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2011-2012 county sports year in review


Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

The 2011-2012 school year has come to an end. It goes out like so many before it, leaving memories of what was (and what will be) on the sports fields and in the gymnasiums across southeastern Minnesota. Here is the Fillmore County Journal Sports Year in Review.

Back in the fall, Fillmore Central football highlighted county gridiron action. The Falcons began the year 5-0, securing their first state ranking in many years. In a battle of top ten teams, the Falcons staved off a last second comeback by Southland to move to 6-0 (#6 in A). An injury to standout tailback Tyler Eickhoff versus (eventual AA state champion) Caledonia helped derail the season, but it was still a memorable ride for the team and its fans. Chatfield, Mabel-Canton, and Lanesboro, behind tailbacks Jake Neis, Gabe Lind, and Niko Anderson, also put together plus-500 seasons.

No team, though, advanced past the second round of the play-offs. The Gophers look most inclined to do so in 2012 with skill players Neis, quarterback Nate Skare, and Justin Viss (and others) returning. Lanesboro’s Anderson, only a junior-to-be, already has two impressive years of varsity football under his belt.

On the volleyball courts, action was hot and heavy in the county. Four of the six schools had very good seasons. Chatfield, Rushford-Peterson, Fillmore Central, and Mabel-Canton each had an effective hitting duo: Kenna Moechnig/Erin Kammer, Kenzie Lind/Amy Todd, Alex Peterson/Taylor Case, Belle Sand/Lydia Geving. They also had either able setters (Emily Culhane, Morgan Malley, Carly McCabe) and/or able defenders (Alex Duxbury, Kendra Crawford). In the end though, R-P bowed to L-A in round one of the play-offs, FC and M-C bowed to W-K and L-A in Sub-Section semifinals. Only Chatfield won a trophy/medals, the Sub-Section 1AA East runner’s up (to Caledonia). Mabel-Canton looks most inclined to do damage in 2012, returning their entire squad (save for one player), but the other three aforementioned programs also return some talented pieces.

Rounding out the fall sports action, Chatfield’s Kayla Woltz and Karen Gomez each earned a trip to State in cross-country, as did Rushford-Peterson’s Austin O’Hare. It was Woltz’s fifth trip, and fourth top five finish. A soon-to-be senior, odds have Kayla likely returning in 2012. Gomez (a soph-to-be) and O’Hare (a junior-to-be) will have a shot at doing so also in 2012.

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Running hot: State track and field

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

It’s always nice to get outside in the summer and run/compete under a warming sun; that is, so long as it’s not to warm. At the 2012 Minnesota high school track and field championships, it was probably just that. It wasn’t prime running weath ..... 
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Baseball play-offs

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
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From Five to Two Day one of the areas baseball post-season brought no surprises. In S-S 1AA East, it was ugly in Plainview. The top seeded PEM Bulldogs (17-3) ended 8-seed GMLOK’s rough season (1-20) with an 18-1 whooping (five innings). Jacob R ..... 
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SB play-offs: Chatfield in section final

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Three Not The Charm The first two county squads to take the field for play-off softball action learned something; the third time is not the charm. Mabel-Canton (#8, 3-13) hosted Hope Lutheran (#9, 3-11). In the first inning, Patriot Tiahia Aune h ..... 
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Reversal of fortunes

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

One week after dropping three-straight, the Chatfield Gopher’s baseball team did an about-face. Against Southland, it was not pretty. Chatfield pitching surrendered 13 hits and two walks. Their defense committed four errors. Southland stranded 12 ..... 
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Around the diamonds

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in All Sports

More spring sports, more diamond festivities! FC/L baseball ended a 6-game slide. Versus R-P, they began with six straight hits, five runs. After a Trojan comeback (5-4) Dan Gatzke (2-4, 2 RBI) capped the evening with a solo HR as the Falcons held o ..... 
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10 games, 3 days

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Three double-headers, a miraculous comeback, an extra-inning Schneid-ending win, two pitchers racking up ‘W’s’, five HR’s including a grand slam, with Chatfield’s ball teams at the front of it all; county-on-county crime! Finally! The ..... 
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Much to their Lemay

Mon, May 7th, 2012
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It’s only a coincidence “Lemay” is a combination of the words lament and dismay. It’s only a coincidence. For Fillmore Central/Lanesboro softball, Wabasha-Kellogg’s Sophie was a bringer of both words. W-K’s chief hurler shut down the FC/ ..... 
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Malley two-hitter, FC/L SB 1-0

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Of the ten 3-Rivers softball teams, Fillmore Central/Lanesboro was the last to begin its season. They did so against Dover-Eyota. One really couldn’t tell the Falcons hadn’t played a game. FC/L put runs on the board in five of six innings. Tay ..... 
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