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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Both Red Wing and Austin needed some momentum in their favor. Prior to Thursday’s Big Nine Conference matchup both the Wingers and Packers had lost three straight conference matches. Early on, Red Wing managed to grab the momentum. But before halftime, the Packers swung the pendulum in their favor with two goals in a five-minute span. Ultimately that pair of goals was enough for Austin to end their skid with a 2-1 victory at Russ “Cougar” Marshall Field.
Facing a one-loss team like Rochester Century is daunting enough. But with two starters out with concussions, Red Wing had a tough road to trek. With McKenzie Cota and Sarah O’Keefe on the bench, the Wingers struggled to adjust in the first two sets and the Panthers won with relative ease. But in the third, Red Wing finally got in a groove, overcoming a five-point deficit to avoid the sweep.
Red Wing’s defense had plenty to worry about with Mankato West in town Tuesday. The Wingers had to try to slow down the Big Nine Conference’s top-scoring team, led by junior Jake Maleka, who ranks in the top 10 statewide in goals. And for a while, Red Wing managed to keep the Scarlets in check.
CANNON FALLS – After three straight weeks of playing teams with a combined 14-1 record, Cannon Falls was ready to snap its losing streak in its homecoming tilt with Byron. There was plenty to relish in after the game as the Bombers held the Bears to seven points and just 213 yards of total offense. But, a win proved elusive yet again as Cannon Falls fell to 1-4 with a 7-6 Southeast Red District loss Friday at John Burch Park.
Thanks to a 44-20 loss at the hands of Winona last week, Red Wing’s eyes are wide open heading into the second half of the season. “I think we’re awake now. We’re working hard now in the weight room, but we’re not letting that loss get to our heads,” said senior lineman Jeremy Banks. “I think it was good for us to have that game. Now we know what we need to work on and what we need to work harder on.” And starting with Friday’s homecoming matchup with New Prague, the Wingers’ run defense is looking to make progress after allowing 318 rushing yards against the Winhawks last week.
Old habits are hard to break. The Red Wing volleyball team is finding this out first-hand. In a three-set Big Nine Conference loss to Winona on Tuesday, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19), the Wingers fell into a familiar script: a solid first-set loss, followed by a rough second-set showing. Things pick up in the third, but it’s not enough for a comeback.
Before Red Wing takes on New Prague for its homecoming game next Friday, the school will honor a longtime coach in the Wingers’ football program. At 6:45 p.m. on Friday Sept. 18, Red Wing High School will dedicate its high-school field to Russ “Cougar” Marshall in a ceremony that will include 10 former coaching colleagues as well as Marshall’s wife and daughters, according to Red Wing activities director Matt Schultz. A coach and teacher in Red Wing for 41 years, Marshall, 69, passed away on June 15.
WINONA, Minn. – After walking off the turf at Paul Giel Field, Red Wing was already putting Friday’s 44-20 Big Southeast Blue Division loss to Winona in the rear-view mirror. There was no magic formula that the 4-0 Winhawks used against the 10th-ranked (Class 4A) Wingers: Winona just fed the ball to running back Tanner Remlinger and dared Red Wing to stop him. And, they couldn’t. “Oh, this one’s done. We’re not even going to watch the film on this one,” said Red Wing head coach Rickey Foggie. “There’s nothing to learn from this one, we got our (butt) kicked.
HASTINGS – This season, girls cross-country runners from across the state are adjusting from running a 4-kilometer race to a 5-kilometer race. And so far, not only have the Red Wing girls adjusted, they’re thriving. Led by the top-five trio of Jasmyn Armstrong, Kianna Stewart and Grace Johnson, the Winger girls cruised to a team victory in the 2015 Dewey Minnaert Invitational at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park in Hastings on Tuesday.
Lauren Grant and the duo of Amy Jeranek and Hannah Daley each came away with three-set wins on Tuesday during Red Wing’s 7-0 Big Nine Conference victory over Albert Lea at Red Wing High School. Grant, at No. 3 singles, staved off the Tigers’ Alexa Drescher 6-2, 4-6, 10-6. Emily Otteson, Morley Struss and Anika Nybo also got singles wins for the Wingers. Then at No. 2 doubles, Jeranek and Daley overcame a second-set loss to defeat the team of Lexus Saltou and Kaedyn Kirchner 6-2, 3-6, 10-5. Also tallying doubles wins for Red Wing were the No.