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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Traveling just over 1,000 miles for his newest coaching destination, Nate Freier is beginning to lay the foundation of what he wants Red Wing football to become. "I know people want the program to succeed and I wouldn't have moved halfway across the country if I didn't think it could," Freier said. Already in the midst of off-season weight training, Freier and the rest of the Red Wing football team got to talk Xs and Os for the first time as the team had its first mini-camp Monday at Red Wing High School.
Going 11 innings on Sunday, a walk-off single by Jonny Selchow sealed a 2-1 Classic Cannon Valley League win for Hampton over Red Wing. The Aces got on the board first in the top of the fifth as Brodie Smith hit a two-out RBI single that drove Seth Cushing home. The Cardinals responded in the bottom of the sixth, tying the game at 1-1 as Ryan Scanlon reached home on an error.
With a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Minneapolis Cobras broke up a 3-3 tie en route to a 5-3 victory over Wanamingo in the Josh Harrison Memorial Tournament championship game Sunday at John Burch Park in Cannon Falls. Eric Sviggum led the Jacks' offense, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Andrew Anfinson was 2-for-3 at the bottom of the lineup. Sam and Alex Roosen both scored a run, with Alex hitting a solo home run.
COON RAPIDS — With a tear in her eye, Stephanie Herzog completed a masterful six-year varsity career. Her last hole didn't look great on the scorecard as she needed three putts to finish up the round. But give the Red Wing senior the benefit of the doubt: It's hard to putt when the ball is a blur. "I could barely see the ball because I was already tearing up," Stephanie said. "I was just trying to get it in the hole at that point. "But it's been a great career. I've been truly blessed to be on a good team."
ROSEVILLE — Even with two outs on the board, Mahtomedi’s bats were able to smack the ball around the field. And the way they played in the Class 3A consolation semifinals, the Zephyrs seemed to excel in that situation. Scoring 10 runs on five hits and five walks in two-out situations, Mahtomedi beat Red Wing on Friday, ending the Wingers’ season with a 12-1 six-inning win at Northwestern University.
MINNEAPOLIS – Even on seemingly ho-hum plays, chaos can ensue. For Red Wing, it was the difference between advancing to the state semifinals and dropping to the consolation bracket. In the top of the sixth inning of Thursday's Class 3A state quarterfinal, Marshall's Dylan Criquet-Danielson hit a moon shot into the air between first and second base. The baseball veered in the air and fell hard onto the Siebert Field turf as second baseman Brodie Smith was unable to come up with the grab.
COON RAPIDS — There was a point early in the 2017 season where Sophia Yoemans was the third best player on her team. With three of the top six girls' golfers in Minnesota, some parity is a given. But Yoemans handled it in stride. "In the beginning I was playing good, but they were playing better," Yoemans said. "It was nice. Kind of frustrating, but not really, because they were playing well and making our team better."
ST. PAUL — Carl Kozlowski had state cross-country flashbacks as he approached the final 100 meters of the 800-meter championship. And he was not about to relive that memory. "I got third (at cross-country) and I saw that happening again and I was like, 'I can't go to school if I do this again. Those guys will never let that go,'" Kozlowski said. "I had to push."
ST. PAUL – Carl Kozlowski had state cross-country flashbacks as he approached the final 100 meters of the 800-meter championship. And he was not about to relive that memory. “I got third (at cross-country) and I saw that happening again and I was like, 'I can't go to school if I do this again. Those guys will never let that go,'” Kozlowski said. “I had to push.”
ST. PAUL – There was plenty of room for optimism for Red Wing's 4x200-meter relay team. After all, they qualified for the state finals by one-hundredths of a second in the prelims Friday. So, the group of Paige Patterson, Madisyn Lyons, Emily Hart and Tyler McGrath were hoping to surprise one more time. “We got pretty lucky getting into finals by getting in by .01 seconds. We thought we can actually compete against these girls,” McGrath said. “It was nice jumping up a couple spots from where we were seeded. We were excited and optimistic.”