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Wrapping up the team's home schedule Thursday, Red Wing girls swimming and diving head coach Kevin O'Brien wanted one more chance to shuffle his lineup before the Wingers hit one of their toughest stretches of the season. On Senior Night and Parents Night, O'Brien wanted to get as many girls in the pool as he could. And in a 99-78 Missota Conference victory over New Prague, it also helped in seeing what holes he could plug up in the lineup as Red Wing approaches the tail end of the season. "It's a nice way to end the season with one more dual meet," O'Brien said.
LAKE CITY -- In two regular-season meetings with Winona Cotter, the Lake City girls tennis team was dominant with two 7-0 sweeps. And in the opening round of the Section 1A playoffs Wednesday, the No. 2-seeded Tigers continued their dominance over the No. 7 Ramblers with another 7-0 victory. "We did pretty well," said Lake City head coach Dave Toole. "I'm pretty happy with the way we played." Tigers senior Katie Wallerich added, "It's exciting as a whole team knowing how far we can go. And it gives the team that momentum to push through." Amy Orthaus (No. 1 singles), Haley Webster (No.
Averaging less than a goal a game, Red Wing boys soccer coach Brian Quigley wanted to shuffle his lineup. Looking for a more aggressive attack, the first-year head coach moved Alex Rezanzoff and Ryan Rehder to the front, and put Dylan Goggin and Angel Fernandez to the middle to help push the ball up in a hurry. Though the Wingers haven't had a chance to use the new-look offense for a full game, the team showed promise on the offensive end Tuesday with a 3-1 Missota Conference victory over New Prague in Red Wing. "We moved myself and Alex to forward, which is what we've wanted to do all y
Through a turbulent fall, the Red Wing volleyball team has shown glimpses of improvement. Against a struggling Hastings lineup in a non-conference game Monday, the Wingers showed some glimpses early on, holding a 3-1 lead in the first set. But showing promise hasn't been the problem this season.
By Joe Brown firstname.lastname@example.org LAKE CITY - There was plenty of motivation for the Red Wing girls soccer team Saturday as they took to the field for the championship game of the Lake City tournament against Winona. From a playing standpoint, the Wingers wanted to avenge their 3-1 loss to the Winhawks at the Lake City tournament last year. From a personal standpoint, Red Wing and head coach Dusty Beckman wanted to get a win over Winona, where Beckman was an assistant coach before coaching the Wingers.
After taking a 62-6 beating from Academy of Holy Angels in Missota Conference play Friday, Red Wing head football coach Matt Schultz was uncharacteristically short on words. Trying to describe how the Stars pulled away for the blowout victory, Schultz could use every adjective possible about Holy Angels' talent. "They're very athletic, and they are bigger and stronger," Schultz said. "That's a good football team." Since beating the Stars 13-10 in 2010, the Wingers have been outscored by Holy Angels 98-6 in their last two meetings.
LAKE CITY - Injuries have ravaged both the Lake City and Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa girls soccer teams. For the Wildcats, it has been a frantic two weeks as a team full of sophomores has tried to mesh together. "We've had to regroup in the last two weeks," said PIZM head coach Doug Weincouff.
Winning just two of its last nine matches prior to Saturday's home triangular, the Cannon Falls tennis team was struggling to gain some consistency. But with just two matches left in the regular season, the Bombers are getting into a groove after sweeping their home invitational Saturday and picking up a 5-2 dual victory Monday at Stewartville. At home, Cannon Falls opened with a 5-2 victory against Le Sueur-Henderson and a 7-0 sweep against Albert Lea. "It's always good to win at home," Bombers head coach Paul Norstad said on Saturday.
For the first 35 minutes of Tuesday's Missota Conference match with Academy of Holy Angels, the Red Wing boys soccer team went shot-for-shot with the Stars. But in the span of 50 seconds, Holy Angels dashed the Wingers' hopes for their first conference win with a quick pair of goals en route to a 5-0 victory at Red Wing High School. "We knew they were going to be a tough team and we came in hoping we'd be able to play with them," said Red Wing head coach Brian Quigley. "We went out and played a good, hard amount in the first half, but we kind of coasted at the end.
Red Wing girls soccer coach Dusty Beckman continues to look at the positives during the tough times. On the heels of the Wingers' 4-0 Missota Conference loss to Academy of Holy Angels on Tuesday, Beckman keeps looking at the positives from what his team did on the field. "We sat down with them on Monday and said, 'OK, this is what we have to do,' and I think that showed," Beckman said. "The goals they go, we can simply clean them up.