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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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.
WATKINS, Minn. – The Cannon Falls Bears have been diehards the last six weeks. Cannon Falls survived elimination in the Classic Cannon Valley League, Region 14C playoffs and its first three games of the Class C state tournament. But the Bears were finally outdone by the eventual state champions. In the Class C state quarterfinals Sunday in Watkins, the Bluejays blasted Cannon Falls’ pitchers with 13 hits on the way to an 8-5 victory.
GOODHUE – Battling a top 10 team like Fillmore Central is daunting enough. Trying to battle a top 10 team like Fillmore Central while trying to overcome a plethora of penalties and miscues was simply too much to overcome. With Mid-Southeast East District and Section 1A bragging rights on the line, the Falcons were able to leave Goodhue Friday night a 12-9 victor in a hard-hitting defensive struggle.
It took watching one scrimmage for Travis Toivonen to make a decision on his collegiate future. While visiting with the University of North Dakota in mid-August, Toivonen saw the excitement boiling over on the UND sidelines. “All the players were getting excited for each other, and you could tell the coaches love the game of football,” Toivonen said. “There were cheers whenever someone would make a big hit. All the guys are crazy athletes at that level.
After an easy win in the first set Monday, Emily Otteson found herself in a bit of a grind in the second go-around. Playing at No. 1 singles for the Red Wing girls’ tennis team against Mankato West’s Lexi Miller, Otteson found herself trailing 4-3 in the second set as Miller tried to bring it to a pivotal third set. “(Miller) played really well in the second set and it was really a mental game to have to work through,” Otteson said.
Vying for a third straight trip to the state championship meet, the Red Wing boys’ cross-country team has plenty of options to choose from. Missing a trio of last year’s seniors in Marcus Warrington, Meyer Beckner and Phil Mitchell makes things tough to start. But, there are plenty of kids looking to break into the varsity lineup. “We’ve had about 16 kids running with our top group, so there are a variety of guys,” said Red Wing cross-country coach Jesse Nelson. “Seniors like Garrett Welsch, Forest Evanson and Sam Johnson are right there.
ELLSWORTH – Last week’s season-opener against Spooner ended in heartbreak for Ellsworth. Against Colfax on Friday, the Panthers rebounded in a big way, dominating sideline to sideline. Scoring 35 points in the first half and holding the Vikings to 54 yards of total offense, Ellsworth cruised to a 42-0 non-conference victory at Fuller-Symes Field. “We needed that as a booster in terms of confidence and energy and enthusiasm,” said Panthers co-head coach Jason Janke. “We needed a win.