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Tuesday night in Red Wing was rather comfortable. There was a strong, steady wind, but the air was dry and 70 degrees. But after the Wingers beat Faribault 6-1 in the first round of the boys Section 1A soccer tournament, Red Wing head coach Brian Quigley turned his back to the breeze, teeth clicking through his full-body shiver. Quigley was doused in ice water, and the wind was making the coach feel as though he was standing on a field in December.
When the first whistle blows Friday night in New Prague, both the home team and the visitors will be looking for win No. 1 of the 2013 season.
If there is ever a good time for a weather delay during a football game, halftime is about as good as it gets. That was the scenario that played out Friday night, as Northfield and Red Wing sat in the locker room for an extra 20 minutes as the storm that hovered over Red Wing High School was allowed to pass. Or, at least, the lightning that caused the delay to pass. After the light show carried into Wisconsin, the Raiders and Wingers resumed play.
Closing the regular season with a third-straight win was going to be tough for the Red Wing boys soccer team. Facing Chanhassen, who has not lost since Sept. 9, the Wingers were up against the top team in the Missota Conference. And then the rains came, making the challenge even tougher. But Red Wing was able to hang around in the first half before the Storm ran away with a 5-1 victory. “To be totally honest, the score isn’t terrible,” said Red Wing head coach Brian Quigley. “We knew Chanhassen is a great team. We really just wanted to keep it tight.
Playing in its final regular season game, and celebrating Senior Night at the same time, the Red Wing girls soccer team may have hoped for better weather and a better outcome. But moments after falling 4-0 to Chanhassen, sunshine and the playoffs were far from the minds of the players. “The rain is always fun. It’s fun to slide in the rain,” said Red Wing goalie Serena Scanlon. Added co-head coach Paul McNamee: “It’s fun, absolutely. When they’re little kids, they go out because this is the best weather to play in.
As the North sub-section’s No. 3 seed in the Section 1AA girls tennis tournament, Red Wing was expected to beat Austin, the South’s sixth seed, in Tuesday’s first round. The Wingers wasted little time in meeting, then exceeding those expectations, in a 6-1 win at Twin Bluff Middle School. Emily Otteson was on and off the court within 35 minutes, beating Brianna Fritz 6-0, 6-0 in their match at No. 1 singles. “If you rounded up to the nearest five, then yeah,” said a smiling Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh.
Homecoming is a time for friends to gather and catch up, to rehash memories of the best of times, to laugh at old jokes and see what the current students are up to. For Lake City quarterback Reid Lundell, homecoming still means football and school dances. But there was no better opponent for his senior homecoming than Cannon Falls. After all, most of the Bombers are his friends. At least, they were until the Tigers walked off the field 48-20 victors behind Lundell’s four total touchdowns and 342 total yards of offense. “I know all of those guys,” Lundell said after the game.
Matt Kavanagh knew Thursday’s match against Chanhassen was going to be tough. The Storm are the best girls tennis team in the Missota Conference, Kavanagh said. And they also happen to be one of the best in the state, coming in at No. 6 in the latest Class AA poll. Kavanagh, Red Wing’s head coach, was hoping for at least two wins against conference foe Chanhassen, something that he said could happen.
Claire King’s victory in the 100-yard freestyle marked the only time the Red Wing girls swimming and diving team was able to win and event Thursday in a 105-79 Missota Conference loss to Northfield. The Raiders started out with six straight wins, and closed with five consecutive victories, with King’s 59.95 seconds standing out in the middle. But Wingers head coach Kevin O’Brien said the meet was still a good one for his team as they start looking at the final two weeks of the regular season. “The girls swam well tonight, and we’re a couple weeks away from tapering yet,” O’Brien said.
The second half of the high school football season begins Friday, and for Red Wing, that means a date with the Academy of Holy Angels. “Their pretty athletic and their skill positions are pretty good again, just like last year. Their quarterback can move pretty well, and they have good athletes all over,” said Red Wing head coach Matt Schultz. The Stars (1-3 overall, 1-2 Missota) feature signal-caller Anthony Eckholm and running back Connor Moriarty.