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ROCHESTER – The final score will read three games to none, but the match was much better than that. The second set, in particular, was a win for Kasson-Mantorville, and a loss for Cannon Falls. But it was much more than that.
With 10 seniors, 2013 was to be the season where everything came together for the Goodhue volleyball team. The Wildcats did indeed make an impressive run through the regular season, earning a bye into the Section 1A-East quarterfinals where Goodhue topped Rushford-Peterson in four games. But Saturday, in the semifinals, the third-seeded Wildcats ran into a buzz-saw from Mabel-Canton, falling in three sets, 25-16, 25-23, 25-20, to the seventh-ranked, and second-seeded Cougars. “It was such a good ride,” said first-year Goodhue head coach Lindsey Mace.
OWATONNA, Minn. – For the first time since 1999, the Red Wing boys cross-country team will head to the state tournament. And, for the first time since 1998, the Wingers will do so as section champions. Led by senior Aiden Winn, the Wingers captured the Section 1AA title by beating the field at Brooktree Golf Course. Red Wing’s 90 total points were just enough to claim the championship as Lakeville North came in with 91 points.
BYRON, Minn. – Ryan Thompson’s 1-yard quarterback sneak with 5 minutes, 48 seconds remaining lifted Byron over Red Wing, 7-0, in Tuesday’s Section 1AAAA quarterfinal. Thompson scored three plays after connecting with Wyatt Nelson on a 40-yard pass to get the Bears to the Wingers’ 7-yard line. For more than three quarters, it appeared as though the Wingers would be the team to break through with a scoring play.
DODGE CENTER – Kurt Gadient and the Zumbrota-Mazeppa offense needed to have an efficient game against Triton Wednesday night.
In this era of spread offenses, the line of scrimmage can get lost among quick-hitting passes to the flat and long bombs down the field. But those few yards on either side of the ball are where games are still won or lost. “I knew it was going to be that whoever controlled the line of scrimmage was going to win the game tonight, and Pine Island did that,” said Z-M head coach Willie Rauen. “They came to play and kind of took it to us.” Pine Island certainly controlled the line play, dominating with the power run game while holding Zumbrota-Mazeppa to fairly low rushing totals.
The Goodhue and Lake City volleyball teams have had wildly different seasons, which becomes obvious when one takes a glance at both records and rosters. The Wildcats are closing in on 20 wins while the Tigers have limped to just two victories.
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.