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Without its starting keeper, Ashlyn Nystuen, the Red Wing girls’ soccer team was relying on ninth-grader Tori Senty to keep the team in the game in her first career start. Senty did well in her first varsity action, but the Wingers were unable to put up enough goals to come away with the victory and fell, 2-1, on Thursday to Rochester Mayo.
Coming off a 3-0 victory on Tuesday, the Lake City volleyball team doubled down and once again swept its opponent, winning 3-0 over St. Charles on Thursday. The Tigers won its first set 25-21, before pulling away in the second and third sets, winning 25-12 in each. Delaney Issendorf led Lake City with 20 kills, Morgan West had 19 digs, and Elyse Dalager and Hannah Grimm compiled 19 and 12 assists, respectively.
Red Wing keeper Keegyn McNamee did his best to give his team a chance to beat Rochester Mayo by saving 15 out of 18 shot attempts, but the Wingers couldn’t find a way to score a goal and got shut out, 3-0, on Thursday. The two teams played to a scoreless tie through halftime, but Gabriel Gauthier, Jibril Muse and Daliso Chitulangoma each scored a goal in the second half for Mayo.
The Pine Island boys' cross-country came through with a second-place finish Thursday at the Stewartville Invite. The Panthers finished with 108 team points — 42 behind first-place Jordan. Cannon Falls came in 12th with 351 team points. Pacing the Panthers was Tanner Horton with a fourth-place time of 17 minutes, 58.7 seconds. Following Horton were Danny Langworthy (fifth, 18:09.6), Jacob Wright (25th, 19:19.8), Julian Rauk (31st, 19:36.2) and Lucas Williams (46th, 20:00.2).
Cannon Falls was finally able to get out on the court after a series of rainouts to start the season. The Bombers did well in their first match, too, defeating the visiting Trinity School at River Ridge, 5-2, on Thursday. A pair of singles matches were won by Bombers — Hannah Hjellming won at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-0, while at No. 4 singles, Morgan Kasa won 6-0, 6-1.
The Red Wing boys' cross-country team is two-for-two this season, securing a team victory at the St. Olaf High School Showcase on Thursday in Northfield. The Wingers scored 88 points, while second-place Mounds View tallied 138. Weston Wyatt led the way for Red Wing, taking sixth place in 16 minutes, 13.6 seconds. Following closely behind were teammates Tom Nemanich (15th, 16:37.9), Tucker Wallin (18th, 16:40.5), Jonah Leise (21st, 16:44.3) and Bryan Zucker (28th, 16:53.8). Also scoring for Red Wing were Skyler Bennehoff (79th, 17:54.1) and Caleb Korder (120th, 18:19.6).
Traveling to Mankato East on Tuesday, the Red Wing volleyball team met with its first conference opponent but fell in five sets, 3-2. Red Wing started the match off strong, winning the first set 25-11, but dropped the second set 25-16 and lost Elle Thorson to injury. The Wingers recovered to win the third set, 25-15, but couldn't complete the task and lost the last two sets 25-16 and 15-13.
The Red Wing boys' soccer team traveled to Byron on Saturday for the second game of the young season and came home with its second loss. Byron defeated Red Wing, 2-0, but neither team was able to get a lot of shots on goal throughout. Red Wing keeper Keegyn McNamee made five saves on seven attempts while his counterpart, Carter Johnson, stopped all four shots faced. The Wingers are back on the road on Tuesday when they travel to Mankato West.
Cannon Falls opened its season with a tough task, hosting 2017 state tournament participant and Class A ranked, Pine River-Backus on Saturday. The Bombers were prepared for its opponent, however, and came away with a 3-1 win. The Bombers won the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-21, before falling in the third set, 25-17.
The Red Wing girls' soccer team started its season without a win or loss, or goal for that matter, but played well against Mankato East on Thursday to force a 0-0 tie. The Wingers were outshot 11-9 but keeper Ashley Nystuen played well between the posts, including an early penalty kick save.