Jake Pfeifer is a sports reporter and outdoors editor for RiverTown Multimedia. Previously, he worked at Detroit Lakes Newspapers.
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The path to becoming a professional motocross racer isn't straightforward. Unlike mainstream sports like basketball and baseball, there is no option to hone the craft with a high school team. An even greater issue? Motocross tracks are scattered throughout the country with most aspiring athletes having to make the best of their surrounding resources. For Millville-born Alex Martin, motocross could be found all around him, although the path to professional riding wasn't always set in stone.
MINNEAPOLIS — Returning for the second day, the 2018 Summer X Games at US Bank Stadium had four athletes come away with their first career gold medal. Liam Pace, Giovanni Vianna and Alex Hiam all won an event for the first time, while Chad Kerley took his first gold medal since 2013. Before any of the day's finals took place, however, there were a three qualifying events.
The high school golf season ended on a high note for the Red Wing girls and boys golf teams with a third-place showing at the Class AA state meet, but the summer season is just getting started for some of the area's individuals. With state and national qualifiers and tournaments, the area's best golfers have plenty of opportunities to fine tune their skills. Summer tournaments also offer a different opportunity — the courses are more challenging, the holes are longer and the competition is stiffer.
At 10 p.m. on June 5, in the second game of a doubleheader — the Section 1AAA baseball championship no less — Seth Yeatman was called upon to get Red Wing out of a bases-loaded jam with no one out while holding a two-run lead. Yeatman did exactly what he had all season for the Wingers, come up big in the game's biggest moments. He proceeded to get nine of the 10 batters he faced out and punched Red Wing's ticket to the state tournament.
From the start of Lyndsey Quam's softball career with Zumbrota-Mazeppa, all signs pointed to her having the skill set and talent to become one of the school's best pitchers. The road to becoming the ace of the pitching staff was muddied for Quam, however, with the Republican Eagle's 2016 All-Area Player of the Year, Morgan Olson, holding the job in 2016 and Quam splitting duties with Tara Matuska last year.
The Red Wing trap team concluded its season on Saturday, June 16, at the state trap shooting meet in Alexandria, Minn. With only 18 athletes receiving medals out of over 850 competitors, hardware was not easy to secure. But, Red Wing had a number of athletes outperform their season averages and for Chloe Struss, it meant a second-place showing, giving the trap team its lone medal of the meet.
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.