before the season-opening game on Friday for both Lake City and Pine Island got interesting at the end. Brady Braaten’s 1-yard touchdown run with 10 minutes, 42 seconds left in the game gave the Panthers a seven-point lead. But, at 3:38, Mitch Marien got the Tigers within a point with his own 1-yard score, but the go-ahead, two-point conversion failed.
Billed as a matchup of two teams coming off successful seasons, Goodhue gave early notice that its run to the Class 1A semifinals in 2015 could be backed up again this year. It’s early, but the Wildcats ran away from Kenyon-Wanamingo in the second half on the way to a 33-7 season-opening victory on Friday. Mason Huemann, who had 188 yards on 23 carries, got the first score of the game on a 26-yard run with 5 minutes, 56 left in the first quarter. The Knights responded early in the second quarter when Gavin Roosen hauled in a 21-yard Jake Beulke pass to tie the game at 10:26.
John Ott makes it very clear what he wants from a football team. The new Red Wing head coach wants to run the ball, chew up the clock and, as he puts it, get fans home early from their games. “If you’re coming to one of our games, we’re not going to score a lot of points because that’s not the style we have,” Ott said. “But you should be home by 9:30 p.m. if things go well. That means we ran the clock, we ran the ball well and we kept the defense off the field.”
During the first week of fall practices, John Miller is getting a handle of things. The new activities director at Red Wing High School was fumbling with his keys while trying to gain access into the conference room. But hardware troubles aside, Miller has made it a point to get out as much as he can with coaches, players and parents to get a sense of the sports culture and community he has walked into after being hired on July 28.
This past week was but a sample of the fall prep scene. Starting on Monday, the full slate of sports will really begin when cross-country gets underway, followed by girls' swimming and football on Thursday. For football season previews and looks at Week 1, be sure to check out Wednesday's Republican Eagle. As for the rest of the fall sports, here's what to look forward to this week: