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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Another game, another one-run victory for the Red Wing baseball team. Tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Wingers caught a break when Seth Morem reached second on a Tigers fielding error. Then after a Teddy Tauer sacrifice bunt put Morem at third, Seth Yeatman’s bat ended the game as the sophomore third baseball blasted a single to center field to secure a 2-1 walk-off victory at the Red Wing Athletic Field.
It took one game for the Red Wing baseball team to see how their entire season could play out. In one sense, the team is young and has some inexperience. And that showed early against Austin Tuesday as the Wingers had four errors over the first four innings, leading to a 3-1 deficit. But the team also saw that if they continue to play hard, they'll reap the rewards. And they did that at the Red Wing Athletic Field thanks to a two-run sixth inning that put the Wingers in the win column with a 4-3 victory over the Packers.
GOODHUE – Through the shivering cold and howling wind, Gavin Roosen had a fire inside of him Monday. It was only the second game of the season for Kenyon-Wanamingo, but the junior pitcher wanted to take down Goodhue after the top-seeded Knights were upset in the first round of the Section 1A tournament against the eighth-seeded Wildcats.
The Red Wing girls’ golf team is in a new class and will take on a new course in the section final. But with four girls back from last year’s Class 2A state champion team, these new elements aren’t about to spook the Wingers. “I think we’ll be pretty good,” said Red Wing head coach Mark Herzog. “We lose depth (with Reagan Haley and Kayla Oberding graduating), so we don’t have quite that margin of error. But we got a couple kids who can fill in at the five and six spots.”
GOODHUE -- Goodhue is young this year and is likely to take some lumps this year. But against Stewartville and its Division I-caliber pitcher, the Wildcats showed some promise in the season opener Thursday. The Wildcats coaxed the Tigers into two straight 1-2-3 innings to start the game before Stewartville found its bats and pulled away for a 14-4 Hiawatha Valley League victory.
Fresh faces will be a consistent theme for the Red Wing boys’ tennis team this spring. With four players gone from last year’s team and a move to Section 4A, there will be an adjustment period for the Wingers throughout the year, starting with Tuesday’s home opener against Rochester Century. “We’ve managed to put together a fairly competitive lineup against other teams,” said Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh. “It’s similar to last year where we lost a lot of players and everyone had to move up a bit. We just have to keep doing that.”
It seems that every spring brings with it the inevitability of several Red Wing girls qualifying for the state track and field meet. Sure, there is a whole season between the opening practices of March, and the final gun in June, but it’s almost like a three-month warm up. This year is no different. The Wingers bring back all six of their state qualifiers from 2015, and all but one of the key pieces of the Big Nine Conference and Section 1AA True Team championships squad.
That familiar uneasiness was creeping up on Red Wing. Up by just two points against Northfield in the Section 1AAA finals on March 4, the Wingers hadn’t played their best basketball and were dreading a fourth straight trip to the section finals without a victory. “We knew we weren’t playing as well as we could have in the first half, so we kind of went into the locker room and said, ‘This isn’t going to happen again,’” said Red Wing senior forward Travis Toivonen. “And we made sure of that.”
(In alphabetical order) FIRST TEAM Broc Finstuen (jr. guard/forward, Pine Island) 19.9 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 4.8 apg, All-HVL, career leading scorer at Pine Island (1,265) and career assist leader at Pine Island (300). From Pine Island head coach Jim McNamara: “Broc is among the conference leaders in scoring, rebounding and assists and is a threat to the defense whenever he touches the ball.”
MINNEAPOLIS – From the first tip-off in the quarterfinals until the final horn in the state championship, Goodhue proved beyond a reasonable doubt it was the top team in Class 1A. Winning their first state championship in school history with an 89-64 victory over third-seeded Maranatha Christian Academy on Saturday, the top-seeded Wildcats did not trail once over the three-game tournament.