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LAKE CITY – Tuesday's showdown between Lake City and Rochester Lourdes could have cleared up the picture at the top of the Hiawatha Valley League Gold Division standings. Instead, the Eagles came away with a 65-59 victory that puts even more pressure on the Tigers to run the table over their final three games. The game also had implications for the Section 1AA tournament, but Lake City head coach Greg Berge isn't focused at all on a bracket.
For the fifth time in four seasons, Red Wing will have a new head football coach. On Monday, Activities Director John Miller announced via Twitter that Nate Freier, pending school board approval, will take over the program. Freier is a Red Wing graduate, and as a senior played on the 1983 state semifinalist team.
Activities Director John Miller announced via Twitter just after 8 a.m. that Nate Freier will be the new football coach at Red Wing High School. The position had been open since the end of the 2016 season.
The resignation of Josh Hofstedt left Cannon Falls without a head football coach, but the program has named a successor. Pending school board approval, Dan Meyers will be directing the future of the Bombers for years to come.
With four-point games littering the schedule, the Big Nine Conference standings are a bit of a mess. But it doesn't take a calculator to know that when Rochester John Marshall and Red Wing face off, it's going to matter. On Thursday, the Rockets and the Wingers met at Prairie Island Arena, both holding out hope of catching Owatonna for the top spot in the league. But after a 2-2 tie, both JM and Red Wing will have to run the table, but the Wingers will need some assistance.
GOODHUE – Purple or orange, home or away, there was no black and white at the end of Friday's Hiawatha Valley League showdown between two highly-ranked teams. Except, of course, there was the binary colors of the referee's shirt
There are five seniors on Red Wing's gymnastics roster, including two that were in the varsity rotation during Thursday's home meet against Austin. The Packers, ranked fourth in Class 1A, were too powerful for the Wingers, winning the dual 145.15-132.2.
Exploiting matchups is a given in any sport, and sometimes it's the difference between a win and a loss. Red Wing saw that on Friday in a 69-54 defeat to Big Nine Conference foe Mankato West.
It was a game that had played out before, a handful of times. The visitors had an overwhelming advantage in offensive-zone play, while the home team struggled to mount much of an attack.
ZUMBROTA – Tuesday's Hiawatha Valley League matchup between visiting Lake City and host Zumbrota-Mazeppa got off to a slow start. A really slow start. The Cougars hit a free throw 30 seconds into the game, and the Tigers answered with a field goal a little less than a minute-and-a-half later. That shot, which gave Lake City a 2-1 lead, came with 16:47 on the clock. The next basket, an and-one from Z-M's Makayla Arendt, came at 13:03. That sparked a 10-0 run for the Cougars, which lasted until Julia Anderson's 3-pointer broke the Tigers' nearly eight-minute drought.