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H.S. Volleyball Preview


Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in All Sports

It could be a very interesting year on the area’s volleyball courts. Of the seven FCJ covered squads, six accomplished a lot in 2014. Titans Fillmore Central and Mabel-Canton each won conference championships. FC was Section runner-up. Chatfield comes off their second straight second place finish in the TRC. Rushford-Peterson made the sub-section final four. Lanesboro is on the rise after tripling its win total for a second straight year. Houston comes off its best season in over a decade. There could be a number of hotly contested matches. It will especially be a tight 1A East race, what with defending 1AA East champion Caledonia moving down a class.

A year ago, Lonnie Morken’s Mabel-Canton Cougars entered the season having lost a ton. They subsequently didn’t miss a beat in winning another SEC title. They were ultimately felled by Fillmore Central in the 1A East title game. M-C finished at 31-5 (14-0 in the SEC), as 1A East runner-up. It was their third straight 30-win season. The Cougars graduated one All-SEC player, top hitter Sara Vettleson-Trutza. They return three. Coranda Vickerman (5’9” junior setter) was the SEC Player of the Year in 2014 (951 assists, 265 digs, 75 aces). She’s a two-time All-SEC performer with over 1,100 career assists. She’ll run the Cougar offense. Newbies last year, Savannah Slafter (5’7” sophomore OH) and Courtney Graves (5’9” junior MH), were also All-SEC Slafter registered 275 kills and 267 digs, Graves 245 kills and 45 aces. Lexi Thorson (5’5” freshman OH) was A-C Honorable Mention (team lead 356 digs, 57 aces). She’ll make the move to the front line. Dakota Delaney (5’9” sophomore MH) and Emma Wathier (5’2” senior libero) round out the key returnees. The Cougars have no one over 5’9”. They have three seniors, two juniors, three sophomores, three freshman, and an 8th grader. Player experience is not lacking, though. Coach Morken, in his 22nd year, hasn’t had a losing season since the Bill Clinton presidency. The Cougars open with LeRoy-Ostrander at home. They are in three tournaments, their own Labor Day Classic, the Class A Showcase, and the Brainerd Big Axe Invite. They begin the year ranked #4 in Class A.

The Fillmore Central Falcons continued to be a volleyball power in 2014. FC won their second straight 3-Rivers Conference crown (12-0), their second straight 1A East title, only to be felled by ultimate Class A state champion Faribault B.A. .....
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Football Openers Highlights

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in All Sports

It wasn’t the best first week of action for county football teams. Only two (Fillmore Central and Mabel-Canton) of seven picked up victories. All games were played ‘college-style’, in the afternoon, per rescheduling due to expected bad weather ..... 
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H.S. Football Preview

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
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And so begins district football. Marked by a shorter pre-season (two weeks rather than three before the first game), changing schedules, and devoid of the ‘zero’ week concept of the past couple years; the only thing that stays the same is every ..... 
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August High School Sporting Events

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in All Sports

Saturday, August 22 (Football openers) •Stewartville at Chatfield •Fillmore Central at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton (in Janesville) •Rushford-Peterson at Blooming Prairie •United South Central at Kingsland •Grand Meadow at Lane ..... 
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District Football Begins

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
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Another football season starts with another set of changes. “District” football begins its inaugural season. According to Minnesota State High School League, Minnesota State High School League schools should no longer have a reason to travel ..... 
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HS Sports Year in Review

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in All Sports

The 2014-2015 high school sports season is over. Another group of seniors moves on to the next big stage of their lives. Many left behind major sports fingerprints. Rushford-Peterson had its champions. Fillmore Central had its best overall sport ..... 
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State Golf

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
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By Paul Trende Falcon Girls Take Second It is another step. And head coach Lane Powell couldn’t ask for a much better effort. One year after Fillmore Central’s girls golf team made its first ever trip to state, finishing third, mostly the s ..... 
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State Track and Field

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
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All four of the Fillmore County Journal Sports’ covered teams sent multiple entrants to the state track and field competition at Hamline University. RPH led the way with five representatives, Noah Carlson (Triple Jump, Long Jump, 200), Matt Culha ..... 
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Spring of the Falcon

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
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ByPaul Trende In the five years of the Fillmore County Journal Sports, no school has had a season quite like Fillmore Central’s spring. Other schools have had better years, claiming championships (something FC may or may not). None have had fou ..... 
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