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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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.
(In alphabetical order) Alissa Bien (jr. OF, Goodhue) .394 batting average, .452 on-base percentage, 6 doubles, 17 runs, 21 RBI, 19 stolen bases, All-Hiawatha Valley League, team MVP From head coach Malinda Vogel: “Alissa is a very well-rounded softball player and a great leader. She covered a lot of ground in the outfield and made many great catches. She was also very consistent at getting on base and had our top batting average on the team.”
There was a brief moment where softball didn’t look like an option for Morgan Olson. After the first day of youth tee-ball, she quit. Why? Because she wanted to see live pitching.
If ever there was a time the Red Wing Aces needed its young players to step up, Sunday was that time. Hosting the Cannon Falls Bears for a Classic Cannon Valley League game at the Red Wing Athletic Field, the Aces appeared dead to rights when Cannon Falls scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to go up 7-2. Three straight singles later, Red Wing was back in business. Then, Mitch Matter and Cole Kelly came up with back-to-back two-run hits to complete an improbable comeback for an 8-7 victory.
Tanner Luhmann and Teddy Lillico made sure Red Wing was able to finish strong. The No. 8 and 9 hitters on Post 54's lineup Monday against Farmington, Luhmann and Lillico accounted for five of the team's 10 hits in a 3-2 victory at the Red Wing Athletic Field. The key for the Post 54 duo was sitting and waiting on Farmington pitcher Mikey Fredrickson to throw the heat.
ST. CLOUD – Maybe it was the 10 a.m. Start time to the state tournament, or maybe it was the two-plus hour bus ride from Pine Island to Dick Putz Field. Either way, Pine Island's bats just had trouble waking up. All top-seeded Belle Plaine needed was a two-out RBI double from Nathan Hermann in the first inning to hold on for a 1-0 victory over the Panthers in the Class 2A state quarterfinals on Thursday.
COON RAPIDS – Red Wing was more than happy to forget Day 1 of the Class 3A state tournament. The Winger girls' golf team had state title aspirations but saw things go awry when the team shot a Day 1 score of 322 at Bunker Hills Golf Club. Edina pulled away from the field with a 298, leaving Red Wing in fourth and competing for second with Forest Lake and Stillwater.
PINE ISLAND – Whenever Brady Braaten can have some bragging rights over his dad, he’s not shy about bringing it up. There’s no malice between the Pine Island junior and his dad, Mark. In fact, the rivalry is all in good fun. But there is a joy in having a leg up on the old man. “I like to ask my dad after I have good games or after I got All-Conference last year, ‘Dad did you get All-Conference when you played?’” Brady said. “I like to try to brag and try to beat his records and be better than him so I can tell my family members or tell everyone that he wasn’t the only one.”
Twenty-four hours before the Major League Baseball draft, Ryan Boldt was starting to get an idea where he may go. “It wasn't until the night before that I had a feeling it would be Tampa Bay. There were a couple teams in the mix,” said Boldt, a Red Wing native who just finished his junior season as the University of Nebraska's center fielder.