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After a second-place finish in the Big Nine Conference championship meet Tuesday at Eastwood Golf Club in Rochester, the Red Wing boys' golf team split the conference title with Mankato West. Coming into the day, the Wingers were a point up on the Scarlets in the regular-season standings. But with West winning Tuesday's finale with a 318, compared to Red Wing's 320, the two teams tied, therefore giving both teams a share of the Big Nine title.
Top-seeded Rochester Lourdes got a first-inning run from Eleanor Plager, and the Eagles managed to hang on for six scoreless innings to beat fourth-seeded Pine Island 1-0 in the Section 1AA-West playoffs on Wednesday. Collecting just three hits off of Lourdes pitcher Abbey Gapinski, Mya Polzer was 1-for-2 with a double for the Panthers while Haley Bauman and Autumn Pin each collected a hit. Bridget Kennedy managed to hold Lourdes to one run on five hits and no walks with three strikeouts for Pine Island in the loss.
With power showcased in both the batter's box and the pitching circle, second-seeded Zumbrota-Mazeppa moved on in the Section 1AA-West tournament with a 6-2 victory against third-seeded Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland on Wednesday. Natalie Majerus went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI while teammate Hannah Mensink also belted a home run and drove in three runs in a 1-for-2 effort for the Cougars. Brianna Albers finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.
Thirteen-seeded Kenyon-Wanamingo saw its season come to a close in the opening round of the Section 2AA tournament Tuesday following a 12-1 loss at fourth-seeded Le Sueur-Henderson. The Knights' lone run came across in the top of the fourth inning when Brittney Woods drew a bases-loaded walk that brought Brandi Remold home. K-W had just one hit in the game, a one-out single in the top of the third by Sydney Burow. Remold took the loss in the circle after surrendering 12 runs (nine earned) on 15 hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
The second seed in the Section 4A tournament, the top Red Wing duo of Logan Johnson and Ben Schaffer finished third in the section's individual tournament, which wrapped up on Wednesday. Johnson and Schaffer reached the section final four after wins over Lake City's Alex Holmgren and Mitch Medvec (6-1, 6-3) and Mounds Park Academy's Karan Jain and Dillon Vue (7-6 (2), 6-3) on Tuesday.
Facing top-seeded and last year's Class 3A runner-up Winona in the Section 1AAA opener Tuesday, eighth-seeded Red Wing took an 8-3 loss in Winona. Down 3-0 heading into the top of the fourth, Hailey Ehlers belted a solo home run to cut the gap to two. But the Winhawks were able to put up four runs in the bottom of the inning to put the game away for good. Red Wing would add two more runs in the top of the fifth.
In a final tune-up before the Big Nine Conference championship meet, the Red Wing boys’ golf team won a triangular against Rochester Mayo and John Marshall Monday at Eastwood Golf Club in Rochester. The Wingers shot a score of 308, followed by Mayo (333) and JM (336). Cecil Belisle secured medalist honors for Red Wing with a 72, holding off JM’s Nathan Meyer’s score of 75. Mac DeSutter came into the clubhouse with a 76 to finish in third place.
A timely double in the third inning led to the only run of the game, giving Cannon Falls a 1-0 victory over Kasson-Mantorville in Monday's Hiawatha Valley League championship game. Gage Hildebrandt, who had reached on an error, attempted to steal second base when Hayden Strain hit a double down the right-field line. Hildebrandt never stopped, and scored on the play.
A school record in relation to par gave Lake City an easy victory over five other teams at the Jewel Invitational on Monday. The Tigers shot a 12-over-par 296, far ahead of Rochester Mayo (352), Winona (365), Byron (370), Rochester John Marshall (375) and Rochester Lourdes (387). Lidia Wallerich earned the gold medal with a 73, besting Lake City teammate Ava Wallerich's 73 in a scorecard playoff. Lexi Geolat (74) and Olivia Matzke (76) rounded out the Tigers' scoring as well as the top four in the individual standings.
With the Big Nine Conference title on the line, Red Wing knew it needed a win in the first game of Monday's doubleheader against Rochester John Marshall. A loss would likely mean a tie with Rochester Century and a split league championship.