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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The goal for the Red Wing boys’ soccer team: Stay home. They don’t want a short season. Far from it. After going 2-11-3 in 2015 and missing out on a home playoff game, the Wingers’ aim is set on starting the Section 1A playoffs on their home turn. “We were one seed away last year as the ninth seed,” said Red Wing second-year head coach Tony Casci. “I hope to be at that same point again and can go up a couple spots.”
Last year was a stepping stone for the Red Wing girls’ soccer team with an 8-9-1 record and a second-round playoff game. Now in 2016, with seven returning letterwinners out of nine seniors, the Wingers are hoping to make another step up the Big Nine Conference and Section 1A ladders. To them, it’s more evolution than progression.
School isn’t set to begin until around Labor Day, but fall sports are done sitting around. On Friday, fall sports officially got to a start as Lake City girls’ tennis at Rochester John Marshall. And things will continue to pick up, starting Monday. Here is what you can look forward to:
In the regular-season finale and in Game 2 of the Section 1B playoffs, the Red Wing Aces could not solve Northfield pitcher Jake Mathison. In the regular season, Mathison kept Red Wing at bay by showing all his pitches early, keeping the Aces guessing. But in Game 2 Thursday at the Red Wing Athletic Field, the Aces waited for Mathison to start throwing his breaking ball or off-speed pitch.
John Ott was pressed for time if he wanted to pull off his first goal as Red Wing’s new head football coach: Get a camp going. Tabbed as the Wingers’ new coach on July 7, Ott had just over a month to get some of his players together to learn his new system before practice begins on Aug. 15. Ott was under the gun and it was tough to reach out to all the players in a short amount of time, but the Red Wing football team got some experience with their new head coach during camp this past week at Red Wing High School.
Jake Mathison and the rest of the Northfield pitching staff wasn't going to let Red Wing get any solid footing on Sunday. In the Aces' Classic Cannon Valley League finale at the Red Wing Athletic Field, Mathison held Red Wing to just one hit over the first four innings while striking out five. Then in relief, Ben Voss and Will Gustafson combined for three scoreless innings of relief, helping the Knights leave with a 6-2 victory over their Section 1B foe.
APPLE VALLEY – In both of its games in the Sub-State 6 tournament, Red Wing waited in vain for something to come around. In the opening round against Eastview, it was waiting for the lineup to wake up after a lethargic start. Post 54 managed to come on late with the game-tying run at the plate in the ninth inning before losing 6-3.
John Ott's career as a football coach has been a nomadic one.
Through playing, teaching and coaching, Brad Ryan knows the Big Nine Conference. He was a goalie for the Faribault High School hockey team in the 80s before getting a chance to play then-Division I hockey at the University of Illinois-Chicago. After bouncing around the hockey coaching circuit, Ryan returned to Faribault to teach and to coach the boys' hockey team for four seasons. And now, it may not be his alma mater, but Ryan is back in the Big Nine.
HASTINGS – Even while watching a six-run fourth inning for Hastings, Red Wing had to make sure the team wasn't frazzled. There was still five innings to chip away at the Hawks. “You like to fight. It's something to hang your hat on,” said Red Wing second baseman Adam Thygesen. “Guys keep working and it's fun to play with guys who keep working.