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Implementing a new system takes time, expecting things to come together in the first game of the season would be foolish. And when the first opponent is a fast, skilled team coming off a section title-game appearance, the wise approach is to look for improvement anywhere you can. That's exactly what David Thurston and the Red Wing girls soccer team did on Thursday.
With a week of practice in the books, and its first match coming early next week, the Red Wing girls’ tennis team will get to see where it stands in the Big Nine Conference. Perhaps more importantly for new coach Patty Otteson, the girls will get to see where their games are at.
CANNON FALLS – With its ace on the mound, Cannon Falls had a great chance early during Saturday's opening-round game in the Region 4C tournament. The fifth-seeded Bears had the bases loaded, but came away with just one run against second-seeded Wells. It was not the start that Cannon Falls manager Ryan Brintnall wanted. But it turned out to be a nonissue as the Bears came away with a 4-0 victory at John Burch Park. After the Wildcats escaped that threat, the sense of a missed opportunity did not permeate the Cannon Falls dugout.
Seven Red Wing sports will have new head coaches this year, and volleyball is one of them. On Thursday, Red Wing High School Principal Todd Herber named Dave Lyons as the new head of that program. “He's a community member and a parent. He has an extensive background in volleyball. And he has agreed to work with our program for the next couple years,” Herber said. Usually, there are not timetables for high school coaching hires. But Herber is looking toward the future after losing Jackie Braithwaite after just two seasons.
On Thursday, Red Wing High School Principal Todd Herber announced through a press release that John Miller, a teacher at Sherman Middle School in Madison, Wis., will be the Wingers next activities director.
For the second straight year, Kenyon-Wanamingo’s playoff game did not go as planned. The fact that it was just a single game adds to the sting of what was a sudden end to a stellar season. The Knights lost just twice before the Hiawatha Valley League championship game, but dropped that contest to Cannon Falls before Blue Earth sent K-W home for the season. None of the Knights were happy about the sudden turn of events, and Gavin Roosen, the Republican Eagle Player of the Year, was more than disappointed.
And here I am. Broke, unemployed, luckless, loveless, sitting in an airport lobby at one in the morning, a couple T-shirts and my baseball glove stuffed into a backpack on the bench next to me. It took me 15 hours to get from Denver to Minneapolis yesterday, going from my sister’s basement where I had been staying to my parents’ where all my stuff is, to hastily pack my bag. Five more hours and I was in Sioux Falls, rubbing sleep out of my eyes, way too early at the airport.
With the departure of Matt Schultz last week, Red Wing High School added a vacant activities director job to the list of five sports without head coaches.
JORDAN – Lake City was down 10 strokes after the first round, and did what it could to make up some ground over the final 18 holes. But Detroit Lakes, behind five-time state champion Kate Smith, held off the Tigers, 633-642, to win the Class 2A state title on Wednesday at The Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. Smith's 139 led the Lakers, and tied Visitation's Anni Heck for medalist honors. Emily Schimbeno was fifth overall for Lake City with a 156.
JORDAN – Blake fended off the field on Wednesday, capturing the Class 2A state championship at The Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. Blake's Derek Hitchner, the leader after a first-round 65, shot a 69 in the final round to win the individual title with a 134. Red Wing's Cecil Belisle tied for third place with a 147, just two strokes behind second-place Alex Wilson of Holy Family Catholic. “I just enjoyed the game I love. Just playing, having fun, staying relaxed and not worrying about the bad shots, but thinking about the next one and what I could do better,” Belisle said.