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Gopher FB takes shot at #1


Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende

When two undefeated, state ranked teams meet amidst a high school football season, it’s a hyped event. The match-up of #9 in Class AA Chatfield (5-0) versus the #1 defending state champion Caledonia (5-0) certainly was the game of the week. It turned into, maybe, the defensive game of the year.

One team barely scored its win total. The other didn’t. Chatfield controlled the 1st half, twice venturing deep into Caledonia territory. Their second drive produced a 1st and goal from the Warrior 8. A hold pushed them back. Nate Skare’s 26-yard FG was blocked. In the final seconds of the 1st half, the Gopher’s got as deep as the Warrior 18. Waning time forced another FG (41-yards), one that was just wide left. At the half, the score was 0-0. Chatfield led the total yards battle 129 to 24, the first down battle 7 to 1.

In the 2nd half, Caledonia’s offense got going. They controlled the ball for all but three plays of the 3rd quarter. To begin the 4th, the Warriors faced a big 4th and 2 from the Chatfield 6. The Goph’s ‘D’ rose up and stopped an Alex Varney run. The play, however, was the first of a sequence of snaps that proved critical. Cale’s defense subsequently forced a Gopher three and out. Zach Kasten then partially blocked the Chatfield punt, putting the Warriors back in business at the Gopher 14.

Six plays later, after (what looked to be) a fumble (Chatfield recovery) was called down-by-contact, after one Warrior TD was nullified by a penalty, and after Caledonia converted a 4th and 1 from the five, Varney plowed his way from 3 yards away. Cale took a 6-0 lead. Chatfield got three shots from there (in the final 6:04), each more desperate. The first, from the Chatfield 21, got the only Gopher 2nd half first down, but resulted in a punt. The second, from the Gopher 8 (2:00), ended after two plays (lost fumble). The third was a prayer from the Gopher 29 (0:16), an interception. In a defensive dogfight, one made even grittier due to a gusty crosswind, Caledonia prevailed 6-0.

The Warriors held Chatfield to just 39 yards in the 2nd half. Chat’s ‘D’ held Caledonia to 129 yards for the game. However, 106 came in the 2nd half, where the Warriors ran 38 plays to Chatfield’s 14 and they gained eight 1st downs to the Gopher’s one. Each team’s longest play was 13 yards. Only three offensive plays total went for over 10 yards. The squads combined for les .....
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R-P Volleyball extracts revenge

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

On September 9, R-P and FC met for a 3-Rivers volleyball contest. The Falcons beat the Trojans 25-18, 25-21, and 25-16. R-P is better than that loss. FC is darn good. All that made the LeRoy-Ostrander Tournament, where both schools were participant ..... 
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Falcons soaring

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

It might be a year before Fillmore Central volleyball truly reaches its peak. They might not finish first in the conference this year (see #1 in Class A Wabasha-Kellogg), or second (See #7 in AA Caledonia). But if one is to contend W-K and Caledonia ..... 
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Amy’s Milestone

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
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By Paul Trende The volleyball term “kill,” broken down, is a consonant followed by a vowel, and then the same consonant twice. It’s only a coincidence the last name Todd is the same way. In R-P volleyball circles this season (especially), th ..... 
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Toppled!

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
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It’s been awhile. It’s been a long while, since a Chatfield Gopher football team has played Plainview-Elgin-Millville and walked away having slapped the Bulldogs with a big ole “L.” It was 2000 to be exact, when Gopher coaching great Ken Jac ..... 
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A heated affair

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
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It was hot outside during the day. It was sultry in the gym at night. It was only fitting the Chatfield/Rushford-Peterson volleyball match was a heated affair. In the 3-Rivers conference opener, everyone got lathered up (spectators included). Amy To ..... 
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2012 Football Preview

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
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Graduation can be hard on high school football teams, just ask Fillmore Central, Kingsland, and Mabel-Canton. But so goes the prep football process. Five of the six county teams will have new starting quarterbacks in 2012. Four will have new startin ..... 
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2012 Volleyball preview

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
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Two thousand eleven saw four of the six county volleyball teams put together above-five-hundred seasons. Mabel-Canton and Chatfield headed the field. The Cougars tallied 30-plus victories, won the SEC, and earned rankings in state. The Gophers took ..... 
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