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Smith tops 1,000


Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Sports

What Mabel-Canton senior center Steve Smith does on the court isn't necessarily flashy. There are no three-pointers, pull-up jump shots, or dipsy-do drives to the lane. He isn't the new age big-man, or more likely to gravitate to the perimeter versus to the block. He is pretty much old school, a throwback to the days when post players were post players. He sets up in close, gets the ball in close, and then uses his 6'3" 245-pound frame, good hands, and soft touch, to execute short turn-arounds, drop-steps, and baby-hooks with tremendous effectiveness. He hasn't been stopped too often in the last two years. He's been so effective that on December 27, in a WSU holiday tournament contest versus Mt. Horeb Wisconsin, Smith became the fifth Mabel-Canton male basketball player to eclipse 1,000 career points, joining Andy Dahlen, Quinton Sand, Matt Garness, and Heath Olson. Eclipsing the points-threshold is the second big mark Steve has surpassed in less than two weeks. On December 19th, in an SEC contest versus Hope Lutheran, he became M-C's all-time leading rebounder (surpassing his brother Joe coincidentally). His coach, Doug Wyffels, gives him nothing but praise, "Steve is an A-student, a classy young man on and off the court. He is a vocal leader in practice and during games."

It probably helps he's been a varsity contributor for four years. Steve's freshmen totals weren't much (3.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG), but he became an integral piece to the M-C puzzle as a sophomore (8.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG). Last year (his junior season), he became the focal point (22.9 PPG, 11.2 RPG) and that continues into his senior campaign (21 points and 12 rebounds over the first nine games). His teammates always look for him. They sometimes end up with as many assists (to Steve) as points. The M-C boys ship isn't just tied to Steve. It pretty much is Steve (from an offensive perspective). Against conference foes, that ship is sailing pretty well. The Cougars are 4-1 and right in thick of things in the SEC. They might not bring home the conference crown, but nobody, not Spring Grove, Houston, or Lanesboro (the Coug's main adversaries) wants to, or can, contend with M-C's big-man in the middle.

Might We Meet Again?

Nine of 12 Fillmore County boys and girls basketball teams played in holiday tournament contests. A quick look at the scheduling and it was fairly obvious the marquee match-up pitted two splendid 1A teams, the Rushford-Peterson and Spring Grove boys, against eac .....
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Merry Double Overtime - 12/26/11

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Coming into the Chatfield-Kingsland girl's basketball contest, one could've expected a good game. Both entered with 5-3 records. Chatfield entered 5-1 in conference play, the loss coming at the hands of Caledonia by 11. Kingsland entered even in lea ..... 
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Hanson tops 1,000

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Sports

For 16-plus minutes of the Lanesboro boys' dual with Hope Lutheran, the Burros were a bit tight. They were a little anxious. A teammate was on the cusp. Braden Hanson, the Burros multi-talented 6'2" senior guard, came into the contest with 986 caree ..... 
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Preston: Hub of boy's b-ball activity

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Sports

The first full week of the BBB season had Fillmore County teams descending upon the house of Falcon. On Tuesday, the Kingsland Knights (0-1) visited Fillmore Central (0-0). They kicked the front door in, jumping out 14-2 and taking a 34-19 advantage ..... 
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Start to finish, Burros down Cougars

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Sports

The Lanesboro and Mabel-Canton girls' b-ball squads came into their SEC opener exactly alike in one area. Each had a new coach. M-C headman Doug Carlson has experience, having led FC a few years back. Lanesboro headman Ryan Scheevel has exactly thre ..... 
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Basketball preview

Fri, Dec 2nd, 2011
Posted in Sports

Girls Basketball

The 2010-2011 GBB season was good for three Fillmore County teams. Kingsland (13-7, 17-11), Chatfield (13-7, 17-10), and Fillmore Central (14-6, 20-8) all put together successful seasons, the later just clipping the formers ..... 
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Players of the Fall

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Volleyball

The 2011 volleyball season saw four of the six county schools have good or very good years. That means there were a number of good or very good players. Stealing an adage from a volleyball coach (via an announcer) the Fillmore Coun ..... 
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Ah Fruech!

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Sports

It's probably what the Chatfield Gophers volleyball team said before, and likely what they said after, playing the Caledonia Warriors in the Sub-Section 1AA finals at Mayo Civic Center. And to say there is a decent sports program located on state ro ..... 
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Scheevel member of Luther women's basketball team

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Decorah, Iowa - Alison Scheevel, a 2008 graduate of Fillmore Central High School, is a member of the Luther College women's basketball team.

Amanda (Nechuta) Bailey begins her first season as head coach for the Norse. Prior to being named he ..... 
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