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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.
ZUMBROTA -- Three minutes. That will be the defining time of Friday's game between Zumbrota-Mazeppa and St. Charles. For three quarters, the two teams fought each other, the wind, and some crucial mistakes. But when the final whistle blew, it was the Saints who came away with a big Southeast White District victory, 32-14, but probably not enough leverage in Section 1AA seeding.
The beginning of the playoffs means the season hangs on the outcome of every game. And on Tuesday, Red Wing played like it.
CANNON FALLS – After starting the season 1-3, Cannon Falls entered its homecoming game off a win over Byron. With a chance to get to .500, the Bombers took it to Lake City, 52-6, to even their record at 4-4, and good chance to maintain the No. 2 seed in Section 1AAA.
The wins haven't come in bunches, but there is no doubt that the Red Wing girls soccer team is playing well. The Wingers got a win over Austin on Monday, and on Tuesday, Red Wing gave Rochester Mayo all it could handle in a 2-1 loss. The Spartans, the second-place team in the Big Nine Conference standings, took a 1-0 lead with 14 minutes, 54 seconds left in the first period when Kayley Josephs fed a perfect pass to Sophie Butterfass who was able to chip the ball past Winger goalie Paige Harlow.
LAKE CITY – Daynalyn Jostock is the dominant force for Lake City. And for good reason. She set the school's all-time kills record last week, and added 30 to her total in a 3-0 win over Pine Island on Thursday. But for all the glitz and glamour that comes with being the big hitter, Jostock was merely a beneficiary of Julia Anderson's jaw-dropping display of defense against the Panthers. Anderson was everywhere. Digs are always mentioned, and defense is a big part of volleyball, but what Anderson did on Thursday was definition worthy.