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Works in progress


Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

R-P’s Sierra McNamera takes a shot over the outstretched arm of Kings;and Joclyn Pierece. The shot didn’t fall, but the Trojans did, 47-34 to the Knights. Photo by Paul Trende

For the first full week of girl’s basketball, a theme developed. It was simple and indicative of the early season. Four of the county’s gal’s squads took the floor with new head coaches. That meant (likely) new systems. All six of the county’s girl’s teams took the floor with roster turnover (per the norm of a new season). That meant new rolls and rotations. Every team was a work in progress.

Cougars Coming of Age

Lanesboro and Mabel-Canton were two of the four squads with new coaches, Kelly McMillen for the Burros, Adam Wilder for the Cougars. The two SEC rivals met up in Lanesboro for their conference opener. When it comes to girl’s sports, M-C isn’t necessarily known for its basketball. Volleyball is the Cougar gals’ sport, and everyone knows it. Nonetheless, the likes of Lydia Geving, Christy Welscher, Carly McCabe, and Sara Lind have dutifully played b-ball in the winter over the past couple of seasons. They’ve probably wondered why a few times.

As underclassmen on varsity, they endured some pretty rough games. But 2012-2013 is a new year and finally the Cougar gals have come of age. For opening night, their starting line-up actually looked like a varsity lineup, or one with all juniors and seniors (including the four girls above). Finally, Cougar basketball (at least for one night) handed somebody else a “rough” game. It took a little while for M-C to get rolling. Eight of their first 11 possessions ended in turnovers. By just past the midway point of the first half, they had ten giveaways and Lanesboro led 10-5. But M-C shored up their ball handling for the rest of the half, and almost every shot they took went in (they made 8 of their last 10 FG’s). The results: a 14-2 run and 28-22 halftime lead.

In the second half, it was more Cougars making baskets, shooting lights out. For the game, M-C converted a gaudy 23 of 37 field goals (62 percent). Lanesboro, conversely, was 16 of 55 (29 percent) including 0-8 from downtown. The end result was a 56-42 victory for M-C. Welscher (18 points on 8 of 11 shooting, 10 rebounds), Geving (13 points on 5 of 6 shooting, 5 assists), McCabe (11 points on 4 of 8 shooting), and Lind (11 points on 5 of 7 shooting) all were in double figures. They accounted for all but three of the M-C’s points.

Lanesboro senior point guard Johanna Bearson fought the foursome hard, scoring 18 in a losing effort. Alisa Warnes had 10 points .....
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Basketball Previews

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
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Girls Basketball CHATFIELD GOPHERS Head Coach: Brian Baum 2011-2012 finish: 14-4 in 3-Rivers (tied for 3rd), 21-8 overall; S-S 1AA-East champs; 1AA runner’s-up (lost 56-52 to Zumbrota-Mazeppa in Section final) Starters Lost: Sarah Costello (5 ..... 
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Football players of the year

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
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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 ..... 
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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