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Opening Day: Bulldogs & Gophers go MLB-way


Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

High school baseball games are (scheduled to be) 7 inning affairs. The GMLOK and Chatfield baseball squads decided to act like pros for their first game of the season. They went 9 innings, flirted with darkness-induced suspension, but in the end a verdict was sealed, at the very last moment.

The Gophers jumped ahead early, 2-0 after two innings, 4-2 after four (4-3 after five). In the top of the sixth, the visiting Bulldogs utilized a couple walks, a couple Gopher miscues (one error, one wild pitch), and a couple hits, the biggest a 2-run single by junior 3B Marshall Oeltjen, to score four runs (all with 2 outs). GMLOK took their first lead 7-4.

It remained that way until the bottom of the seventh, where the Gophers utilized three walks and a couple of Bulldog errors to score three runs (the last courtesy of a wild pitch). They tied the game without a hit in the inning.

Eleven men came up, and eleven went down in extra frames (2 2/3 innings), leaving Chatfield to their last out (the game was to be suspended). Mitch Narveson then ‘took one for the team’ (got hit by a pitch). Leadoff man, second basemen Zach Eggers fell behind 1-and-2 before fouling off six straight pitches. The 10th pitch was wild, allowing Narveson to take second. The eleventh was spanked through the hole in the right side of the infield. Eggers’ single plated the winning run; giving the Gopher’s the dramatic victory. The end was fitting, as Narveson (2-2, 2B, 2 BB’s, HBP, 3 R’s, RBI, reached safely in all five plate-appearances) and Eggers (3-6, SB, RBI) were the Gophers to best offensive weapons.

Jake Neis was also very busy, going 1 for 2 but reaching three times via walk. Nate Skare got the win, facing three and setting down three in the top of the 9th. Trenton Bleifus took the loss (4 2/3 IP, 1 H, 3 R’s, 6 K’s, 5 BB’s). Bleifus did do his part at the plate, going 3-5 with an RBI, a SB, and a run-scored. Oeltjen (2 RBI’s, SB) and Trevor Gomer each went 2-5. Sam Eberle was 1 for 4, but scored two runs and stole two bases. The Bulldogs had seven thefts as a team. Chatfield used four pitchers and was out-hit 11 to 7.

Game Two, Skare & Gophers 2-0

Sophomore pitcher Nate Skare’s hurling abilities were only needed briefly in the season opener (versus GMLOK). Two days later, he took the mound as the starter against northern rival Dover-Eyota. He worked much longer. He was impressive. .....
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All-county basketball teams

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Second Annual Girl’s All-County Basketball Team 1st Team: •Kenzie Lind, 5’10” Sr. G/F Rushford-Peterson. Surpassed 1,000 career points. Recorded a quadruple double. The Trojans heart-and-soul, Ms. Versatility, Lind led R-P to a 1A East run ..... 
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Trojan boys add to tradition

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Only eight teams in the state of Minnesota ended the 2011-2012 boy’s basketball season with a win. That includes the Rushford-Peterson Trojans. They didn’t win the big one. They didn’t celebrate a state championship on the Target Center’s ..... 
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R-P State bound

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Vix Bombs R-P to State If a Rushford-Peterson (23-5) boy’s basketball fan were told leading scorer Nick Thompson wouldn’t score his first (three) point(s) until 1:38 left in the first half of their Section 1A title game with Faribault-Bethlehem ..... 
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Lange, Eberle steal it...

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Tanner Lange and Sam Eberle are one of the areas best G tandems plain and simple. Lange does the scoring and main ball handling, Eberle the defending and garbage work, though both can do it all. They compliment each other nicely. A true basketball f ..... 
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Lind tops 1,000

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
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With two regular season games left in her senior year, R-P G/F Kenzie Lind sat at 929 career points. Given Lind was scoring 11/game, she needed to be better than average to top 1,000. Her team also needed to make a play-off run. Twenty-three versus ..... 
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Lady Gophers; 1AA East Champs

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

How many teams can lose two All-Conference players, would be returning senior starters, and persevere? How many teams can fill those spots, keeping the team in the running for conference and section titles? How many coaches have the depth to call up ..... 
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Eberle’s Revenge

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

In January, the two best boys teams in the 3-Rivers not nicknamed Bulldogs butted heads in an OT battle. Rushford-Peterson downed Kingsland 80-67. Even as fans were leaving, they were talking about rematch. Knight guard Sam Eberle probably wanted i ..... 
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County vs County week

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

It was asked on Chatfield Community Television a few weeks ago, “Who are the Gopher’s biggest rivals?” A number of answers were given. An answer to the rivalry question is, “Any school in a close proximity.” By that standard, the week of F ..... 
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