Jake Pfeifer is a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, which encompasses the Hastings Star Gazette, Farmington-Rosemount Independent Town Pages, South Washington County Bulletin and Woodbury Bulletin. He previously worked as a sports reporter and outdoors editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and as a multimedia artist/editor for Detroit Lakes Newspapers.
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After a heartbreaking loss in the first round of the Class AAA state baseball playoffs, Red Wing responded well, with two straight victories to claim fifth place in the tournament. The Wingers' journey through the consolation bracket began on Friday at Reynolds Field at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul against South St. Paul. Red Wing had little trouble dispatching the Packers, scoring eight runs in the fourth inning en route to an 11-1 victory.
MINNEAPOLIS — Red Wing gave No. 2-seed Rocori all it could handle on Thursday in the Class AAA state baseball playoffs but was unable to keep its late-inning magic alive as the Wingers fell in extra innings, 3-2. The Wingers appeared to have Rocori on the ropes in the seventh and eighth innings, until the last out in the eighth. The Spartans’ Brandon Gill hit a two-out triple into right-center field and three pitches later, Reed Ruefemer deposited a ball in nearly the same location.
JORDAN, Minn. — Wednesday proved to be another good day for the Red Wing boys' golf team at the Class AA boys state golf meet at Ridges at Sand Creek, as a shaky start made way for a strong finish and a third-place showing. Red Wing concluded the tournament with a team score of 619, three shots ahead of fourth-place Cloquet-Esko. Holy Family Catholic won the tournament with a score of 600, while Detroit Lakes came in second with 603.
JORDAN, Minn. — The second day of the Class AA state girls golf meet at Ridges at Sand Creek offered much of the same for the Red Wing girls' golf team. Sophia Yoemans and Leah Herzog again found themselves at the top of the leaderboards with scores of 66 and 71 putting their two-day totals at 129 and 137, respectively. As a team, however, Red Wing came up short as it stayed true to its first-day finish with a two-day score of 665 to claim third place. Marshall beat out the Wingers by one stroke, and Detroit Lakes won the state title with 638.
Red Wing successfully defended its section title on Tuesday with a 6-5 victory over Austin in the Section 1AAA championship at the Red Wing Athletic Field. With the win, the Wingers will head back to the state baseball tournament for the second year in a row. Getting back to state wasn't easy, however, as the Wingers needed to win two games on Tuesday night to get there. And against Austin, the momentum went back and forth in the close-knit game.
ROCHESTER — It's been 10 years since the Red Wing boys' golf team last qualified for the state tournament. On Monday, the drought came to an end as the Wingers concluded the Section 1AA boys' golf tournament at Eastwood Golf Course in Rochester at the top of the leaderboards, just two shots ahead of Lake City. Red Wing ended with a team score of 629 compared to the Tigers' 631. Red Wing began the second day of the tournament with a five-stroke lead over Lake City, but by the end of the front nine, the Tigers were up by 16 shots.
ROCHESTER — For the 12th year in a row, the Red Wing girls' golf team is headed to the state tournament. The Wingers began Monday with a 14-stroke lead over Lake City. That lead would hold as Red Wing outlasted the Tigers, 679-693, during the two-day Section 1AA tournament at Eastwood Golf Course in Rochester. Through the front nine on Monday, the two teams remained with the same 14-shot gap as when the day started. However, Lake City turned it on in the first half of the back nine.
Considering Red Wing concluded graduation ceremonies on Friday night and endured a three-day, 11-inning battle with Austin the night before, it would not have been a shock to see the Wingers' baseball team start slow on Saturday. The Wingers saw to it that the energy level was high and that they were ready to play, however, in a 6-0 win over Kasson-Mantorville in the Section 1AAA playoffs at the Ath. Red Wing's hot start began with a Zach Harding lead-off single and back-to-back RBI doubles by Grant Rolen and Teddy Tauer.
Teddy Tauer has accomplished a lot during his tenure with the Red Wing baseball team. He's pitched at the varsity level since ninth grade, helped the Wingers win a section title and took the mound in a state playoff game. Now he's added one more item to that list: most career wins for a pitcher in Red Wing baseball history. To put the achievement in perspective, the previous record holder, Bob Turnbull, made his mark in the record books in 1970. Turnbull pitched two years with the Wingers, logging five wins in 1969 and 12 in 1970 to put his final record at 17-3.
The Mississippi River is a bustling place this time of year. However, it's not marine traffic that fills up the water, but over 300 species of migrating birds. "The Mississippi River is important as a migration corridor because of its north-south orientation," said Tim Schlagenhaft, Upper Mississippi River Program Manager for the Audubon Society. "The river has a lot of diversity of habitats. It offers a lot of diversity and meets the needs of a lot of different bird species."