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ST. PAUL – No matter how slim the margin is, Nick Connelly seems to find a way. With a preliminary throw of 48 feet, 7 inches in the Class 2A boys shot put, Connelly was able to exorcise the demons of last year’s state tournament where he threw a disappointing 48-2. Better yet, that 48-7 mark was just enough to put the Red Wing senior into the shot put finals. “I always make it in by that much,” Connelly said, laughing and pinching his fingers together.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. — Madisyn Lyons had a premonition on Saturday morning. Before Day 2 of the Section 1AA track and field championship at Lakeville South High School, Lyons and fellow Red Wing freshman Paige Patterson were hoping to make it to state together in the triple jump. “This morning, you could tell that we were both nervous,” Lyons said. “I always pictured (Paige) beating me and me finishing second. I kept visualizing this and I really wanted to (qualify for state).”
AUSTIN, Minn. – Goodhue’s Logan Breuer could only grin from ear to ear as he looked toward the scoreboard on Wednesday night. After all, the Wildcats continue defy the odds, keeping their season alive with a 4-3 victory over Lyle/Austin Pacelli in a Section 1A elimination game Wednesday. “We have a thing for theatrics,” said a smiling Breuer, who tied the game with an RBI triple in the sixth inning, then scored the game-winning run on a two-out RBI single by Taylor Buck in the next at-bat. The No.
ROCHESTER -- Hastings found a recipe for success against Red Wing on Saturday. So with the season on the line in the elimination bracket in Section 1AAA, the Raiders found success in their tried-and-true formula and managed to end the Wingers' season. Using the same aggressive approach early in the count that resulted in a 10-2 win Saturday, 11th-seeded Hastings went off for 17 hits as part of a 9-5 victory over the No. 3 Wingers Monday at Alumni Field.
Hastings' confidence was riding high as they walked onto the diamond at the Red Wing Athletic Field Saturday. With 10 runs on 14 hits, that confidence continues to soar for the 11th-seeded Raiders as they continued to shock Section 1AAA with a 10-2 victory over No. 3 Red Wing. "It's been fun. The boys have come out and are playing good baseball," said Hastings head coach Taylor Pagel. "They're hitting, and our pitchers have been unbelievable."
CANNON FALLS – The first time though the batting order, Cannon Falls was stymied by Triton lefty Michael Thomas. The Bombers got just two hits and had a runner picked off at third base as the Cobras managed to take a 1-0 lead. The second time through the order, the No.
FARMINGTON – For six innings, Red Wing was in step with fifth-seeded Rochester Century.
Tyler DeFore played his role to perfection in the sixth inning. Facing Owatonna in the regular-season finale Monday at the Red Wing Athletic Field, DeFore stepped up to the plate after Seth Morem reached first on a Huskies error to start the frame. DeFore’s role was simple: move Morem into scoring position for the top of the lineup. And the sophomore outfielder laid down a picture-perfect bunt that stopped on the chalk midway up the third-base line. “Coach (Chris) Guetzlaff’s been helping me with my bunting all year,” DeFore said. “It’s the first year I’ve ever learned it.
STILLWATER – Making it to state True Team wasn’t enough for Red Wing. The Wingers wanted to put in an impressive showing in its first state trip since 2010. “Jesse (Nelson, Red Wing’s head coach) said when we first got here that it’s great that we got here, but you have to want more,” said Wingers sophomore Elise Leise. “You have to go out, get after it and want to win something, and that really helped.” By the time Saturday’s state meet concluded at Stillwater High School, the Wingers finished in the top half with a fourth-place score of 351.5.