Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.
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MINNEAPOLIS - For Lake City senior tennis players Allison Harvey and Katie Wallerich, their Class 1A state tournament got out of hand in a hurry. After losing 6-0, 6-1 in the first round to Park Rapids Area's Christina Smith and Julia Renner, the Tigers duo took on St. James' Michaela Nordby and Acacia Foss in the consolation playoffs. Harvey and Wallerich won the first set 6-4, but in the second set, Nordby and Foss got hot quickly. And before Harvey and Wallerich knew it, the St.
CANNON FALLS - Although it came in as a favorite against Triton on Thursday, No. 3-seeded Cannon Falls had a chip on its shoulder. A year ago in the Section 1A-West playoffs, the Bombers fell in four sets to the Cobras. "Last year, we lost to them in the first round of the playoffs and we really wanted to avenge that this year," said Cannon Falls freshman Hailey Huseth. "We've never gotten the third seed ever before in campus history. We had to keep our momentum up because we were going to win.
It didn't take Cannon Falls long to punch its ticket to the Section 4AAA semifinals. The Bombers scored seven first-half touchdowns to take a 50-0 lead into halftime on the way to a 57-8 victory over No. 6-seeded Minneapolis Edison Tuesday in Cannon Falls. "We are very excited about the playoff win," said Cannon Falls head coach Josh Hofstedt. "The boys came out right away. We were lucky enough to get some second-string guys in the second half and they did a great job." With the win, Cannon Falls will head to Concordia Academy-Roseville for the section semifinals on Saturday. The No.
LAKE CITY - After losing 7-6 (3) in the first set of the Section 1A semifinals match with Trinity School's Jenny Mulvey, some panic set in for Lake City senior Amy Orthaus. The Tigers' No. 1 singles player all season and a top-15 singles player in Class A, Orthaus all of a sudden saw her shot at a second-straight state tournament berth in jeopardy. And facing Mulvey, Orthaus said, was like playing against herself. "It was really scary," Orthaus said. "I remember sitting down after losing the first set and thinking, 'Wow, if I don't win the next one, it's just going to end here.
GOODHUE - For the second straight week, Goodhue was the victim of a big-play passing game, as Winona Cotter jumped out to a 28-8 halftime lead thanks to three 50-plus yard touchdown passes. With another half of football to go, the Wildcats agreed to put the first half behind them and start fresh in their regular season finale. "The only reason they had so many points is because they got us on a couple big plays," said Goodhue senior defensive back/running back Kyle Drehmel. "We made some switches at halftime, and we just had to change our mindset.
LAKE CITY - If teams had to score 20 points to win a set in volleyball, Lake City would have stood tall Tuesday with a 2-1 lead against La Crescent. The problem for the Tigers: volleyball sets go up to 25. Unable to hold on to late leads on Tuesday, Lake City ended the regular season on a sour note with a three-set home loss to the Lancers in Hiawatha Valley League play. The Lancers swept the match 25-21, 25-23, 25-23. "We didn't finish," said Tigers head coach Kim Bobb. "We've been up and down like that all year.
GOODHUE - In order to take Red Wing out of its game during Monday's non-conference match, Goodhue made it a point to make the Wingers' middle hitters a non-factor. The Wildcats' plan: serve tough and make Red Wing's back row work hard for every pass. "(The coaches) told me to go for their "5" spot and go after their libero," said Goodhue junior Mikayla Tipcke.
GOODHUE -- On scoring plays alone in Friday's 48-0 blowout victory, the Lake City football team outgained Goodhue 352-219 in total yards of offense. Big plays came in bulk for the Tigers' offense, going up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, and holding a 41-0 lead at halftime over the Wildcats to remain undefeated in the Hiawatha Valley League Gold Division. "Lake City's very talented," said Goodhue head coach Tony Poncelet. "If you're going to shut down the run, they're going to throw over the top of you. And if you go into shutting down the pass, they'll run all around you.
Late in the regular season, the Red Wing volleyball team is fixated on the number 25. All year, the Wingers have shown glimpses of success, but have had trouble finishing on their momentum. So Red Wing head coach Heidi Ulwelling has the team focused on 25, trying to get the girls to finish their sets and win a match for the first time since Sept. 8. "All our practices and scrimmages are geared towards 25, rather than 11 or shortened games," Ulwelling said. "I know I have them conditioned.
ZUMBROTA - Friday's game with Hayfield had all the makings of a trap game for Zumbrota-Mazeppa. The Vikings were coming off their first win since the 2009 season last week, and the Cougars' offense was struggling with four first-half turnovers. Hayfield had ample opportunities to put points on the board, but a relentless defense effort by Z-M set the tone for a 34-6 Hiawatha Valley League Gold Division victory for the Cougars. "Our defense played really well," said Z-M head coach Willie Rauen. "That probably ...