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ZUMBROTA – With plenty of new faces across the field and a new head coach for the first time in 14 years, Zumbrota-Mazeppa is expecting plenty of growing pains this fall. But in the same vein, new head coach Darin Raasch sees a Cougars squad with plenty of promise. “We have good potential and our learning curve is certainly high,” said Raasch, who succeeds Willie Rauen as the team’s head coach. “We’ve got guys who have worked hard. “Wins and losses, I wouldn’t know what to even tell you with that. What I expect of us is to be better at the end than where we start.
GOODHUE – The 13 seniors on the Goodhue football team have been building a rapport for over a decade. “I’ve been here since first grade and we’ve been playing recess football ever since then,” senior lineman Casey Deneen said.
ZUMBROTA — Darin Raasch’s goal isn’t to reinvent the Zumbrota-Mazeppa football program overnight. Instead, his goal is to make smaller changes that can hopefully pay huge dividends. Raasch, who was an assistant the last seven years at Z-M, is now the head coach of the Cougars this fall. He replaces Willie Rauen, who was the team’s head coach for 14 seasons. And in Raasch’s mind, the focus is to tweak Rauen’s program instead of overhauling it. “Willie ran a great program and there’s not a lot here I need to change.
With bases loaded in the second inning, Dixon Irwin had a chance to give the Red Wing Aces some much-needed momentum against Northfield on Tuesday. But, the youngster struck out in the clutch situation. Irwin knew if he got another chance like that, his fortunes would change. “I got to learn from it,” Irwin said about the strikeout. “I knew I had to put my foot down and drive one next time.”
During summer vacation, a trip to the swimming pool usually makes for a fun-filled afternoon. For Hunter Connelly, it was all business. When the Red Wing state champion swimmer took to the water this summer, it was to swim against some of the top talent in the Midwest. Connelly, who won the Class 1A state title in the 100-yard backstroke in March, returned back to Minnesota this week after participating in the USA Swimming Futures Championships at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. “It’s a great experience to get out to these meets and swimming with some of the top guys out ther
After seeing three years of steady improvement, the Red Wing boys soccer team will look to keep that upward trend with a new head coach. Last Friday, Activities Director Matt Schultz announced that Tony Casci will be the new boys soccer coach starting this fall, replacing Brian Quigley. “Brian had an opportunity for a promotion at his job, and that put us in a time crunch (to find a coach),” Schultz said. “Tony had expressed some interest in the past to coach the team, and it should be a nice transition.”
HASTINGS – With four runs in the first inning, Red Wing looked as though it would cruise to victory Sunday. But Hastings would not go down quietly. The Hawks managed to cut the deficit to one run before the Aces were finally able to put away the Classic Cannon Valley League regular-season finale 6-4 at Veterans Park. “It was nice we got off to a hot start,” said Red Wing manager/first baseman Jimmy Bohmbach. “After that, we weren’t getting too many fastballs from their pitcher (Ben Bundschu).
NORTHFIELD – The Red Wing VFW baseball team crushed the ball en route to getting to the First Division playoff final four. But with a chance at state looming for the district champion, Post 1218’s bats went cold on Saturday at Northfield with losses to top seed Northfield (4-1) and second-seeded Rochester Century (2-0).
PRIOR LAKE, Minn. – The first four-and-a-half innings of Wednesday’s Sub-State 6 playoff game could not have gone any better for Red Wing. Over the first five innings, eighth-seeded Post 54 took a 4-1 lead over top seed Northfield, thanks to some big hits from the heart of the lineup and a strong start by pitcher Jacob Duden.
“Better late than never” was the mantra Monday night for the Red Wing Legion baseball team. Facing No. 9 seed South St. Paul in the Sub-State 6 play-in game, No. 8 seed Post 54 overcame a 2-0 deficit, scoring all of its runs over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings in a 4-2 victory at the Red Wing Athletic Field. “We definitely used the extended game that the Legion playoffs gave us,” said Red Wing head coach Kyle Blahnik, referring to Legion ball going from seven innings in the regular season to nine in the playoffs.