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Opening the game with 22 straight points, top-ranked (Class 1A) Goodhue finished the regular season undefeated with a 43-14 Mid-Southeast East District victory at Southland on Wednesday. At the 9-minute, 38-second mark of the first quarter, the Wildcats punched in their first score on an 18-yard Kaleb O'Reilly run. Later in the quarter, Casey Ryan punched in another touchdown on a 1-yard run. Six seconds into the second, Goodhue made it a 22-0 game when quarterback Jack Gadient found Mariano Bigalk for a 15-yard touchdown pass.
Red Wing's final dual meet of the Big Nine Conference season ended in defeat Tuesday as the Wingers were clipped Rochester John Marshall, 96-90, at Twin Bluff Middle School.
The Kasson-Mantorville boys and the Stewartville girls secured conference championships on Tuesday during the Hiawatha Valley League championship meet at Dodge Center Golf Course. The K-M boys finished with 19 points. The KoMets also had the top two runners, with Isaac Threinen taking first in 17 minutes, 33.5 seconds and George Gustafson second at 17:36.3. Among area teams, Lake City was second (57), Pine Island sixth (132), Cannon Falls seventh (197) and Zumbrota-Mazeppa/Kenyon-Wanamingo eighth (200).
The Red Wing boys' cross-country team cemented its claim as the top team in the Big Nine Conference for the second straight year on Tuesday, winning the Big Nine championship meet at Brooktree Golf Course in Owatonna. With three runners placing in the top six, the Winger boys finished the day with 57 points, besting Mankato East (95), Owatonna (103), Winona (111) and Rochester Century (135).
Red Wing closed out the regular season with a dominant 3-0 (25-10, 25-20, 25-10) victory over Winona on Tuesday. Macy Koester fed the Wingers' offense with 24 assists, many of which found Madisyn Lyons, who finished with a team-high 12 kills and four ace serves. Abi Deming had four blocks and 14 digs for the defense, which saw Lyons come up with a dozen digs. Third-seeded Red Wing (12-16) will host sixth-seeded Chatfield (6-23) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the opening round of the Sub-section 1AA East playoffs.
Kenyon-Wanamingo finished off the regular season on an eight-match winning streak, the last of which came 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-13) over Pine Island on Tuesday. Ally Peterson had 13 kills for the Knights, with Maddie McCauley and Madi Luebke each handing out 11 assists. Peterson also led the team with nine digs. Regan Bushman had a team-high four kills for the Panthers, while Megan Quintero had nine digs.
An efficient 6-1, 6-1 win over Rochester Lourdes on Monday morning put Lake City's Ashley Thieren and Ava Wallerich into the Section 1A doubles championship against another Eagles pair, top-seeded Clare Palen and Natalie Alison. The Lourdes duo would win the title with a 6-0, 6-3 decision, but Thieren and Wallerich avoided a true-second place match and qualified for the state tournament. Molly Benda and Maria Topei, the Lourdes teammates who lost in the semifinals, beat Cannon Falls' Taylor Jackson and Paige Miest 6-1, 6-2, in the third-place match.
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."