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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A week ago, Fritz Belisle sparked a frenzy with an overtime, game-winning goal against Winona. The student section at Prairie Island Arena erupted after Belisle claimed the Barge Rope trophy for the Wingers for the first time. Thursday, Belisle again caused a commotion, though this time it rumbled through the bleachers and into the hallway outside the Red Wing locker room. “How long has it been?” asked several people. Coaches, trainers, managers, players and media had no concrete answer. Ten years? Eleven?
LAKE CITY – Cannon Falls is on a bit of a hot streak, putting together three-straight impressive performances against the meat of its schedule. A one-point victory over fourth-ranked (Class 2A) Rochester Lourdes last Friday, and a three-point win over defending Class 2A champion Minnehaha Academy Saturday led into the Bombers’ first Hiawatha Valley League Blue Division game at Lake City Tuesday evening. And by riding a group of seniors, Cannon Falls got its third win in a row against the Tigers, 66-32, in a game that, on paper, the Bombers shoul
Hard work. Effort. Hustle. Call it what you want, but coaches the world over will take as much of it as they can. Rarely does something bad happen because of it. Often what happens is something good, something that would not have happened with skill alone. With the score tied, and 16 seconds on the clock, Red Wing senior Hailey Kuhl stepped to the free throw line with a chance to give the Wingers a lead and a bit of a cushion. Kuhl floated her first attempt at the basket, and watched it fall. The advantage belonged to Red Wing.
LAKE CITY – Knowing what was coming later on, Lake City wrestling head coach Lonnie West needed his team to pick up as many points as possible in the first three matches against Dover-Eyota Friday night. Though in the end it didn’t matter in a 42-21 loss, the first trio of Tigers to take the mat did stake Lake City to a brief lead. Jeremy Keller opened the match with a 6-0 loss, but both Brendan Allen and Kevin McGinley responded with impressive wins.
The Barge Rope has been around for all of 364 days. But it has now changed hands twice. Red Wing and Winona decided to introduce a trophy to a rivalry that goes back as many years as the miles of river separating the two cities.
For nearly 40 minutes Tuesday evening, a loss was not out of the question for the Red Wing girls hockey team. Facing New Prague, the Wingers had just one goal through two periods. Not that the Trojans had the momentum, rather, Red Wing simply could not convert a myriad of chances through the first 34 minutes. Nicole Schammel, the state’s leading scorer last year, missed on a couple of breakaways, and, as a team, the Wingers ringed the post three times.
MAZEPPA – Wrestling meets are constant waves of emotion. A takedown elicits excitement from one side, despair from the other.
A quick glance at the bench during a basketball game can speak volumes about a team. A lot of players in T-shirts and warm-up pants could mean the starters on the floor might be in for a long night.
Last year was a tough year for the Red Wing gymnastics team. This season, with second-year co-head coaches, should have been a little less stressful. Instead, 10 gymnasts either graduated, moved out of country, switched sports or simply did not come out for the activity. That’s a big blow to a team that wasn’t big on numbers to begin with. Yet, Megan Latch and Lisa Hanson, the two coaches that share the head role, are not as concerned as one may believe.
John Siebenaler’s hat trick was the highlight of an offense that buried Red Wing Tuesday night at Prairie Island Arena. The Farmington sophomore scored once in each period as the Tigers piled on with a five-goal second period to beat the Wingers, 9-1. “They’re a pretty quick team, they’re very highly-skilled and they returned 10 of their top 12 scorers,” said Red Wing head coach Bob Rajanen. “That’s one of the better Farmington teams I’ve seen in a long time.” The Tigers kept the Wingers in the defensive zone for long stretches of the first period, building a 2-0 lead in the process.