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For seven consecutive years, Red Wing has won the section championship and represented Section 1 at the girls golf state tournament. And with the loss of just one senior – albeit a pivotal member of the team – the Wingers could be looking at another section title.
ROCHESTER – With Mother Nature playing the April fool, and The Bubble of the Rochester Regional Stadium playing along, Rochester Century and Zumbrota-Mazeppa had an interesting start to the 2014 softball season. While the cold wind of winter’s return was blocked by the dome on the campus of Rochester Community and Technical College, that same plastic roof caused more than a few problems as batted balls ricocheted into or out of play. But the air-supported ceiling, the lack of sand, and fences that could topple with a sneeze, were not enough to deter the Cougars, who rode a stellar pitchi
The 2014 edition of the Red Wing boys tennis team is going to look exactly like the 2013 version. Well, almost identical. Isaac Toivonen, Alex Holm, Luke Bryant, Nick Powers, Travis Toivonen and Marcus Veith were All-Conference players last year, and Noah Christenson was honorable mention. Six of those seven return, with the exception of Bryant, who graduated last spring. “We just have to find someone to take Luke’s spot,” said Wingers head coach Mathew Kavanagh.
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.