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A heated affair


Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Rushford-Peterson’s Amy Todd attacks over Cougar’s Lydia Geving and Sara Lind in the Mabal-Canton Labor Day Tournament. Photo by Paul Trende

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 Todd’s 7 kills and a trio of R-P runs (5-0, 3-0, 4-0), the last to end the set, enabled the Trojans to grab the first game 25-21. Chatfield rebounded, emphatically, winning set two 25-8. The Trojans returned to set #1’s form, keyed by Todd again (7 kills). R-P took a 2-1 advantage with a 25-16 tally.

Chatfield rebounded, doing a retread of set #2. They began with 7-1 and 16-10 leads, only for R-P to tie the contest at 18. With the score 19-18 Chatfield, the Gophers were propelled by Kirsten Keefe. The sophomore got three straight kills/Gopher points, extending the lead to 22-19. The effort staved off the R-P comeback and, with a 25-20 victory, forced a deciding set. There, the good luck charm for each team, the south end of the court, seemed lucky again. R-P bolted ahead 5-1, but the Goph’s would pull even at 10. The set would see ties from there to 15. Chatfield staved off two R-P set/game points (14-13, 15-14).

The Gophers ended with the final three points, the last a kill by senior Bailey Hilgren to pull off the lucky-end-of-the-court nixing comeback victory, 17-15. Todd was a one-woman attack machine with 30 kills (versus only two errors). She also had six ace blocks and 11 digs. Her setter, Emily Wade had 39 assists. But it was Chatfield’s depth/balance, an emerging trend this year, which catapulted the Gophers to a 3-0 record. Eleven players notched kills. Keefe and MaKenzie Miller had 8, Hilgren, Brook Irish, and Maddy Kammer 7. Kileigh Dudek led the Gophers with 33 assists and was 23-23 serving with 3 aces. Liberos Alex Duxbury (36 digs) and Kendra Crawford (18 digs) led their clubs defensively.

Burros/Anderson Hold Off ‘Canes

In the early going of the 9-man non-conference match-up between SEC foes Lanesboro and Houston, it looked as if the home Burros were going to run away with it. They marched down the field on their first drive and scored (a 3-yard Niko Anderson jaunt). Early in the 2nd quarter, it was Anderson again, from 69-yards away. The run (with 2-point conversion) gave Lanesboro a 16-0 lead.

But Houston said, “hold on.” On their very next offensive play, Jake Englund broke off a 62-yard TD run. With 2-point co .....
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2012 Football Preview

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Sports

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
Posted in All Sports

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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FCLMC Wolves preparing for 2012 - 2013 season

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Sports

By Shannon Love On July 15-19, several FCLMC Wolves got the experience of a lifetime. Several wrestlers on the team attended Nebraska Wrestling Camp in Lincoln to work on and learn new wrestling techniques. At the end of their time there, they got ..... 
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Men’s fast pitch tournament July 28-29 in Preston

By Kevin Blanchard

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Preston Sports

The 8th Annual Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament will be held in Preston the weekend of July 28-29 on the two diamonds at the Preston Softball fields. This year’s double elimination tournament will feature 10 teams from across the region along with o ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson fall activities

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Sports

Welcome to another year of Rushford-Peterson activities. Students wanting to participate in a fall activity need to plan to attend the fall parent and student eligibility night on Thursday, August 9. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in t ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson fall activities

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Sports

Welcome to another year of Rushford-Peterson activities. Students wanting to participate in a fall activity need to plan to attend the fall parent and student eligibility night on Thursday, August 9. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in t ..... 
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Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame seeks nominations

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in All Sports

Minneapolis -- The Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame, a new venture featuring some of the most prominent names in Minnesota high school basketball, is seeking nominations for its inaugural class of inductees. The Hall of Fame plans to ..... 
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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 Ye ..... 
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