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With a sweep of the doubles competition, and two solid wins at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, the Cannon Falls girls tennis team won its second straight match, and third in Hiawatha Valley League competition, with a 5-2 victory over Stewartville Thursday afternoon. Maddie Adel and Grace Rutter, at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, respectively, had tough battles against the Tigers. Adel cruised through her first set before Gabrielle Steinhoff pushed her to a tiebreaker in the second set.
Four times the Chaska Hawks claimed the top three spots in an event in a 79-68 Missota Conference victory over Red Wing Thursday evening at Twin Bluff Middle School. The meet started close, with the two teams alternating the six spots in the 200-yard medley relay. After that, Chaska flexed its muscle, sweeping the 200 freestyle, then took three of the top four spots in the 200 individual medley. The Wingers finally responded in the diving competition, hoarding the podium with Lydia Miller, Emma Streff and Allison Byrne.
Facing a superior opponent, the Red Wing girls soccer team needed everything to go right Thursday in a Missota Conference matchup against Shakopee. But not much went the Wingers way as the Sabers blanked Red Wing, 7-0. “That was just a super talented team on the other side of the ball that did a lot of thing that we didn’t have an answer for,” said Wingers’ co-head coach Paul McNamee. “It says nothing about our squad, they’re just very talented.
The Red Wing boys cross country team took fourth place in a loaded lineup Thursday at the Rochester Mayo Invitational, scoring 158 points. Wayzata won the race with a team total of 35 points. “The boys ran well. We had some good personal record times. The two best programs in the state were at this meet, so going up against them, we could see where we’re at against the best of the best. I’m happy with how the boys ran. Also, we know there’s more in the tank,” said Red Wing head coach Jesse Nelson. “We did get beat by Winona [third with 147 points], which opens our eyes a little bit.
Fresh off a 1-2 showing at Waseca on Saturday, the Red Wing girls tennis team rebounded in a big way at home Tuesday, shelling Farmington for a 6-1 Missota Conference victory at Twin Bluff Middle School. Throughout Tuesday’s meet, the Wingers’ players had to counteract the Tigers’ lobs by being the aggressor on the court, something Red Wing is more than prepared for. “In practice, we have a drill where one girl lobs it and the other girl has to drive the ball,” said W
Brady Schoenfelder had six saves on nine shots on goal as the Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa boys soccer team fell 3-0 to La Crescent Tuesday night. The Wildcats didn’t have much of a chance to stay in the game as the team lost a player to a red card at the 30th minute. But head coach Peter Wiggins was still happy with the effort his team gave in the Hiawatha Valley League loss. "We played strong with exceptional play by Colin Rucker up front and Matt Smith in the middle. Brady Holst was stellar on defense," Wiggins said. PIZM (1-6) will host Austin Saturday.
After winning a set for the first time this season last week against Shakopee, Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Rochester Century proved to be a letdown for Red Wing and head coach Heidi Ulwelling. “It’s so hard when you see them play like they did at Shakopee, then come home and they underperformed,” Ulwelling said. “Yes, there’s a learning curve, but it’s time for the girls to bring a little more.
When mistakes are few and far between, stats can pile up in a hurry during a volleyball match. Case in point was Tuesday night in Cannon Falls where the Bombers toppled Hayfield in four sets, 30-28, 25-15, 18-25, 25-21. Among several eye-popping numbers for the Bombers were Becca Vandenheuvel’s 33 digs, Caroline Bowen’s 20 digs and Sami Cromer’s 15 digs. That’s 68 digs compared to the Vikings’ 89 points.
Kaitlen Buck was near-perfect from the service line, Carley Henning hit double figures in kills and digs, and Kalli Paukert hit the low 20s in set assists to lead the Zumbrota-Mazappa volleyball team to a three-set, 25-15, 25-20, 25-13 Hiawatha Valley League road victory over Lake City Tuesday evening. Buck finished the night 15 of 16 serving while Henning posted 10 kills and 14 digs.
Duking it out for five sets, Goodhue out-lasted Kenyon-Wanamingo for a 25-17, 22-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-11 Hiawatha Valley League victory Tuesday in Goodhue. “The best part was it was such a good game,” Wildcats’ head coach Lindsey Mace said. “It was a battle; the girls played their hearts out. Getting the win, that makes it that much better.” Celebrating her 1,000th career set assist on Tuesday, Mikayla Tipcke put in a strong outing with 32 set assists, 19 digs, and six kills.