Kyle Stevens is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, Kyle worked at the Owatonna People’s Press, as well as KWLM and KLFN in Willmar. You can contact Kyle by phone at (651) 301-7879, via e-mail at email@example.com, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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I n late January, Republican Eagle sports reporter Kyle Stevens caught up with Olympic cross-country skier Jessie Diggins. The Afton, Minn., native was travelling through Europe, competing in the World Cup. On Tuesday, Diggins and the rest of her team are schedule to arrive in Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympic Games. What has the daughter of the Red Wing Slumberland owners been up to?
With the Section 1A playoffs 48 hours away, Red Wing came into Monday’s regular-season finale against Tartan with a post-season state of mind. That attitude worked for the first 18 minutes as the Wingers built a two-goal lead behind Emily Stegora’s hat trick.
With few exceptions, the ability to win a state championship rarely comes along.
Without Brady Kuchinka, Lake City is often forced to play players out of position. The result, for much of the early part of the season, was not good. The Tigers won just two of their first nine games. On Dec. 20, Lake City beat Pine Island for their third win, which snapped a five-game losing streak. A week later, Kuchinka made his season debut, scoring 21 points in a win over Ellsworth.
KASSON – After steamrolling through its second- and third-round duals by a combined 109-20 score, Ellsworth faced two of Minnesota’s top teams in No.
Facing the top sophomore recruit in the state, Red Wing knew it would have a tough time with Shakopee Friday night. The Sabers indeed ran away with the game, 62-40. But it wasn’t Taylor Koenen that did the damage. Instead, Shakopee used most of its varsity roster to keep the Wingers in check including first-half 3-pointers from six different players. “They’re very balanced,” said Red Wing head coach Dave Muelken. “They’re No. 11 in the state in QRF in Class 4A. They’re up there for a reason. If playoffs started today, they’d be the No.
One of the biggest changes in Minnesota high school football was set in motion Thursday when the Minnesota State High School League approved a measure that will alter the regular season for years to come. By a 19-1 vote, the MSHSL board of directors passed district scheduling for the 2015 season. The plan is to reorganize schools into groups of at least 10 so teams will have an easier time filling the eight-game schedule.
GOODHUE – Parents Night and Senior Night are special moments, especially when combined together. Zumbrota-Mazeppa made the short trip to Goodhue Thursday evening to watch as the Wildcats and their parents were introduced in front of the crowd. The Goodhue seniors ended the festivities holding balloons as the fans cheered. A couple hours later, and those balloons were the only thing with much air left as the Cougars pummeled the Wildcats, 57-19. “Sometimes things go your way and sometimes they don’t. It is pretty much that easy,” said Z-M head coach Link Steffen.
LAKE CITY – Lake City has been on a good run lately, winning four of its last five games prior to Tuesday’s matchup against Pine Island. The Panthers put a damper in the Tigers’ spirits, however, with a dominating 47-33 victory at Lincoln High School. “We had a slow start, and that’s obviously not what we’re trying to do. We couldn’t really get Madi Green going for us offensively. Brianna Gates tried to do what she could do tonight … We ask her to do a lot offensively and defensively, we have her pretty much do everything for us,” said Lake City head coach Candace Dudley.
On Jan. 15, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley talked with Republican Eagle reporter Kyle Stevens. Bradley, a Zumbrota native, led the Jaguars to a 4-12 season, his first as an NFL head coach. While all the regular offseason tasks await Bradley – personnel decisions and the draft among other things – Bradley and his staff will also be coaching the South team Saturday Jan.