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Football players of the year


Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende

Football in Fillmore County in 2012 wasn’t quite as good as volleyball. Just three of the six teams (versus four) came out with winning records. The Chatfield Gophers essentially fulfilled the promise they showed ever since the end of last season. They were the county’s headliner. Finishing with a record of 9-2, the Gophs were 9-0 versus all teams not nicknamed Warriors. Their 6-0 loss to Caledonia was one of the Warriors few nail-biters enroot to another Class AA state championship game.

The Rushford-Peterson Trojans had the most impressive turn-around by any team, going from 2-7 to a highly competitive 6-4. They also played Caledonia (lost 15-7), as well as Class A state finalist Faribault B.A. (lost 14-7), tough. The Lanesboro Burros also finished above .500 (6-4), with Mabel-Canton (3-5), Fillmore Central (2-7), and Kingsland (1-8) having their struggles. There wasn’t a shortage of good players on those teams. Here are, the 2012 Fillmore County Sports Football Players of the Year.

In Lanesboro, one only need to say one name; Niko. Announcers called it a lot in Burro games. Niko Anderson (5’9” 185-pound junior RB/DE) was the Burros one-man offensive gang. The young man with an already extensive two-year varsity career added a splendid year #3 in 2012. He added to his 9-man gridiron reputation. Lanesboro scored 52 TDs on the season. Anderson had 33 of them. He was the horse the Burro ground-game was latched to, racking up 1,914 yards on 240 carries (8.0 per), including 30 rushing TDs. He added TDs each via reception, interception return, and kickoff return. The shifty and durable Anderson amassed over 30 carries in a game four times, amassed 200 or more yards rushing six times, and scored four or more (total) TDs in a game five times. Included was a 300-plus yard rushing game versus Lyle/Pacelli and a 7-total-TD effort versus LeRoy-Ostrander in an opening round play-off game. Defensively, he finished 4th on the team in tackles, recorded three sacks (a safety), three interceptions, while also doing a lot of work on kick-off returns, and doing almost all of the punting. He was, as made famous by The Matrix movies, Mr. Anderson, or the Burros ‘chosen one.’

For the Chatfield Gophers, Jake Neis (5’10” 170-pound junior TB/CB Chatfield) wasn’t necessarily the ‘chosen one.’ He was just the one who seemingly got Chatfield the big play when they needed it (or otherwis .....
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Volleyball players of the year

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende For the second straight year, there was a heaping-helping of good volleyball being played by Fillmore County teams. Four of the six schools, Chatfield, Rushford-Peterson, Fillmore Central, and Mabel-Canton, made it to, or exceeded, ..... 
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Mountains too insurmountable

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende On some level, it’s probably not fair. It is not fair Section 1 is loaded with extra-good volleyball teams in Classes A and AA. Talented and dedicated squads just waylay each other before (and sometimes well before) the state tou ..... 
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Some nice “D” and some Neis

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende Most expected the Chatfield Gophers to have a good season on the 2012 gridiron. Goodness accomplished. Sporting a 6-1 record and a #10 ranking in Class AA heading into Week 8, Chatfield’s sole blemish was a 6-0 loss to #1 Caledoni ..... 
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Pick six!

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

In football terminology, a ‘pick six’ is a quick abbreviation for interception-returned-for-a-TD. For the Rushford-Peterson Trojans, it ended being up the rally cry after their contest with Fillmore Central. It was a ‘pick-six’ that clinched ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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
Posted in All Sports

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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