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A busy Saturday at the Farmington Invitational saw Red Wing finish 1-3 in four matches, including two Big Nine Conference foes. The Wingers lost to Rosemount (25-12, 25-22) to open the tourney, then beat Winona (28-26, 25-13) before falling to Owatonna (25-17, 25-20) and Farmington (25-12, 25-16).
Lake City went 1-2 at the Rochester John Marshall Invitational on Saturday, losing 5-2 to Robbinsdale Armstrong and Delano, and defeating Cannon Falls, 5-2, to finish in seventh place. Against the Bombers, the Tigers swept singles play with Ava Wallerich, Ashley Thieren, Sarah Ziebarth and Kaylee Muenzhuber all picking up victories. Katherine Kennedy and Madde Medvec also won at No. 3 doubles.
Six different players scored as Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa walked all over Caledonia on Saturday, 11-0. Max Smothers had three goals, and also made one save in his usual role as goalkeeper. Ian Niles, Edison Toft and Nathan Marx each had two goals for the Wildcats, with additional scoring coming from Sam Nordquist and Isaac Schmoll. Danny Krier and Niles each had two assists, while five others had one helper in the win. Caledonia goalie Dominick Konkel made 16 saves.
Entering the fourth quarter, Red Wing and Rochester Century were tied 0-0, looking to see which team would finally break through. After two straight weeks of blowout losses, it was unfamiliar-yet-satisfying territory for the Wingers. "What I told them on the sidelines was to play without the scoreboard, play without the clock," said Red Wing head football coach Nate Freier. "Play for yourself, play for your brothers, play for your teammates and everything else will work out."
Cannon Falls got into the win column on Friday, and handed St. Charles its first loss of 2017 in the process, with a definitive 28-6 decision over the host Saints. Logan Hofstedt had 96 yards on 19 carries for the Bombers, including touchdown runs of 5, 4 and 13 yards. Hofstedt's first score came with 21 seconds left in the first quarter, staking Cannon Falls to a 6-0 lead. Hayden Strain put the Bombers up by 14 with a 5-yard rush and the ensuing two-point conversion.
In Big Nine Conference play Thursday, Owatonna made short work of visiting Red Wing with a 7-0 win. The Wingers won just two games in singles, with Chole Struss losing to Emily Rahrick 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 and Graci Bettich falling 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 to Sara Anderson. In doubles, all three of Red Wing’s teams fell 6-2, 6-2. On Monday, the Wingers return home to play River Falls.
Cannon Falls' defense was on its game on Thursday in a 3-0 (25-10, 25-21, 25-16) win over Rochester Lourdes. Kara Loeschke had 16 assists, 10 digs and six kills for the Bombers, who were led defensively by Tatum Pickar, who had 21 digs and four ace serves. Rachel Huseth had 10 assists, seven digs and three aces in the win, while Olivia Thomley came through with five ace blocks and four kills. Goodhue 3, Lake City 0
Red Wing was in a perfect spot after the first set on Thursday. And even after dropping a lopsided second game, the Wingers were able to rally together and, after being down four points, rally to tie Minneapolis Washburn in the third. But Red Wing lost a late lead, and then fell flat in the fourth set to lose 3-1 (22-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-10) to the Millers.
Swapping volleyball for girls' soccer, Ashlyn Nystuen's new role as the Wingers' goalkeeper is similar to her role on the court: Keep the ball alive. In volleyball, that meant keeping the ball off the floor. Now, it's about keeping the ball out of the net. "It's taken a lot of support from my teammates," Nystuen said. "It's been a big change from volleyball, but it's been a good change. Just like volleyball, I still have to dive for the ball."
The Red Wing girls' swimming and diving team secured its first dual win of the year Thursday with a Big Nine Conference victory at Albert Lea, 98-74. The night started with a win in the 200-yard medley relay as Grace O'Brien, Sammy Kriese, Cecilia De Jong and Teegan Beyers won with a time of 1 minute, 58.07 seconds. In the next event, the 200 freestyle, the team had a 1-2-3 finish with O'Brien (2:10.59), Madison Beyers (2:17.80) and Emma Flemke (2:24.43).