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On Thursday, Red Wing picked up its first win of the season, a 5-2 decision over Albert Lea. Chloe Struss and Graci Bettich won their singles matches, while the doubles teams swept through to pick up some decisive victories.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa picked up a quick 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-15) win over Rochester Lourdes on Thursday. Carly Frederickson had six kills for the Cougars, and Juliah Jackson added four blocks. Pine Island 3, Goodhue 2 Avri Kundert's 10 kills and 10 digs led Pine Island to a 3-2 (23-25, 17-25, 25-15, 26-24, 15-13) win over Goodhue on Thursday.
The Red Wing boys’ soccer team is still in search of win No. 1 after a pair of Big Nine Conference losses this week against Rochester John Marshall in overtime on Thursday (4-3) and Century on Tuesday (2-1). On Thursday, JM’s Mohamed Mohamed scored the game-winning goal on a free kick to break up a 3-3 tie.
Jumping on Red Wing with four straight first-half goals, Rochester John Marshall was able to thwart the host Wingers for a 5-1 Big Nine Conference win Thursday at Russ “Cougar” Marshall Field. “We ran into a great squad in John Marshall,” said Red Wing girls’ soccer coach David Thurston. “This week was tough with two Rochester teams.
No match went to three sets, but with three wins in singles and one in doubles, Lake City notched a 4-2 win over Cannon Falls on Tuesday. The No. 3 doubles match was not completed. Ava Wallerich, Ashley Thieren and Sarah Ziebarth each won their singles matches for the Tigers, with Bomber Kayla Melhouse preventing the sweep at No. 3. Kasi Cronin and Hailey Meincke of Lake City took the top doubles match, while Iris French and Avery Dicke won the No. 2 doubles match.
Austin won three of four singles matches, and the No. 1 doubles match, to take down Red Wing, 4-3, on Tuesday. Graci Bettich got the Wingers' lone singles win with a 6-0, 7-5 victory over Amy Stoulil at the No. 2 spot. At No. 2 doubles, Megan Jeranek and Mya Benway cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 win, while the No. 3 pair of Ellie Schlangen and Solveig Roth won 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
After dropping the first set to Red Wing, Cannon Falls rebounded by taking the final three for a 3-1 (21-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-23) victory on Tuesday. Shayla Hustad had a team-high 14 kills for the Bombers, while Kara Loeschke (27) and Rachel Huseth (19) assisted on a combined 46 points. Tatum Pickar had 17 digs in the win.
A tough first two sets saw Randolph and Grand Meadow head to the third game tied. But the Rockets figured something out to take Tuesday's match 3-1 (25-21, 17-25, 25-13, 25-13). Alyssa Whitson had 10 kills for Randolph, with Kenna Foss leading the team with 13 assists. Megan Erickson came up with three blocks in the win. Z-M 3, Triton 0
Red Wing is seeing improvements through all three of its games thus far. Now, the team is waiting for that progress to show itself in the win column. On Tuesday, the Wingers’ girls soccer team fell to Rochester Century, 3-0, in Big Nine Conference play. “We’re starting to play better and people are getting used to their new positions,” said Red Wing head coach David Thurston.
Randolph had little trouble on Friday night, beating Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart, 46-6, in a non-District game. Rockets' quarterback Andrew Wenstrom had two rushing touchdowns and four passing touchdowns, three of which went to Joey Erickson, who had seven grabs for 114 yards. Wenstrom finished 12-for-19 for 239 yards through the air, and added 129 yards on the ground on 15 carries. Isaac Stoesz also had a receiving touchdown for Randolph, which led 26-0 at halftime. Mike McNamara had a late rushing touchdown to close the scoring.