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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The goal was simple: don't turn the puck over. With the top goal scorer in the Missota Conference in Northfield's Andrew Scofield across the ice, the Red Wing boys hockey team wanted to do everything it could to keep the Raiders' senior off the board. And it worked for the first 16 minutes of Thursday's home game.
LAKE CITY - It took nearly 5,000 miles, but Ryan and Ben Swanson finally stepped onto their hometown's basketball court for the first time as high school players on Thursday. Spending their youth in Lake City, the Swanson family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii before either Ryan or Ben got to play for the high school team. Though the family moved, the Swansons always kept in touch with their friends in Lake City. "(Ryan) always could shoot," said Tigers guard Ben Schramski. "he was one of our better players back in the day, and he still would be if he were with us today. ...
Red Wing has faced plenty of adversity in the wake of an 0-9 start. So instead of dwelling on a 2-0 hole early in the second period against Farmington, the Wingers decided to fight through it. "We're used to that adversity," said Red Wing head boys hockey coach Mike Belisle.
LAKE CITY - In order to pick up a win on Thursday, Lake City had to shut down one of its own. Playing Mid-Pacific Institute, a private school based in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Tigers' goal was to shut down Owls senior forward Ryan Swanson, who was averaging 21 points per game entering Thursday's game. Ryan, along with his brother Ben, grew up in Lake City before the family moved to Hawaii.
LAKE CITY - Coming back from Christmas break, Lake City sophomore guard Breanna Gates admitted there were some nerves about the long layoff. But after practice on Wednesday, the Tigers' concerns were alleviated. "We work really hard at practice to make sure we're always working running and keeping conditioned, and we were worried we weren't going to be in shape after the five-day break," Gates said.
LAKE CITY - Although his team had averaged 67.7 points over its last three games, Lake City boys basketball coach Shawn Sweeney knew his team could be in for an entirely different kind of game Friday against Cannon Falls. "I knew if both teams were up to snuff on defense, it'd be a low-scoring game, and that's fine," Sweeney said. Holding the Bombers to 23.7 percent shooting, the Tigers moved to 2-0 in the Hiawatha Valley Blue division with a 45-34 home victory. "I thought the kids played very well defensively from start to finish," Sweeney said.
Things got out of hand in a hurry for the Red Wing boys hockey team against Rochester Mayo. Trailing 4-2 in the middle of the second period, Michael Bigelbach got a five-minute major and a 10-minute misconduct for checking from behind. Then, more than four minutes later, Taylor Hanson got the same penalties.
A day after losing by a goal to No. 5-ranked (2A) Eden Prairie, the Blake School's girls hockey team had a bit of a gut check. After such a tough loss Friday, the No. 3-ranked (1A) Bears didn't have much time to dwell when they traveled to No. 2 Red Wing on Saturday. "I think (the Eden Prairie loss) gave us a big shot of reality," said Blake head coach Shawn Reid. "We're not as good as we thought we were. Eden Prairie outplayed us, and we knew we had to be ready for (Saturday) because Red Wing is very powerful.
CANNON FALLS - Last year was a trial by fire for the Cannon Falls wrestling team. Going 12-15 a year ago, early on in the 2012-13 season, Bombers head coach Dudley Flodeen has seen his wrestlers step out of the flames with a different fire in their eyes. "It's worked for these guys," Flodeen said of using the younger wrestlers last year. "Sometimes it backfires, but it's good for these guys. ...
In a matter of days, the Missota Conference stands on shaky ground. The Shakopee school board gave Activities Director John Janke the go-head to apply for the South Suburban Conference on Monday night. Then on Tuesday night, the principals of the 10 South Suburban Conference voted unanimously to accept Farmington's application to the conference. Pending its board of education's approval, Farmington could join the South Suburban in the 2014-15 school year.