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LAKE CITY -- For the first time since disco reigned supreme on the American music scene, Goodhue High School has its school colors on display at a cross-country meet. Halfway through their first season in more than 30 years, the Wildcats are in the midst of resurrecting a program that didn’t even know it would exist until August. On Tuesday, Goodhue lined up at the Lake City Invitational, where the girls would finish 11th of 12 teams.
After a 6-0 loss in the first game of the Albert Lea tournament Saturday morning, the Red Wing girls soccer team responded with a shootout win in a 0-0 game against Fairmont. "We are proud of the team's effort and happy it resulted in another tie," said Red Wing co-head coach Paul McNamee. "We are also very excited that we were able to win in the shootout and hope to gain some momentum going forward in the season." Maddie Erie, Calli Hughes and Taylor Heise scored during the shootout for the Wingers.
There are football classes for a reason, and that was apparent Friday night as Farmington spoiled Red Wing’s home opener with a 37-7 Missota Conference victory. The Wingers, a Class 4A school, held their own in the first half against the Tigers, a Class 6A institution.
LAKE CITY – It has been a peaks-and-valleys kind of season for the Cannon Falls girls tennis team. In four wins, the Bombers have tallied at least five points. In their three losses, however, the Bombers have scored a total of four points. For Lake City, it has been almost the exact opposite. With the exception of two shutout losses, the Tigers have played in three matches decided by one point, and another that ended in a tie. So it was tough to know what to expect Tuesday when the Bombers took a trip to Lake City. Would it be a rout, one way or the other?
LAKE CITY – After scoring four goals to open the season, the Red Wing boys soccer team put only one shot in the net in its second game despite several chances to capitalize further. Saturday’s contest at Lake City was unlike either one of those games. The Wingers, behind five goals from Teagan Olin, and four from Jacob Zebro, steamrolled the Tigers, 14-2, on a hot, sunny day at Bill Kieffer Field. “The biggest thing for us, is we have a couple of big games coming up, conference games coming up, with Shakopee on Thursday,” said Red Wing head coach Brian Quigley.
CANNON FALLS – Turnovers are often an indicator of how a football game will turn out. Take the ball away from the other team, and the chances of victory rise. Give the ball up too many times, and the odds of a win fall drastically. With seven turnovers, Cannon Falls gave away its chance to upset Byron Friday night in a Southern Football Alliance Red division contest.
CANNON FALLS – For just the second time since 2009, the Cannon Falls girls volleyball team lost a set to Zumbrota-Mazeppa. But that’s all the Bombers would allow in a 25-20, 25-8, 22-25, 26-24 Hiawatha Valley League game Thursday evening. “Props to Missy, she’s really built her program; they’re always tough,” said Z-M coach Stacy Liebenow. “It’s a team we always want to beat, and it seems like we just can’t. I told her I really wanted to go five (sets). But that’s part of volleyball.
The penalty shot in soccer seems out of place. With so many bodies in motion at any given time, to see one player lined up on a stationary ball, with a goaltender in front of him and idle teammates and opponents behind him, it is a scene that does not bring to mind the organized chaos that so often defines the game. Yet that one moment of relative quiet is charged with tension.
The last time I set foot on the football field at Lincoln High School, I was a 16-year-old junior at Stewartville High School, playing a section final game against the Tigers. That was in 1997, and the game, which was played in a monsoon, did not go the way of my Tigers. Fast forward to the present day, or at least close to it.
It’s been six years since the Red Wing high School football team beat Shakopee. Since then, the Wingers are 0-5 against the Sabers, and few of the games have been particularly close. Last year, the Wingers lost 30-6, but did play to a 14-7 defeat in 2011. The previous three seasons saw Red Wing fall by a combined score of 106-32, including a shutout loss in 2010. But the one thing you can count on in high school sports is turnover.