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Lake City took a five-shot lead after the first day of the Class 2A state meet at The Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. Lexi Geolat's 76 was the best of the Tigers, and sits third individually after 18 holes. Olivia Matzke and Ava Wallerich each come in with 83s, and Lidia Wallerich closed the books with a 90. Detroit Lakes is second with a 337, followed by Visitation's 345. Minnewaska (347), Breck (351) and International Falls (355) are also within striking distance. The final round is Wednesday.
Saturday Cannon Falls 10, Avon 3 Cannon Falls ended its Stearns County road trip off with a win Saturday, beating Avon 10-3. The Bears' top two hitters, Brock Peterson and Alex Tauer, accounted for seven of the team's 18 hits. Peterson was 4-for-6 with a pair of RBI and two runs while Tauer was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Bryce Boyle-Hoban finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Peter Haggerty also finished with three hits, including a double, with two runs and an RBI.
Kenyon-Wanamingo had to feel good after scoring nine runs in the third inning to take a 10-run lead over Le Sueur-Henderson on Tuesday. But the Giants stayed disciplined, scoring seven runs on just two hits in the bottom of the third. The Knights would score once more, tying the game in the sixth, but LS-H pulled out the 12-11 victory with a run in the seventh. Carter Leininger, Matt Houglum, Calvin Steberg, Tyler Ryan, Dylan Craig and Gavin Roosen each had an RBI in the 10-run third. Craig took the loss in relief for K-W, which ends the season 15-10.
After Austin tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, Red Wing came back with five runs in the bottom of the eighth to top the Greyhounds, 6-2, on Wednesday. The Aces got a bases-loaded double from Ty Buck, and an RBI single from Kyle Blahnik in the eighth, to break open a 1-1 game. Red Wing got on the board first in the fourth with a Dixon Irwin single that scored Mitch Matter. Both Irwin and Matter had three hits in the victory.
Hayfield ended Randolph's season on Saturday with a 4-3 decision in the loser's bracket of the Section 1A playoffs. The Rockets scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Vikings ended the rally one run short. Andrew Wenstrom went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI for Randolph, which had just three hits as a team. Wenstrom also was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.
Sam Palmatier didn't need much help, but the Aces gave him a lot anyway as Red Wing shutout Hastings, 7-0, on Sunday. Palmatier's complete game featured two strikeouts, a pair of walks and three hits allowed. The Aces' offense scored twice in the second inning, once in the fifth and sixth and three more times in the eighth on 12 hits, five walks and four Hawks errors. Red Wing also left 14 runners on base. All dozen of the Aces hits were singles, led by Mitch Matter's 3-for-4 day, which included an RBI and two runs scored. As a team, Red Wing had just four RBI.
The Red Wing girls' golf team's bid for an 11th straight state berth got off to a strong start Thursday as the Wingers hold a 16-stroke lead over the field after Day 1 of the Section 1AAA championship at Cannon Golf Club in Cannon Falls. Red Wing finished Day 1 with a team score of 322, followed by a 338 from Lakeville North and 344 from Northfield. Leading the charge was Sophia Yoemans, who shot the first under-par round of her career with a 71. “That was a very good round for her. She was under three at one point,” said Wingers head coach Mark Herzog.
One hit for both Kenyon-Wanamingo and St. Peter defined Thursday's Section 2AA semifinal. The Saints' starting pitcher, Andy Regner, was in shutdown mode. He struck out nine and held the Knights to one hit, a seventh-inning single from Gavin Roosen. Still tied 0-0 after the top of the seventh, second-seeded St. Peter won on a walk-off infield single from Andy Regner that brought Owen Little home for a 1-0 victory over sixth-seeded K-W. The Knights lost despite a strong performance from Mathew Houglum, who struck out six while giving up five hits and a pair of walks.
LAKEVILLE – Red Wing junior Madisyn Lyons secured a pair of state spots during Day 1 of the Section 1AA track and field championship meet Thursday at Lakeville South High School. With field event finals taking place on Thursday, Lyons had second-place finishes in both the long jump (17 feet, 3.75 inches) and triple jump (36-7.5). Lyons will head to state for the second straight year after placing 13th in the triple jump a year ago.
ELGIN – A total of eight individuals and a pair of relay teams qualified for state following the conclusion of the Section 1A track and field championship meet on Thursday.