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 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.
Fans of Goodhue girls basketball need not be worried, Mikayla Miller is still fully capable of taking over a game. Miller, a senior guard for the Wildcats, scored 36 points in a 62-55 victory over River Falls Friday night in the Red Wing Tip-Off Tournament. Miller also had seven rebounds and six steals, and she was in foul trouble almost from the outset.
It’s been a tough decade for Ellsworth football.
For the first time in school history, the Red Wing girls hockey team garnered a No. 1 ranking. But it was business as usual for the Class A Wingers in Tuesday’s 7-0 victory over Totino-Grace. “It was nice in the sense that a lot of kids got to play in some different positions,” said Red Wing head coach Scott Haley. “(We) got to mix the lines up in the third to kind of give us a little snap shot of what we’d be looking at next year once Emily (Stegora) and Nicole (Schammel) move on. So that was kind of nice. “Overall, (it was) kind of a sloppy hockey game.
Jon Sevlie became the third Winger to lead his team in scoring in as many games as the ninth-ranked (3A) Red Wing boys basketball team upended Albert Lea, 59-36, in a road contest Tuesday evening. Sevlie scored 16 points while dishing out three assists as one of just two Wingers in double-digit points.
Cal Rassman’s two first-period goals were enough for Waconia Tuesday against Red Wing, though the Wildcats added five more to clip the Wingers, 7-1. Tristan Rehder scored Red Wing’s lone goal, cutting into what was a five-goal lead for Waconia in the third period. The Wingers (0-1) will host Fergus Falls (0-0) Saturday before facing Farmington, on the road, Tuesday.
For the first time since 2007, Red Wing has claimed its own season-opening tournament title. With a 63-51 victory over Byron, the Wingers will start the season 2-0 since that 2007 season that saw Red Wing top Goodhue and Zumbrota-Mazeppa. This year, the Wingers opened the tournament with a fourth-straight season-opening win over Faribault. But unlike the past four years, Red Wing responded with a victory in the second game as well. And the Wingers did it in much the same fashion as they did against Faribault. “Very similar to (Friday),” said Red Wing head coach Doug Toivonen.
Despite a 35-minute late start, and a somewhat sloppy first half, the Red Wing boys basketball team feels good about its first game of the season, a 71-49 romp over Faribault in Friday’s Red Wing High School Tip-Off Tournament. “I feel a lot better about the second half,” said Red Wing head coach Doug Toivonen. “The first half, you have to give Nate Emgee a lot of credit, he really put his team on his back and he knocked down some shots. A couple times we left him open, and a couple times he just hit tough shots.