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It was a strange night for the Wingers — there was an hour delay due to missing umpires and a cat ran onto the field. Through all of the distractions Red Wing was in the game the whole time against Owatonna, but couldn’t reclaim its early lead on Senior Night, losing 9-7.
The Lake City boys' golf team won the Jewel Invitational on Monday at the Jewel Golf Club in Lake City. The Tigers shot a tournament record-low score of 293. Second place went to Rochester Mayo with a score of 295 and Northfield took third with 302. Red Wing was fifth with 308. The medalist was Matt Turner, from Winona, who also set a record by shooting a seven-under par score of 64. Runner-up was Brennan Rothgarn from Lake City with a 69. Hunter Fjerstad of Byron (71), Micah Harber of Mayo (72) and Cecil Belisle of Red Wing (72) rounded out the top five.
Goodhue was given the No. 2 seed for the 1AA subsection playoffs and proved it deserved the high seeding with a 15-0 drubbing of No. 7 seed Rushford-Peterson on Monday. The Wildcats started the first inning with an out, a single, a RBI double and the second out before going on a six-hit, two-error run that gave the Wildcats a 9-0 lead before the inning was over.
Drew Kelly of Triton singled in the first at bat on Friday and came around to score two batters later. That one run was all the Cobras needed to defeat Lake City as the final score read 1-0. The Tigers had a runner on third on three separate occasions but were unable to bring a runner across home plate.
The fourth game in four days caught up with Cannon Falls when it traveled to Stewartville and couldn’t get its bats humming. Taylor Smith pitched a perfect game for Stewartville, which won, 8-0 on Friday. Abby Breuer took the loss after pitching four innings. She struck out three, walked four and gave up seven earned runs on eight hits. Bella Davisson came on in relief for two innings, striking out one, walking two and giving up one earned run on two hits.
Red Wing hosted Austin on Friday for the last regular season game before section playoffs. The final tuneup did not treat the injury-plagued Wingers well as they lost, 8-1. Austin got off to a quick start scoring three runs in the first two innings before putting together a four-run inning in the third.
The Red Wing boys' golf team hosted a Big Nine quadrangular on Tuesday and came out on top with a team score of 307. Mankato West came in second with 313, followed by Mankato East (334) and Winona (320). Luke Knudsen had his best round with a 73 to tie for the lead with Cecil Belisle. Rounding out the Wingers' scorers were Mac DeSutter with 79 and Michael Stoffel with 82. Red Wing will travel to Rochester on Wednesday for the Eastwood Invite.
Lake City had a team score of 296 — 11 better than second place — and cruised to victory at the Hiawatha Valley Conference meet at Willow Creek Golf Course on Thursday. Lourdes was second with 307, Stewartville was third with 309, Pine Island-Zumbrota-Mazeppa came in fifth (333), and Cannon Falls and Kenyon-Wanamingo tied for seventh (352).
Facing a 6-2 deficit entering the final half inning, Red Wing was tasked with a big rally. After scoring three runs it appeared the Wingers might just be able to pull it off but they fell short, losing to Mayo, 6-5, in the first game of a doubleheader. Zach Harding got the seventh-inning rally started with a leadoff double. Teddy Lillico and Seth Yeatman followed up with singles before Grant Rolen hit a sac fly to bring in the second run of the inning. Teddy Tauer and Marcus Walm proceeded to hit two consecutive singles and the Wingers had two on with one out. Taite Luhman singled to load the bases with two outs but Mayo’s Evan Kaese was able to get out of the jam and earn the save.
The Red Wing girls' golf team traveled to Lake City on Wednesday for the Jewel Invite and not only did they win, but Leah Herzog set a new course record. The Wingers topped the charts with a team score of 322. Lake City came in second with 330 and Northfield rounded out the top three with 341. Herzog was the medalist with a 6-under 65. Sophia Yoemans gave Red Wing a 1-2 finish with a second-place 72. Lake City had two top-10 finishers: Ava Wallerich was third with 74 and Marah Rothgarn was tied for ninth with 83.