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In a game that featured 64 total points, it was the Cannon Falls defense that came up with the game's biggest play. After Zumbrota-Mazeppa scored on Caden Steffen's 1-yard run with 3 minutes, 55 seconds left on the clock, the Cougars needed a two-point conversion to tie the Bombers. But Isaiah Nolte's rushing attempt was stopped, and Cannon Falls held on for a 34-32 victory.
Three lost fumbles and a 364-yard effort on the ground by Rochester John Marshall were too high of hurdles to get over for Red Wing Friday as the Wingers dropped the Big Southeast District cross-over game, 45-6, in Rochester. The Rockets got on the board at the 4-minute, 42-second mark of the first quarter when Malik Thomas scored on a touchdown run from 2 yards out.
With Tom Nemanich placing first in 16 minutes, 17.8 seconds, the Red Wing boys' cross-country team rolled through the competition at the New Prague invitational on Tuesday afternoon. The Winger boys were the top team with 23 points, followed by New Prague with 52 and Tri-City United with 110.
Down a set, Red Wing lost a thrilling second set, but could not retain the momentum in a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-17) loss to Faribault on Thursday. Vanessa Frazier and Elle Thorson both had seven kills for the Wingers, with Macy Koester facilitating the offense with 26 assists. Frazier also added three aces and seven digs in the losing effort. Defensively, Dani Deming led the charge with 17 digs, followed by Madisyn Lyons (11) and Koester (10). Abi Deming and Thorson both had one block. Tuesday Red Wing 3, Albert Lea 0
A doubles sweep propelled Lake City to a 5-2 victory over Winona Cotter on Thursday. Kasi Cronin and Hailey Meincke did lot lose a game at No. 2 doubles, while Dorothy Holland and Molly Kennedy pulled the same trick at the No. 3 spot. Emma Brunkow and Renae Harvey were close to pulling off the feat, winning 6-0, 6-3 as the Tigers' top pair. Ashley Thieren won 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 2 singles spot, while Sarah Ziebarth went the distance at No. 3 singles, pulling off a 6-2, 4-6, 10-7 win. Tuesday Rochester Lourdes 6, Lake City 1
Lake City hit the road on Thursday to face Pine Island, and the Tigers came home with a convincing 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-15) victory. Delaney Issendorf led the way for Lake City with 15 kills and four aces, while Elyse Dallager dished out 26 assists. Morgan West had 15 digs for the Tigers. The Panthers got seven kills from Avri Kundert, and 10 assists from Sydney Andrist. K-W 3, Lourdes 0 Ally Peterson's 14 kills led Kenyon-Wanamingo to a 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-17) win over Rochester Lourdes on Thursday.
Going on the road for a Big Nine Conference dual meet on Thursday, Red Wing fell short to Mankato West as the host Scarlets won 96-84. "We had a tough meet tonight against a great team," said Wingers head coach Mikayla Beuch. "Mankato West is a well-rounded team with a lot of depth. Our goal was to get out and swim and have fun and I think we did a good job of that."
Both teams pulled off sweeps, but Winona took all four singles matches for a 4-3 victory over Red Wing on Thursday. Megan Jeranek and Mya Benway got the win at No. 1 doubles, followed by Solveig Roth and Maria Haley at No. 2. The third pairing of Rachel Borgen and Elle Schlangen had the most convincing win with a 6-3, 6-2 decision. On Tuesday, Red Wing was less fortunate as Northfield cruised to a 7-0 victory over the Wingers. The Raiders did not drop a set, and did not lose more than two games in any of the matches.
Facing two of the toughest tests in the Big Nine Conference, the Red Wing girls' soccer team had a tough time against Owatonna Tuesday with a 9-0 loss. Then on Thursday against sixth-ranked (Class 1A) Mankato West, the Wingers' defense showed signs of improvement in a 5-0 loss. "After Owatonna, we knew we would get outgunned (against West) so we tweaked our formation," said Red Wing head coach David Thurston. "We were getting immediately pressured. Ashlyn (Nystuen) made some saves that were point-blank. She's developing into a great keeper."
Leading Cannon Falls 3-2 at halftime, Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa punched in four second-half goals to pull away with a 7-2 Hiawatha Valley League win on Thursday. Morgan VanHouten was the Wildcats' top scorer with three goals, with Lauralee Eaton, Victoria Toft, Emilie Rucker and Claudia Gunhus also providing scores in the win. In net, goalkeeper Roslind Anderson stopped two shots for PIZM. For the Bombers, Mari Mendivil came up with 21 saves while Anna Giese and Kalysa Banks each scored in the loss.