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ROCHESTER — For the second time in three years, Red Wing will have a chance to win some hardware. The third-seeded Wingers upset second-seeded St. Charles on Saturday, winning the Sub-section 1AA-East semifinal match 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22). Red Wing's back row defense, especially its serve-receive passing, was a major part of the victory. The Wingers had five players with double-digit digs, with Madisyn Lyons and Vanessa Frazier leading the way with 25 each, while Dani Deming had 19, and Macy Koester and Kate Sonju each had 15.
ROCHESTER — At the beginning of October, Cannon Falls fought Kasson-Mantorville for three sets. The KoMets would end up with the sweep, but the Bombers had at least 21 points in all three games. On Saturday, the two met up again, 25 days after the regular season meeting. K-M would again win in three sets, this time in the Sub-section 1AA-West semifinals, but Cannon Falls was even better this time around.
ROCHESTER — The first half of Saturday's Section 1AAA semifinal was a good one for Zumbrota-Mazeppa. The Cougars led by a field goal after the first quarter, and by two points at halftime. But Rochester Lourdes, which beat Z-M to open the season, found its groove in the second half. The Eagles did not allow the Cougars to score over the final 35 minutes, 50 seconds on the way to a 20-9 victory that sends Lourdes into the section final against Plainview-Elgin-Millville.
The Red Wing volleyball team not only won on Thursday but dominated in its Section 1AA-East quarterfinal match as the third-seeded Wingers swept sixth-seeded Chatfield, 25-11, 25-14, 25-12. Madisyn Lyons was Red Wing's top hitter with 12 kills to go along with eight digs. Aby Deming came up with five kills and three blocks, and Hannah Rodgers was a tough play on the service line with three aces. Vanessa Frazier added a team-high 12 digs with three aces, and Macy Koester facilitated things with 18 set assists.
ROCHESTER — Their teams didn't make the cut, but Pine Island's Tanner Horton and Lake City's Hunter Grimm will compete in the state cross-country meet Saturday, Nov. 4 at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Both runners qualified Thursday at the Section 1A meet at Northern Hills Golf Course in Rochester.
ROCHESTER — Winona Cotter and Stewartville claimed the two state meet spots on Thursday at the Section 1A cross-country meet at Northern Hills Golf Course in Rochester. The Ramblers totaled 45 points, led by medalist Grace Ping, while the Tigers finished with 69 points, fending off Lake City's 91 for the right to go to state.
Third-seeded Cannon Falls opened the Sub-section 1AA-West tournament on Thursday with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-12) win over Rochester Lourdes. The Bombers face second-seeded Kasson-Mantorville at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mayo Civic Arena in Rochester. Tatum Pickar had 22 digs and an ace for the Bombers, while Kara Loeschke finished with eight kills and 16 assists. Olivia Thomley added six kills, and Shayla Hustad had five kills and a block.
Behind 421 rushing yards from 11 different ball-carries, top-seeded Goodhue cruised in its Section 1A playoff opener versus eighth-seeded Hayfield in a 60-7 win on Tuesday. In an 83-second span in the first quarter, the Wildcats went ahead 15-0 following a 46-yard Mason Huemann rushing touchdown, followed by a 28-yard interception return for a score by Casey Ryan. The Vikings put in their lone score of the game at the 9:30 mark of the second thanks to a Jake Risus 2-yard run.
Two years and 10 days after its last victory, Red Wing got back in the win column on Tuesday with a 20-16 decision over Albert Lea in the Section 1AAAA quarterfinals. The end of an 18-game losing streak comes with the prize of heading to top-ranked, top-seeded and unbeaten Winona for Saturday's semifinal.
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.