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Lake City had a strong day on the course as both its boys and girls teams came away victorious on Tuesday at the Hiawatha Valley League Championship at Eastwood Golf Course in Rochester. The Tigers' boys team won by a slim one-stroke margin with a team score of 301, compared to Lourdes with 302. Cannon Falls came in fifth with 335, Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa placed sixth with 340, and Kenyon-Wanamingo took eighth with 365.
The Red Wing girls' golf team finished two strokes ahead of Northfield on Monday to win the Big Nine Conference tournament at Northern Hills Golf Course in Rochester. Red Wing finished with a team score of 351, Northfield was second with 353 and Albert Lea rounded out the top three with 377. Sophia Yeomans of Red Wing earned medalist honors with a score of 74. Molly Stevens of Northfield took second with 76 and Red Wing's Leah Herzog tied for third with Lexi Partington of Winona with a 78.
The Red Wing track and field team got a home dual in against Northfield before the Big Nine Conference meet in Northfield on Thursday. The Wingers’ girls team received five first-place finishes: Serenna Snider in the 1,600 with a time of six minutes, 31.37 seconds; the 4x100 relay team (51.88); the 4x800 relay team (10:28.71); Madisyn Lyons in the long jump (16 feet, 7 inches); and Sydney Rahn in the triple jump (29-04.50).
Pine Island had no trouble getting past Kenyon-Wanamingo in the regular season finale on Monday, winning, 9-1. The Panthers scored three runs in the top of the first inning and added six insurance runs in the fifth to put the game well out of reach.
It was a strange night for the Wingers — there was an hour delay due to missing umpires and a cat ran onto the field. Through all of the distractions Red Wing was in the game the whole time against Owatonna, but couldn’t reclaim its early lead on Senior Night, losing 9-7.
The Lake City boys' golf team won the Jewel Invitational on Monday at the Jewel Golf Club in Lake City. The Tigers shot a tournament record-low score of 293. Second place went to Rochester Mayo with a score of 295 and Northfield took third with 302. Red Wing was fifth with 308. The medalist was Matt Turner, from Winona, who also set a record by shooting a seven-under par score of 64. Runner-up was Brennan Rothgarn from Lake City with a 69. Hunter Fjerstad of Byron (71), Micah Harber of Mayo (72) and Cecil Belisle of Red Wing (72) rounded out the top five.
Goodhue was given the No. 2 seed for the 1AA subsection playoffs and proved it deserved the high seeding with a 15-0 drubbing of No. 7 seed Rushford-Peterson on Monday. The Wildcats started the first inning with an out, a single, a RBI double and the second out before going on a six-hit, two-error run that gave the Wildcats a 9-0 lead before the inning was over.
Drew Kelly of Triton singled in the first at bat on Friday and came around to score two batters later. That one run was all the Cobras needed to defeat Lake City as the final score read 1-0. The Tigers had a runner on third on three separate occasions but were unable to bring a runner across home plate.
The fourth game in four days caught up with Cannon Falls when it traveled to Stewartville and couldn’t get its bats humming. Taylor Smith pitched a perfect game for Stewartville, which won, 8-0 on Friday. Abby Breuer took the loss after pitching four innings. She struck out three, walked four and gave up seven earned runs on eight hits. Bella Davisson came on in relief for two innings, striking out one, walking two and giving up one earned run on two hits.
Red Wing hosted Austin on Friday for the last regular season game before section playoffs. The final tuneup did not treat the injury-plagued Wingers well as they lost, 8-1. Austin got off to a quick start scoring three runs in the first two innings before putting together a four-run inning in the third.