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Cannon Falls' defense was on its game on Thursday in a 3-0 (25-10, 25-21, 25-16) win over Rochester Lourdes. Kara Loeschke had 16 assists, 10 digs and six kills for the Bombers, who were led defensively by Tatum Pickar, who had 21 digs and four ace serves. Rachel Huseth had 10 assists, seven digs and three aces in the win, while Olivia Thomley came through with five ace blocks and four kills. Goodhue 3, Lake City 0
Red Wing was in a perfect spot after the first set on Thursday. And even after dropping a lopsided second game, the Wingers were able to rally together and, after being down four points, rally to tie Minneapolis Washburn in the third. But Red Wing lost a late lead, and then fell flat in the fourth set to lose 3-1 (22-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-10) to the Millers.
Swapping volleyball for girls' soccer, Ashlyn Nystuen's new role as the Wingers' goalkeeper is similar to her role on the court: Keep the ball alive. In volleyball, that meant keeping the ball off the floor. Now, it's about keeping the ball out of the net. "It's taken a lot of support from my teammates," Nystuen said. "It's been a big change from volleyball, but it's been a good change. Just like volleyball, I still have to dive for the ball."
The Red Wing girls' swimming and diving team secured its first dual win of the year Thursday with a Big Nine Conference victory at Albert Lea, 98-74. The night started with a win in the 200-yard medley relay as Grace O'Brien, Sammy Kriese, Cecilia De Jong and Teegan Beyers won with a time of 1 minute, 58.07 seconds. In the next event, the 200 freestyle, the team had a 1-2-3 finish with O'Brien (2:10.59), Madison Beyers (2:17.80) and Emma Flemke (2:24.43).
All five of Red Wing's top runners on Thursday finished in the top 20 as the boys' cross-country team won the Mayo Invitational at Eastwood Golf Course in Rochester. Compiling a team score of 50 points, the Wingers held off Rosemount (85), Winona (114), La Crosse Logan (154) and Owatonna (180) for the championship. Tom Nemanich was Red Wing's top runner, placing third with a time of 17 minutes, 5.47 seconds, finishing behind Rosemount's Luke Labatte (16:36.41) and Mayo's Spencer Moore (16:50.98).
With two wins in doubles play, the Red Wing girls' tennis team edged out Faribault for a 4-3 Big Nine Conference victory Tuesday at Faribault. After dropping No. 1 doubles, the Wingers were able to win No. 2 and 3 to ultimately take the meet. The No. 2 pair of Megan Jeranek and Mya Benway beat Faribault's Laura Huffstutter and Abby Seelhammer, 6-1, 6-1. Then at No. 3, Red Wing's Elle Schlangen and Olivia Johnson won 6-4, 6-3 over Sarah McColley and Avery Bein.
Cannon Falls 3, Z-M 1
Red Wing freshman Cecelia De Jong had a pair of first-place finishes on Saturday, helping the Winger girls' swimming and diving team placed third in the five-team Eagle Invitational at Bloomington Kennedy High School. Red Wing finished with 411 points, behind first-place Farmington (1,039) and New Prague (446). Eau Claire North was fourth at 214, and Bloomington Kennedy fifth at 206. De Jong was the top swimmer in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 24.74 seconds before winning again in the 100 butterfly at 1:01.85.
With a pair of goals from Jeyson Roque and a one-goal, one-assist afternoon from Macklin Maroushek, the Red Wing boys’ soccer team secured its first win Saturday with a 3-0 victory against Section 1A foe Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa. Adding assists for Red Wing were Aidan Coyle and Erick Fuentes as the team put up 15 shots on goal. In the net, Wingers goalkeeper Keegyn McNamee stopped 15 shots en route to the shutout victory.
The Red Wing volleyball team went 3-2 on Saturday to place third in the Winona Cotter invitational. The Wingers collected wins against Providence Academy (25-11, 25-13), Lanesboro (25-22, 25-13) and Winona Cotter (27-25, 25-23) in the final match while losing earlier in the day to Cotter (18-25, 25-12, 19-17) and Schaeffer Academy (25-21, 16-25, 15-7).