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It was a battle of the pitchers on Saturday as Randolph and Legacy Christian Academy combined for just three hits. Randolph was able to get the upper hand, however, claiming the victory, 2-1, in the second round of the Section 4A playoffs. Andrew Wenstrom drew a leadoff walk in the first inning for the Rockets and reached second base when Joey Erickson laid down a bunt. In the next at bat, Wenstrom scored after a throwing error to give Randolph an early 1-0 lead. The Rockets held that lead until the seventh inning when the Lions tied the game up on an RBI single.
The Section 4A individual boys’ tennis tournament took place on Tuesday and Wednesday with Red Wing and Lake City both receiving good results. In doubles, Red Wing’s No.1 team of Logan Johnson and Coby Castner took third place. The duo won their first match on Tuesday, 6-4, 6-1. On Wednesday they fell in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-0, before rebounding to win the third-place match, 0-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(2). Red Wing’s No. 2 team of Aidan Coyle and Lincoln Bryan won its first match on Tuesday, 6-1, 6-1, but fell in the second round, 6-3, 6-2.
The Red Wing girls' track and field team only had one first-place finish on Thursday at the Big Nine Conference meet in Northfield but had a number of strong performances to take fourth place as a team. With 149.5 team points, the Wingers finished five-and-a-half points behind third-place Mankato West. Northfield was the meet champion with 288 points, followed by Mankato East (179). Elle Thorson gave the Wingers' its only first-place finish with a time of 16.35 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles.
Goodhue couldn’t have gotten off to a better start on Thursday in a 20-0 rout of Christian Life Academy in the first round of the Section 4A playoffs. After Casey Ryan struck out the side to start the game, Goodhue’s offense came alive in a big way in the bottom of the first inning. The Wildcats hit six singles, took two walks, were hit by a pitch and reached base on two errors to score nine runs.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa began its quest in the Section 1AA single elimination bracket with an 8-0 shutout of Pine Island in its first game on Thursday. The Cougars couldn’t catch a break in the second game against Byron, however, and fell 1-0, ending Z-M’s season. In the first game against Pine Island, the Cougars were never in threat of losing as they built an early 6-0 lead through three innings. Lyndsey Quam struck out 12 Panthers batters and only gave up one hit to earn the win.
Red Wing was in full preparation mode for the looming Section 1AAA playoffs, but first it had to get past Rochester Century — which it did admirably on Thursday with a 10-4 victory. The Wingers got the scoring started in the third inning with two runs, which Century answered with three of its own. Red Wing would retake the lead in the fifth inning for good, however, after putting together five runs. The five-run stretch was made possible by seven consecutive batters reaching safely for the Wingers.
Red Wing kept its season alive on Thursday by defeating Albert Lea, 5-3, in the single elimination bracket after losing to No. 1 seed Winona, 5-0, in the Section 1AAA playoffs. Against Winona, the Wingers did well to keep the Winhawks’ offense in check, but they were unable to get anything going offensively for themselves. Red Wing could only muster two hits on the game — singles by Marissa Kelly and Meg Grove.
The Red Wing boys' golf team had a strong showing at the Big Nine Conference tournament on Wednesday at Northfield Golf Club. The Wingers finished third with a team score of 317. Northfield was the tournament champion with 302, followed by Mankato East with 311. Mankato West placed fourth, one stroke behind Red Wing. Mankato East's Walker Nelson earned medalist honors with a three-under par 69. Cecil Belisle was Red Wing's top finisher, taking fourth place with a score of 73.
Lake City had a strong day on the course as both its boys and girls teams came away victorious on Tuesday at the Hiawatha Valley League Championship at Eastwood Golf Course in Rochester. The Tigers' boys team won by a slim one-stroke margin with a team score of 301, compared to Lourdes with 302. Cannon Falls came in fifth with 335, Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa placed sixth with 340, and Kenyon-Wanamingo took eighth with 365.
The Red Wing girls' golf team finished two strokes ahead of Northfield on Monday to win the Big Nine Conference tournament at Northern Hills Golf Course in Rochester. Red Wing finished with a team score of 351, Northfield was second with 353 and Albert Lea rounded out the top three with 377. Sophia Yeomans of Red Wing earned medalist honors with a score of 74. Molly Stevens of Northfield took second with 76 and Red Wing's Leah Herzog tied for third with Lexi Partington of Winona with a 78.