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Lake City duo Ashley Thieren and Ava Wallerich, seeded second, picked up a pair of wins on Thursday to qualify for the Section 1A doubles semifinals at the Rochester Athletic Club. Cannon Falls' Taylor Jackson and Paige Miest, seeded fourth, will also play in the semifinals. Thieren and Wallerich will square off against third-seeded Molly Belda and Maria Topei of Rochester Lourdes. Jackson and Miest will face top-seeded Clare Palen and Natalie Alison, also of Lourdes.
Red Wing's season came to an end on Thursday, with four first-round exits at the Section 1AA individual tournament in Lakeville. Graci Bettich lost her singles match 6-2, 6-3, while Chloe Struss lost 6-3, 6-1. In doubles play, Maria Haley and Solveig Roth fell 6-0, 6-0, as did Mya Benway and Megan Jeranek.
Ethan Kaiser scored in the second half to avoid the shutout, but Austin ran away with Thursday's Section 1A match, 8-1. The Packers built a 3-0 lead in the first half, then blew the game open in the second. Julio Hernandez had two goals for Austin, while six other players scored once.
Fourth-seeded Byron ended Red Wing's run on Thursday with a 4-0 win over the Wingers in the quarterfinals of the Section 1A tournament. All of the Bears goals were in the first half, and all four were from different players. “That's a great group of midfielders,” said Red Wing head coach David Thurston. “We kept it 0-0 in the second half, but the damage had already been done.”
By seeding, the 8/9 game is a bit of a coin flip. But Red Wing didn't get the memo, finishing off Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 3-0, in the first round of the Section 1A tournament. Ethan Kaiser scored twice for the Wingers, with Jeyson Roque adding a goal and two assists. Jacob Hardyman also had an assist in the win. Red Wing goalie Keegyn McNamee had 10 saves, while his counterpart, Max Smothers, stopped six of nine shots on goal.
Rochester Mayo took out Red Wing on Tuesday, 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-21). Madisyn Lyons had Winger highs in digs (20), kills (13), blocks (two) and aces (two). Red Wing's Vanessa Frazier had 16 digs and five kills, with Macy Koester topping the team in assists with 20.
Mariah Tipcke was honored for her 1,000th career assist on Tuesday, but Cannon Falls spoiled a bit of the fun as the Bombers swept Goodhue, 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-16). Tipcke finished with 16 assists on the night, feeding Hannah Gadient (five kills) and Sydney Lodermeier (four kills). Tipcke also led the Wildcats with eight digs.
The Red Wing girls' soccer team provided the biggest upset in Section 1A Tuesday as the 12th-seeded Wingers knocked out fifth-seeded Winona Cotter 2-1 in the opening round of the playoffs. “I'm very pleased with the performance,” said Red Wing head coach David Thurston. “We stepped up and had a nice upset.” Tied 0-0 after the first 40 minutes, the Ramblers took a one-goal lead thanks to an Olivia Gardner goal at the 50th minute.
Moved to Saturday due to inclement weather threats on Friday, Cannon Falls' homecoming started off strong when Hayden Strain broke off a 54-yard touchdown run in the first three minutes. But from there, Triton took over with 41 straight points, and the sixth-ranked (2A) Cobras cruised to a 41-14 victory at John Burch Park.
Red Wing won two matches in pool play, and split two sets with Waterville-Elysian-Morristown to qualify for the Bronze Bracket in Saturday's Cannon Falls Tournament. The Wingers then went 1-1 to finish 11th. Madisyn Lyons led Red Wing's offense with 35 total kills, with Kate Sonju (16), Abi Deming (15) Elle Thorson (10) and Hannah Rodgers (10) also reaching double-digits. Macy Koester had 64 of the team's 67 assists, and also had 17 digs and four aces.