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The mood at Russ "Cougar" Marshall Field was somber before kickoff as fans and the student section — dressed up in Minnesota Gophers apparel — took a moment of silence to honor 2015 Red Wing High School graduate Nick Connelly, who died on Wednesday. In what was a tough week for Winger football, the team found some things to get excited about, however, despite a 29-12 loss to Mankato East on Friday.
Six different Eagles scored and the defense held Lake City to 64 yards of total offense to lead Lourdes to a 42-6 win over the Tigers on Friday. Matthew Hayford threw for 95 yards and two scores for the second-ranked Eagles on just 3-of-7 passing while adding a touchdown on the ground. Hayford finished with 88 rushing yards on eight attempts. Zach Jungels had 103 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Pat Leary (47 yards) and Hayden Brown (40) had receiving touchdowns for Lourdes, while Jake Groetboer had a touchdown run of 28 yards.
Coming back from getting swept on Tuesday, Lake City found itself on the other side of the situation, sweeping Lourdes on Thursday, 3-0. The Tigers won the first set handily, 25-14, the second set, 25-20, and battled through the third to win, 26-24. Top performers for Lake City included: Grace Bany with 13 kills, Morgan West (18 digs), Elyse Dalager (14 assists), Olivia Pennington (10 kills) and Hannah Grimm (12 assists). Lake City, 11-5 (2-2 Hiawatha Valley League), next travels to Cannon Falls on Tuesday. Stewartville 3, Z-M 0
The Red Wing girls' swimming and diving team secured an early lead against Rochester John Marshall on Thursday and never looked back, taking a 97-89 victory. The Wingers kicked the meet off with a bang when the 200-yard medley relay team of Grace O'Brien, Sammy Kriese, Cecelia DeJong and Teegan Beyers won with a time of 1 minute, 57.9 seconds.
Red Wing faced stiff competition from River Falls up and down the lineup on Tuesday, but the Wingers prevailed, 4-3. Red Wing's victory was buoyed by its singles players all recording victories, whereas each doubles team fell short. Chloe Struss at No. 1 singles earned a 6-1, 6-4 win, while Graci Bettich at No. 2 singles won her first set, 8-6, fell in the next, 6-3, and won the final, 11-9. At No. 3 singles, Mya Benway won her first set, 6-4, lost her second, 6-4, and won the third, 6-3. Jenna Siewert won at No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-4.
A late first-quarter touchdown brought Red Wing within eight points of Century, but the Panthers quickly put the result to rest with four-straight touchdowns in the second quarter for a 55-6 decision on Friday night in Rochester. Winger quarterback Marcus Walm hit Mac DeSutter for an 8-yard touchdown with just over two minutes to play in the first quarter to answer Century's two opening scores. But the Panthers responded with a couple of big plays and a recovery of a bad snap in Red Wing's end zone to put the game away before the teams hit the locker room for the break.
Pine Island got out to a 17-0 lead before Lake City dented the scoreboard en route to 37-14 victory over the Tigers on Friday night. Dylan Holzer hit a 28-yard field goal to open the scoring in the first quarter, followed by touchdowns from Connor Bailey and Josh Navratil in the second. Nathan Heise legged out a 6-yard run to put the Tigers on the board with 51 seconds to go before halftime. But the Panthers hit the end zone three more times before Lake City did.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, come down to Wakondiota Park in Old Frontenac to witness friendly competition in 1860s base ball between the Crescents Base Ball Club of Red Wing, the Northfield Silver Stars, and St. Croix Base Ball Club of Stillwater. Matches will be held at noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.. Admission is free to this event, but spectators are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.
NORFOLK, Va. — The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team will be visiting Welch, Sept. 13-16. While in town, the team will be participating in a variety of events as follows: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m. — On-field recognition of team members and Kids Camp Alumni at Target Field prior to Twins and Yankees game. Thursday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. — Check-in 11 a.m. shotgun start at noon — 18 holes of golf and buffet dinner at Mount Frontenac Golf Course.
The Red Wing boys' soccer team received gratification on Thursday after being on the winning side of a shutout. The Wingers defeated Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 2-0, at Russ "Cougar" Marshall Field. Bryan Lopez put the Wingers on the scoreboard first, with a goal assisted by Jeyson Roque. The final goal was put in by Roque, assisted by Lopez. Erick Fuentes stopped all four shots he faced for Red Wing, while his counterpart, Jose Fernandez, stopped eight out of 10 attempts. Red Wing (1-6) heads to Lake City for a tournament on Saturday.