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Cannon Falls’ Taylor Banitt and Maddie Adel will appear in the Section 1A girls tennis final four after winning two matches Thursday.
The Red Wing boys soccer team hit a new high Tuesday with its Section 1A first-round victory over Faribault. But in Thursday’s quarterfinal match at Byron, the Wingers were deflated as the season came to a close with a 2-0 loss. “We tried really hard to counter and just couldn’t really get anything to go our way,” said Red Wing head coach Brian Quigley. “We didn’t really capitalize on our offensive pushes.
Schuyler Thompson rushed five times for 105 yards and a touchdown, and had a 79-yard scoring pass to lead Plainview-Elgin-Millville over Lake City Friday night, 31-6. Thompson put the first points on the board with a 42-yard run with nine minutes, four seconds remaining in the first quarter. After a Tanner Hofschulte 39-yard, second-quarter field goal, Thompson hit Derik Laden with a 78-yard pass to stretch the Bulldogs lead to 17 points. The Tigers were unable to get anything going on offense as Luke Hartzell, Matt Kjos and Levi Norman combined to rush for 86 yards on 18 carries.
In its final Hiawatha Valley League match of the season, Cannon Falls had no trouble disposing of La Crescent on Thursday in a three-set victory, 25-16, 25-15, 25-9. The Bombers collected ace serves in droves on Thursday. Led by Hailey Huseth’s five aces, Cannon Falls ended the night with 16 points via ace serves. Huseth also had a team-high 17 set assists in the victory. Madasyn Hofstedt and Carly Broze were the team’s top hitters with seven kills apiece, and Becca Vandenheuvel shored up the back row with 20 digs.
Even after Rochester Lourdes scored first, Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa wasn't phased.
Red Wing's Nicole Schammel and Emily Stegora, the Wingers' No. 1 doubles pair, went 3-0 Thursday at the individual Section 1A girls tennis tournament, including a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Rochester Century that puts the two into Tuesday's final four . "They played brilliantly," said Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh. "It was easily the best tennis I’ve seen them play all year. It was beautiful to watch, especially considering Century beat us handily a week ago.
The Red Wing volleyball team remains in search of win No. 1 this season after a three-set, 25-12, 25-11, 25-9 loss to Missota Conference foe New Prague. “Well, tonight went much better,” said Red Wing assistant coach Kelly Norman. “Our scores didn't show how well we played, but it is an improvement from Monday night. Serve-receive looked much better tonight. (Libero) Maria (Furlong) is back and provided a familiar voice leading. The girls came out ready to play tonight, we just couldn't push through.
Kelsey Betthauser led the Ellsworth girls cross-country team to an eighth-place finish at the Black River Falls invitational Tuesday.
Cannon Falls' Emi Trost crushed the field Tuesday, completing her four-kilometer run in 14 minutes, 35.5 seconds to take top honors at the Plainview-Elgin-Millville/Jodi Rahman Invitational. Trost was nearly two minutes ahead of second-place Emmy Buntrock of Dover-Eyota. Katherine Hoffman (17:09.4) placed 14th for the Bombers, who placed third as a team with 112 points.
Carl Kozlowski’s fifth-place finish led the Lake City boys cross country team to a fourth-place showing at the Austin invitational Tuesday. Kozlowski covered the five kilometers in 17 minutes, 9.32 seconds. Kozlowski’s teammate, Cole Willers, placed 23rd with a time of 18:15.12 while Shane Siewert (18:32.85) took 26th. Winona’s Hunter Bailey won the race with a time of 16:28.61.