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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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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.
Two Goodhue wrestlers made the finals at the Flanagan Invitational Saturday in Crestwood, Iowa. Joel Gadient took home top honors in the 120-pound bracket while Bailee O’Reilly took a loss in the 126-pound championship. Gadient beat Cedar Falls’ Jacob Watters, 12-4, to snag first place. Gadient outscored his opponents 29-7 in his three matches, including an 11-1 victory in the semifinals. O’Reilly was pinned by Scott West’s David Flynn at 2:57 in the title match.
With less than two minutes to play, Nicole Schammel and Reagan Haley hooked up to give Red Wing a 4-3 lead in Saturday’s nonconference game against Irondale. But the Knights responded with two goals of their own, including the game-winner 90 seconds into overtime, to hand the Wingers a 5-4 road loss. Red Wing battled from behind most of the game as Irondale got out to a 1-0 lead when Alex Toupal scored 12 minutes, 28 seconds into the first period.
Allowing late-period goals can be tough on a team.
Thanks to four players finishing in double digits, Pine Island was able to put away a scrappy Cannon Falls team for a 68-47 Hiawatha Valley League victory Friday in Cannon Falls. Sam Heeren led the Panthers’ charge with 18 points, followed by Noelle Langworthy (14), Nicole Fokken (12) and Kalley Berg (10). Pine Island shot 49 percent from the field, compared to 26 percent for Cannon Falls. Anna Rapp led the Bombers with 13 points, while Courtney Woodcock and Katie Noble chipped in with seven points apiece.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa trailed by just eight in the first half, 26-18, but Kasson-Mantorville completely took over in the second half on the way to a 60-34 Hiawatha Valley League victory Friday in Zumbrota. The KoMets had a trio of players – Cori Kennedy, Taylor Miller and Kristin Scott – finish in double digits.