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With any luck, spring will be here soon, and Jon Bohmbach and the Red Wing softball team can go outside to run, hit and throw. A little more good fortune, and the Wingers will be able to take the field long before they did last year, a double-header loss to Holy Angels on April 29. Whenever it is that Red Wing finally steps foot on dirt, Bohmbach and the Wingers will be able to see how much of last year carries over into 2014. “I’m looking forward to the season,” Bohmbach said. “Last year, I was so excited for this year when the last game ended, because I thought we improved so much.
Sitting next to a coach is a great place to learn about the game of basketball. But chairs and words don’t put points on the board. To score, one must play. Seeing its best player in street clothes for the first 10 games of the season, Lake City limped to a 3-7 record that included a five-game skid from Dec. 5 through Dec. 17. In their next game, the Tigers slipped by Pine Island.
In the first quarterfinal of the Class 1A girls basketball tournament last year, Bethlehem Academy beat Upsala. The game may not have a spot in the memory of many fans outside of those schools as BA was soon relegated to the third-place game after a semifinal loss to eventual champion Minneota. But those two teams are the only squads not returning to the field in 2014.
ROCHESTER – With a quarter of the game still to tick away, three girls kneeled at the scorers’ table, smiles as wide as the padded table behind them. There was laughter, inaudible due to the din of the crowd across the court. For three consecutive years, from 2009-11, Goodhue sent a team to the girls state basketball tournament.
ROCHESTER – Boasting the second-best defense in the class, and a head-to-head victory earlier this season, Austin entered Friday’s Section 1AAA championship game as the favorite to qualify for the state tournament. And despite a nine-point Red Wing run to close the first half, the Packers did just that, holding the Wingers to a season-low in points in a 55-34 victory.
ROCHESTER – “He was our ninth-grade coach for one year, and we just saw that he had it. We wanted him back, actually. We had a job opening, but he didn’t want to leave Goodhue. We knew he’s that good. He’s going to be great.” Rushford-Peterson head coach Tom Vix, prior to Thursday’s Section 1A championship game, spoke those words. The topic of discussion was the man on the other bench: Goodhue head coach Matt Halverson.
ROCHESTER – If you went to Thursday’s Section 1A championship game, there’s a good chance you were hand-checked at the gate. Not by a security guard, but by a young man dressed in green or white. Such was the defense displayed by Rushford-Peterson and Goodhue. Shots were hard to come by in a game that appeared to have two teams of swarming bees on the court.
ROCHESTER – The top seed and an undefeated section opponent were 72 minutes of basketball away from one of the more intriguing matchups of the season. Goodhue, ranked first in Class 1A, had to face fourth-seeded Southland Monday in the sub-section 1A-West semifinals. Lyle/Pacelli, the No.
ST. PAUL – Clay Broze and the headlock are as inseparable as the opponents and the part of the mat that their shoulders inevitably end up being pressed to. But it wasn’t always that way, even as the move led to two individual state wrestling titles. “Last year, everyone was saying, ‘He throws the headlocks, that all he throws,’” Broze said. “I didn’t really like (that people said that). But I’ve grown into it. Now I just have to use it and live with it.
ST. PAUL – After a controversial no-call in his semifinal match, Joey Majerus tried to find the will to move one with the wrestleback portion of the individual state tournament. It wasn’t an easy process for the Zumbrota-Mazeppa junior, who escaped further damage in the consolation semifinals with a 7-5, triple-overtime victory over Osakis’ Trenton Coyer. And even after clinching third place for the third time in his career (2011, 2012, 2014), Majerus left the mat with nary a smile.