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Showdowns, Rematches, Previews


Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Sports



In only the second full week of the winter sports season, there were big showdowns, rematches, and/or previews. In girls basketball, Chatfield had showdowns with fellow powerhouses Dover-Eyota and Plainview-Elgin-Millville, the later a rematch of last year’s 1AA title game. It would be a shock if two of those three schools, all ranked in state, didn’t (again) make it to said championship. Fillmore Central and Rushford-Peterson went head-on in a rematch of last year’s 1A title game, a possible preview of this year’s title game. Chatfield wrestling re-matched their Section title bout with Kenyon-Wanamingo, another ranked-ranked contest.

#7 No, #1 Yes

After a four-game week to begin their season, 2nd-ranked Chatfield’s girls got a two-game week. The opponents; 7th ranked Dover-Eyota and then top-ranked P-E-M. On the road at D-E, they trailed the Eagles most of the game, made runs, but in the end came up on the short end of a 72-62 contest. Madison Nelson (32 pts) and Megan Hintz (21 pts) annulled the effort of Kirsten Keefe (24 pts, 9-17 FG’s, 3-5 three’s, 6 assists). Brook Irish added 12 for Chatfield. With that contest on Tuesday, and the wrestlers falling Thursday, Friday night was about a ranked Gopher team getting a win over a ranked opponent. The girl b-ballers took down #1 P-E-M. The Bulldogs only leads were 4-2 and 6-5. Chatfield led by as many as eight (34-26) in the first half, only for PEM to pull to a tie (34-34). Chatfield then had an 8-0 early second half run to lead by ten (49-39) only for 9-0 Bulldog run (49-48). In the end, it was about redemption. Up 56-52 (2:30), Gopher Megan LaPlante’s steal got her fouled on a break-away. She missed both FT’s. P-E-M standout junior G/F Sarah Hart promptly rebounded a miss and went coast-to-coast to make it 56-54 (2:23). With the score unchanged a minute later, Coach Brian Baum diagrammed an in-bound play that again got LaPlante a wide open break-away, again fouled. The junior guard made both FT’s (0:37.6). Hart missed a three. Brook Irish was fouled. She made two FT’s (0:25.6). They iced it (60-54). Chatfield got the big win 60-58. Sydney Gould led the way (15 pts, 6 rebs, 3 stls, 3 blks), but Irish (14 pts, 7 rebs), Maddie Talamantes (9 pts), Keefe (7 pts, 12 rebs, 3 assists), Maddy Kammer (7 pts, 6 rebs), and LaPlante (6 pts, 5 rebs, 4 stls) were too much for the two-girl P-E-M show of Karlie Gilbeck (20 pts, 7 rebs) and Hart (16 pts, 18 .....
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Quick Starters

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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The first week of the basketball season saw four county teams have things go as well as could be expected. Chatfield’s girls flawlessly got through a busy week. R-P’s b-ball teams, on a small scale, mimicked last season’s starts. FC’s girls ..... 
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Wrestling Preview

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
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The high school wrestling season begins with the TRC adding La Crescent, while losing Southland. It joins with GMLOK to become GMLOKS. The league breaks up into a pair of divisions, but everyone will still play everyone. Individually, a state cham ..... 
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Girls Basketball Preview

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
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The girls basketball season begins with changes parallel the boys. La Crescent is a new member of the Three Rivers, Randolph of the Southeast. LC joins Cotter, L-A, R-P, Caledonia, and FC in the TRC East. Chatfield, Kingsland, W-K, P-E-M, D-E, ..... 
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Boys Basketball Preview

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
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By Paul Trende The 2014-2015 boys basketball season begins, like most, with changes. Both the Three Rivers (La Crescent) and SEC (Randolph) have new members. The Lancers addition to the TRC brings the league up to thirteen teams. It will be divid ..... 
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Volleyball Post-Season Awards

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
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By Paul Trende Another great season for area volleyball teams ends with post-season honors being announced. Fillmore Central and Chatfield each boast three All-Conference players, all of which are seniors culminating excellent four-year varsity c ..... 
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Falcons Soar to Sub-Section Title…

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
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Falcons Soar to Sub-Section Title… It might’ve been Fillmore Central’s best match of volleyball this season. Conversely, it might have been Mabel-Canton’s worst. In a match-up of southeast Minnesota Class A volleyball powers, between the ..... 
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Play-Off survivors

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
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The song ‘Eye of the Tiger’ was made famous in Rocky III. It’s performed by the band Survivor. Anyone alive and cognizant in the 1980’s surely knows it. The 2014 fall sports play-offs had all teams hoping to channel their tiger eyes, all ..... 
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Interception with 0:00 Preserves M-C Win

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
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Mabel-Canton’s Mitch Kuhn wasn’t the Cougars’ main weapon versus Lanesboro. We didn’t tote the ball 34 times like teammate Wayne Ross. He wasn’t Ross’ running partner in crime like Weston Whalen. He didn’t complete all but one of hi ..... 
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