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Goodhue rushed for 225 yards on Friday, while keeping Kingsland to 88 total yards, in a 44-6 blowout victory over the Knights. Bjorn Otterness got homecoming off to an electric start, returning the opening kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown. Mason Huemann (4 yards), Chase Hinsch (4) and Kaleb O'Reilly (24) added touchdown runs, and the Wildcats added a safety for a 30-0 lead after the first quarter. O'Reilly added a 20-yard touchdown run early in the second. Kingsland's lone score came at 7:15 in the second on a 2-yard run as Goodhue led 37-6 at halftime.
Class 4A's top-ranked team wasted little time in putting Red Wing in a big hole as Winona scored 29 points in the first quarter on the way to a 56-8 victory on Friday night. Terrell Hall had two punt returns for touchdowns (67 and 84 yards), and a 50-yard touchdown run before the first 12 minutes expired. Winhawk quarterback Riley Bosteter had a 20-yard rushing touchdown, also in the first quarter, with Winona's final points of the opening frame coming on a safety.
Red Wing got plenty of long rallies with a much-improved defense. But eventually, Northfield's balanced attack was too much to overcome for the Wingers volleyball team on Thursday night as the top team in the Big Nine Conference left Sonju Gymnasium with a three-set victory, 25-15, 25-13, 25-10. "They got all six positions and they're coming at you, every one," said Red Wing head volleyball coach Dave Lyons. "We brought back a ton of balls they thought were down. We needed to get on a couple runs that we never really established."
Giving the usual varsity runners a break, the Red Wing boys' and girls' cross-country teams both placed third at the Kasson-Mantorville Invitational on Tuesday. The boys, led by Caleb Korder, finished with 77 team points, one ahead of fourth-place Byron. Kasson-Mantorville won the boys' race with 22, followed by 59 for Northfield. K-M's Jace Minelli was the top individual runner with a time of 16 minutes, 59.6 seconds.
Cecelia DeJong got Red Wing's two wins on Tuesday, but Rochester Century proved too tough as the Panthers swam away with a 94-84 victory. DeJong won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 26.38 seconds. DeJong then got a win in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.31.
Thanks to the defensive efforts of Julianna Boyum and Sydney Way, Kenyon-Wanamingo managed to slay Kasson-Mantorville in five sets Thursday for a Hiawatha Valley League victory, 19-25, 27-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-12. "Wow, what a night. I can't even put into words how proud I am of these girls," said Knights head coach Jen Nerison. "They played with pure grit and finished as a solid team. ... (I'm) just proud of how they finished and they kept fighting (for) each point against an outstanding K-M team."
Lake City duo Ashley Thieren and Ava Wallerich, seeded second, picked up a pair of wins on Thursday to qualify for the Section 1A doubles semifinals at the Rochester Athletic Club. Cannon Falls' Taylor Jackson and Paige Miest, seeded fourth, will also play in the semifinals. Thieren and Wallerich will square off against third-seeded Molly Belda and Maria Topei of Rochester Lourdes. Jackson and Miest will face top-seeded Clare Palen and Natalie Alison, also of Lourdes.
Red Wing's season came to an end on Thursday, with four first-round exits at the Section 1AA individual tournament in Lakeville. Graci Bettich lost her singles match 6-2, 6-3, while Chloe Struss lost 6-3, 6-1. In doubles play, Maria Haley and Solveig Roth fell 6-0, 6-0, as did Mya Benway and Megan Jeranek.
Ethan Kaiser scored in the second half to avoid the shutout, but Austin ran away with Thursday's Section 1A match, 8-1. The Packers built a 3-0 lead in the first half, then blew the game open in the second. Julio Hernandez had two goals for Austin, while six other players scored once.
Fourth-seeded Byron ended Red Wing's run on Thursday with a 4-0 win over the Wingers in the quarterfinals of the Section 1A tournament. All of the Bears goals were in the first half, and all four were from different players. “That's a great group of midfielders,” said Red Wing head coach David Thurston. “We kept it 0-0 in the second half, but the damage had already been done.”