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Five days after falling in its season-opening match, Red Wing hit the road for the first time, losing 7-0 to Albert Lea on Tuesday. Ben Schaffer pushed Austin Dulitz to a tie-breaker in the second set, but the No. 1 singles player for the Wingers came up short in a 6-3, 7-6 (10-9) loss. Red Wing (0-2) will stay away from home for its next match, on Thursday, at Mankato West.
First team Broc Finstuen (sr. forward, Pine Island) 19.4 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 4.5 apg, 65 FG percent, All-Hiawatha Valley League, selected to MBCA All-Star Series. From head coach Jim McNamara: “Broc has done whatever we needed him to do for the last four seasons. He played more on the perimeter early in his career and this past season spent more time playing in the post. He has been among the league leaders in scoring, rebounding and assists for the last three seasons.”
Competing at the Winona Open at Paul Giel Field, the Red Wing girls' track and field team had eight first-place finishes while cruising to the team title with 266.66 points. Behind the Wingers was La Crescent with 120 and Rochester Century with 82.
Lyndsey Quam and Tara Matuska combined to throw a five-inning no-hitter on Monday as Zumbrota-Mazeppa blanked Kenyon-Wanamingo, 10-0. Matuska pitched the first three innings, walking two and striking out four while also going 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double and three runs scored offensively. Matuska finished the final two innings in the circle, striking out three. Megan Johnson 2 for 3 for the Cougars, including a double. Hannah Mensing ended up 2 for 3 as well. Z-M (3-1) will take the rest of the week off and head to Hudson on Monday, April 17.
Lake City scored three runs in the top of the seventh, but needed one more to extend the game in an 11-10 loss to Triton on Monday. Alyssa Schmitz and Anna Burdis both had two hits for the Tigers, while Bree Waller batted in five runs. Ashley Thieren was given the loss, pitching six innings and giving up 12 hits. Lake City (1-5) is off until Tuesday, April 18 when Lake City will travel to Cannon Falls.
Randolph won its second- and third-straight games to open the season, beating Nicollet and Cleveland on Saturday. Against Nicollet, both Andrea Splichal and Maddie Grant went 3-for-4, with Splichal tripling and scoring three runs, and Grant knocking in a pair of runs. Morgyn Erickson pitched all seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks to earn the win.
The Lake City girls golf team opened the 2017 season with a victory in the Mount Frontenac Invitational on Saturday. The Tigers totaled a 316, with Winona coming in second with a 355. Visitation came in third with a 359, followed by Rosemount (388), Park (398) and Eastview (404). Olivia Matzke had Lake City's best round, shooting a 3-over-par 74 to finish second individual behind Visitation's Jaycee Rhodes, who had a 72.
Z-M 14, Cannon Falls 0 Tara Matuska struck out 10 batters in four innings to lead Zumbrota-Mazeppa to a 14-0 Hiawatha Valley League win over Cannon Falls on Friday. Megan Johnson had a double, a home run and five RBI for the Cougars, who also got three RBI from Hannah Mensink. The Bombers got hits from Hannah Singewald and Tatum Pickar with Kaitlin Otterness taking the loss in the circle.
Pine Island 18, Houston 3 Pine Island had little trouble with Houston on Friday, taking down the Hurricanes 18-3 in five innings. Braden Aakre had five RBI for the Panthers, which got a three-inning start from Connoe McKenzie who allowed two runs on two hits and four walks. Pine Island (1-1) had its game at Goodhue on Monday postponed due to inclement weather. K-M 5, Cannon Falls 0
Scoring nine runs in the second inning, Pine Island made quick work of Kenyon-Wanamingo for a 15-0 five-inning Hiawatha Valley League win Thursday. Katelyn Kennedy set the tone for the Panthers’ offense, going 3-for-3 with three doubles, two RBIs, two runs and a stolen base. Emilie Rucker went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a pair of runs, and Nicole Fall had a pair of hits, both doubles, with two runs scored. Bridget Kennedy was the winning pitcher after striking out nine and allowing just one hit.