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The Only ‘Foot’ to Stand On


Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Sports

The Kingsland Golf Team was mistakenly excluded from the 2015 Spring Sports Section. We apologize for the error. Included is a photo of this year’s team. Back Row (L to R): Logan O’Connell, Tyler Kappers, Nick Niemeyer, Scott Lechner, Isiah Bubany, Dane Gillespie, Simon Broadwater; Front Row (L to R): Tyler Ruesink, Karson Reiland, Hannah Frank, Brianna Hindt, Clayton Ward. Head Coach: Brent Kohn. Photo by Paul Trende

In an unsurprising event, the 2015 spring sports season began by literally and figuratively slipping. A typical Minnesota April ushered in snow, showers, and thus a host of event cancellations. For the week of Monday April 6, four of 30-plus events started, with only two completing as planned. Ironically, about the only appendage local sports stood on was Plainview-Elgin-Millville’s ‘Winged Foot’ track and field meet. The R-P/H and GMLOKS programs competed amidst seven other teams (the host Bulldogs, Byron, Stewartville, Lake City, Pine Island, W-K, Triton). The GMLOKS girls fared the best, finishing third to Byron and P-E-M. The R-P/H boys finished fourth to P-E-M, Stewartville, and Pine Island. The R-P/H girls finished sixth, the GMLOKS boys seventh.

Senior McKenzie Kirtz, GMLOKS’s lone returning state qualifier, spearheaded her squad’s attack. She won the 800 and 1,600-meter races, nipping Byron’s Taylor Kreitinger by less than two seconds in each (.10 seconds in the 800). GMLOKS relay teams were steady. The girls 4x200 (2nd, Jordyn Glynn/Sydney Bendtsen/Lauren Buchholtz/K. Kirtz), 4x100 (4th, Kaitlyn Kirtz/Lacey Schwartz/Corbyn Bendtsen/Marina Schwanke), 4x400 (4th, Buchholtz/M. Kirtz/Sam Siskow/S. Bendtsen), and 4x800 (4th, Andrea Mettler/Moriah Weiss/Skylar Cotton/Renee Lechner) squads all finished top four. The boys 4x100 (5th, Josh Bradley/Adam Koenigs/Tristan Harrison/Cody Krahn) and 4x400 (4th, Marvin Heimer/Maxwell Tapp/Harrison/Krahn) squads also scored team points. Members of the gal relay teams did their thing elsewhere, too. Sydney Bendtsen (200/Long Jump) had two second place finishes. Lauren Buchholtz was second in the 400 and sixth in the Long Jump. Jordyn Glynn (5th 400, 6th Triple Jump, 6th High Jump), an 8th grader, had three top six finishes. Lacey Schwartz (4th 100, 7th 200) had a pair of top seven finishes. Kaitlyn Kirtz was fifth in the 100. Peter Torkelson (3rd 800, 3rd 1,600, 8th 110-hurdles) and Dominiq Bouska (2nd Shot Put, 5th Discus) individually led the GMLOKS boys contingent.

The R-P-H boy’s squad was paced by sophomore Noah Carlson. The returning three-event state qualifier won two events, the Triple Jump and Long Jump, while taking third in the 200-meters. His 44’10” Triple Jump was just one inch short of last year’s state championship leap (44’11”). It was 22 ½ inches further than Carlson’s best state attempt a year ago. Noah’s 21’10” Long Jump was 11 inche .....
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Good to be Gopher

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
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By Paul Trende Many teams haven’t even started their spring season, but the last two ball squads left standing last year are already off to great starts. Chatfield’s teams are a combined 5-0. Brian Baum’s baseballers first downed St. Charle ..... 
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Fifth Annual Girls Basketball All-County Team

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
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1st Team Kirsten Keefe (5’7” senior G, Chatfield): The K-squared era of girls basketball at Chatfield is over. After 92 total varsity games, the stand-out guard’s fantastic career is done. Keefe quarterbacked Chatfield to a 77-15 record (. ..... 
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Fifth Annual Boys Basketball All-County Team

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
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1st Team. Charlie Krambeer (6’1” senior guard, R-P): Sports are about improvement, and Krambeer, the Trojans’ three-year lethal shooter, improved the rest of his game as a senior. Krambeer still was Mr. three-pointer, hitting 90 at a 43.8% c ..... 
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Three…Three…Two…R-P #1!

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
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You could say the countdown began three years ago (2011-2012). The Rushford-Peterson boys basketball team returned to state after a one year absence. Behind seniors Nick Thompson and Trent Vix, they captured the third place trophy. On that team ..... 
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State Wrestling: Friederichs Finishes Fantastic Career #1

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
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By Paul Trende There really wasn’t anything else that would’ve been a fitting end. Chatfield’s Hank Friederichs entered the 2015 state individual wrestling tourney having done it all on the mats and elsewhere. Fifth place in state as a frosh ..... 
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Six Gophers Head State Wrestling Cast

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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Chatfield’s team wrestling season probably didn’t live up to expectations. The defending state champions just didn’t have enough to compete with the best teams in Section 1A. But at individual sections, the Gophers top dogs and large dudes g ..... 
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R-P Boys Win TRC East

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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It is getting to that time of year. It is the time of year where teams like Tom Vix’s R-P Trojans get their marker out and check off goals set earlier in the season. One Trojan objective, to win the TRC-East, has been accomplished. In yet anot ..... 
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Oh, What-a Rush!

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
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The Super Bowl just concluded. Seattle and their ‘Legion of Boom’ secondary were felled by New England. ‘Legion of Boom’ is a spin on Legion of Doom, the former professional wrestling tag team (AKA, the Road Warriors). Using the LOD’s ..... 
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