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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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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.
LAKE CITY – St. Charles and Lake City, two teams with different recent pasts seem to have diverging futures as well.