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Red Wing's season was over. The Wingers trailed Albert Lea 5-2 in the Section 1A quarterfinals with four minutes to play. All game, the sixth-seeded Tigers just seemed to be one or two strides faster than third-seeded Red Wing. And the Wingers' vaunted offense was unable to break through the defense and a stellar performance from Albert Lea goaltender Benjamin Witham. Forty-seven minutes of game clock seemed to seal the Wingers' season. But in a four-minute span, the Wingers played their most inspired hockey of the season for an improbable comeback.
Up by just two at halftime against Big Nine Conference foe Mankato West, Red Wing girls' basketball coach Jesse Nelson wanted to try to work the ball inside for more high-percentage shots. Then the Wingers hit 15 3-pointers in the game, and senior Morgan Zebro turned in a 23-point effort to become the latest member of the school's 1,000-point club. After Tuesday's 73-56 win over the visiting Scarlets, coach Nelson could only shrug his shoulders about the proposed inside attack not going exactly to plan.
The Red Wing boys’ hockey team will head into the postseason as the hottest team in Section 1A after picking up its sixth straight victory with an 8-1 win at Faribault on Saturday. Tyler DeFore finished the game with three goals and an assist while Jackson Maroushek and Teddy Lillico both came up with a pair of goals and an assist apiece. Jack Nevitt got the team's final goal. Cam Blue tallied three assists in the victory.
MINNEAPOLIS — Dance with the stars and fly with the angels. This statement proved to be both a heartbreaking reminder of what the Lake City Dance Team had lost this season and a motivation to succeed in honor of a fallen teammate. On June 8, 2016, Katie Goihl went to the doctor because of fatigue and growing pains. When the diagnosis came back, Goihl found out she had chronic myelogenous leukemia. Goihl was diagnosed on a Wednesday. By Saturday, Goihl, 15, had passed away.
MINNEAPOLIS – When Cannon Falls needed to make changes to its High Kick routine, the member of the Bomber Dance Team were going to find a time to work out the kinks before the next competition. “We would spend time in study hall working on our routines and it was worth it in the end,” said Cannon Falls junior Brooke Kimmes. “On our team, if we're not getting something in practice, we'll go home and work on it until we get it.”
MINNEAPOLIS – Zumbrota-Mazeppa and Randolph both took a step up on Friday. But it was not enough for the Z-M Dance Team and the Rockettes to advance to finals in the Class 1A Jazz state dance team championship Friday at the Target Center.
Even on one leg, Zach Harding is capable of being a brick wall. During the second period of Thursday's Big Nine Conference game against Northfield, Harding, Red Wing's goaltender, went down face-first on the ice after taking a puck to the knee. “The puck hit me right in the kneecap,” said a hobbled Harding. “I was thinking pass and opened up my leg and got shot and hit right in the kneecap.”
A year after having both High Kick and Jazz qualify for state, nerves were a constant for the Randolph dance team this winter. The High Kick was used to the state spotlight with consecutive state appearances, but the Jazz team was a lesser-known commodity. It helped the Rockettes to not have expectations as they found their way to the state meet for the first time a year ago.
Teddy Tauer brought a gift from the Red Wing boys' basketball team's five-game road trip: A strong outside shot. “I was hitting it on the road the last couple games,” Tauer said. “I don't know, I brought it back home.” Back at Sonju Gymnasium for the first time since Jan. 26, Tauer hit three 3-pointers, including an outside bucket that put Red Wing ahead for good with 1 minute, 58 seconds to play as part of a 49-46 Big Nine Conference victory over Faribault.
A year after finishing seventh at the Big Nine Championship meet, the Red Wing gymnastics team vaulted its way up to fourth place in Saturday's meet at Sonju Gymnasium. The Wingers finished with a team score of 132.800, bested only by Owatonna (146.450), Austin (145.700) and Mankato West (138.100). After Red Wing, Rochester Century (132.450), Northfield (130.975), Winona (130.125) and Rochester Mayo (125.825) rounded out the top eight.