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GOODHUE – A lot had to go right for Goodhue to stay with Chatfield on Friday.
SHAKOPEE – There are no secrets when it comes to Shakopee High School football. The Sabers like to line up in the single wing, snap the ball, weave some bodies around, and pound their opponents into confusion. And, once again, it worked like a charm in a 49-20 win over Red Wing Friday night. “That’s what they do,” said Red Wing coach Matt Schultz. “They’ve been doing that for six years, running the single wing.
Even after a third-place finish at St. Olaf last week, Red Wing head cross-country coach Jesse Nelson knew the Winger boys had a better race in them. In the Dewey Minnaert Invitational at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park in Hastings, Red Wing used a strong pack to come away with the team title. Finishing with 53 team points, the Wingers got two top-five finishers as Aiden Winn took third in 17 minutes, 0.90 seconds and George Nemanich was fifth at 17:08.83. “I can’t say enough about Aiden and George,” Nelson said.
Lake City got a strong outing from its doubles but was held winless in singles competition in a 4-3 loss to Stewartville on Thursday. The Tigers’ No. 2 pair of Erica Hubbard and Lidia Wallerich won 7-6 (4), 6-4 over Rachel Skic and Kyra Boland. Lake City’s No. 3 duo of Carley Cronin and Chloe McElmury put in a strong performance, winning 6-1, 7-5 over Emma Dwire and Julie Lanzel. Braeden McElmury and Katie Coyle completed the doubles sweep with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 1. In No.
Red Wing shut out Shakopee in doubles play in Missota Conference play Thursday, but the Wingers’ singles did the team no favors as the Wingers fell 4-3 in Shakopee. Emily Otteson at No. 1 singles and Nicole Schammel at No. 2 put up fights, but they were unable to overcome the strong individual play from the Sabers. Otteson fell 6-0, 6-2 to Haley Lickfold, and Schammel fell 6-3, 7-5 to Taylor Koenen. “(Shakopee) had a particularly strong No. 1 and 3 (Dannick Boyogueno) singles,” said Wingers’ head coach Matt Kavanagh.
Thursday’s Missota Conference match with Shakopee ended in a loss, but the second-set play by Red Wing was something to note for the downtrodden Wingers. After losing the first set to the Sabers 25-12, Red Wing jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the second set.
Eric Hokanson and Ben Nystuen finished back-to-back for the Zumbrota-Mazeppa/Kenyon-Wanamingo boys cross-country team Thursday at the Hayfield Invitational. Hokanson placed 10th with a time of 18 minutes, 29.4 seconds with Nystuen coming in 11th at 18:38.3. Overall, ZM/KW took third in the meet with 100 points, well behind champion Plainview-Elgin-Millville’s 43. Rochester John Marshall took second with 44 points. Skyler Jacobson led the ZM/KW girls to a fourth place finish with her own seventh-place finish in 17:08.3.
With a 18-5 advantage in shots on goal, the Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa boys soccer team certainly had the scoring chances Thursday against Lake City. And with three conversions, that advantage correlated to the scoreboard in a 3-1 PIZM victory. Gilbert Wohlfromm scored three times, and Matt Lien and Colin Rucker each scored once for the Wildcats. "Hard work in practice has paid off in a win", said PIZM Coach Peter Wiggins. "Gilbert Wohlfromm had a hat trick while Kyle Mitchell played a great defense.
Lake City put up a fight against Rochester Lourdes on Thursday, playing tight in the first and third sets. Ultimately, the Eagles proved to be too much for the young Tigers, pulling away with a three-set Hiawatha Valley League victory, 25-19, 25-15, 25-20, in Lake City. Madi Green was Lake City’s top hitter with 10 kills, while Daynalyn Jostock added six kills and four ace serves in the loss. Breanna Gates had a team-high 14 digs. For Lourdes, Gabby Williams finished with a team-best seven kills, and Rosemary Rogers finished with nine digs and four ace serves.
Cannon Falls’ doubles cruised on Thursday against Winona Cotter with all three teams winning 6-0, 6-0 on the way to a 7-0 victory in Cannon Falls. The singles was nearly as dominant and just as successful, sweeping all four matches. At No. 1 doubles, Tayler Banitt won 6-1, 6-1 over the Ramblers’ Kylie Modieski. Then at No.