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Guard play is going to be Red Wing’s bread and butter for the short term, and that was obvious on Friday as the Wingers opened the season with an 80-54 victory over Minneapolis North in the Red Wing Tip-Of Tournament at Sonju Gymnasium. “It makes us look smart when the girls shoot like they did,” said first-year head coach Jesse Nelson. “Shooting is not what we’re going to live and die with, but that’s the game plan going in, that’s what we’re going to start with. And hopefully that opens up the inside game.”
ROCHESTER – Cannon Falls warmed up under a cool evening at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium on Saturday, feeling confident that the Section 1AAA championship game was more than just a 48-minute coronation for top-seeded Rochester Lourdes. The Bombers, the No. 2 seed, had already lost to the Eagles this season. But the 11th game of the fall felt different. At least, it did for about three-and-a-half minutes.
Maple River and Kenyon-Wanamingo both opened the season with a loss. Jackson Country Central dropped the Eagles, while the Knights were downed by Goodhue. Since, Maple River has gone 8-1 while K-W has won nine straight. On Saturday, the two teams will meet at 1 p.m. in New Ulm in the Section 2AA championship game. Both teams will be looking for its first berth in the state tournament, with the Knights playing in their first section title game.
ROCHESTER – Cannon Falls and Stewartville are the future of Section 1AA. It's an evergreen statement, but holds true nonetheless. On Saturday, in the semifinals of the Sub-section 1AA West tournament, the two teams battled for three sets that showcased both the impressive ability of the teams, and the obvious growing pains that young players exhibit on the way to the top.
ROCHESTER – Keegan Majerus raised some eyebrows, and the defense tried to keep it close. But back-to-back turnovers to start the second half was too much for Pine Island to overcome in a 35-14 loss to Rochester Lourdes in the Section 1AAA semifinals on Saturday at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium.
ROCHESTER – Stewartville was the best, followed by Lanesboro/Fillmore Central. Lake City was someplace after that, but where, exactly, is not known. By rankings, Stewartville and LFC were the two best girls cross-country teams in Section 1A. Ranked fourth, Stewartville was a spot ahead of LFC, and at least going into Thursday's state-qualifying meet, a near lock to grab a state berth.
KASSON – Minutes after playing the final game of his high school career, Red Wing senior Seth Morem politely answered a question. Before the interview could continue, a man came from the opposite sideline and interrupted the conversation. Wearing a blue pullover with a Kasson-Mantorville logo, the man congratulated Morem on a good game, a 37-0 Section 1AAAA quarterfinal KoMets win. “You are a classy player,” the man said, shaking Morem's hand. “All class. It was fun to watch you.”
Playoff football begins on Tuesday. Below is a look around at sections involving area teams. Section 1AAAA 1. Winona (7-1) 2. Stewartville (6-2) 3. Kasson-Mantorville (6-2) 4. Byron (5-3) 5...
For six minutes on Friday, there was a lot of hope on the home sideline of Russ “Cougar” Marshall Field. Red Wing had a six-point lead, and the ball, against one of the top three teams in the Big Southeast Blue District. But Mankato East, which has been close to victories against Winona and Mankato West, found its footing soon after, putting the Wingers in a massive hole by halftime on its way to a 48-20 victory.
Red Wing came into Monday's match against Austin winless in Big Nine Conference play. The Wingers were down to their final two chances to pick up a league victory, and decided not to wait until Tuesday's finale to make good. After an easy first-set win, Red Wing had to battle in the second before pulling away for a 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-19) win over the Packers. The second set was particularly eventful with Austin jumping out to a 13-7 lead. Winger head coach Dave Lyons called his second timeout at that point, a rare occurrence that early in a set.