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A nightmare second half of the regular season came to a close on Wednesday night in Mankato. Red Wing, which had scored just 14 point in its previous three games, was shutout for the second time this season in a 67-0 loss to Mankato West. The Wingers fall to 0-8 on the season, and 0-5 in Big Southeast Blue District play. The Scarlets held the Wingers to less than 100 yards of offense while piling up more than 500 of their own, including nearly 250 in the first quarter.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa controlled most of the game and was stout on defense as it defeated Triton 35-14 on Wednesday. Z-M and Triton each scored early on in the game but traded turnovers throughout most of the first half. Parker Voth and Cole Peters each had an interception for Z-M. Amid the turnovers came a trio of rushing touchdowns for the Cougars. Running back Jacob Bennett rushed for three touchdowns to give Z-M a 21-7 halftime lead.
The Red Wing cross-country team continued it run of success, with both the girls’ and boys’ teams grabbing top-5 finishes at the Big Nine Conference meet on Tuesday. Weston Wyatt led the boys team in its first place finish (46). Wyatt won the 5K race, completing the race in 16 minutes, 21.9 seconds. Bryan Zucker (16:49.5), Jonah Leise (16:53.5) and Tom Nemanich (17:00.1), who narrowly finished ahead of Owatonna’s Preston Meier (17:00.2), finished 7-8-9 for the Wingers.
The Red Wing volleyball team closed out the season against Winona on Tuesday, losing 3-1. The Wingers lost the first set 25-16 but came back with a 25-13 win in the second set. Red Wing fell in the next two sets, 26-24 and 25-14. Katie Sonju led the team with eight kills while recording two blocks. Macy Koester had 18 assists and Dani Deming paced the defense with 18 digs.
Kenyon-Wanamingo finished the regular season with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Tuesday. Z-M jumped out to a two-set lead after winning 25-16 and 25-20. K-W came back to win the next three sets 25-11, 25-19 and 15-7. Ally Peterson tallied a team-high 22 kills for the Knights. Madi Luebke led the team with 19 assists, while Riley Dummer added 17 assists.
Kenyon-Wanamingo compiled a 3-2 record and finished seventh while competing in the Eastview Tournament over the weekend. K-W defeated Rosemount (25-20, 25-18) and Blaine (25-15, 25-16) on Friday before losing to New Prague (19-25, 23-25) on Saturday. The Knights lost to Andover (20-25, 25-22, 13-15) but came back with a win over Sauk Rapids-Rice (25-15, 25-22) on Saturday. Madi Luebke recorded a team-high 64 assists during the tournament, while Ally Peterson led the team with 54 kills. Riley Dummer added 42 assists for the Knights.
The Red Wing boys soccer team had its season come to an end Saturday after falling 1-0 to undefeated La Crescent in a Section 1A playoff game. The lone goal was scored by La Crescent's Russell Drye with 12 minutes left in the game. Wingers goalkeeper Keegyn McNamee made seven saves. "We lost the lost the game but the boys should hang their heads high," Wingers head coach Nate Weess said. "We controlled most of the game and deserve to walk away as winners, something the opposing coach (Jon-Paul Piche') agreed with."
Undefeated No. 1-ranked Caledonia was too much for Cannon Falls to handle as the Bombers lost 32-7 on Friday night. Cannon Falls got off to a slow start. The Bombers only had two drives in the first quarter and neither netted them any points or much time of possession. The Bombers got on the board when Logan Hofstedt tumbled into the end zone from close range midway through the second quarter.
Red Wing extended its losing streak to eight games, falling 48-8 to Winona on Friday. The Winhawks, ranked second in Class AAAA, now have a six-game winning streak in the Highway 61 rivalry. Winhawk Terrell Hall picked off Winger quarterback Marcus Walm on the first offensive play of the game for Red Wing, returning it for a touchdown. Hall added a 39-yard quarterback draw to give Winona a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
For the second straight match, Red Wing volleyball won in a three-set sweep. The Wingers defeated Albert Lea 25-16, 25-16, 26-24 on Thursday. Macy Koester tallied a team-high 27 assists. Dani Deming led the Wingers with 15 digs, while Elle Thorson added nine kills and 11 digs. The Wingers move to 7-15 overall. They next play their final game of the regular season at home against Winona on Tuesday.