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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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.
CANNON FALLS – Strong serving and solid defense look to be the calling card for Cannon Falls this fall. Facing off with Red Wing in the season opener Thursday, the Bombers found success at the service line and frustrated the Wingers’ hitters with stellar back row play in a four-set victory, 25-21, 25-21, 16-25, 25-13.
There is plenty of familiarity between David Thurston and the Red Wing girls’ soccer team’s nine seniors. Thurston was a coach for those girls since their U-10 or U-11 days. So, it isn’t a surprise that Thurston has high hopes for this group in their final season when the Wingers’ 2015 campaign begins Thursday at home against Mankato East. “They’re familiar with my personality and tactics, and I know their strengths and weaknesses,” Thurston said. “When we were in the club system in our own age, we did very well as far as record-wise.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. – A backup quarterback for Red Wing last year, junior Kipp Adams wanted to find a different way to contribute to the team. “He came to me in the beginning of the summer and goes, ‘Coach, I want to play slot.’ Perfect. The guy can run, jump and catch, and he’s a great athlete,” said Wingers head football coach Rickey Foggie. “He’s an athlete. … He’s kind of long and he can run great routes.” And in his first game as a converted receiver, Adams showed he can come up with game-winning catches.